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New Zealander takes Round 1 of Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding from 3 time champion
Cathy Williams’ experience wins the day at the inaugural round of the women’s tour

Mulwala, NSW – In a head to head battle, three time Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding and 2005 World Wakeboard
Association champion Daniel Watkins of the Gold Coast conceded the first round of the Air Nautiques Australian Pro Tour
of Wakeboarding to New Zealander Jeff Weatherall, producing flawless technical riding to win the Mulwala Freestyle Expo
for the third consecutive occasion.

Openly aiming to take Watkins’ crown, Weatherall produced two flawless passes with a series of big and technical tricks
including an s-bend, nuclear tantrum to blind, a front side 720, followed by a backside 540, with the rider taking on the
new 2.6 metre high, 6 metre wide 45-degree wall ride obstacle with firstly a 360 and then a front side board slide 180.
Weatherall and Watkins both convincingly made it to the final battle in their rides against the equal third placed Dean
Smith (Cronulla, NSW) and Brett Eisenhauer (Wagga Wagga, NSW), the world’s third highest ranked rider who was
injured in his final pass and is now an uncertainty to continue on the APTW.

A crowd of 10,000 spectators had jammed the banks of the lake to watch the competition, including the new women’s
division that was convincingly won by Cathy Williams (Florida, USA) ahead of the 2005 WWA world Junior women’s
champion, 19 year old Angelika Schriber (South Africa) and 15-year old Sydneysider Caitlin Blaauw. For the previous
three years of the APTW the women’s competition organiser, Amber Wing had competed against the men. Wing did not
make the final but is expected to put in her bid for the podium in Round 2 at Caribbean Gardens in Melbourne next
weekend, 15 January.

Said APTW organiser and Boarder Magazine Editor, Mick Watkins: “The standard of men’s and women’s riding in the
final today was a true testament of the international level of riding on the Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding. It is
exciting to see some of the younger riders challenge the established international riders. With some more internationals
joining the tour in the next round, the competition can only be expected to get tougher.”

The APTW has been credited with assisting the Australian riders to finally making the top rankings of the US and World
Wakeboard Pro Tours with Australians Josh Sanders (Nowra, NSW), Daniel Watkins (Gold Coast formerly Ferntree Gully,
Vic) and Brett ‘Ike’ Eisenhauer (Wagga Wagga, NSW) ranked in the top three positions on the US Pro Tour and Sanders
and Watkins taking home the world’s top two rankings overall in 2005 after 10 and 8 years respectively on the Tour.

Final Results & Tour Standings

1 Jeff Weatherall
1 Cathy Williams Florida, USA 77.78
2 Daniel Watkins
2 Angelika Schriber South Africa 63.78
3 Dean Smith 3 Caitlin Blaauw Baulkham Hills, NSW, AUS 41.55
3 Brett Eisenhauer
4 Hayley Smith Woolware, NSW, AUS 38.46
5 Scott Mackey  
5 Scotty Broome
7 Chris O’Shea  
7 Troy Mackey