QATAR CHOSEN FOR 2004 FINALS OF WATERSKI AND WAKEBOARD WORLD
It has been an epic and thrilling journey. The 2004 Waterski
and Wakeboard World Cup circumnavigation included Stops in France, Russia, Great
Britain, China and Singapore. Up to 32,000 spectators turned out in force at
individual Stops. The stage is now set for a spectacular conclusion on the
sun drenched shores of the Arabian Gulf in the oil and gas rich country of
Qatar. The December 10/12 event will present the much awaited final battle for
the 2004 World Cup titles in Slalom, Tricks, Jump and Wakeboard. Only the very
best have qualified.
With a civilization dating back over 4,000 years, Qatar is
full of surprises. Strong historical links exist with not only the surrounding
Arab nations, but also with Portugal, Britain and even the Ottoman Empire. Doha,
the capital on the palm tree-lined east coast, is seen as a major international
sports and cultural centre. It has successfully hosted the Athletics Grand Prix,
Formula Power Boat Racing, Tennis Open, Golf Masters, World Football Cup
(U19’s), World Trade Organisation Conference and the Islamic Conference
Summit. In 2006, Doha will host the Asian Games – one of the Worlds
largest sporting events.
Waterski and Wakeboard athletes from 13
countries around the World have qualified for these World Cup Finals. The actual
venue is breath taking. A gently curved 7.5 kilometre paved pathway, known as
the Corniche, has created a natural grandstand along the bay shoreline. Tall
palm trees and luxury hotels create a magical backdrop for the culmination of
the biggest Waterski and Wakeboard event series ever organized by the
International Waterski Federation.
At this moment, the special and essential equipment required for this
Final has been shipped to Qatar from various points around the World. First to
arrive were the MasterCraft boats having featured so well in France, Russia,
Great Britain, China and Singapore. The Jump Ramp has also arrived. The
high-tech electronic measuring equipment is in transit from Germany. All will be
ready in time for the December 10/12 showdown at the Corniche.
The leaders who have battled their way to
the top in the last five Stops include the following : Slalom – Chris
Parrish (USA), Tricks - Russell Gay (USA), and in Jump – Freddy Krueger (USA).
In Wakeboard – Daniel Watkins (AUS) and Phillip Soven (USA) will create an
enthralling clash of skills. Athletes from Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany,
Austria, Belarus, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Tahiti, New Zealand,
Canada, Argentina and Mexico, will also battle for their share of the season’s
$650,000 cash prize.
Large hand crafted crystal World Cup Trophies have been
specially commissioned by IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard. These will be
presented to the winners by H.E. Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al Thani, President of
the Qatar Marine Sports Federation. The Federation has played a major role in
bringing this final 2004 Stop of the Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup to