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Harf Throws Down, Sanders Takes crown
Danny's run called Best ever;
Josh First international Pro Tour Champ

Portland, Oregon - Going into the final day of the 2005 Mastercraft Pro Tour Season, 16 Pro Men wakeboarders and 8 pro wakeskaters had their sites set on a Pro Tour victory in Portland, Oregon. Among those hopefuls were 4 wakeboarders focusing on a 2005 Pro Tour Title. The high stakes atmosphere brought out the best in each division and the day ended with two brand new Pro Tour Champions.

For Salem, Oregon native Philip Combs the end of the day was much better than the beginning. Combs began the day watching from the shore as he didn’t qualify for the MasterCraft Junior X Series final. But Combs, the series leader coming into the event ended up having enough points to win the series anyway, making him the first Oregon native ever to win a wakeboard tour season title.

Among the wakeskaters it was Phillip Basino winning the day after prevailing in his head-to-head meeting with SeaDoo watercraft Pro Wakeskate Series leader Brandon Thomas. He linked his moves together and worked the rails on the way to the victory, the third of his young career. While not the winner of the finals, Brandon Thomas still found reason to celebrate in capturing his first SeaDoo Pro Wake Skate Tour title. His consistent, progressive riding throughout the season had him clinching the title earlier in the contest as has him included among the truly elite in the sport.

Portland native Collin Wright finished the day in sixth place in the SeaDoo watercraft Pro Wakeskate Series season standings.

There was much more drama among the Pro Men as three Australians , Daniel Watkins, Josh Sanders and Brett Eisenhauer joined Phillip Soven in the pursuit of the overall Pro Tour Title. Still others, like Danny Harf, Tino Santori and Parks Bonifay were immune to the Tour Title tensions and rode with aplomb and abandon.

In the final round it was Josh Sanders taking on Danny Harf in an epic battle which will be remembers as one of the best showdowns ever. First to ride was Danny Harf, who sealed the win with a run with several 720 variations and a 900 on the double up. Josh Sanders, who had clinched the Pro Tour Title with his presence in the final, rode more relaxed than he had all weekend, having a solid run to wrap up his tremendous season.

"I still can't believe it," said Josh after his was crowned the season champ during the awards ceremony. " I woke up this morning hoping to be here, but I knew it was going to be a tough rode. I'm proud not just for myself, but my two best friends in the world were up here with me," referring the Daniel Watkins and Brett Eisenhauer who'd finished second and third overall. "We all started riding pro together eight years ago and it was awesome to share the stage like that with them. It really is just incredible."

In winning the season series, Sanders becomes the first international rider to win the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour. It also represents the first time three international riders held the top three positions at season's end of the Pro Wakeboard Tour.

The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour is a five-event circuit organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Florida. Powered by Indmar Marine Engines, the Pro Tour has the support of the following: SeaDoo watercraft, Verizon Wireless, Perfect Pass, Hyperlite, Infinity Marine Audio, Toyo Tires, KMC Wheels, Liquid Force, Gator Boards, CWB, J - Star, O'Brien, Double-up, Billabong, Oakley, Reef, Body Glove, UGP, Epiphone Guitars, ,, Love Sac, Capix Helmets, Indo Boards, Execute,,,, Monster Towers, Say I Won't, Ten-80 and One Percent Design.

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

SUNDAY, 31 July 2005 – Blue Lake Park, PORTLAND

Overall Event Standings
1st – Danny Harf
2nd – Josh Sanders
3rd – Daniel Watkins
4th – Brett Eisenhauer
5th – Rusty Malinoski
6th – Jeff Weatherall
7th – Andrew Adkison
8th – Tino Santori

Pro Men Head to Head
Group One - Daniel Watkins – WINNER
-Rusty Malinoski

Group Two – Andrew Adkison
- Danny Harf – WINNER

Group Three – Josh Sanders – WINNER
- Jeff Weatherall

Group Four – Tino Santori
- Brett Eisenhauer - WINNER

Pro Men Head to Head
Group Five – Daniel Watkins
- Danny Harf - WINNER

Group Six – Josh Sanders - WINNER
- Brett Eisenhauer

Group Seven
1st - Danny Harf – Overall Winner
2nd - Josh Sanders

Group Eight
3rd - Daniel Watkins
4th - Brett Eisenhauer

Top Ten Ranking (at last tour stop)
1 Josh Sanders 445
2 Daniel Watkins 430
3 Brett Eisenhauer 385
4 Phillip Soven 370
5 Andrew Adkison 365
6 Danny Harf 354
7 Tino Santori 335
8 Chad Sharpe 310
9 Erik Ruck 301
10 Rusty Malinoski 280

Junior Men (14-18) - Finals Heat 01
1 Rhett Whatley USA 73.56
2 Adam Errington USA 70.56
3 Reed Hansen USA 65.67
4 Danny Thollander USA 63.78
5 Jimmy LaRiche USA 62.56
6 Robby Carter USA 55.44
7 Devin Rogers USA 48.56
8 Austin Hair USA 43.44

Top Ten Ranking (at last tour stop)
1 Philip Combs 395
2 Reed Hansen 375
3 Austin Hair 370
4 Aaron Rathy 360
5 Danny Thollander 349
6 Adam Errington 324
7 Jimmy LaRiche 320
8 Rhett Watley 319
9 Daniel Walden 280
10 Brett Lee 279

Professional WakeSkate - Finals Heat 01
1 Phillip Basino USA 90.00
2 Brandon Thomas USA 86.67
3 Reed Hansen
3 Jeff Engen
5 Chase Gregory
5 Evan Lykes
7 George Daniels
7 Clint Tompkins

Top Ten Ranking (at last tour stop)
1 Brandon Thomas 475
2 George Daniels 415
3 Brian Grubb 395
4 Philip Basino 385
5 Chase Gregory 345
6 Colin Wright 340
7 Clint Tompkins 275
8 Evan Lykes 264
9 Reed Hansen 260
10 Drew McGuckin 253

Men's Professional - Semi Finals Heat 01
1 Brett Eisenhauer AUS 98.50
2 Andrew Adkison USA 90.00
3 Gabe Lucas USA 81.50
4 Jonathan Nadolski USA 70.00

Men's Professional - Semi Finals Heat 02
1 Jeff Weatherall NZL 95.00
2 Tino Santori USA 90.00
3 Phillip Soven USA 77.50
3 Parks Bonifay USA 77.50

Men's Professional - Semi Finals Heat 03
1 Danny Harf USA 100.00
2 Daniel Watkins AUS 85.50
3 JD Webb USA 84.50
4 Corey Bradley USA 70.00

Men's Professional - Semi Finals Heat 04
1 Rusty Malinoski CDN 97.50
2 Josh Sanders AUS 92.50
3 Erik Ruck USA 75.50
4 Scotty Broome AUS 74.50

Professional WakeSkate - Semi Finals Heat 01
1 Phillip Basino USA 85.67
2 R. Hansen USA 71.67
3 Evan Lykes USA 65.00
4 George Daniels USA 58.33

Professional WakeSkate - Semi Finals Heat 02
1 Brandon Thomas USA 69.17
2 Jeff Engen USA 65.00
3 Chase Gregory USA 58.33
4 Clint Tompkins USA 52.50 / News

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