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- Published on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 21:41
Orlando, FLORIDA (March 30, 2015) – Today, the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) announced its status as an Advocacy Partner of Boating United, a national community of boating businesses, enthusiasts and supporters.
Boating United helps shape government policy that affects the boating industry and related activities. Through this partnership, the WSIA can assist with towed water sports initiatives, benefitting from the power and great resources of the Boating United organization.
WSIA Executive Director, Denny Salas, is thrilled to become an Advocacy Partner of Boating United, "As a group, we've seen the progress and admired the efforts of Boating United," Salas said. "And, their results are what really impressed us. We are offering our full support and are excited to help make a difference for the future of towed water sports."
The recreational boating industry supports jobs, economic development and recreational activities for millions of Americans. Boating United says, "We're not just weekend boaters; we're employers, manufacturers, taxpayers and citizens who make a difference in all 50 states."
Boating United has legislative and regulatory issues that are important. These issues affect a uniquely domestic industry that reaches millions of businesses, community members and voters.
With a steadfast approach, Boating United helps policymakers make the right decisions to support the vitality of boating. "That's why we unite as an industry and let our collective voice be heard in Washington and around the country – to show lawmakers that boating matters."
Please join us in this movement by visiting, BoatingUnited.com
About the WSIA
The WSIA serves as the world's leading boating industry advocate that communicates, produces and distributes safety and educational materials for towed water sports. The WSIA works with local, state, and federal agencies in partnership with national and international governing bodies to ensure the use of waterways. As a group, we develop best practices and sustainable growth for all towed water sports.
With our exclusive Ride Before You Decide Program you can purchase a new ski and try it for 2 weeks and have the option to return it. This way you can find the ski or board that works best for you and buy with confidence.
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Orlando, FL (March 27, 2015) – GM Marine Engine Technology has partnered with Nautique as presenting sponsor of the world renowned 56th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. This invitation only tournament features the world's best athletes in slalom, tricks, jump, wakeboard and wakeskate. The event will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24, 2015, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
GM Marine Engine Technology and PCM Engines are the exclusive power of Nautique boats and will be on-display next to the Robin Lake pavilion. Masters attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the all-new power options for 2016 and why GM is the preferred engine when it comes to marine applications for the best performance on the water.
"GM has been in the marine business just as long as the prestigious Masters Tournament and our partnership this year reflects our commitment to excellence in the sport – and marine powertrains," said Patrick Koenigknecht, GM director of Marine OEM sales. "The Ski Nautique 200s towing the three-event water ski athletes this year feature all-new, fifth-generation engines that leverage our decades of experience with the latest technologies to deliver an unprecedented balance of performance and efficiency."
This partnership takes the Masters experience to the next level as GM brings interactive displays along with their Chevy Truck Tour for more beachside activity than ever before. The Chevy Truck Tour is an engaging, hands-on, interactive experience that informs consumers about the performance and dependability of the Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban and the all-new Colorado.
GM will also have their action sports inspired Chevy Colorado Nautique Concept truck on display towing a matching fully customized Super Air Nautique 210, which debuted at the SEMA show in Las Vegas last November.
"We are honored to have GM Marine Engine Technology on-board as presenting sponsor of the 56th Masters. Our team is working hard to bring Masters fans a new innovative experience through the GM partnership," stated Nautique's President/CEO Bill Yeargin. "If you haven't experienced the Masters before, we encourage you to make 2015 your first of many as this is sure to be the best Masters ever," added Yeargin.
Masters enthusiasts may purchase tickets on-line through May 14th. Purchase the best pavilion seats in the house at an advanced price to experience the Masters like never before now through April 2nd. Tickets are also available for the awards banquet on Sunday evening honoring the Masters champions. Click here to subscribe to the Masters newsletter and stay up-to-date on the latest news.
SEATTLE, WA (March 26, 2015) - The 2015 line up of INT League official tow boats is looking sparkly! The INT League is proud to announce that the best boats in the watersports industry will pull INT competitions nationwide this summer. On deck is Axis, Centurion, Malibu, MasterCraft, Moomba, Nautique, Supra, Supreme and Tigé.
This prestigious group of boat manufactures has chosen to support and promote grassroots events, and believes in INT's mission to grow the watersports community. Riders and skiers at INT events will have an opportunity to practice and compete behind these boats at local events in their area.
