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Air Nautique Pan American Wakeboard Titles Awarded

Orlando, FL – The first-ever Air Nautique Pan American Wakeboard Champions were crowned at Orlando WaterSports Complex on Thursday. Titles were awarded in five age groups: Girls, Men’s I, Masters, Veterans and Amateur Wakeskate. The champions represented three U.S. States and Argentina.

In the Girls division, comprised of girls 13-under Raimi Merritt of Lantana, Florida earned the first Pan American Championship. Tori Koch of Old Greenwich, Connecticut finished in second place and Alexis Racinelli of Ft. Mahave, Arizona finished in third.

This was not the only time the Koch and Racinelli name would be heard on the day. Wakeboarding seems to run strong in these families. Anthony Racinelli Sr., Alexis Racinelli’s father took first place in the Veterans division (Men 40 and over). Paul Koch, father of Tori finished second in Veterans. Dave Draper of Orlando finished third in the division. In all there were three Racinelli’s competing on the day. Anthony Racinelli Jr. competed in the Junior Men’s Quarterfinals on Thursday, winning heat NO. 1.

In the Men’s I division (Men 19-24) Weston Cotton of Lighthouse, FL earned the Pan American Championship. Josh Galbreath finished in second and Daniel Gremion of Mexico took third.

In the Masters division (Men 30-39) Gonzalo Chalo Renosto of Argentina became the first rider from outside the United States to win a Pan American Championship. Russell Parker of Virginia Beach, Virginia finished in second while Daniel Roig of Mexico finished third.

In Amateur Wakeskate Lance Duffett of Silver Lake, Wisconsin finished in first place for the Pan American title. Ben Kaiser of Orlando finished second and Russell Parker of Virginia Beach, Virginia earned his second podium of the day while finishing third.

The Air Nautique Pan American Championships will continue on Friday at the Orlando WaterSports Complex with the first professional competition of the week long event. The Pro Women led by X Games and National Champion Dallas Friday will compete on Friday along with the Pro Wakeskaters.

The Air Nautique Pan American Wakeboard Championships is a world-renowned event. The event is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Florida and Sanctioned by USA Wakeboard. 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., Vans, U.S. Air Force, Infinity Marine Audio, Liquid Force, Gator Boards, CWB, J - Star, O'Brien, Double-up, Oakley, Toyo Tires, KMC Wheels, Love Sac, Execute, Mikker.com, Wakeworld.com, Wakeboarder.com, Say I Won't, O-Boys Real Smoked Bar-B-Q and One Percent Design.

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

Results Thursday September 22, 2005
Air Nautique Pan American Wakeboard Championships

Girls (13 and under) - Finals Heat 01
1 Raimi Merritt USA 55.56
2 Tori Koch USA 42.33
3 Alexis Racinelli USA 40.89
4 Sofia Gonzales MEX 38.33
5 Miranda Alonso MEX 38.22
6 Melanie Chojnacki USA 32.33
7 Kaila Coffey USA 22.89

Amateur Wake Skate - Finals Heat 01
1 Lance Duffett USA 58.89
2 B. Kaiser USA 45.56
3 Russell Parker USA 36.67

Masters (30-39) - Finals Heat 01
1 Gonzalo Chalo Renosto ARG 47.78
2 Russell Parker USA 35.56
3 Daniel Roig MEX 16.67

Veterans (40 and over) - Finals Heat 01
1 Anthony Snr Racinelli USA 44.44
2 Paul Koch USA 33.89
3 Dave Draper USA 14.44

Men's 1 (19-24) - Finals Heat 01
1 Weston Cotton USA 57.22
2 Josh Galbreath USA 52.78
3 Daniel Gremion MEX 31.11
4 Clint Gee USA 20.00

Open Men - Semi Finals Heat 01
1 Jason Clark USA 67.22
2 Lockey Price CAN 49.44
3 Alex Brown USA 45.56
4 Justin Savich USA 36.11
5 Jay Prock USA 33.89
6 Brad Gearhart USA 31.67

Open Women - Semi Finals Heat 01
1 Courtney Dutson USA 54.44
2 Kayla Chojnacki USA 41.67
3 Heather Johnson USA 35.00

Junior Men (14-18) - Quarter Finals Heat 01
1 A.J Racinelli USA 60.56
2 Bryan Hutton USA 47.22
3 Robert Sichel USA 39.44
4 Matt Dettman USA 10.00

Junior Men (14-18) - Quarter Finals Heat 02
1 Nick Jones USA 46.67
2 Kristian Kastari 40.00
3 Mike Marsh USA NS
4 Michael Griffin USA NS

Junior Men (14-18) - Quarter Finals Heat 03
1 Dustin Shows USA 53.33
2 Devin Rogers USA 43.33
3 Eric Buonanotte USA 42.22
4 Alejandro Carranza MEX 31.11

Junior Men (14-18) - Quarter Finals Heat 04
1 Alex Scagliotti USA 52.78
2 Ryan Sullivan USA 34.44
3 Andrew Gaskins USA NS
4 Brett Lee USA NS

Junior Men (14-18) - Quarter Finals Heat 05
1 Kyle Alberts USA 63.89
2 Tony Carroll USA 51.11
3 Clay Wilson USA 41.67
4 Rhett Whatley USA NS

Junior Men (14-18) - Quarter Finals Heat 06
1 Ryan Mocerino USA 64.17
2 Jimmy LaRiche USA 56.67
3 Eddie Valdez USA 56.22
4 Greg Mistretta USA 35.39

Junior Men (14-18) - Quarter Finals Heat 07
1 Adam Errington USA 66.17
2 Dustin Snyder USA 40.83
3 Jeff Baker USA 31.94
4 Caleb Willis USA 26.78
5 Danny Burnstein USA 24.33

Junior Men (14-18) - Quarter Finals Heat 08
1 Alex Hamrick USA 70.89
2 Danny Thollander USA 70.67
3 Russell Cox USA 52.67
4 Ryan Webster USA 39.89
5 Nick Di Pasqua USA NS


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