Harley Wins PWT in Knoxville, Claims Season Title!

Deja vu and nervous excitement were prevailing themes throughout the day at the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, with the season title once again came down to Phillip Soven and Harley Clifford's performances in the final event of the year. The sport's greatest rivalry lived up to the hype, with all-out final-round performances by both riders culminating in a narrow victory by Clifford, clinching another prestigious Pro Wakeboard Tour season championship for the world-class athlete.


The title is the second of Clifford's young career and solidifies his position as one of the sport's brightest stars.


"I couldn't be more stoked to walk away with another Pro Tour championship today," said Clifford. "The 2012 season has been one of the most competitive ever with so many talented riders on tour. Phil put the pressure on me all season long and I'm just happy to claim the crown."


Stakes were also high in the Junior Pro Men's division today with the MasterCraft Junior Pro Wakeboard Tour season title on the line, as well as the Overton's Junior Pro series title up for grabs. Mike Dowdy put on a pro-worthy performance in the finals to clinch the win in Knoxville as well the season long titles. The victory puts Dowdy in prime position for a leap up to the big leagues in the near future.


The highly-competitive Women's Pro division also took to the water at Volunteer Landing today and gave the thousands of fans lining the river plenty of reasons to cheer. In a neck-to-neck showdown, Aussie-phenom Hayley Smith edged out fellow countrywoman Amber Wing to claim top honors.


Following the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour divisional heats, fans were treated to the jaw-dropping Sony Big Air Contest and Rockstar Double Up. Launching off the MasterCraft XStar's massive wake, the top Men's Pro athletes stuck gravity-defying tricks that are rarely pulled off in a traditional contest setting. The performances of the event came from Dean Smith who took first place in Big Air by sticking a backside 720 and Phillip Soven who wowed the crowd with a huge switch nose grab crow mobe to claim victory in the Double Up.


MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Knoxville Results:


Men's Pro Finals

1.Harley Clifford: 92.50

2.Phillip Soven: 89.00

3.Dean Smith: 80.67

4.Shota Tezuka: 71.67

5.Steel Lafferty: 68.50

6.Tony Carroll: 65.83

7.Andrew Adkison: 63.33

8.Phillip Aslinger: 58.33

9.Rusty Malinoski: 40.00

10.Bradley Smeele: 30.00



Women's Pro Finals

1.Hayley Smith: 70.00

2.Amber Wing: 66.00

3.Taylor McCullough: 60.00

4.Mellissa Marquardt: 53.33

5.Raimi Merrit: 46.67

6.Meagan Ethell: 35.00



Junior Pro Men Finals

1.Mike Dowdy: 85.75 (Tie broken by most first place finishes)

2. Noah Flegel: 85.75

3.Tony Iacconi: 76.50

4.Massi Piffaretti: 74.00

5.Freddie Wayne: 70.00

6.Parker Siegele: 58.00


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