Correct Craft was the INT League's first official tow boat sponsor in 1993. At that time Walt Meloon, CEO of Correct Craft, believed in the growth of amateur water sports events and was willing to title sponsor the whole INT League. But Mr. Stocks, founder of INT, believed that all watersports boat manufacturers should have the right to showcase their products on an equal playing field.
Today, these boat brands have all accepted the challenge. Reps, dealers, and promo boat owners provide boats to INT events where riders and skiers can truly experience the performance of each boat on the water and enjoy the luxury of their features. Dealers enjoy the opportunity to meet their customers at the lake and build lasting relationships.
With the support of these boat manufacturers, the INT League can to continue develop the amateur watersports tour and host professional quality events for amateur through pro level riders and skiers across the US.
Centurion Boats & Supreme Boats– Centurion Boats is the first boat company to produce a dedicated wake surfing boat and Centurion continues to dominate this segment with inspired innovations and the highest levels of performance. Centurion's founder and President, Rick Lee is a pioneer in water sports towboat technology that extends to world-class wakeboard and slalom ski boats. Centurion held the first World Wake Surfing Championship in 1995, an event that has grown to become the world's largest and premier wake surfing event. For more information please call 209-384-0255 or visit Centurionboats.com
Malibu Boats & Axis Boats – Malibu Boats is the world's largest manufacturer of watersports towboats, with a worldwide market share of more than 50 percent. Malibu sells the Wakesetter and Response models—as well as the Axis Wake Research brand—through a global dealer network. With some 450 employees and three manufacturing facilities, in California, Tennessee, and Australia, Malibu builds boats to help you live a #lifewithoutlimits on the water. For more information visit Malibuboats.com.
MasterCraft Boats– MasterCraft is one of the largest producers of inboard performance towboats in the world and remains the industry leader in new product innovation, styling, comfort, performance and quality. Handmade in Vonore, TN, MasterCraft boats continue the company's legacy of excellence within all competitive and recreational niches of watersports. Recognized for its innovations in marine industry products and manufacturing, MasterCraft boats have claimed countless industry awards and the company boasts the only marine manufacturing facility on the planet to receive all three prestigious ISO certifications for Quality, Environmental, and Safety management systems. Since its modest beginnings in 1968, MasterCraft has remained a brand built on power, precision and progression. Visit MasterCraft.com.
Nautique Boat Company - Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique Boat Company, Inc. has been on the waters of the world with a passion for progression since day one. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our family of owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. Time and time again we've proven that our boats are built to push boundaries. Each time a new Nautique is released it sets a series of events in motion that continue to have a profound impact on watersports. The Ski Nautique 200 has changed waterskiing with 17 world records, the G-Series has unlocked new possibilities in wakeboarding and wakesurfing, and our Sport Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Countless awards, mind-blowing moments, and seeing what the world will do next with our creations is what keeps us dedicated to staying on the cutting edge. Through our Nautique Cares initiatives we're dedicated to not only making a difference on the water, but to people in need around the world. The world's best ski boat, world's best wake boat, and a company that cares. Visit Nautique.com.
Supra Boats - Supra builds high performance wake boats with a level of precision only matched by your extreme passion for water sports. Manufactured by Skier's Choice Inc, Supra boats are the result of a quest for continual improvement in every aspect of boat building. Thirty-five years of award-winning tow boats prove that fact. 2015 Supra boats are built with the high torque 6.2L Ford Raptor Engine by Indmar. Visit Supraboats.com. Moomba Boats - Introduced to the tournament wakeboard and water ski boat category as an affordable performance water sports boat, Moomba is not a compromise. Built by Skier's Choice Inc. for performance with value and reliability to produce "No Worries" fun on the water. The success of this dedication is measured by the enjoyment of real Moomba boat owners. Moomba's 9 consecutive NMMA Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Awards are the result of this charge. Visit Moomba.com.
Tigé Boats - Tige Boats launched in 1991 placing innovation and passion at the heart of their boats. Today, Tige keeps these values alive with one common goal in mind—to make your ride better than anything else on the water. From the new ASR to the highly-acclaimed Z3 and throughout the entire 2015 lineup, Tige produces the most technologically advanced product line specializing in massive wakeboarding wakes and ocean-size wakesurf waves. Become a part of it at Tige.com.
ORLANDO, FL (March 24, 2015) - Today Correct Craft announced it is entering the bass and walleye fishing markets with the acquisition of both Bass Cat and Yar-Craft.
