SEA Games Records

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Posted by Chris

At the recently concluded SEA Games held in Singapore 11th -14 July 2015 along with numerous new national records four new SEA Games records were set as follows:

 

Open Men Slalom

4.00/58/12.00m       Leong Mark (SIN)                   2015, Singapore

1.00/58/12.00m       Wangka Fath Daud (INA)    1997, Jakarta

 

Open Men Jump

46.9m                         Hermana Ade (INA)                  2015, Singapore

45.3m                         Koa Kai Hock (SIN)                   1997, Jakarta

 

Open Women Slalom

3.00/55/13.00m Christian Sasha Siew Hoon(SIN)2015,Singapore

1.00/55/14.25          Yolandasari Baiq Vera (INA)  1997, Jakarta

 

Open Women Tricks

6110                           Yoong-Hanifah Aaliyah             2015, Singapore

3000                           Setiawan Inawati (INA)            1997, Jakarta

 

We wish to recognize the above achievements and congratulate the athletes on their commendable performances and trust that these as well as the following two continuing records will be improved upon in the next Games in Malaysia in 2017. 

Open Women Jump

30.6m                         Giritya Endhar Pupul (INA)   2011, Palembang

 

Open Men Tricks

6600                           Koa Kai Hock (SIN)                  1997, Jakarta

 

28th SEA Games Singapore 14 June 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Posted by Chris

It was raining heavily as skiers and officials arrived at Bedok Reservoir for the final waterski and wakeboard events of the 28th SEA Games with three gold medals at stake ie men and women’s ski overall and the wakeboard team medal.

Fortunately the breeze and rain eased off allowing the preliminary round of the overall jump competition to get underway.  Kaliya Kee (SIN) cleared 18.9m which Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah (MAS) stretched to 19.1m. However it was the Indonesians Nur Alimah Priambodo and Rossi Amir who upped the ante with 21.3m and 24.4m respectively.

Hero of the day was Mark Leong who put his body on the line for Singapore by attempting the jump ramp for the first time ever. In a gutsy performance he cleared 10.7m on his first jump and followed up with two further landed jumps.  Alex Yoong (MAS) more used to G forces of F1 raised the bar clearing 35.7m which Kadir Febrianto (INA) was unable to match falling short with 33m. Ade Hermana (INA) thrilled the crowd with a 45.1m to add valuable points towards claiming the overall title.

It was straight into the overall women’s slalom final. Unfortunately none of the women were able to improve on their preliminary scores where Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah (MAS) and  Kalya Kee (SIN) had tied their scores with 0.5 buoys at 55kph on the 13m line. Second time around Aaliyah failed to score on the 16m line whilst Kalya ran 4.5 buoys to finish top of the pack.

In the men’s slalom overall third off the dock Ade Hermana (INA) set the score to beat with 3.5 buoys at 14.25m. Alex Yoong (MAS) was unable to match it scoring 1 at 14.25 which Mark Leong comfortably topped with 1 buoy at 12m.

The wakeboard team overall followed. Last off the dock was Sasha Christian with Panyapa Tangsirirat (THA) score of 45 to beat. She accomplished this with ease with a well balanced performance of execution, intensity and composition finishing with a score of 59.89.

The men’s team event again proved highly competitive with Joshua Tay and Samual Chua both of Singapore putting in runs of 62.45 and 67.78 respectively. Mark Griffin (PHI) raised the bar higher to 73.45 before Tatasani Kuakoonrat (THA) finally pulled off his toe 900 finishing with a score of 78.67. Padiwat Jaemjan (THA) then wowed the crowd with an intense composition to finish with 83.78 and capture the team wakeboard gold for Thailand. Singapore collected silver and the Philippines bronze.

The tricks overall finals followed. Both Rossi Amir (INA) and Kalya Kee (SIN) matched their first round scores. Nur Alimah Prambodo (INA) scored 3210 against a first round score of 3340. However there was no stopping young Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah (MAS) who set another SEA Games record with a score of 6110.

In the men’s overall tricks Mark Leong finished in 3rd place with his best score in the first round. Alex Yoong improved on his first round score with 2380 while despite scoring 2980 it was Kadir Febrianto’s first round score of 3010 which earned him the overall trick title.

Conditions were again ideal for the final events the men and women’s overall jump competitions.

Both Kalya Kee (SIN) and Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah (MAS) cleared 19m with Aaliyah finishing 3rd with 19.1m from her first round. Nur Alimah Prambodo (INA) couldn’t quite match her first round score of 21.30 which gave her 2nd place. Rossi Amir (INA) sailed further than anyone over the ramp to finish with 30.05m and give her 4th place overall, taking into account all three events of slalom, tricks and jump.

Second place in overall and the silver medal went to Nur Alimah Priambodo (INA) bettered only by Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah’s 2155.56 who claimed another gold medal for Malaysia.

