Harley Wins Title and Rusty Throws First 1080
August 17, 2009
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour wrapped-up its fifth and final stop of the 2009 season yesterday in the greater Reno area of Sparks, Nevada where the world’s top pro riders hit the waters of Sparks Marina for the closing-rounds of action.
The Pro Men’s division battled it out on the water in quarterfinal and semifinal rounds before Danny Harf, Harley Clifford, Rusty Malinoski and Phillip Soven hopped off the dock, respectively, for the four-man final.
Clifford and Harf both had impressive runs in the finals, but Malinoski was quick to answer back by landing a Switch Toeside 1080 – the first 1080 ever landed in a wakeboarding contest – to end their chances of winning. Soven, Malinoski and Clifford rounded out the contest podium, respectively.
Harley Clifford, the 15-year-old rookie phenom’s third-place finish today earned him enough points to win the overall Pro Tour title. Clifford now becomes only the second rider ever to win the overall title in his rookie year, behind wakeboarding legend Parks Bonifay, who won it in 1996. Clifford totaled 450 points throughout the five-stop season.
Additional cities on the 2009 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, included: Fort Worth, Tex., Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Knoxville, Tenn., and Elizabethtown, Ky.
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MasterCraft is the exclusive tow boat for the Pro Wakeboard Tour, as it has been since the tour’s wakeboarding events began in 1992. Indmar Marine engines will provide the power for MasterCraft’s X Series line of competition tow boats.
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TOP-10 OVERALL PWT – PRO MEN RANKINGS:
1. Harley Clifford AUS 450
2. Aaron Rathy CAN 440
3. Phillip Soven USA 415
4. Andrew Adkison USA 365
5. Rusty Malinoski CAN 341
6. Olivier Derome CAN 281
7. Danny Harf USA 257
8. Jimmy LaRiche USA 257
9. Dean Smith AUS 252
10. Trevor Hansen USA 250
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 – PWT: STOP #5 RESULTS:
Pro Men: Final #1
1. Phillip Soven USA 93.00
2. Rusty Malinoski CAN 85.50
3. Harley Clifford AUS 84.00
4. Danny Harf USA 77.50
Pro Women: Final #1
1. Dallas Friday USA 92.00
2. Nicola Butler ENG 90.50
3. Amber Wing AUS 76.25
4. Melissa Marquardt USA 73.25
5. Hayley Smith AUS 68.00
6. Ashley Leugner CAN 38.75
Copy courtesy of Mike Weiss.
Images from Alli Sports.