| 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:
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