Corona New Zealand National Championships
Thursday, April 06, 2006
The biggest weekend in New Zealand wakeboarding has arrived and
it’s set to be the best-attended national championships to
date. Competitor registrations have far exceeded expectations, with
some events (such as the Men’s 1 and 2 classes, and the Wakeskate
demonstration) now to be held on Sunday, April 9.
Saturday (April 8) will see the premier events take place, including
the Open Men’s and Open Women’s, Veterans and the highly
anticipated Junior Men’s division, featuring some of New Zealand’s
best hopes for future international success. With Jeff Weatherall
and Brad Smeele duelling for the Open Men’s title, this should
be a clash of epic proportions and one to be closely watched.
Andrea Fountain goes into the Open Women’s event as the division
favourite – along with Gavin Broadbent in the Veterans class
– and both will be putting in spectacular performances in
front of an enthusiastic home crowd.
The Corona New Zealand Wakeboard Nationals are taking place at
Lake Karapiro, about 10mins south of Cambridge. Once through Cambridge,
simply follow State Highway One (SH1) as it runs alongside the Waikato
River and turn right at Maungatautari Road. This leads to Horo Horo
Domain at Pairere – the venue for the 2006 National Championships.
Along with Corona, sponsors for this year’s event include
Mountain Dew and Cadbury; with Dr Woody’s again supporting
the now infamous (but hugely popular) ‘Lube Wrestling’!
Food and drinks are available at the Pairere waterskiing club facilities,
overlooking the competition area.
Registrations for the Corona New Zealand Wakeboard Nationals have
far exceeded expectations, making this event the biggest and best-subscribed
national competition in the sport’s history. As a result,
heats will kick-off a little earlier on Friday, April 7, with riding
beginning just after 8am.