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Andrea Fountain 5th at Wake Games
Wednesday 2nd May 2007

The first event for the 2007 Northern Hemisphere summer kicked off this weekend at the Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando. Pinnacle athlete Andrea Fountain, backed by Hyundai started her season off in a strong position.

Riding on Thursday in the quarter-finals Fountain qualified for the semi’s, placing 2nd in her heat just behind Melissa Marquardt from the USA.

With a day of rest between the quarters and the semis, the girls had time to recover and prepare for the semis on Saturday. Fountain went out and stuck one her best passes in competition – landing two clean passes including the toeside 540 spin. She came unstuck only on the rail at the end of her second pass which unfortunately left her in 3rd place in her heat which had the WWA World Champion Emily Copeland-Durham and Fountain just missed out on progressing to the 4 women final on Sunday by 2 points.

Only the top 2 girls from each heat of six made it – a cut throat competition.

“I was definitely disappointed not to make it through as I had ridden so well but the rails are worth 30% of your score so its important to nail them, however I cant be disappointed with how I rode, to land every trick was a great feeling. The other riders were pumped on how I rode on the day and that meant a lot and now I know what I have to work on for the next contest, that’s the main thing.”

Final Placings

1. Sunni Anne Ball CAN
2. Emily Copeland USA
3. Melissa Marquardt USA
4. Racquael Hoffman USA
5. Andrea Fountain NZL
6. Hayley Smith AUS

Next Contest is the US Wakeboard Pro Tour on May 17th followed by the US Masters, an invitational event on the 25th May - both held in the state of Georgia.