Bass Cat (the premier bass fishing boat) and Yar-Craft (the premier walleye fishing boat) are both manufactured in Mountain Home, Arkansas and are the quality leaders in their segments. Bass Cat led the entire boating industry in quality during the years JD Power reported on the industry and both it and Yar-Craft have outstanding product and customer service reputations.
Correct Craft announced it has no plans to change either the location or management teams of the companies.
Bass Cat's President (and member of its founding family) Rick Pierce stated, "After over four decades of being owned and operated by our family we are pleased to secure our heritage with Correct Craft." "Dad and I have had a blast together and now we turn the page on history. The decision is one to extend what Dad and Mom (Ron & Jan Pierce) started with their legacy. By joining the Correct Craft family Bass Cat and Yar-Craft will live well beyond our lifetimes. I look forward to where we are going to carry the brands," added Pierce.
Correct Craft's President and CEO Bill Yeargin stated, "Bass Cat and Yar-Craft are both outstanding brands with great reputations and exceptional teams. We could not be happier to have them joining the Correct Craft family." Yeargin added, "Bass Cat President Rick Pierce and his family have done a wonderful job for decades and we are honored that they would trust their brands, legacy and employees to Correct Craft. We look forward to working with Rick and the outstanding Bass Cat and Yar-Craft teams in Mountain Home, Arkansas to grow these two exceptional brands on the wonderful foundation that he and his family have built."
To read more about this acquisition in Bill Yeargin's Nautique Insider blog click here.
Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique Boat Company, Inc., Aktion Parks, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company, Bass Cat, and Yar Craft. To learn more about Nautique and its complete product line, visit www.nautique.com. To learn more about Aktion Parks visit www.aktionparks.com. To learn more about PCM, Crusader and Levitator engines visit www.pleasurecraft.com. To learn more about Bass Cat visit www.basscat.com and to learn more about Yar-Craft visit www.yarcraft.com.
Eagle Sports owner, Chuck Gleason, decides to put Eagle up 4-Sale. In this video, Chuck reviews why he's making this decision and gives an overview of Eagle's market worldwide.
Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex consists of two man-made, record capability lakes located near the community of Seseña, minutes away from the prominent city of Aranjuez, a half-hour from Unesco world heritage city of Toledo, and 30 minutes from historical center of Madrid. The complex is owned and operated by the Botas family; with coaching and operations directed by Ricardo Botas (IWWF recognized driver), his wife Cristina Medem, and Spanish record holders Nadine & Sandra Botas and Ivan Morros, and pulled by 6L Ski Nautiques 200.
The site has previously served as host for the 35+ Senior Worlds, E&A Junior Waterski Championships, E&A 35+ Waterski Championships, a number of Spanish National Waterski Championships and several International Record Capability events.
This coming season will take Seseña to the top of the tournament ranks with its 2015 line-up of headline tournaments – five rankings-list capable in total between July and October!
The tournament calendar starts with the site hosting THREE HEADLINE EVENTS within the span of 10 days – starting with the 2015 WORLD U21 WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS at SESEÑA from July 3th- 5th. Then immediately follows it up with its renowned SESEÑA´S INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SLALOM (2 round slalom tournament, ranking list, open to all categories) on 10thJuly 2015 and the NAUTIQUE BIG DAWG WORLD TOUR EURO STOP on the 11th-12th July 2015 in which Ricardo Botas will be joined behind the wheel with Becky Lathrop as Big Dawgs from around the globe battle it out to earn series points and walk away with the title of EURO BIG DAWG. The current line-up for this event already includes names like Andy Mapple, Fred Halt, Ivan Morros, Jason Seels, Jodi Fisher, Jez Newby-Ricci, ...
The notoriety of the site will continue as the lakes play host to the 2015 SPANISH NATIONALS on August 1st – 2nd 2015 and they will close the season with the SESEÑA´S INTERNATIONAL SLALOM, October 3rd-4th (4 round slalom tournament open to all categories.)
So check your calendar, book your tickets, prepare for great skiing and sunshine as Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex will the place to be seen, ski, exhibit and volunteer!
All the info regarding bulletins, entry forms can be find at their web www.botaski.com
I had the opportunity to interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from Sports Recall; an online sports media outlet. Below are three segments from the interview. Their reference to world champion is relate to me being part of the 6 member United States University World Team and becoming world champions at the 2012 FISU University World Championships.
