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Pro Men and Women Battle for a Spot in Sunday’s Finals at Nautique Wake Open Presented by Rockstar

ORLANDO (April 23, 2016) – The star-studded field of professional athletes hit the water during today’s competition for Pro Men Quarterfinals and Pro Women Semifinals, while Amateur divisions competed for supremacy in their division Finals. Elite Nautique rider Mike Dowdy (USA), Cory Teunissen (AUS) and Harley Clifford (AUS) performed flawlessly riding behind the wake of the Super Air Nautique G23 to earn the highest scored runs in the Pro Men Quarterfinals.

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“This weekend is shaping up to be a huge one behind the Nautique G23,” said Team Nautique Rider Mike Dowdy. “I have been riding really strong lately and can’t wait to carry the momentum from my heat win today into the finals tomorrow.”

In the Pro Women Semifinals, Meagan Ethell (USA), Raimi Merritt (USA) and Erika Lang (USA) took full advantage of the world-class wakes to pull massive tricks en route to their heat-winning runs for a Team Nautique sweep. Qualifying for the Pro Women division is now complete as riders prepare to face off for tomorrow’s Final.

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Today featured a talented group of amateurs going head-to-head in the finals, which included Francisco Cabezas (USA) picking up the win in the Amateur Wakeskate class. An impressive run by Allison Lavrack (USA) was used to take the top honors in the Jr. Girls (9&under) Finals, while Hollie Waldrop (USA) claimed the Girls (10-13) Finals win.

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Nick Cankar (USA) used his veteran experience to execute a solid run and grab a score of 81.67 in the Master’s (30-39) division to bring home the overall win. After an impressive qualifying performance, Connor Poggetto (USA) carried the momentum to win the Adaptive Sitboarding Final riding behind the G23, however, his success did not stop there as he was announced the winner of the PCM Amateur Best Trick after nailing back-to-back grabbed 180’s.

An incredible run by Cobe France (AUS) propelled him to his Semifinals heat win in the Jr. Pro Men (14-18), while James Loisel (USA) and Lewy Watt (AUS) each won their respective heats and will prepare to duke it out in tomorrow’s finale.

The Nautique Wake Open is set to host the Pro Men and Women’s Finals tomorrow, beginning at 9:30AM on Sunday, April 24 for the events final day of competition.

Click Here for Sunday’s schedule.

Dedicated to progressing the sport from the ground up, the Nautique Wake Series puts riders first, developing the stars of tomorrow and showcasing the top athletes of today. The addition of the WWA Wakeboard World Championships provides athletes the perfect platform throughout the entire season with every major event held behind the Super Air Nautique G23.

As the organizer and sanctioning body of the 2016 Nautique Wake Open presented by Rockstar Energy, the World Wakeboard Association would like to thank all of its partners for their support in making the event possible, including Nautique Boats and Rockstar Energy Drink.

For more information on the 2016 Wakeboard World Series CLICK HERE.

 

Results

 

Nautique Wake Open Presented by Rockstar Energy

Orlando Watersports Complex – Orlando, Florida

Saturday, April 23, 2016

 

Men’s Pro – Quarter Finals Heat 01:

  1. Austin Hair (USA) – 74.67 
  2. Dean Smith (AUS) – 60.33

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  1. Christian Primrose (CAN) – 56.00

 

Men’s Pro – Quarter Finals Heat 02:

  1. Cory Teunissen (AUS) – 85.33
  2. Tony Carroll (USA) – 73.33

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  1. Shawn Watson (USA) – 44.00

 

Men’s Pro – Quarter Finals Heat 03:

  1. Noah Flegel (USA) – 78.67 
  2. Danny Harf (USA) – 72.33

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  1. Daniel Powers (USA) – 66.00

 

Men’s Pro – Quarter Finals Heat 04:

  1. JD Webb (USA) – 79.67
  2. Raph Derome (CAN) – 76.00

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  1. Tony Iacconi (AUS) – 70.33

 

Men’s Pro – Quarter Finals Heat 05:

  1. Jeff Langley (USA) – 78.00
  2. Bob Soven (USA) – 73.00

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  1. Steel Lafferty (USA) – 67.67

 

Men’s Pro – Quarter Finals Heat 06:

  1. Mike Dowdy (USA) – 86.33
  2. Oli Derome (CAN) – 80.33

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  1. Shota Tezuka (JPN) – 73.33

 

Men’s Pro – Quarter Finals Heat 07:

