The stars of the wakeboarding world were out at the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour weekend stop in Fort Worth, Tex.Fans packed the shores for the final rounds of the comp while riders in the Pro Men, Women and Jr. Pro Men divisions, threwdown their best runs of the contest to try to win the first Tour stop of the 2009 season.
In the Pro Women’s division, 14 elite female rippers hit the water for their Semifinals. Stars, such as four-time X Games gold medalist, Dallas Friday (Orlando, Fla.), current wakeboard world champion, Nicola Butler (Bournemouth, Eng.), and 2008 Rookie of the Year, Raimi Merritt (Lantana, Fla.) each led their heats, as expected. However, also advancing onto the six-woman Final was rookie rider, Meagan Ethell. At 12-years-old, Ethell, from Illinois, became the youngest pro female rider to advance to a Pro Tour stop Final.
Continuing her success from 2008, England’s Nicola Butler took first-place in the Pro Women’s division Finals. Butler, 17, who captured the win in Fort Worth last year,was joined on the podium by former wakeboard world champ Amber Wing and four-time X Games gold medalist Dallas Friday.
The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour will make its next stop of the season in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., on June 19-21.
Pro Women: Finals
1. Nicola Butler