It was an extraordinary weekend at the 43rd World Cup Stop of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). For the fourth time, the City of Mandurah included Wakeboard and Waterski Jump in their Action Sports Games. With dolphins, pelicans and over 100,000 spectators on site plus athletes from 21 countries, this turned out to be a very different competition.
Three World Champions were destined this weekend not to take top honors at the Mandurah World Cup! Only one would succeed. Nobody expected what would emerge. MasterCraft again provided the World Cup boats and the support services.
, tropical Cyclone Olwyn delivered wind gusts of over 200kph as it vented its fury on the coastline north of Mandurah. Anticipating approaching trouble on the water, IWWF officials declared that Jump performances might be used as the official results if conditions deteriorated. As it turned out, this was a wise decision. For the Wakeboarders, they were more fortunate. Their time slots delivered reasonably good conditions and towards Finals time, blue skies and sunny weather returned once again.
The drama began for the Jumpers. As an extreme sport, approaching a Jump Ramp at over 120kph is challenging at the best of times. Early influences of Cyclone Olwyn were already creating choppy waters. For the Women’s,eight athletes chased four final’s places. Lauren Morgan (USA), Marie Vympranietsova (GRE) on borrowed equipment, Nancy Chardin (FRA) and Marion Ellis (FRA) were unable to get beyond 44.8m to qualify. Then followed a fantastic battle for the Podium. June Fladborg (DEN) pushed hard for 46.0m but was quickly beaten by the top seeds Jutta Menistrina (FIN) and World Record Holder Natallia Travers. With Travers 46.6m on the board, only the current World Champion Jacinta Carroll (AUS) remained. Having won the Moomba Masters just last week, and true to form, her 48.8m was yet another victory.
On Friday March 13th, thirteen Men Jumpers entered the water! Conditions deteriorated and skies darkened. The first six Jumpers struggled for distance. Scot Ellis (USA) posted 55.2m at the half way mark. Now the battle was on. The Miranda brothers Felipe and Rodrigo (CHI) raised the tempo with 58.5m and 59.6m. Damien Sharman (GBR) failed to beat this as Igor Morozov (RUS) took the lead with an impressive 61.6m. Germany’s Bojan Schipner wowed the crowd with 63.3m to take the lead from the Russian. With just Ryan Dodd (CAN) and World Record Holder Freddy Krueger (USA) on the dock, a classic battle for gold lay ahead. Dodd immediately scored 64.0m on his final attempt as Krueger took to the water. Positioned back on his heels on Jumps 1 and 2 the fans could not believe their eyes his best was 55.1m so far. On Jump 3, often the clincher for Krueger, the SplashEye scoreboard showed 52.0m – and the World Record holder would not be on the podium. In World Cup history, this was unprecedented. An IWWF World Champion was out of the medals!
For Women’s Wakeboard, the drama continued to make this an unforgettable weekend. With choppy waters, the riders coped well. As usual, the Heats and LCQ’s saw the best survive – including the 16 year-old Australian sensation Chloe Mills. The outstanding performances at this point came from 2013 Mandurah World Cup winner Bec Gange (AUS) and IWWF World Champion Raimi Merritt (USA). As the Finals began, more typical Mandurah weather returned. While Chloe Mills (AUS) and Ashley Leugner (CAN) performed well, the standard was just too high to progress. Bec Gange (AUS) was the first surprise. She was beaten by Sweden’s Rider of the Year, Carro Djupsjo. That left Nicola Butler USA who took silver here a year ago – and World Champion Raimi Merritt (USA). In execution, intensity and composition, Butler was sensational. Her score of 54.56 presented a huge challenge for Raimi Merritt. Although Merritt was highly impressive, Nicola Butler could not be beaten – even by a World Champion. Yet another drama for the scoreboard!
The Men Riders had to battle through 4 Heats, 2 LCQ’s and 3 Semi-Finals. Greatly impressing the judges were past Mandurah World Cup medallist Shota Tezuka (JPN), defending and IWWF World Champion Harley Clifford (AUS), newcomer Noah Flegel (USA), and past Athlete of the Year Massi Piffaretti (ITA). In his Semi-Final, Clifford scored almost perfect marks, just ahead of Tezuka. All changed in the Finals! Korea’s Yun Sang Hyun now set the pace with a score of 80.89. Cory Teunissen (AUS) came next with an almost perfect 92.67. Massi Piffaretti (ITA) got close with 86.78. This just left the super-stars Shota Tezuka (JPN) and Harley Clifford (AUS). Tezuka was the first major upset with 84.45 with two better performances already on the board. Only Harley Clifford (AUS) could now change the leader board. As ever, his performance was almost flawless. However, on a day of unending surprises, his score of 91.56 was not enough to take the Mandurah World Cup 2015 title from Cory Teunissen (AUS).
