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Grassman Caps Off an Impressive Rookie Season with a World Title
Indianapolis, Ind. – The high-flying, water-sports action of the 18th annual Rockstar Energy Drink WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra continued today in northern Indianapolis, as 13 of its 23 skill-level divisions hit the waters of The Precedent for their final round of action. Among the 13 division winners crowned today was 19-year-old Florida native Brooke Grassman, who capped off an impressive rookie season today with a world title.
Grassman, who only started wakeboarding two years ago in her hometown of Lake Placid, Fla., has taken the 19 - 29 year old Amateur Women’s division by storm in her first year of competition.
“I got into wakeboarding two years ago with a neighbor and we just started to teach ourselves to flip,” said Grassman. “After I started working with my coach, Derek Grasman [no relation], I felt ready to compete this year.”
The Florida teen kicked off her amateur wakeboarding career back in April with a win at the Wake Games in Orlando, Fla.
“I didn’t know how I would do against the other girls at Wake Games,” said Grassman. “After I won, I wanted to keep going.”
Grassman then entered the 2011 WWA Wakeboard National Championships last month in Minneapolis, Minn. and won that contest, too. Winning the national title earned Grassman an invitation to the WWA Worlds in Indianapolis, where today she capped off her inaugural competition season with a world title.
“I was really nervous today, but once I got on the water, I pretended I was in my own backyard and laid down my run,” said the newly crowned Amatuer Women’s division world champion.
Grassman had a standup run during today’s finals, which included a Scarecrow, Tantrum, Front Roll and Back Roll to earn her the winning score of 68.33 in her four-woman heat.
Now that her competition season is over for the year, Grassman will fly home to begin the Fort Myers Fire Academy on Monday, Aug. 22.
“I want to compete again next year in either the Amateur Women or possibly the Pro Women’s division. We’ll have to wait see,” said Grassman.
With 13 divisions wrapped up, the WWA Worlds will continue to crown world champions in Indianapolis through Sunday, Aug. 21. Tomorrow’s competition will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Precedent. The Precedent is located at 9229 Delegates Row Indianapolis, IN 46240.
The 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra is a ticketed event. Tickets are available at the gate: $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).
In addition to all the action on the water — on land, the WWA Worlds features great food and music; pro athlete autograph signings; chances to win freebies; and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions.
For those who cannot attend the event in person, just “like” the King of Wake’s Facebook page to watch all the live streaming footage.
The 2011 WWA Worlds will also air on the VERSUS television network at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
For more information on the WWA Worlds, visit kingofwake.com.
The Rockstar Energy Drink WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: Rockstar Energy Drink, Supra boats, WWA, Overton’s, Indmar, Peavey, Mona Vie, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, Sayiwon’t and TransWorld WAKEBOARDING magazine.
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The WWA Wakeboard World Championships is the solely owned property of the World Wakeboard Association (WWA). The WWA also owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard Nationals, WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wake Park World Series, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown and WWA Wake Park Nationals. With 27 affiliate countries worldwide, the WWA is the global leader in the sport of wake. The WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the leading source for riders, event organizers and competitive standards. For more information on the WWA and its events, check out thewwa.com.
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About King of Wake
The King of Wake is the world’s elite pro wakeboarding series, attracting the sport’s top athletes from across the globe. Over the course of a season, athletes compete for the ultimate wakeboarding crown in a series points race of eight events throughout the United States to see who rules the wake. The 2011 series consists of the Wake Games, the WWA National Championships, the WWA World Championships and all five stops on the Pro Wakeboard Tour. The King of Wake is organized by World Sports & Marketing — the leading wake-events producer since 1988.
