Team Malinoski Wins 2011 Nautique Wake Games Title Clifford, Wing & Hansen Claim Pro Titles

Orlando, Fla. Fans lined the shores of the Orlando Watersports Complex today to catch the final rounds of action at the 2011 Nautique Wake Games, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. As the 10 remaining divisions wrapped up their competition on the water, Team Malinoski emerged as the winner of this year’s team challenge with 801 points.

Captained by pro rider Rusty Malinoski, the 10-person team claimed this year’s cash prize after finishing with multiple top-three finishes in various divisions, including wins by Kat Laird in the Veteran Women’s division and also by newly signed Rockstar Energy Drink team rider Daniel Powers in the Jr. Pro Men’s division. The team consisted of Malinoski, Powers, Laird, Shaun Murray, Scott Stewart, Danny Hampson, Megan Ethell, Will Green, Craig Buss and Dustin Abel.

Malinoski also came close to winning the Pro Men’s division today, too, but ultimately fell short to teenage Australian phenom Harley Clifford, who took home his second consecutive Pro Men’s division title. Malinoski and Bob Soven rounded out the top three, respectively.

Clifford also won the $1,000 prize in the Rockstar Energy Drink Double Up Contest, after landing a Melon Poke Heelside Frontside 900.

Newly signed Rockstar Energy Drink team rider and fellow Australian wakeboarder Amber Wing took first place in the Pro Women’s division, upsetting top-seeded Nicola Butler, who finished in third place. Young gun Meagan Ethell rounded out the top three podium spots, with her second-place finish.

In the Pro Wakeskate division, defending Wake Games shredder and newly signed Rockstar Energy Drink team rider Reed Hansen successfully defended his title today, with Danny Hampson and Brian Grubb rounded out the top three, respectively.

Also making waves out on the water today was local wakeboarder Jason Soven, who won the Boys division today, as well as the PCM Amateur Best Trick Award, after landing a massive Dum Dum. Jason is the younger brother of pro riders Phillip and Bob Soven.

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About King of Wake

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May 1 – Final Results:

Team Scores
Team Malinoski – 801
Team Clifford – 768
Team Hansen – 754
Team Hair – 751
Team B. Soven – 707
Team Webb – 699
Team P. Soven – 669
Team Derome – 682
Team Palma – 657
Team Harf – 588

Pro Men
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Harley Clifford              AUS        90.00
2  Rusty Malinoski            CAN        80.00
3  Bob Soven                      USA        75.00
4  Phillip Soven                  USA        69.17
5  Austin Hair                     USA        65.00

Pro Women
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Amber Wing                  AUS        75.00
2  Meagan Ethell                USA        70.00
3  Nicola Butler                   GBR         65.67
4  Raimi Merritt                   USA        60.00
5  Emily Durham                 USA        53.33
6  Barrett Perlman               USA        40.00

Pro Wakeskate
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Reed Hansen                  USA        83.33
2  Danny Hampson            USA        61.67
3  Brian Grubb                    USA        60.00
4  Grant Roberts                 USA        36.67

Jr. Pro Men
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Daniel Powers               USA        90.75
2  Freddie Wayne              USA        89.25
3  Dylan Prideaux               AUS        82.75
4  Noah Flegel                    USA        77.25

Men II
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Leif Lacey                       USA        68.33
2  Dustin Abel                    USA        56.67
3  Rob Corum                      USA        46.67

Men I
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Ben Allbright                USA        70.00
2  John Rodriguez              USA        58.33
3  Will Green                       USA        46.67

Final Round – Heat #1
1  Jason Soven                   USA        80.00
2  Arnie Watkins                USA        61.67
3  Jeongwook Kim             KOR        50.00
4  James Loisel                   USA        38.33

Jr. Boys
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Hunter Henderson        USA        70.00
2  Tyler Worrall                  USA        56.67
3  Kade Kasey                    USA        31.67

Boys Beginner
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Mitch Allen                    USA        61.67
2  Ryan Harris                     USA        53.33

Jr. Boys Beginner
Final Round – Heat #1
1  Kevin Duffy                    USA        78.33
2  Carter Mather                 USA        63.33
3  Braden Tautkus             USA        46.67

Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #1
1  Austin Hair USA 70.00
2  Jeff Weatherall               NZL         60.00
3  Nick Jones                      USA        50.00
4  Josh Palma                      USA        45.00

Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #2
1  Rusty Malinoski           CAN        80.00
2  Trevor Hansen               USA        71.67
3  Adam Fields                   USA        45.00
4  Sam Thomson                AUS        35.00
Pro Men

Semifinal Round – Heat #3
1  Bob Soven                       USA        81.67
2  Steel Lafferty                  USA        71.67
3  Dean Smith                     AUS        61.67
4  Andrew Adkison           USA        51.67

Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #4
1  Harley Clifford              AUS        85.00
2  Shaun Murray                USA        65.00
3  Adam Errington             USA        60.00
4  Olivier Derome               CAN        38.33

Pro Men
Semifinal Round – Heat #5
1  Phillip Soven                  USA        80.00
2  Aaron Rathy                   CAN        70.00
3  Jimmy Trask                    USA        61.67
4  JD Webb                         USA        59.00

Michael Weiss
Associate Director, Event PR
460 N. Orlando Ave., Ste. 200
Winter Park, FL 32789
Office: (407) 571-4874 | Cell: (407) 453-0222

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