Pine Mountain, GA (May 30, 2010) – The conclusion of the 51st Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® at Callaway Gardens brought two new Masters champions, trick skier Herman Beliakou and wakeskater champion Brandon Thomas, to the forefront of the competition to join five competitors who defended 2009 titles.
In Women’s events, Nautique skier Whitney McClintock defended her title for the second year in Women’s Tricks with a score of 8340; Clementine Lucine, also a Nautique skier, finished second. McClintock also placed third in Women’s Slalom, while Regina Jaquess dominated Women’s Slalom with .5@39-off. June Fladborg defended her Women’s Jump title with a score of 174 ft and Nicola Butler was crowned for the second year in a row in Women’s Wakeboard with 81.67 points.
In the Men’s disciplines, William Asher defended his Masters title for the third consecutive year in Men’s Slalom. With the new tricks format, Herman Beliakou earned his first Masters title in Men’s Tricks. Freddy Krueger edged out Thomas Asher by 2 feet defending his multiple Men’s Jump titles. Phillip Soven earned his third Masters Wakeboard title out scoring his younger brother Bob Soven, who landed a heelside 900 off the double-up to earn the Roswell Double-Up award.
Nautique rider Brandon Thomas earned his first Masters title in WakeSkate, the inaugural year for this discipline. Thomas had two stand up passes landing a wake to wake big spin indy and a heelside 360 followed by a switch 360. This is Thomas’ first major win since he was crowned in all three events at the 2006 Byerly Toe Jam.
Visit masterswaterski.com/standings for complete 51st Masters scores.
An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline – only the world’s most elite athletes compete at the Masters. This tournament is IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA sanctioned.