Friday, August 19 – Day 2 Results:
Amateur Women Final
1. Brooke Grassman (USA) - 68.33
2. Carolina Rodriguez (MEX) - 58.33
3. Leah Gibney (USA) - 50.00
4. Abby Delgoffe (USA) - 43.33
Jr. Men Final
1. Noah Flegel (USA) - 80.00
2. Christian Primrose (CAN) - 68.33
3. Dylan Branch (USA) - 61.00
4. Justin Lee (USA) - 60.00
5. Justin Gratzfeld (CAN) - 53.33
6. Tyler Cockrum (USA) - 43.33
Men’s II Final
1. Nick Cankar (USA) - 71.67
2. Nick Link (USA) - 63.33
3. Chad Warren (USA) - 50.00
4. Shayne Dalton (USA) - 45.00
1. Billy Garcia (USA) - 70.00
2. Matt Vermillion (USA) - 58.33
3. Tim Toussaint (AUS) - 45.00
4. Arturo Arce (MEX) - 33.33
Jr. Boys Final
1. Hunter Henderson (USA) - 65.00
2. Tyler Worrall (USA) - 46.67
3. Kade Kasey (USA) - 40.00
Jr. Boys Beginner Final
1. Kevin Duffy (USA) - 73.33
2. Thomas Herman (USA) - 55.00
3. Peyton Bristow (USA) - 41.67
1. Cory Teunissen (AUS) - 86.67
2. Zachary Brown (USA) - 68.33
3. Mitch Kappler (USA) - 65.00
4. Arnie Watkins (USA) - 60.00
5. Merrett Fay (USA) - 48.33
6. Mac Schramm (USA) - 40.00
Boys Beginner Final
1. Zach McCauley (USA) - 51.67
2. Mitch Allen (USA) - 46.67
3. Bryson Hancock (USA) - 41.67
Jr. Women Final
1. Rachel Orgill (USA) - 58.33
2. Gianna Dinatale (USA) - 51.67
3. Tori Koch (USA) - 45.00
4. Hannah Green (USA) - 38.33
1. Taylor McCullough (USA) - 80.00
2. Larisa Morales (MEX) - 66.67
3. Shelby King (USA) - 55.00
4. Regina Arce (MEX) - 43.33
Amateur Wakeskate Final
1. Jim Branton (USA) - 78.33
2. Austin Polterock (USA) - 50.00
3. Yukimasa Kimura (JPN) - 30.00
Masters Women Final
1. Yuriko Ishiyama (JPN) - 48.33
2. Mariana Martins (USA) - 41.67
3. Joy Manning (USA) - 35.00
Veteran Women Final
1. Allison Blaha (USA) - 68.33
2. Kat Laird (USA) - 51.67
3. Susan Sheehan (USA) - 31.67
4. Paula Fay (USA) - 20.00
Adaptive Standing Semifinal (all riders advance)
1. Billy Tonis (USA) - 66.67
2. Mike Krohn (USA) - 33.33
Men I Semifinal (top two in each heat advance)
1. Taylor Kress (USA) - 71.67
2. John Zdeblick (USA) - 60.00
3. Yukihiro Oishi (JPN) - 38.33
4. Damian Cox (AUS) - 26.67
1. Luciano Rondi Neto BRA 71.67
2. Scott Morgan (USA) - 55.00
3. Gerardo Mora (GUA) - 45.00
4. Nick Hiratos (AUS) - 35.00
5. Will Green (USA) - 20.00
Jr. Pro Men Semifinal (top two in each heat advance)
1. Kyle Evans (USA) - 96.25
2. Joshua Twelker (USA) - 93.75
3. Robby Holihan (USA) - 80.00
4. Gunnar Shuler (USA) - 70.00
1. Dylan Prideaux (AUS) - 95.75
2. Freddie Wayne (USA) - 89.75
3. Paulie Koch (USA) - 83.00
4. Pierce Homsey (USA) - 71.50
1. Shota Tezuka (JPN) - 97.75
2. Gordon Harrison (USA) - 88.75
3. Daniel Powers (USA) - 78.50
4. Tony Iacconi (AUS) - 75.00
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