It was a World Cup of new champions. Mandurah will have certainly got the fans guessing about the season ahead. From weather cyclones to unending surprises on the water, this was certainly a special World Cup to remember.
WATERSKI JUMP RESULTS
When Deputy Premier Minister Dr Kim Hames (MLA) wished all the contestants good luck at the Opening Ceremony in Mandurah, few could have guessed the outcome. Event organiser Tim Thirsk of Action Sports Promotions is already planning a return to Western Australia in 2016.
With the 43rd Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop scheduled for this weekend in the beautiful Indian Ocean City of Mandurah in Western Australia, approaching weather systems are causing some concerns. Only once in its successful history has the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) had to alter its World Cup programme. That was in Changshu China almost ten years ago! The weekend Action Sports Games activities will also include FMX, BMX, Scooter and Skate.
With thunderstorms and rain forecasted for thisand , one option being considered is to bring forward part of the World Cup schedule to Friday, March 13th. Temperatures are set to drop from 33C to 25C. An announcement is expected shortly. The Official Opening Ceremony is scheduled for 18.30hrs onsite . This will be attended by Hon Dr Kim Hames, MLA, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Tourism, the City of Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone and many other dignitaries.
Waterski and Wakeboard athletes from 21 countries will take part, including Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Thailand and USA. Following their gold medal successes in last weekend’s Moomba Masters in Melbourne, the entry will include Freddy Krueger (USA), Jacinta Carroll (AUS) and Harley Clifford (AUS). Krueger and Carroll took the Waterski Jump titles in Melbourne and Clifford the Wakeboard title. All will push hard to make it two major successes in a row, weather permitting. As it happens, all three will also defend their 2014 Mandurah World Cup titles this weekend. Raimi Merritt (USA) will also take part as the Mandurah Wakeboard 2014 defending champion.
Mastercraft have provided the competition boats and support services for all 42 World Cup Stops to date and will do so once again this weekend.
The provisional World Cup timetable still stands till further notice :
07.00 – 14.30 Official Practice
09.15 – 13.45 Semi-Finals Men & Women Jump
13.45 – 16.15 Quarter-Finals Men Wakeboard
16.15 – 17.45 LCQ Wakeboard Women
18.00 – 18.30 Show Ski WA Display
08.30 – 10.30 LCQ Wakeboard Men
10.30 – 11.20 Final Women Jump
11.30 – 12.30 Final Men Jump
12.30 – 14.30 Semi-Finals Wakeboard Men
14.30 – 15.30 Finals Wakeboard Women
15.30 – 16.30 Finals Wakeboard Men
17.00 – 17.30 Award Presentations
Live scores will be available throughout at : www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/
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With over 60 million participants worldwide in the sports of Waterski and Wakeboard, the first major calendar event of the year is always an attention catcher. Melbourne’s downtown Yarra River site runs parallel to next weekend’s Formula 1 track at nearby Albert Park. While this will be the 20th Australian F1 Grand Prix, it was the 55th Moomba Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Championships which attracted an estimated 200,000 spectators to the river banks at the weekend.
With Slalom, Tricks, Jump and Wakeboard involved, athletes from 18 countries created a fascinating four day spectacle against the City’s towering skyscrapers and manicured parklands. Organised by the Victorian Water Ski Association, it also included a highly successful two-day Junior Championships earlier in the week.
Eight finalists in Men’s Slalom included three athletes who held the title of World Champion in recent years and the current World Record Holder, Nate Smith USA. Water conditions were perfect. Italy’s Carlo Allais set the opening high score at 3 buoys on the 10.75m line. Canada’s Jason McClintock responded with 4 buoys. Much to the delight of the huge crowds, architecture student Joel Howley from Brisbane then streaked ahead with 1 buoy on the shorter 10.25m line. Two-time IWWF World Champion and past World Record Holder William Asher GBR quickly equalled this score. Italy’s defending Moomba Masters Champion Thomas Degasperi, a two-time past World Champion, was unsuccessful in scoring on that short 10.25m line. This left it open to current IWWF World Record holder Nate Smith to take on the challenge. To the roar of the packed spectator arena, he captured gold and the title with a very impressive score of 1.5 buoys on that 10.25 line.
