ACWORTH, Ga. -- An 18-year-old Florida native made some big waves on the first day of the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour.
A total of 30 professional riders competed in six heats of the Pro Men's qualifying rounds on Thursday, May 19 at Dallas Landing Park (5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth, 30101).
Rookie pro Steel Lafferty was among the 24 qualifiers. The Fort Lauderdale resident won his heat during his Pro Tour debut.
"There were butterflies today, for sure," Lafferty said. "It was my first Pro Tour stop, plus I had big guns like JD [Webb] in my heat."
Despite the butterflies, the rookie showed a veteran-like performance, sticking complicated tricks in his run.
Lafferty first made a name for himself on the 2010 Jr. Pro Tour, finishing third overall.
He faced his Jr.