FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18th, 2010
Harley Clifford took a commanding lead in the Wakeboard World Series this past weekend in Brazil with his win at the RAGGA WAKE WORLD SERIES event in Belo Horizonte. After his victory at the first stop in Wakestock Abu Dhabi, Clifford felt no pressure throughout the weekend and made some of the hardest runs of the weekend look effortless.
The conditions in Belo Horizonte for the event could not have been any better… sunshine, calm water, great food, killer parties at night, and the most beautiful and hospitable people in the world.
The qualifiers went down on Friday, with the top 12 riders advancing to the Quarter Final round on Saturday afternoon. There was an LCQ on Saturday morning that boosted Adam Errington, Kyle Rattray, Scotty Broome, and local Brazilian rider Mario Manzoli in the Quarters. The Quarter Final round had some of the best riding of the weekend, but only 8 riders moved on to the Semis and it knocked out a few of the top pros including Adam Errington and Rusty Malinoski.
The biggest crowds of the weekend lined the shores on Sunday for the Semi Finals that included the top 8 riders, but it was JD Webb, Trevor Hansen, Phil Soven and Harley Clifford that went out of the Semis and into the 4 man Final. JD Webb was the pace car for the finals, but two falls on his first pass left the door somewhat open for the rest of the boys. Phil and Trevor both but it together in their two passes but fell on their double ups. Harley did what Harley does, and landed everything he set out to accomplish and made it look easy. The 16 year old Australian landed a toe 9 off the double up and took home $7,000 in cash for the win!
The next stop of the WWA Wakeboard World Series will be in Abersoch, Wales at Wakestock UK. Only the top 10 riders in the WWA World Series are invited to Wakestock UK, and anyone else can qualify through a local support event.
Stayed tuned to thewwa.com the rest of the year for information on the WWA Wakeboard World Series and all other WWA events.
The WWA is a non-profit organisation founded by wakeboarders to promote, support and further develop the sport. This is achieved by organising and supporting wakeboarding events around the world. The WWA consists of riders, organisers, sponsors and WWA members. www.thewwa.com