Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Team Malibu's Phillip Soven Wins First Pro Rail Jam

The 4th annual Boardshorts, Bulls and Bikinis wakeboard rail jam, presented by Malibu Boats and Monster Energy Drink, took place in Dallas, Texas last Saturday night and it was arguably the best one to date! It was definitely the best weather conditions yet for this Texas style winter wakeboard party as temperatures were in the mid to high 60's. With an impressive line-up of top local and pro riders, the packed house was treated to some exciting rail jam action, rowdy mechanical bull riding, a smoking hot bikini contest and great live music from Fort Worth based psychedelic rockers - Spoonfed Tribe.

The event took place at the world famous Gilley's honky-tonk, just south of downtown Dallas. The action kicked off at 8:30 PM as seventeen riders prepared to battle it out for cash and one of two coveted Boardshorts, Bulls and Bikinis custom silver belt buckles that were up for grabs. The set-up provided by Orlando based Step Up Productions featured a 40-foot rooftop rail, a cheese wedge kicker to fun box and a massive big air kicker. Riders were split into three heats with the top two from each heat advancing to the rail jam finals. Each rider would get three attempts to lay down their best trick.

It was Soven's first ever rail jam win and he was stoked to get it at an event presented by his boat sponsor, Malibu Boats! Soven narrowly edged out the always-innovative Gabe Lucas who took second place and a check for $500 for his switch toeside transfer to front board. Third place went to Kyle Alberts whose aerial antics had the crowd on their feet all night. Alberts boosted a HUGE indy tantrum off the kicker and landed clean to lock up third place and a check for $250.

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