Copeland Durham Looks to Bounce Back at Air Nautique WWA Nationals

Sparks, Nev. – Emily Copeland Durham is one the most highly decorated pro female wakeboarders in the world, but in 2009, the Denver native decided to put her career on hold to start a family and give birth to her first born child. Now nearly a year and half since her last professional contest, Copeland Durham returned to the pro wakeboard scene today by hitting the waters of Sparks Marina for the Pro Women’s division quarterfinals at the Air Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships, presented by ROCKSTAR.

“I’m just excited to be back out on the water, doing what I love,” said Copeland Durham. “The other girls have stepped up their riding so much since I last competed, but I’ve been training and my goal is to finish within the top three in the contest.”

Copeland Durham’s first shot at a triumphant return came today, as she finished second in her heat, advancing onto tomorrow’s semifinals.

“I was a little nervous about riding, but felt I had a good run today,” said Copeland Durham. “Now that I got my first run out of the way, I’m feeling a little more confident going in to tomorrow.”

Should Copeland Durham advance in the semifinals and win her division on Sunday, it will mark her second national title since 2001. Coincidently, Sparks Marina was the site of her last professional win, back in 2008.

The Pro Women will hit the water again tomorrow, July 17 at 11 a.m. for their semifinal round of action.

Top 3 Riders advance to Semis.
Pro Women: Quarterfinals – Heat #1
1 Amber Wing 60.00
2 Shawna Hoffman 48.33
3 Anna Hajek 41.11
4 Bec Gange 35.00

Pro Women: Quarterfinals – Heat #2
1 Meagan Ethell 65.00
2 Hayley Smith 56.67
3 Megan Blaschka 48.33
4 Tarah Mikacich 38.33

Pro Women: Quarterfinals – Heat #3
1 Raimi Merritt 73.33
2 Emily Copeland Durham 56.67
3 Raequal Hoffman 40.00
4 Emylee Wright 30.00

Pro Women: Quarterfinals – Heat #4
1 Nicola Butler 73.33
2 Melissa Marquardt 61.67
3 Shelby Kantar 48.33
4 Corrie Dyer 40.00
5 Danni Petraitis 26.67

Jr. Women: Semifinals – Heat #1
Top 4 Riders advance to Finals
1 Katelyn Fenner 63.33
2 Tori Koch 54.17
3 Leah Gibney 48.33
4 Nataly Conner 40.00
5 Jasmine Lally 25.00
6 Delanie Parker 18.33
7 Kimberly Kirch 18.22



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