Another Sweep: Harley Clifford, Amber Wing and Shota Tezuka Triumph at 2011 Wakeboard National Championships
Break out the brooms. Because Oakley’s killer Wakeboard team just racked up another sweep…Nationals style.
Our very own Aussie phenom Harley Clifford lead the way by claiming his second consecutive Wakeboard National Championship, edging out Phil Soven for the contest and overtaking him for the King of Wake Series lead.
“I’m pretty stoked to win Nationals,” Harley said – after facing off against a power-packed field in the Final, which included the likes of fellow Oakley rider Aaron Rathy, Bob Soven and Rusty Malinoski. “Phil [Soven] and I have been neck and neck all season, so it feels good to come out with a win today.”
Harley and Soven have been trading blows from stop to stop on the Pro Tour in efforts to gain the advantage for the crown at the end of the season.
On the prettier side of the sport, O ripper Amber Wing managed to topple defending National Champ and fellow Oakley rider Nicola Butler for this year’s honor – and an even bigger advantage in the Queen of Wake standings.
The Aussie charger has been tallying victories left and right all season long thus far. This particular triumph was her fourth straight win this year and her third overall Nationals victory.
But O’s Aussies weren’t the only riders in the spotlight in Minneapolis.
The youngsters in the Jr. Pro Men’s Division took to the water for an intense six-man final of their own. Oakley Japan’s Shota Tezuka – a bone fide talent in every respect – scooped up a commanding 81.67 score for the Division Championship. His score was a whole six points above the runner-up finisher – displaying his bright future and progression in the sport.
Overall, it was another memorable National Championship with pure Oakley domination. Congratulations to Harley, Amber and Shota for the amazing showing!
Can’t get enough of Harley? Check out his feature article in Issue No. 3 of Oakley’s One Icon Magazine here.