Wakeboarding Duo Looks to Splash into Record Books with a Win in Reno

Since its inception in 1992, the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour has hosted some of the most talented riders in the world; from X Games gold-medalists to world record-holders, ESPN Espy winners to world and national champions. But never before in its 17-year history, has the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour had a rider, let alone two, go undefeated on the season — until now.

After claiming wins at the first four Tour stops of the 2008 season, both Phillip Soven, 19, and Nicola Butler, 16, are on the verge of making action-sports history, as the wakeboarding duo look to claim their fifth and final Tour stop victories of the year at Sparks Marina in Reno, Nev., July 11-13, 2008.

A win in Reno would solidify both Soven’s and Butler’s place in history as the first two riders ever to go unbeaten on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour.

Soven, of Longwood, Fla., has competed in the Pro Men’s Division on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour since age 11. Throughout his eight-year professional career on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, Soven has won 10 Tour stops and claimed the overall Tour title in 2007.

Butler, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, is currently in just her second year on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, but has already set Tour records in the Pro Women’s Division and is established as one of the most progressive female riders on the water.

Soven and Butler both enter the Tour’s final stop of the year, as the top-seeded riders in their respective divisions and are widely considered the frontrunners of the contest.

However, a talented field of riders will look to leave the duo in their wake and end Butler’s and Soven’s run toward making action-sports history, as the first two riders to have an undefeated season on the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour.

The Tour will witness history in the making or see the duo’s dreams wash away, when all the high-flying, rail-sliding, water-sports action of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour hits Reno, Nev., July 11-13.

This event is a three-day carnival of water-sports action. But not all of the action takes place on the water. On land, fans will experience tons of great food and music; athlete autograph signings; chances to win free giveaways; and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions. The event will run from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and Sunday and 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12.

Tickets can be purchased at Sparks Marina on July 11-13 for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under). To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.prowakeboardtour.com. General-admission tickets are buy one get one free online only until July 10, 12 p.m. EST.

To catch all the wakeboarding action from home, tune in to FUEL TV.

FUEL TV is a 24/7 action-sports lifestyle network for wakeboarding, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX and freestyle motocross. A unit of Fox Cable Networks, Fuel TV was launched July 1, 2003, and is seen in 25 million U.S. homes. To subscribe to Fuel TV, call 877-4-FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit fuel.tv.

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