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Kiwi quartet claim wakeboarding’s top honours
Monday, March 13, 2006

2006 has been a spectacular year for New Zealand wakeboarding, with four world titles claimed across a variety of classes. First among equals is Jeff Weatherall, winner of the Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding (APTW) – a title which has only changed hands twice in the tour’s four-year history (Weatherall won the final round from three-time APTW champion Daniel Watkins).

Also taking bronze in the Pro Men’s Finals at the WWA World Championships, Weatherall finished in eighth place on the Top Overall World Series Winners table and, complementing these successes to make this his most successful year to date, went on to win the Open Men’s division of the WWC World Wakeboarding Championships held in Moscow in late 2005. At the same event, Andrea Fountain took out the Pro Women’s world title to make this her most successful year as well!

Adding to these stellar results, both Brad Smeele and Gavin Broadbent won gold at the WWA Worlds in the Junior Men’s and Veteran class (40+) respectively.

The ’05-’06 championship year has been the single most successful for New Zealand wakeboarding, cementing our place among the world’s best. As a result, the Corona New Zealand Wakeboard Nationals at Pairere will be the most eagerly anticipated expose of this talent ever held. Spectators will have ample facilities on Hora Hora Domain and a prime view of the Cadbury-sponsored ‘Moro Slider’, a focal point which will no doubt be offering riders the opportunity to display and demo tricks premiered at the recent Tairua Pipe Masters.

Returning to Pairere at Lake Karapiro in Cambridge on Saturday April 8th 2006 (with preliminary heats on Friday), the Corona New Zealand Wakeboard Nationals is the biggest and most impressive wakeboarding event on the New Zealand calendar. With the aforementioned world champions/gold medal winners and an array of challengers in attendance, it should not be missed...