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Aussie Wakeboarding Icon Daniel Watkins Wins His Third Consecutive Title As Australian Pro Tour Champion.
Monday 28 February

Daniel Watkins has taken out his third consecutive Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding title on the Shoalhaven River this weekend, beating the nation’s best riders over a six-event circuit.

Accumulating strong points at each of the six events over January and February, Watkins secured his success with what could be considered an easy victory. At the Australian Open of Wakeboarding in Nowra, the last stop of the APTW, Watkins claimed the title after his first ride when he competed in the head to head structured finals. Guaranteeing his win with a position no less than fourth made him unbeatable on the Pro Tour no matter how he performed from then on.

Watkins said after the Aussie Pro Tour win "There is something special about getting three, it's just one of those magic numbers. I am so happy to have won this year as the level of riding was so impressive." Asked if he is going for it again next year Daniel replied "Hell yeah, five is the next goal, four means nothing, no need to stop now (laughs)".

Josh Sanders also managed a personal best this year taking out second position in the Pro Tour just behind Watkins. Sanders missed the first two event stops from injury and returned to the water with fire to claim first place at three of the four events he competed in. This year’s performance by Sanders has been exceptional in his catch up to make second place on tour, which added to his continuous efforts in the sport to see him be awarded the title ‘Wakeboarder of the Year’ from the World Wakeboard Association Australia. This award was voted for Josh by his peers, including the riders, the media and industry peoples of the wakeboarding community.

Jeff Weatherall and Brett "Ike" Eisenhauer managed an equal third in the Aussie Pro Tour, which was deserving of both them as they both performed outstandingly well all tour.

Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding Standings:
Daniel Watkins
Josh Sanders
Jeff Weatherall
Brett Eisenhauer
Dean Smith
Rusty Malinoski
Troy Mackey
Chris O’Shea
Scott Broome
Michael Hancock
Dwayne Priestley
Greg Falzon
Travis Osbourne
John Henson
Tom Hines
Jesson Vedel
Paul Boyd
John Pervan
Drew Ghantous
Luke Matson
Troy Roker
Matt Crowhurst
Adam Bruce
Amber Wing
Brad Smeele
Aaron Bullock
Tony Evans

Australian Open of Wakeboarding Standings:
1. Josh Sanders
2. Brett Eisenhauer
3. Jeff Weatherall
4. Daniel Watkins
5. Dean Smith
6. Troy Mackey
7. Drew Ghantous
8. Michael Hancock