Peachy: Wakeboard Star Harley Clifford and Shota Tezuka Dominate First Pro Tour Stop in Georgia


The O just keeps on rollin’. This time, in the land of peaches.

Hordes of Wake fans packed the shores of Lake Allatoona at Dallas Landing Park today to catch the final rounds of action at the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour stop in Acworth, Ga. On the heels of a season-opening victory at Wakegames, Oakley’s young star Harley Clifford dominated the Pro Men’s field – while O’s young Japanese up and comer Shota Tezuka grabbed the victory in the Jr. Pro Men Division.

The final day in Acworth saw the field of 20 riders narrow down to six for the last round of action. But none were any match for O’s Aussie phenom.

“I’m so stoked to start the season with a win,” said Harley, whose win solidified a lead in the King of Wake Series standings. “Phil [Soven] is always tough to go up against, but I rode really well today and came out on top.”

Today’s win marks his second consecutive victory in Acworth.

In the Jr. Pro Men’s division, history was made today, as young Oakley ripper Shota Tezuka became the first Japanese rider ever to win a Pro Tour event. Tezuka, 17, from Gotenba, Japan, blew the competition out of the water in the four-man final, posting a score of 97.00, a 13-point difference from his next closest competitor. Jacob Valdez and Aussie Dylan Prideaux rounded out the Jr. Pro Men’s podium, respectively.

“It feels awesome, I’m very excited,” Shota said, rocking his Oakley Japan gear from head-to-toe. “I rode really well, had fun and won.”

If that wasn’t impressive enough, Shota turned heads and created a huge buzz in Acworth by beating out Rusty Malinoski and special guest Parks Bonifay in the Overton’s Double Up Contest. He took home the $1,000 cash prize for landing a massive Heelside Frontside 900 off the double up.

With the first stop of the season all wrapped up, the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink will now head to Fort Worth, Tex., on June 2-4. Additional 2011 Pro Tour venues include Colorado Springs, Colo., Monroe, Wash., and Knoxville, Tenn.


Pro Men

Final Round – Heat #1

1 Harley Clifford AUS 85.00 (Oakley Global Team)
2 Phillip Soven USA 80.00
3 Steel Lafferty USA 60.00
4 Nick Jones USA 57.50
5 Bob Soven USA 55.00
6 Adam Errington USA 45.00

Pro Women

Final Round – Heat #1

1 Melissa Marquardt USA 71.67
2 Amber Wing AUS 66.67 (Oakley Global Team)
3 Nicola Butler GBR 58.33 (Oakley Global Team)
4 Emily Durham USA 53.33
5 Anna Hajek USA 46.67
6 Raimi Merritt USA 36.67

Jr. Pro Men

Final Round – Heat #1

1 Shota Tezuka JPN 97.00 (Oakley Pro Team)
2 Jacob Valdez USA 84.00
3 Dylan Prideaux AUS 83.50
4 Joshua Twelker USA 75.50