Jeff Weatherall defends his title at Tairua
Sunday February 18 2007
Kiwi Jeff Weatherall showed crowds at this weekend’s Tairua
Pipemasters what it takes to lead the world in the sport of wakeboarding.
Weatherall is back in the country to support the core wakeboarding
event - which is all about competitors sliding rails and other obstacles
over knee-deep water - and to defend his title as the country’s
Last year the 26-year-old claimed his second world title in St
Petersburg Russia and will continue his quest for dominance this
year at the biggest wakeboarding world tour stops.
Up against a strong field of kiwi talent, he took first place at
the Tairua Pipemasters on Saturday night with true mastery of the
rails, ahead of Josh O’Connell in 2nd place and Brad Smale
in third. (pronounced Smay-lah).
Judges were looking for stylish passes with big controlled manoeuvres
and tricks like switch riding and 360s off the rails. A few crashes
also kept the crowds on edge.
New Zealand’s other world title winning wakeboarder Andrea
Fountain made it all look effortless in the Princess of the Pipes
division of the event, taking the trophy against top women wakeboarders
from New Zealand, Canada and the US.