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World’s Top Professionals Compete at Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships

Pleasant Prairie, WI -- Friday’s action at the Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships saw the first professional competition of the event and the crowning of another amateur national champion at Lake Andrea in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

The Men’s 2 division Air Nautique WWA National Championship presented by Verizon Wireless, comprised of men 25-29, was awarded to Kris Northrup. Matt Von der Ahe finished second and Rick Knott finished third.

The professional competition took place in the Pro Women’s and Wakeskate divisions. One of the top performers in wakeboarding, Dallas Friday, fresh off her victory at the X Games earlier this August was one of the featured athletes on the day. Friday took first place in her Pro Women’s Quarterfinal heat. She moved into Saturday’s Pro Women’s Semifinal round and is still alive for the Pro Women’s national championship.

The other Pro Women’s Quarterfinal heat winner was Melissa Marquardt who will battle against Friday in Saturday’s Semifinals. Other Pro Women who advanced on Friday include former national champion Emily Copeland Durham and Laura Lohrmann, a local from Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

In addition to the Pro Women, 25 of the world’s best Pro Wakeskaters hit the water on Friday in Quarterfinal action. The top 10 riders from Friday’s rounds moved into the Semifinals. Top wakeskaters on Friday include Collin Wright, Austin Hair, Brian Grubb, George Daniels and Brandon Thomas all of whom won the Quarterfinal heats.

The WWA Wakeboard National Championship is a world-renowned event created by the World Wakeboard Association. The event is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Florida. Competitors will be pulled by the Correct Craft Super Air Nautique wakeboard boat. The event has the support of the following: Verizon Wireless, Perfect Pass, Hyperlite, Fox Riders Co., U.S. Air Force, Infinity Marine Audio, Toyo Tires, KMC Wheels, Liquid Force, Gator Boards, CWB, J - Star, O'Brien, Double-up, Oakley, Reef, Body Glove, UGP, Love Sac, Capix Helmets, Indo Boards, Execute, Mikker.com, Wakeworld.com, Wakeboarder.com, Monster Towers, Say I Won't, Ten-80 and One Percent Design.

Wake Boarding, published by World Publications, is the official magazine of the Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championship. Wake Boarding is the definitive source on all things wakeboarding, with expert coverage of professional instruction, gear, boats and the latest news.

Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships
At Lake Andrea at Prairie Springs Park in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Live results from Friday August 26 presented by Verizon Wireless

Men's 2 (25-29) - Finals Heat 01
1 Kris Northrup 74.44
2 Matt Von der Ahe USA 72.22
3 Rick Knott USA 68.33
4 Marc Poirier CDN 51.22
5 Eric Gerner 49.44
6 Kevin Michael USA 37.78

Women's Professional - Quarter Finals Heat 01
1 Melissa Marquardt USA 60.00
2 Emily Copeland Durham USA 57.22
3 Cathy Williams USA 48.33
4 Cheryl Newton USA 36.67
5 Maeghan Major USA NS

Women's Professional - Quarter Finals Heat 02
1 Dallas Friday USA 58.89
2 Barrett Perlman USA 47.89
3 Laura Lohrmann USA 42.89
4 Lauren Loe USA 26.67
5 Megan McNeil USA NS

Professional WakeSkate - Quarter Finals Heat 01
1 C. Wright USA 66.67
2 Chase Gregory USA 56.67
3 Chad Rogers 43.33
4 Steven Schoenhals USA 33.33
5 Stef Tor CDN 16.67

Professional WakeSkate - Quarter Finals Heat 02
1 A. Hair USA 63.33
2 Phillip Basino USA 58.33
3 Evan Lykes USA 53.33
4 Jerry Lafferty USA 35.00
5 Nick Valliere USA 33.67

Professional WakeSkate - Quarter Finals Heat 03
1 Brian Grubb USA 90.00
2 Joshua Steele USA 63.33
3 Sammy Woodson USA 41.67
4 R. Hansen USA 30.00
5 Matthew Manzari NS

Professional WakeSkate - Quarter Finals Heat 04
1 George Daniels USA 78.33
2 David Hanson USA 70.00
3 Kyle Hyams USA 58.33
4 Drew McGuckin USA 46.67
5 Matt Riesgraf USA 33.33

Professional WakeSkate - Quarter Finals Heat 05
1 Brandon Thomas USA 81.67
2 Silas Thurman USA 51.67
3 Joey White USA 41.67
4 Brian Francis USA 28.33
5 Jeff Engen USA 16.67

Junior Women (14-18) - Semi Finals Heat 01
1 Jenacee Jackson 58.89
2 Megan Blaschka USA 51.33
3 Brittney Arruda 37.78
4 Maggie Jaicomo USA 34.44

Junior Women (14-18) - Semi Finals Heat 02
1 Heather Johnson USA 61.67
2 Rachael Raben 53.33
3 Kelsey Tainsh USA 36.33
4 Chloe Merritt USA 35.67
5 Wiss Brinkman 30.00

Boys (10-13) - Quarter Finals Heat 01
1 John Jeffries USA 58.44
2 Michael Dowdy USA 55.22
3 Ben Kaiser USA 51.33
4 Daniel Pate USA 45.44
5 Jordan Genster 34.56

Boys (10-13) - Quarter Finals Heat 02
1 Jacob Valdez USA 63.78
2 Daniel Powers USA 56.00
3 Gunnar Shuler USA 54.22
4 Pierce Homsey 46.89
5 Spencer Connell USA 36.44

Boys (10-13) - Quarter Finals Heat 03
1 Raphael Derome CDN 64.22
2 Steel Lafferty USA 58.00
3 Mitchell Connell USA 51.11
4 Cale Middleton USA 45.33
5 Kyle Barmoy 30.56

Boys (10-13) - Quarter Finals Heat 04
1 Robert Soven USA 73.33
2 Braxton Tomlinson 62.67
3 Julian Cohen 39.56
4 Brian Waskevich USA 33.22
5 Brand Driver USA 16.67

Junior Men (14-18) - Semi Finals Heat 01
1 Robby Carter USA 65.33
2 Rhett Whatley USA 63.89
3 Devin Rogers USA 50.00
4 A.J Racinelli USA 41.11

Junior Men (14-18) - Semi Finals Heat 02
1 Mike Marsh USA 73.78
2 Jimmy LaRiche USA 58.89
3 Brett Lee USA 50.00
4 Ryan Mocerino USA 27.22

Junior Men (14-18) - Semi Finals Heat 03
1 Adam Errington USA 54.44
2 Danny Thollander USA 49.44
3 Ryan Anderson USA 44.44
4 Kyle Alberts USA 36.67

Junior Men (14-18) - Semi Finals Heat 04
1 Austin Hair USA 72.78
2 Alex Hamrick USA 69.00
3 Reed Hansen USA 62.67
4 Justin Doornbos USA 38.00


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