Mark Leong (SIN) failed to improve on his very first jump of 10.7m and finished in 4th place in overall for the three disciplines. Kadir Febrianto (INA) rose to the occasion to clear 39.8m which Alex Yoong (MAS) failed to match with 37.1m. Ade Hermana (INA) then cleared 44.7m bettered only by his first round score of 45.1m. This gave him 3rd place overall. Yoong was disappointed he was unable to retain his overall title, finishing in 2nd place, whilst Kadir Febrianto (INA) earned the gold medal with a score of 2236.32.

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28th SEA Games 13th June 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Posted by Chris

There was much excitement on the banks of Bedok Reservoir  as the women slalom finalists prepared for their final showdown. Second off the dock Kalya Kee (SIN) was keen to make amends for her slip up yesterday and put in a credible score of 5 buoys at 55kph on the 14.25m line. Next up Ummu Sholikah (INA) cleared the 14.25 line scoring one buoy on her return pass at 13m. The penultimate skier was Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah fell at the fifth buoy on her first pass but apparently missed the gates. Last off the dock was Sasha Christian who once again in a flawless display equaled her record of the previous day with 3 buoys at 55kph on the 13m line to clinch her second gold medal for Singapore.

In the men’s event Alex Yoong (MAS), third off the dock, improved on his earlier performance with 3.5 buoys at 58kph on the 13m line. Next Ade Hermana (INA) failed to improve on his 2.5 buoys on the 13m line with just 2.5 buoys at 14.25m. Indra Hardinata (INA) raised the bar further with 2 at 58kph on the 12m line putting the pressure on final skier Mark Leong (SIN) who needed to repeat his score of yesterday and the new SEA Games and Singapore national record. It never looked in doubt as he shortened on to the 12m line and comfortably scored 3 buoys again setting new national and SEA Games records.  

In the Women’s Wakeboard team last chance qualifiers (LCQ) Gooi Jia Yi (SIN) and Maiquel Selga (PHI) both made it through to the finals while in the men’s Angelo Linao (PHI) and Ng Sim Hwee (SIN) earned their way into the semi-finals.

The jump finals followed. Unfortunately neither of the two Thai women riders appeared leaving four jumpers to contest for gold. First off the dock was 11-year old Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah (MAS) who cleared 20.2 metres. Next off was Kalya Kee who cleared 16.4m ensuring Aalijah at least another medal.  Nur Alimah Prambodo  (INA) then cleared 18.10.m to take the bronze medal. Last off the dock and, having benefitted greatly from recent coaching by Asian waterski jump champion Saaya Hirosawa, Rossi Amir (INA) cleared 29.00 metres to capture gold for Indonesia.

It was straight into the men’s jump with again only four contestants from an enlisted group of seven seven. First off was Muhammad Nasir (MAS) who cleared 21.5. Akex Yoong (MAS) was next off and cleared 33.1m to put himself into medal contention. Kadir Fabrianto (INA) managed to squeeze an extra 0.8m onto his jump of 33.9 to secure at least the silver medal. However Ade Hermana (INA) made sure gold was his after his first jump and continued to raise the bar finishing with a jump of 46.9m to clinch gold for Indonesia.

It was back to wakeboarding for the next event the men’s wakeboard team semi-finals, which saw the top three from two heats of  four  progress into the finals  with Tatsanai Kuakoonrat topping Heat 1 with 71.89 and Padiwat Jaemjan holding the lead in Heat 2 with 79.78.  

The day concluded with the preliminary rounds for slalom overall men and women as well as tricks overall.

Aaliyah (MAS) improved on her SEA Games trick record with an impressive score of 5,700 in the women’s overall trick event whilst Kadir Fabrianto with 3010 took the lead in men’s overall tricks, going into the final day on Sunday.

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28th SEA Games Singapore 5-16th June 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015
Posted by Chris

After one and a half’s day familiarisation the waterski and wakeboard competition kicked off on Thursday afternoon, the 11th June 2015, with the wakeboard semi-finals for men and women. After a one hour interruption due to a thunderstorm warning the competition continued with the waterski tricks preliminary rounds, concluding with the wakeboard last chance qualifiers.

The six women riders representing Indonesia (INA), Malaysia (MAS), Thailand (THA), Singapore, (SIN) and the Philippines (PHI) were split amongst two heats with two immediately progressing to the finals and the third rider getting a second chance through the last chance qualifier (LCQ).  Mutiara Maulidina (INA) topped heat 1, while Sasha Christian (SIN) in heat 2, with a score of 61.45, looked the one to beat.

Adam Yoong-Hannifah (MAS), aged seven, was first off the dock in men’s wakeboard and looks to have great potential for the future. Samuel Chua (SIN) put in a good pass finishing with a score 60 to progress straight into the finals with Mark Griffin (PHI) who topped the heat with 68.33. The two Thai riders Tatsanai  Kuakoonrat and Padiwat Jaemjan  dominated heat 2  with 68.33 and 75 respectively.

