Grand Rapids, Mich. – Thousands of fans lined the shores of Millennium Park to witness the final stop of the 2014 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy. Boardshorts, bikinis and excellent wakeboarding conditions were on-point during one of the most astonishing finals to date. The best wakeboarders on the planet went to combat against each other; Harley Clifford (AUS), Phil Soven (USA), Shota Tezuka (JPN) and Massi Piffaretti (ITA) absolutely threw down behind the MasterCraft X-Star. The CONTOUR Big Air Kicker Contest took to the skies as well, with Dean Smith (AUS), Aaron Rathy (CDN), Noah Flegel (USA) and Chad Sharpe (CDN) launching themselves off of the CONTOUR Kicker.
After round one of the finals, the placements stood: 1st-Harley Clifford (AUS), 2nd-Josh Twelker (USA) and 3rd-Phil Soven (USA); however, with Rusty Malinoski (CDN), Shota Tezuka (JPN) and Massi Piffaretti (ITA) hungry for a podium spot, everyone knew it could be anyone’s time to shine. Soven would be first off the dock and he decided to put down two incredible passes that included some of his signature tricks such as switch nose-grabbed crow mobe 540 and nose-grabbed moby dick 540 finished with a wrapped nose-grabbed backside rodeo 540. Tezuka would show the crowd he could hold his own as well, stomping a heelside frontside 900 followed by an almost flawless two passes. In the end, the riders could not match the insanity created by Clifford and would fall just short. Leaving the nose-grabbed mobe 540, tail-grabbed KGB and melon toeside frontside 900 spinning Harley Clifford as your 2014 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour – Grand Rapids champion and the 2014 MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Overall Champion!
“I couldn’t be more pumped with my results today!” says Champion Harley Clifford. “It was one of the coolest finals of the year and it was so close between everyone. No one knew which way it would go.”
MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour Day Two Results
Men’s Pro ? Finals
Harley Clifford 94.00
Phillip Soven 92.33
Shota Tezuka 91.33
Massi Piffaretti 90.33
Josh Twelker 89.00
Rusty Malinoski 66.67
Surf Expo Attendees – Breaking news on the inaugural Shop Shootout coming up on September 3, 2014. It’s just been confirmed that Brandon Thomas, otherwise known as DJ Droptop, will be supplying tunes for the evening. Brandon will be fresh off the Pro Wakeboard Tour and he’s excited to celebrate the season with everyone at OWC.
Another noteworthy nugget came from our friends at Pabst Blue Ribbon who will be joining the party and supplying some of their legendary PBR brew! Established in Milwaukee in 1844, Mr. Pabst had no clue wakeboarding would become the best sport in the world, but the PBR crew has expressed their stoke in joining all of us for a fun evening.
For all of you riders looking to take some laps at OWC, we invite you to enter the Shop Shootout where you’ll ride with and be coached by some of the biggest names in the sport. We’re tossing ability level aside with our laid back format – you can ride whatever new 2015 set up you want as we’ll have demo’s on-site. The goal is to learn new tricks and have fun!
All participants will be going home with some sweet prizes. Each member of the winning team will be able to select a NEW 2015 set up of their choice from one of the brands below, that’s no joke! The 2nd place team will each earn a cool pair of new Sanuk kicks, and the 3rd place team will be telling time with their new Custom BROstock x Rockwell watches. Best of all is our Best Trick Prize, one lucky rider will go home with a NEW 154cm Blacklist snowboard from our friends at Arbor!
Orlando based Frank & Steins will be providing the eats for those of you with a healthy appetite and all Retailers will be going home with some cool prizes. Wakeboarders who want to ride, please submit your Name and Contact Info via ShopShootout@Gmail.com and we’ll keep you posted on all things related to riding at the Shootout!