07Jul09 Dubna In Russia Welcomes Its Sixth Waterski World Cup Stop

The Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series of the International Water Ski Federation (IWSF) is now commencing its sixth season in bringing the highest ranked athletes to compete at major downtown locations around the world. To date, twenty-six successful Stops have been completed, hosts cities and organizers have invested over US$10 million in the project, cash prizes of US$2.5 million have been awarded and 52 different TV shows and edits have each been distributed to over 500 million viewers.

The City of Dubna in Russia, located in the Region of Moscow, has the unique distinction of successfully hosting more World Cup Stops than any other in the world today. It is also Russia's watersports capital. Next weekend, on July 10/12th the World Cup series will return to this excellent Volga River site for the sixth time. Each year, close to 30,000 Dubna area spectators fill the purpose built arena seating area to capacity. City Mayor Valery Prokh and his colleagues have turned the event into a major annual celebration which is one of the most popular amongst the international athletes due to the enthusiastic reception given each year to the competitors.

MasterCraft, as the official boat sponsor for all previous World Cup Stops, will again supply the competition boats and support systems for this sixth World Cup season.

The final list of those highest ranked athletes to qualify for entry has just been released. Eleven countries are involved including Greece, Belarus, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Colombia, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. The disciplines on this occasion will be Waterski Jump for Men and Women, and Waterski Shortboard / Tricks, also for both Men and Women. Eight Women and twelve Men will compete on each occasion. These will include all the defending 2008 Dubna World Cup champions - Freddy Krueger USA and Natalia Berdnikova BLR in Jump, plus Jaret Llewellyn CAN and Clementine Lucine FRA in Shortboard. The latest available entry details are as follows :

Waterski Jump Men
Ryan Dodd CAN
Jason Seels GBR
Freddy Krueger USA
Jaret Llewellyn CAN
Kyle Eade NZL
Scot Ellis USA
Mark Lane USA
Thomas Asher GBR
Jimmy Siemers USA
Damien Sharman GBR
Ryan Green AUS

Waterski Jump Women
Ageliki Andriopoulou GRE
Maria Vympranietsova GRE
Natalia Berdnikova BLR
June Fladborg DEN
Irina Turets BLR
Clementine Lucine FRA
Nancy Chardin FRA

Waterski Shortboard Men
Nicolas LeForestier FRA
Jimmy Siemers USA
Oleg Deviatovski BLR
Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR
Herman Beliakou BLR
Jaret Llewellyn CAN
Olivier Fortamps BEL
Franck Desboyaux FRA
Ryan Green AUS
Ryan Dodd CAN
Pierre Ballon FRA

Waterski Shortboard Women
Ageliki Andriopoulou GRE
Natalia Berdnikova BLR
Clementine Lucine FRA
Mandy Nightingale USA
Maria Camilla Linares COL
Marion Aynaud FRA
Danyelle Bennett USA

Full details of the Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup season and links to the Host Cities are available at http://www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com
As usual, an edited TV show will be produced for each Stop and Broadcast Schedules, when available in advance, will be highlighted on the World Cup website. DVD's of all World Cup Stops are also available at :

CONTACT : Des Burke-Kennedy, Media Chairman, International Waterski Federation
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