Sweep! O Wakeboard Stars Harley Clifford, Amber Wing Sweep Wake Crowns, Shota Tezuka Claims Jr. Pro Tour Title
The Oakley Wakeboard Team might as well be a Royal Court.
At the final intense stop of the 2011 Pro Wakeboard Tour, the most prominent pros on the Planet collided to vie for victory in Knoxville…and to seal the deal for even bigger honors: The King and Queen of Wake Titles.
As usual, the Pro Men’s division tantalized the crowds with the two top cotenders, Oakley’s star Harley Clifford and Phil Soven, battling for both the Pro Tour Title and the King of Wake Crown.
With the Pro Tour title already secured by Soven, the event final’s implications were the coveted crown. Harley was behind 10 points going into the contest and needed a victory to shoot to the top.
Despite a flurry of tech and big-air tricks from Soven, Harley’s blind Pete Rose, front mobe 540 and a toeside 900 propelled him over the edge to claim his first-ever King of Wake Crown.
“There was so much pressure today in the finals with Phil [Soven] and I 10 points apart,” Harley said, rocking his Oakley gear and eyewear. “But I was able to stand up my pass and come out ahead of him. I’m so pumped to win the King of Wake. It’s something I wanted to do for the last three years.”
On the prettier side of the sport, fellow Oakley riders were throwing down, big time, for the Women’s Crown.
With clear domination all season long, O’s Amber Wing brought the title suspense as she failed to fight her way into the finals.
But after some interesting, unexpected shuffling in the final Knoxville results, Amber emerged with the Queen of Wake Crown – capping off a killer overall season.
“I’m super stoked to win Queen of Wake,” Wing said, rocking her Oakley Women’s eyewear and gear. “It’s been a long, tough season and to see all the hard work pay off is really awesome.”
But the two amazing Aussies weren’t the only two to come out of Tennessee with big titles.
Oakley’s young Japanese phenom Shota Tezuka, despite taking second place in the event, rode a phenomenal overall season with big time points in the standings to come out with his first-ever Jr. Pro Tour Title.
“I can’t believe I won the Tour,” a visibly stoked Shota said, decked out in his Oakley Japan gear. “When I first started the season, I never expected to win. Now that the season is over, I’m going back home to celebrate and start training for the pro division next year.”
A huge congratulations to the entire Oakley team for an epic season and major titles!