  1. Rusty Malinoski (CAN) – 79.67
  2. Phil Soven (USA) – 73.33

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  1. Sam Carne (GBR) – 67.00

 

Men’s Pro – Quarter Finals Heat 08:

  1. Harley Clifford (AUS) – 82.67 
  2. Nic Rapa (AUS) – 64.00

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  1. Massi Piffaretti (ITA) – 50.00

 

Women’s Pro – Semi Finals Heat 01:

  1. Raimi Merritt (USA) – 81.00
  2. Larisa Morales (MEX) – 73.67

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  1. Chloe Mills (AUS) – 64.67
  2. Melissa Marquardt (USA) – 58.33

 

Women’s Pro – Semi Finals Heat 02:

  1. Meagan Ethell (USA) – 76.67
  2. Amber Wing (AUS) – 69.67

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  1. Taylor McCullough (USA) – 65.33
  2. Jamie Lopina (USA) – 56.67

 

Women’s Pro – Semi Finals Heat 03:

  1. Erika Lang (USA) – 78.33
  2. Nicola Butler (USA) – 73.67

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  1. Tarah Mikacich (USA) – 70.00
  2. Zahra Kell (AUS) – 59.00

 

Jr. Girls (9&Under) – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Allison Lavrack (USA) – 75.00
  2. Madison Lavrack (USA) – 71.67 

 

Girls (10-13) – Finals Heat 01: 

  1. Hollie Waldrop (USA) – 88.33
  2. Mary Morgan Howell (USA) – 80.67
  3. Sofia Mendez (USA) – 62.67
  4. Elle Christensen (USA) – 46.67 

 

Jr. Boy’s Beginner (9&Under) – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Christian Meek (USA) – 96.67 

 

Boy’s Beginner (10-13) – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Maddox Meek (USA) – 75.00
  2. Noah Fedorovich (USA) – 65.00

 

Adaptive Sitboarding – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Connor Poggetto (USA) – 85.00
  2. Nathan Smith (AUS) – 66.67 

 

Master’s Women (30-39) – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Julia Meyer (GER) – 88.33 

 

Amateur Wakeskate – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Francisco Cabezas (USA) – 83.33

 

Jr. Boy’s (9&Under) – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Xavier Olea (MEX) – 80.00 
  2. Maxim Sitnikov (USA) – 61.67 

 

Women’s Wakeskate – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Piper Harris (USA) – 88.33

 

Boy’s (10-13) – Finals Heat 01: 

  1. Kevin Duffy (USA) – 90.00 
  2. Daniel Johnson (USA) – 71.67
  3. Rocker Steiner (USA) – 60.00 

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  1. Brett Powell (USA) – 40.00 

 

Veterans (40&Over) – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Dayle Cartwright (USA) – 83.33
  2. Kevin Michael (USA) – 75.00
  3. Eric Roberts (USA) – 48.33

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  1. Mike Comrie (USA) – 40.00

 

Master’s (30-39) – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Nick Cankar (USA) – 81.67
  2. Joel Schrader (USA) – 76.67

3.Francisco Cabezas (USA) – 58.33

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4.Robert Schwartz (USA) – 46.67

 

Jr. Men (14-18) – Finals Heat 01:

  1. Jorge Alberto Perez Gordillo (MEX) – 76.67 
  2. Bryce Grey (AUS) – 64.33
  3. Sky Berninghaus (SUI) – 59.33

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  1. Cody Wahl (CAN) – 55.67
  2. Jimmy McClure (USA) – 52.00
  3. Mikey Conrady (USA) – 48.33

 

Jr. Pro Men (14-18) – Semi Finals Heat 01:

  1. Cobe France (AUS) – 87.00
  2. Guenther Oka (USA) – 80.67 

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  1. Tyler Higham (USA) – 73.00
  2. Jesse Foushee (USA) – 62.67

 

Jr. Pro Men (14-18) – Semi Finals Heat 02: 

  1. James Loisel (USA) – 83.33
  2. Jason Soven (USA) – 77.33

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  1. Mizuki Takahashi (JPN) – 70.00
  2. Luca Kidd (GBR) – 57.00

 

Jr. Pro Men (14-18) – Semi Finals Heat 03:

  1. Lewy Watt (AUS) – 70.33
  2. Elliot Digney (AUS) – 64.00

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  1. Jeongwook Kim (KOR) – 60.67
  2. Callan Starr (AUS) – 52.67

 

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