Reigning MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour champion Phillip Soven (Longwood, Fla.) leads the field of Pro Men riders, as the current wakeboard world champion enters Fort Worth as the leader in the Tour’s Indmar Performance Standings. Soven looks to keep his winning streak alive, but “the Bone Crusher” Rusty Malinoski (Humboldt, Sask.) plans to leave Soven in his wake — the Canadian ripper took the top spot in Texas in 2007 and is hot off a narrow victory over Soven at Masters last weekend. The two have been trading victories throughout the first few pro events, and both will be hungry for a “W” in the Lone Star State.
Don’t let the current King of Wake standings fool you, however, because the number of dangerous competitors who could step up at any time and knock Soven and Malinoski off number in the dozens.
JD Webb (Anna Maria Island, Fla.), 2007 Rookie of the Year “Easy E” Adam Errington (Ullapool, Scotland) and two-time wakeboard national champion Shawn Watson (Lantana, Fla.) also have the potential to pull off an upset, as all three riders are ranked in the top five in the Indmar Performance Standings.
For the first time in history, the top female riders on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour will be featured in the Lone Star State. The 2008 Wake Games women’s champion Nicola Butler (Cape Town, South Africa) enters Fort Worth as the Tour’s top-ranked rider in the Indmar Performance Standings. The second-year pro rider won her first-ever Tour title at the 2008 Tour opener in Acworth, Ga. Butler has two Queen of Wake victories under her belt, but the womens field will never count Dallas Friday out. Friday’s a consummate competitor who has the ability and drive to win at any time. While Butler has won the last two Queen of Wake stops, Friday won the womens division at the Masters last weekend. Other riders in contention for the Fort Worth title includes current women’s wakeboard world champion Amber Wing (Sydney, Australia), X Games gold medalist Emily Copeland Durham (Denver, Colo.) and 2007 Tour champion Shelby Kantar (Sacramento, Calif.).