WWA Wakeboard World Championships 2010: Soven and Butler Win Wakeboard Crowns
Pro riders from across the world spent the day fighting for world titles, with the results from the Pro Men and Pro Women’s divisions also deciding the winners of the King of Wake and Queen of Wake series.
The finale of the Pro Men’s division had to be one of the most exciting displays of athleticism in the WWA World Championship’s 17-year history. Top seed Harley Clifford failed to make it past the semifinals, leaving Danny Harf, Trevor Hansen, Dean Smith and brothers Phillip and Bob Soven to face off in the five-man final.
Each of the five athletes gave it his all, but Australian Dean Smith dominated the water and took home his first-ever world title. Phillip Soven and Trevor Hansen took second and third place, respectively.
“This is so sick, I’m the world champion for the next 365 days” said Smith. “Going into the finals, I didn’t know what would happen, but I just put it together out there and won.”
Dean Smith is now the first Australian to ever claim a world title in the Pro Men’s division. Phillip Soven’s second-place finish earned him his third crown in four years.
“I wanted to finish off the season with a win, but I’m not going home empty handed, I still won King of Wake,” said Soven.
On the Pro Women’s side of the competition, the world's female elite battled it out in six-woman final for the world title and points toward the Queen of Wake series.
Despite the rain and wind, Nicola Butler was able to lay down the most impressive run of the day, which included a transfer back lip onto the funbox, to win her second world title in three years.
“I didn’t ride my best, I had a couple of falls, but I was stoked about my transfer,” said Butler. “It feels awesome to win.”
“I had a bad year in 2009, so to come back this year and win Queen of Wake is like redemption,” said Butler.
Reed Hansen took first place today in the Pro Wakeskate finals to win his fourth consecutive world title.
“Worlds is my favorite contest, so to win it four times in a row is pretty amazing,” said Hansen. “The other guys in my heat really push me to ride better and win events like today.”
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