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- 26. April 2007.

The Air Nautique Wake Games day one.

Orlando, FL- The best wakeboarders in the world took to the water at the Orlando Watersports Complex today looking to make waves on opening day of the 2007 Air Nautique Wake Games. The field of 74 riders today had a definite Orlando feel to it as many of the top riders in the world live right here in Orlando.


Opening day also marked the quarterfinals of the competition for the pro women. “This event kicks off the entire wakeboarding season and it’s a great way to see how the other girls compete,” said pro female rider Emily Copland Durham, who easily advanced to the semis. Others moving on included Melissa Marquardt, Andrea Fountain, Hayley Smith, Jenacee Jackson, Danae Heggen, Tarah Benzel-Mikacich, Sunni Anne Ball, Nicola Butler, Raequel Hoffman, Laura Lohrmann and Samantha Louise Moore.



Day two of the Air Nautique Wake Games will be dominated by the amateur divisions. Competition begins at 10:00 tomorrow morning.



The Wake Games is also the first event in the 2007 King of Wake series. King of Wake is a season-long points chase with points on the line at the top 10 events on the men’s professional circuit. Top riders dash to be number one in the world and collect a $25,000 bonus.



Correct Craft is the exclusive tow boat of the Wake Games. Nautique will be using a complete arsenal of their boats at the Wake Games. Riders will get to experience the awesome wakes behind the 210, 220 or 236, depending on what division they ride in. Celebrating more than 80 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a family-owned manufacturer of internationally acclaimed competition-caliber water-ski and wakeboard boats, as well as boats for recreational enjoyment. Correct Craft Inc. is known for superior-quality products, cutting-edge technology and innovative hull designs.



The official magazine of the Air Nautique Wake Games is Wake Boarding, the premier publication for the sport. Wake Games also has the support of the following sponsors: presenting sponsor RGX Body Spray powered by Right Guard, Rip It Energy Fuel, the U.S. Air Force, Verizon Wireless, Fox, g3, Hyperlite Wakeboards, CWB, Gator Boards, Ronix, Reef, Oakley, OWC, Wakeworld.com and Wakeboarder.com, Orlando City Beat, O-Rock 105.9, and Southeast Correct Craft.


Women's Professional - Quarter Finals

(Top 6 Riders advance to next round !)



Heat 01



1 Melissa Marquardt USA 60.00

2 Andrea Fountain NZL 53.33

3 Hayley Smith AUS 45.00

4 Jenacee Jackson USA 40.00

5 Danae Heggen USA 28.89

6 Tarah Benzel-Mikacich USA 23.33

7 Gretchen Hammarberg USA NS

Top 6 Riders advance to next round !



Heat 02

1 Emily Copeland Durham USA 60.56

2 Sunni Anne Ball CDN 55.00

3 Nicola Butler USA 53.89

4 Raequel Hoffman USA 52.22

5 Laura Lohrmann USA 46.67

6 Samantha Louise Moore UK 46.11

7 Ashley Leugner CAN 28.89

Top 6 Riders advance to next round !

Contact: Michael Weiss

Associate Director, Event PR

407-453-0222

Michael.Weiss@bonniercorp.com



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