| 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...