The Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding Begins Third Season
Friday 7 January 2005
Some of the world’s best wakeboarders are currently arriving
downunder to compete in the 2005 Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding,
the nation’s biggest extreme sports event.
The APTW is a six-event circuit which takes place at national locations
during January and February 2005. The event’s first stop launches
this weekend in Mulwala NSW, which has attracted international and
local riders to compete for the prestigious title.
In addition to the Mulwala stop, the 2005 APTW will hold events
in Adelaide, Melbourne, Port Macquarie, Gold Coast and Nowra attracting
thousands of wakeboarding enthusiasts to attend each stop.
Fans will not only see the best wakeboarding in Australia but will
get to view the best athletes in the world compete on tour.
International riders Daniel Watkins, Brett (Ike) Eisenhauer and
Josh Sanders have all travelled to Australia to compete in this
year’s event. Young hotshot Dean Smith (Cronulla) will be
trying his hand again in 2005, after blowing minds in ’04
when he won the first event of the season in his rookie year against
his idols. Since then, Smith has won the Asian X Games and finished
an amazing 5th on the APTW.
Current world series and world cup champion wakeboarder, Daniel
Watkins will be competing to defend his title in the APTW and believes
that the tour is essential for the survival of wakeboarding in Australia.
"Nothing beats coming home to compete on the APTW. This is
a great way of giving back to the young riders and guiding them
in their dreams of travelling the world doing what they love doing,
just like I’ve been lucky enough to do." Watkins started
his wakeboarding career in VIC and currently holds the titles of
2 x APTW Champion, 4 x Australian National Champion, WWA World Series
Champion and IWSF World Cup Champion.
Director of the Pro Tour, Bruce Robson is a major influencer in
the sport and has been an ambassador in the wakeboarding scene since
the sport began more than 15 years ago. "From its humble beginnings
of surfboards behind tinnies, wakeboarding has grown to be a legit
action sport in a short time. We now have 4 Australian riders in
the world’s top 10, including the number 1, we’ll produce
6 x ½ hour TV specials of the tour’s action this year
and more than 30,000 fans will come and witness our events live.
Plus, it all revolves around water, boats and the Aussie summer!"
Dates of the APTW events are as follows:
8 January – CUB Freestyle Sports Expo Mulwala NSW
16 January – Wake Adelaide, Glenelg SA
6 February – J Star Ride & Slide, Melbourne VIC
13 February – Ride & Slide Stoney Park, Port Macquarie
20 February – Planet X Wake Slam Jam, Gold Coast QLD
26 February – Australian Open of Wakeboarding, Nowra NSW
About The Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding: The APTW is now
in its third year, with six national events gathered under the wing
of the APTW. Attracting riders from around the world to compete,
the Australian Pro Tour is the most important proceeding for the
sport outside the USA.
For more information on the Pro Tour, visit the APTW online wakeboarding
directory at www.wake.com.au or the Australian Pro Tour website