Published on Monday, 17 March 2014 18:20
In glorious sunshine, the City of Mandurah in Western Australia, with its 19 local beaches and resident dolphins and pelicans, welcomed IWWF World Cup Wakeboard and Waterski Jump athletes from 24 countries to the crystal clear waters of Mandjar Bay this weekend.
Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone declared that these Action Sports Games are now Australia’s largest and most successful such event. In addition to BMX, Scooter, Skate and Freestyle Moto X, this 39th Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop was one of the most spectacular to date. The Channel 7 Crab Fest was also part of the Action Sports Games. National Channel 7 celebrity Mark Beretta enjoyed the warm sunshine after his recent Sochi Winter Olympics assignment. MasterCraft provided the World Cup boats and support services.
Waterski Jump had the spectators lining the packed beaches cheering for their favourites during the SaturdayQualification Round. With eight of the World’s top women Jumpers chasing just four Finals places, crashes and disappointments were unavoidable. However, as ever, the best rose to the top. The coveted Finals line-up included World Jump Champion Jacinta Carroll (AUS), World Record Holder Natallia Berdnikova (BLR), 2012 World University Champion Lauren Morgan (USA), and 2013 Moomba Masters Champion Jutta Lammi (FIN).
Morgan set the pace with a distance of 46.5m. This was quickly pushed to 47.5m by Lammi. On her first Jump, Berdnikava then got a roar of approval from the huge crowds. Her distance was 50.2m. This just left Australia’s own World Champion Jacinta Carroll to go for the title. She struggled on her first two attempts with 47.0m and 43.5m. Could she do the impossible on her final attempt? The spectators then raised the roof as their own World Champion Scored 51.1m on her final effort. A perfect and very popular finish for the home crowd.
The Mens Jump Qualification Round was also dramatic. Twelve athletes chased six Finals places. Deciding to pass on one or more Jump attempts were Felipe Miranda (CHI), Damien Sharman (GBR) and Freddy Krueger (USA). Thomas Asher (GBR) crashed in the early stages and had to withdraw. Making it through to the Finals were four-time World Cup Gold Medalist Jimmy Siemers (USA), past U21 World Jump Champion Zack Worden (USA), Russia’s National Jump Record Holder Igor Morozov, Europe-Africa Jump Champion Bojan Schipner (GER), World Games Jump Champion Damien Sharman (GBR) and World Jump Record Holder Freddy Krueger (USA).
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