THOUSANDS CHEER NEW WORLD CUP START
With seven worldwide Stops scheduled for 2004, the opening
event of the Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup took off with a perfect start in
Wakeboarding is similar to Snowboarding Ė except that each Rider is towed on the water surface. Two passes are provided for each rider to complete complex gymnastic manoeuvres. Points are awarded for Execution, Intensity and Composition.
perfect conditions, Wakeboard Riders competed from
With only 8 places in the Menís Pro Finals from a starting pack of 20 Riders, there were some real surprises in the Elimination Rounds. Losing out were the British brothers Julz and Nick Heaney, Russian star Nikita Martinanov and the 2004 Junior US Masters Champion, Jonathan Nadolski. Daniel Watkins (AUS), had the biggest day of his life scoring highest marks and taking home the US$15,000 top prize of this Stop. Only 1.7 points behind, was his 22 year old countryman Josh Sanders, followed by Swiss champion Cyril Cornaro.
The 6 Ladies
Pro Finalists saw the hot favourite Cathy Williams (USA) pull off a big Heel
Side manoeuvre in spite of a hand injury. After a very strong Preliminary
Round, she crashed too early and had to settle for third place.
The new policy of the International Waterski Federation to bring the very best Waterski and Wakeboard athletes to downtown locations this year received an enormous vote of confidence in Enghien-les-Bains. The full capacity crowd, Show Ski demonstration from the Stars of Florida and the fireworks display created a hugely popular formula.† The experienced Ian Birdsall of MasterCraft, sponsor and supplier of the impressive X Star boats used in the World Cup, stated that this was the best event of the year so far for his team.
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CONTACT : Des Burke-Kennedy, Media Chairman, Internationals Waterski Federation