At 8.00am sharp today, the clear blue skies delivered a temperature of 31C / 92Fh. With 19 Heats and 91 Rider?s runs to pull, the MasterCraft driven by Martin James (GBR) was at the dock and ready to go. All the results are posted here on our site and the flow of details will continue throughout the Finals day on Friday.
In the LCQ Open Women, Cathy Williams (USA) came out on top for a Semi Finals place but just missed getting beyond the Semi Finals. Dallas Friday (USA), defending World Champion Andrea Fountain (NZL) and Shelby Kantar (USA) put in outstanding performances to win Finals places. Sunni Ann Ball (CAN) had a back strain and opted to skip the remainder of the event to save energy for the World Cup on Saturday. Six Riders will progress to all World Championships Finals. In the Open Mens Quarter Finals, 20 Riders chased 8 Semi Finals places. This was the toughest group of all today. The big surprises were the loss of Daniel Watkins (AUS) and Morgan Krause (RSA). Top scores went to Phillip Soven (USA), Dan Nott (GBR), defending World Champion Jeff Weatherall (NZL) and Chad Sharpe (CAN). The Open Men Semi Final at 9.00am tomorrow, Friday, promises to be a real attention catcher.
In the Junior Men Semi Finals tomorrow, the ones to watch will be Mitchel Langfield (AUS) and Robert Soven (USA). Keep an eye out also for 10 year old William Young (GBR). In Junior Women, Corrie Dyer (USA) was outstanding in the Semi Finals and may be hard to catch in the Finals. Having achieved a podium place at the World Cup Stop in Singapore, Raimi Merritt (USA) looks very promising in the Girls U14 group. Daniel Powers (USA) and Harley Clifford (AUS) also look like hot contenders in the Boys U14 group.
In the Masters Men Final, expect a major battle between Rodo Vinh Tung (FRA) and Travis Osbourne (AUS).
It was early to bed for most Riders here in Doha tonight at the Marriott Hotel. This has been the most outstanding IWSF Wakeboard World Championships so far. The support of Aspire, Qatar Marine Sports Federation, Qmedia, MasterCraft and the Diplomatic Club has produced a high quality event in a country which is developing at an extraordinary pace. Friday will be a thriller here in the Arabian Gulf ! Watch out also for the last IWSF Wakeboard World Cup Stop of 2007 here in Qatar.