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Pro Wake Board Tour Hits Tennessee

Tennessee Wakeboarder Makes a Splash in Knoxville
 
Knoxville, Tenn. — The top professional wakeboarders on the planet hit the waters of Volunteer Landing today for the opening rounds of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour stop in downtown Knoxville. The event, which concludes tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 14, opened with preliminary rounds for the Pro Men, Pro Women and Jr. Pro Men’s divisions.
 
Among the 34 riders who competed in the Pro Men’s division qualifiers today was Tennessee native Phillip Aslinger. Aslinger, a 20-year-old rookie from Chattanooga, placed second in his heat, behind Rusty Malinoski, to advance onto tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
 
“I had a fall in my run, but other than that, I thought I rode really well,” said Aslinger. “Rusty [Malinoski] killed it today and won the heat, but I’m still pretty happy to make it to the quarterfinals.” 
 
Aslinger and Malinoski will be joined by 18 other pros in tomorrow’s quarterfinals, as all 20 riders will try to battle their way to the finals and emerge as the winner in Knoxville.
 
“My rookie season has been a lot of fun, but I’m still looking for my first win,” said Aslinger. “My family and friends are coming out tomorrow, so it would awesome to get my first win in front of them.”
 
Aslinger will hit the water at 11 a.m. for the Pro Men’s quarterfinals.
 
Fellow Tennessean, Corrie Dyer, hit the water today to compete in the Pro Women’s division semifinals. Dyer, 20, out of Crossville, placed fourth in her six-woman heat, falling just short of advancement.
 
“I didn’t do as well as I could have,” said Dyer. “I’m a little bummed that I didn’t make finals, but I still had a lot of fun today.”
 
Emily Copeland Durham, Raimi Merritt and Amber Wing took the top three spots, respectively, in Dyer’s heat to advance onto tomorrow’s finals. Joining the trio in the six-man final is Nicola Butler, Shawna Hoffman and Anna Hajek, who also advanced past the semifinals.
 
In the Jr. Pro Men’s division, the top amateur rippers on Tour hit the water for their quarterfinal round of action. Riders competed in five heats, with only the top two athletes from each group advancing to set up tomorrow’s 10-man semifinal.

Among the 10 semifinalists is Florida native Daniel Powers. Powers won his quarterfinal heat today with a perfect score of 100 points.
 
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour wraps up in Knoxville tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 14, with the ticketed event starting at 11 a.m., with the Main Event running from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets to Saturday’s event can be purchased at the gate for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under).
 
In addition to all the action on the water; on land, there’s plenty of great food; athlete autograph signings; chances to win freebies; and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions.
 
Be sure to pick up your share of $10,000 in free gift cards from Overton’s, the official water-sports retailer of the King of Wake series. Fans can also register to win a $500 Overton’s catalog shopping spree.
 
Following Saturday’s event, the MasterCraft Pro Wakebouard Tour is inviting the general public to join the athletes at the Bijou Theater for its season-ending award ceremony and after-party. Doors to the Bijou Theater open at 9 p.m.
 
To catch all the high-flying, rail-sliding, water-sports action of the Knoxville Pro Tour stop on television, tune in to FUEL TV on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. EST.
 
For more information on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, including news, daily schedules, tickets, TV info, photos, videos, athlete bios, results, standings and more, visit www.allisports.com.