Six finalists in Women’s Slalom included two past IWWF World Champions and the current Course Record Holder Whitney McClintock (CAN). At the final stages, two-time past Moomba Masters champion Karen Truelove (USA) really set the pace with 2 buoys on the 11.25m line. This passed the challenge to Australia’s Emma Sheers and Canada’s Whitney McClintock. Sheers has the unique achievement of having been both the World Slalom Champion and World Jump Champion. Her score of 0.5 buoys on the short 10.75m line was just 1.5 buoys short of the Course Record. However, it was not enough to take the title! Whitney McClintock was the one on form with 2 bouys on that 10.75m line which just happened to equal her own Moomba Course Record.
Tricks followed. Here both the Men’s and Women’s Course Records were broken in spectacular displays of skill. In the Women’s event, hot favourite nineteen-year-old IWWF World Record holder Erika Lang (USA) made her mark from the very start. She set a new Course Record in Round 1 of 9470 points. However, in the Finals she was not so fortunate. It was Natallia Berdnikava (BLR) who was in outstanding form. By coincidence, she had also set a Course Record at the US Masters back in 2012 of 9520 points! Her experience combined with past achievements made the difference. With a score of 9420 points, 350 points ahead of Lang, she took the title. Whitney McClintock (CAN) scored 8730 to take third. In the Men’s event, a similar pattern emerged. IWWF World Record Holder Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR), broke his own Moomba Masters Course Record by adding 300 points to bring it to 11,870 points. The historic strength of French Trick skiing showed again with second and third places going to Pierre Ballon and Franck Desboyaux – all of whom were very consistent throughout.
In Jump, the towering city backdrop created some extraordinary photos in the press. With two current IWWF World Champions present, the level of competition was about as high as it gets. Although the Yarra River current creates challenges, this did not stop the spectators from roaring approval throughout. In the Women’s event, the pace was set by Finland’s Jutta Lammi Menestrina. She was the first to break a distance of 50m with a score of 50.3m. Marion Mathieu Ellis got close with 49.7m. The huge crowd then cheered the arrival of their own 22 year-old IWWF World Jump Champion, Jacinta Carroll from nearby Geelong. Her 53.7m distance raised the roof! Only Natalia Berdnikava (BLR) remained. Having set three IWWF World Records in recent years, her challenge was on. Although she recovered from a hard crash on her first attempt, it spoiled her attempt and Jacinta Carroll took the gold medal ahead of Jutta Menestrina and Marion Ellis.
The Men’s Jump event came towards the end of the day. Eight Finalists from seven countries took on the defending champion Freddy Krueger (USA). It was a fantastic contest. As often happens, it all got down to the last three contestants – Krueger, Ryan Dodd (CAN) and Bojan Schipner (GER). It was Schipner who set the pace with a very impressive 67.2m before Krueger took to the water. On Krueger’s second attempt, his 69.1m distance was breathtaking. That left Dodd with a huge challenge. His 68.5m second score showed he could take this title with one attempt remaining. However, cutting far too late to the Nautique Jump Ramp, he was forced to pass. With Krueger heading to the Moomba Podium yet again in gold position, Dodd and Schipner were not that far off!
With worldwide interest in Wakeboard at an all time high and with strong Olympic Games ambitions, Wakeboard brought the 2015 Moomba Masters to a spectacular close. The very best Riders in the world on site included Harley Clifford (AUS), Rusty Malinoski (CAN), Bob Soven (USA), Shota Tezuka (JPN), Cory Teunissen (AUS), Raimi Merritt (USA), Dallas(USA), Bec Gange (AUS), Chloe Mills (GBR) and many more. It was the best of the best by any standards. Yet again, Harley Clifford (AUS) dominated the ProMen, ahead of Shota Tezuka (JPN) and Noah Flegel (USA). ProWomen saw a real battle between Dallas (USA) and IWWF World Cup champion Raimi Merritt (USA). On this occasion Dallas came out on top.
Nautique provided the boats and support services throughout.
The top Jumpers and Riders will now head to Western Australia for next weekend’s IWWF Mandurah World Cup Stop and Action Sports Games.
Moomba Masters Website & Scores