Harley and Andrew Podium in Wisconsin!
June 22, 2009
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour wrapped up its final day of action in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin yesterday with five rounds of riding between the Pro Men and Jr. Pro Men divisions.
The Pro Men were first off the dock this yesterday for a 20-man quarterfinal, which eliminated half the competition, advancing only the top two riders in each of the five heats. The 10 semifinalists battled it out for one of four spots in the finals, with Andrew Adkison, Harley Clifford, Aaron Rathy and current Pro Tour titlist Phillip Soven moving onto the final round. All four finalists threw down some impressive runs, but only Canadian ripper Aaron Rathy had two stand up passes to earn him his first Pro Tour stop win of his career. Clifford and Adkison rounded out the contest podium.
This is Harley Clifford’s second podium position in as many PWT stops and places him at the front in total points. In addition, Andrew Adkison is 4 out of 4, placing on the podium in every event he’s competed this year!
Although Aussie Dean Smith didn’t make the finals today, the former Australian Pro Tour champ did ride away with the ROCKSTAR Best Trick Award for his massive Indy Tantrum Backside 3 off of the U.S. Air Force Kicker. The award is a $1,000 cash prize.
In the Jr. Pro Men’s division, ten amateur rippers hit the water today in two heats of five for their semifinals, with only the top two riders in each heat advancing onto the final round. Steele Lafferty, Phillip Aslinger, Bob Soven and Aussie Mitch Langfield faced off in a heated four-man final today with Soven taking the top spot. Langfield, Lafferty and Aslinger rounded out the finals.
A huge shout-out goes to Bob’s operations crew for essentially setting up the Pleasant Prairie site twice, as well as fabricating the MasterCraft “fun box” rail together after it was essentially destroyed by weather.
Finally, “thanks” to Zane and all of you that followed him on Twitter throughout this past weekend's stop in Wisconsin. Be sure to catch Zane Schwenk again this week on Twitter as he gives followers more behind the scenes updates and pics on all of the action while on tour in Knoxville.
Check out the buzz at: www.twitter.com/mastercraftlive
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour now heads to Knoxville, Tenn., June 27 & 28 for the third stop of the Pro Tour. Additional venues for the 2009 Pro Tour, includes Fort Worth, Tex., Elizabethtown, Ky. and Sparks/Reno, Nev.
Click on the Pro Wakeboard Tour website to learn more.
Copy courtesy of Michael Weiss. Image courtesy of Alliance Sports.