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Nick Jonesing for a Pro Tour Win in His Home State
MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Kicks Off in Monroe
Monroe, Wash. – The top professional wakeboarders in the world hit the waters of Lake Tye in the greater Seattle area of Monroe, Wash. today to kick off the fourth stop of the five-city MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. The two-day-long contest, which concludes tomorrow, Saturday, July 9, opened with preliminary rounds for the Jr. Pro Men, Pro Women and Pro Men divisions.
Nearly 60 of the sport’s top riders spent the day competing for a spot in tomorrow’s competition where a cash purse and crucial points toward the season standings awaits them. Among the 36 riders who advanced past today’s prelims was 24-year-old Kirkland, Washington native Nick Jones.
“It’s so awesome to have the Pro Tour here in my home state,” said Jones. “I’ve never been so excited to compete before.”
Jones’ excitement showed today in front of a hometown crowd as the local pro rider landed several big tricks, including a massive Big Worm and a Switch Crow 540 to finish second in his six-man qualifying heat. The only rider to best Jones in his heat today was Australian wakeboarding phenom and former Pro Tour titlist Harley Clifford.
“The sun was out, the wake was perfect and overall I had a great run today,” said Jones. “Everyone in my heat killed it today, especially Harley [Clifford], and that motivates me to be a better rider.”
Jones, who has competed in the Pro Men division since 2007, is having his best season yet and will look to claim his first-ever Pro Tour stop win tomorrow in his home state.
“I’ve stepped up my riding and have been having a lot fun this season,” said Jones. “If I’m consistent and land everything I’ve been practicing then I feel like I have a chance of winning in Monroe tomorrow.”
Jones will begin his campaign to win in Monroe tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. during the Pro Men quarterfinals. Throughout the day, the Pro Men’s division will eliminate riders until a winner is determined during the six-man final.
In addition to the Pro Men, the Pro Women and Jr. Pro Men’s division also squared off today, eliminating half the field of competition. Anna Hajek and Raimi Merritt both won their respective heats in the Pro Women’s division, with four additional riders advancing on to tomorrow’s six-woman final.
In Jr. Pro Men’s division, Japan’s Shota Tezuka paced the class with a perfect score of 100 points. Tezuka and nine other riders will face off tomorrow in the division’s semifinal round.
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour will wrap up in Monroe tomorrow, July 9, with the ticketed event beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).
For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, please visit prowakeboardtour.com or connect with us via Facebook and Twitter.
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: MasterCraft, Rockstar Energy Drink, Overton’s, Indmar, Peavey, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, Sayiwon’t, Epiphone and TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine.
MasterCraft is the exclusive towboat for the Pro Wakeboard Tour, as it has been since the tour’s wakeboarding events began in 1992.
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July 8 Results
Pro Women Semifinal (top three in each heat advance)
1. Anna Hajek (USA) - 60.92
2. Nicola Butler (GBR) - 56.67
3. Shawna Hoffman (USA) - 51.67
4. Melissa Marquardt (USA) - 46.67
5. Hayley Smith (AUS) - 40.00
6. Tarah Mikacich (USA) - 30.00
1. Raimi Merritt (USA) - 66.67
2. Amber Wing (AUS) - 62.50
3. Emily Durham (USA) - 58.33
4. Corrie Dyer (USA) - 50.00
5. Alexa Score (USA) - 30.00
Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinal (top two in each heat advance)
1. Freddie Wayne (USA) - 97.25
2. Joey Buss (USA) - 83.25
3. Kyle Evans (USA) - 80.25
4. Gus Shuler (USA) - 79.25
1. Jacob Valdez (USA) - 93.75
2. Dylan Prideaux (AUS) - 88.25
3. Pierce Homsey (USA) - 86.50
4. Yancey Crew (USA) - 71.50
1. Joshua Twelker (USA) - 98.00
2. Robby Holihan (USA) - 89.25
3. Gunnar Shuler (USA) - 82.75
1. Daniel Powers (USA) - 95.75
2. Mike Dowdy (USA) - 94.25
3. Keenan Allen (USA) - 75.75
4. Parker Siegele (AUS) - 74.25
1. Shota Tezuka (JPN) - 100.00
2. Gordon Harrison (USA) - 87.00
3. Kyler Green (USA) - 80.00
4. Morgan Pedersen (USA) - 57.25
Pro Men Qualifying (top four in each heat advance)
1. Steel Lafferty (USA) - 79.25
2. Austin Hair (USA) - 75.00
3. Jimmy LaRiche (USA) - 73.33
4. Jeff House (USA) - 65.00
5. Adam Errington (USA) - 56.67
6. Dante Digangi (USA) - 43.33
1. Andrew Adkison (USA) - 71.67
2. JD Webb (USA) - 67.50
3. Olivier Derome (CAN) - 64.00
4. Rusty Malinoski (CAN) - 61.83
5. Joey Bradley (USA) - 58.33
6. Zane Schwenk (USA) - 45.00
1. Dean Smith (AUS) - 83.33
2. Bob Soven (USA) - 78.33
3. Shaun Murray (USA) - 70.00
4. AJ Racinelli (USA) - 68.33
5. Danny Harf (USA) - 55.00
6. Sam Thomson (AUS) - 46.67
1. Harley Clifford (AUS) - 86.67
2. Nick Jones (USA) - 76.67
3. Chad Sharpe (CAN) - 65.67
4. Tony Carroll (USA) - 65.00
5. Kirby Liesmann (USA) - 56.67
6. Robby Dahlquist (USA) - 46.67
1. Phillip Soven (USA) - 83.33
2. Aaron Rathy (CAN) - 78.33
3. Jason Bannatyne (CAN) - 73.33
4. Kyle Rattray (CAN) - 63.33
5. Danny Burnstein (USA) - 46.67
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