Final MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Stop of the Season Opens Competition in Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI. — The world’s top professional wakeboarders opened competition for the final time this season at day one of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour presented by Rockstar in Grand Rapids. With season-ending rankings on the line, stakes were high with riders jockeying for bragging rights and valuable standings points at the first ever Pro Tour stop at Millennium Park.                                               

Fresh off a World Championship victory, MasterCraft team rider Rusty Malinoski thrived behind the world class X-Star towboat. Launching from its massive wake, Malinoski put in one of the day’s best runs linking together powerful aerials including a indy roll to blind and backside 720 to win his heat. Pro Tour leader, Phil Soven performed with his usual dominating consistency, registering a well-balanced run that was equal parts style and precision. His ultra-clean run included on-point rail riding and huge airs.

Additional day one highlights included Michigan’s Mike Dowdy leveraging the home field advantage to his favor by putting on one of the day’s top performances. With his heat winning run, Dowdy secured a spot in tomorrow’s semifinals and looks to be the fan favorite to win his first ever Pro Tour event.

“The host site has gone all out to help us bring the Pro Tour here and we couldn’t be happier with the setup here at Millenium Park,” said Chris Bischoff, competition director. “Fans saw some amazing riding today and tomorrow should be even more exciting with the athletes hitting the water for the final time this season.”  

Also on the water today, wakeboarding’s future stars riding in the Overton’s Junior Pro Series performed well beyond their years behind the X-Star. It was a great day for the division’s Aussie contingent with Tony Iacconi and Cory Teunissen achieving perfection with flawless runs that featured giant wake-to-wake airs, technical grabs and smooth rail riding that the judges rewarded with 100 point rides.

Tomorrow's final day of competition is a ticketed event. Gate prices are $13 (adult); $5 (ages 6-12); free (ages 5 and under).

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Day 1 Results:

Pro Men Qualifying Heat 1 (Top 2 advance)

1.      Kyle Rattray 79.33

2.      Adam Errington 75.00

3.      Adam Wensink 67.67

4.      Kirby Liesman 63.33

Pro Men Qualifying Heat 2

1.      Mike Dowdy 85.00

2.      Dean Smith 70.00

3.      Pierce Homsey 60.00

4.      Julian Cohen 25.00

Pro Men Qualifying Heat 3

1.      Harley Clifford 94.67

2.      Steel Lafferty 84.33

3.      Dylan Prideaux 65.67

4.      Timothy Burnier 60.00

Pro Men Qualifying Heat 4

1.      Andrew Adkison 78.33

2.      Josh Twelker 60.00

3.      Jimmy Lariche 16.67

Pro Men Qualifying Heat 5

1.      Rusty Malinoski 91.67

2.      Tony Carroll 73.87

3.      Jason Bannatyne 30.00

Pro Men Qualifying Heat 6

1.      Shota Tezuka 84.00

2.      Trevor Hansen 76.67

3.      Gunnar Shuler 51.67

Pro Men Qualifying Heat 7

1.      Daniel Powers 81.67

2.      Austin Hair 76.67

3.      Stephen Pierce 30.00

Pro Men Qualifying Heat 8

1.      Phil Soven 85.00

2.      Josh Palma 71.67

3.      Keenan Allen 48.33

Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 1 (top 2 advance)

1.      Parker Siegele 98.50

2.      Brad Teunissen 89.25

3.      Zachary Brown 79.50

4.      Ian Cole 72.75

Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 2

1.      Jason Soven 98.50

2.      Gordon Harrison 83.00

3.      Robby Holihan 82.50

4.      Jamie McCauley 76.00

Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 3

1.      Cory Teunissen 100.00

2.      Damien Adam 87.25

3.      Jeongwook Kim 77.00

4.      Gus Shuler 75.75

Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 4

1.      Tony Iacconi 100.00

2.      Juan Mendez 86.25

3.      Mac Schramm 83.75

4.      Morgan Pedersen 35.00

Jr. Pro Men Quarterfinals Heat 5

1.      Noah Flegel 97.00

2.      Joey Buss 87.25

3.      Yangsu Kim 67.75

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