Perhaps not unexpectedly it was Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah (MAL) that dominated the open ladies tricks breaking the 1997 Sea Games trick record with a score of 4840. Mutiara Maulidina (INA) finished 2nd with 2,480 points with Sabelle Kee (SIN) 3rd with 2110.

Padiwat Jaemjam of Thailand demonstrated that he’s equally comfortable on a trick ski as with a wakeboard to score 2560 points whilst former F1 racing driver Alex Yoong of Malaysia likewise  remembered a trick or two to score 2730. It was his young brother Aiden Yoong-Hanifah, aged nine,  who impressed most with a score of 3050. Finally it was the Indonesian Dimas Ridho Suprihono and Kadir Fabrianto with 3960 and 4730 respectively who topped the leader board. 

With just two competitors in the women’s LCQ both progressed to the final whilst amongst the six men riders in LCQ Alek Hanief (INA) and Joshua Tay (SIN) both qualified for the finals.

Friday 12th June 2015

Bedok Reservoir was like glass when the women’s slalom preliminaries got underway.

The eleven-year old Aaliiyah  Yoong-Hanifah (MAS) again demonstrated her considerable maturity with a competent 2 buoys at 55kph on a shortened 14.25m line to set a personal  best (PB) in competition. Sasha Christian (SIN) then put the pressure on her Singapore team colleague Kalya Kee with an impressive 3 buoys at 55kph shortened to 13m. Unfortunately Kalya failed to respond falling early leaving Christian in prime position.

In the men’s slalom preliminaries Alex Yoong (MAS) again demonstrated his skiing skills with a credible 2 buoys at 58kph on a 13m line. Ade Hermana (INA) then edged ahead with 2.5 buoys on the 13m line. His colleague Indra Hardinata then raised the bar with 4 buoys. Mark Leong (SIN) responded to the challenge to put Singapore in prime contention for both slalom medals with 2.5 buoys at 12m to again set a new SEA Games record as well as a new Singapore national record.

Unfortunately with the wind picking up the jumping was postponed and to keep to schedule it wnt straight into the wakeboard finals. Mutiara Maulidina (INA) with a score of 43.11 took silver ahead of Maiquel Selga (PHI) whilst Sasha Christian secured her first gold of the Games for Singapore with 59.00.

The scores for the men’s wakeboard finals were much closer with third off the dock Tatsanai Kuakoonrat putting in an intense pass but missed out on his toe-side 900 but still scored a credible 72.11. Next off  the  was Mark Griffin (PHI) who guaranteed at least 3rd place with a score of 69. All eyes were then on the final rider Padiwat Jaemjan who pulled out all the stops and despite one fall clinched gold for Thailand with a score of 79.33.

It was then straight into the women’s trick finals where Mutiara Maulidna (INA) was unable to improve on her first round of 2480, Sabelle Kee (SIN) scored 2620 to take bronze and beat her mother’s long standing Singapore national record.  Nur Alimah Priambodo (INA) then secured at least silver with 2930. It was all down to the young Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah to secure glory for Malaysia. After a skilled display of hand and toe tricks she topped out with a score of 4850 and gold for Malaysia to again set an improved SEA Games record..

 Following in his sister’s footsteps nine-year old Aiden Yoong-Hanifah improved on his first round score with 3180 to secure bronze for Malaysia. Dimas Suprihono (INA) put the pressure on his country man Kadir Febrianto with a score of 4130 to which Febrianto responded with 4280 to clinch gold and silver for Indonesia.Men's Tricks

A prolonged presentation ceremony for the wakeboard and trick medals meant there was no time for the jump competition, so the day concluded with the quarter finals of the wakeboard team overall competition.

Skiing resumes tomorrow with the slalom finals and more intense competition.    

NAUTIQUE 2013 Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships & U17 Waterski Championship 25-29 Sept 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Posted by Chris

The NAUTIQUE Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships 2013 continued on Sunday the 29th of September with the Open finals in the tournament disciplines of slalom, jump and tricks, followed by the wakeboard finals.
Although pushed by Korea’s Han Ah-Reum who improved considerably over her first round score with one buoy at 55kph on a 13-metre line, Saaya Hirosawa (Japan) made two to take the ladies’ title. Third placed Sasha Christian (Singapore), more normally seen on a wakeboard than slalom ski, was delighted to take the bronze medal.

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The Open Men’s slalom followed with 12 finalists. Former F1 driver Alex Yoong put in a credible performance but could not compete with the six who got onto a 12-metre line. Of these only the second last off the dock, Kim Dongeon, failed to improve on his first round score. After a mistake on the first buoy it was a matter of trying to catch up on his timing for Salvador Chiha (Lebanon) but he still ran three buoys at 12m leaving the last skier Cho Bumgeun (Korea) to beat his opening round score of 2/58/12. He improved by two buoys to take the title with 4/58/12.

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Saaya Hirosawa (Japan) earned another gold medal in Ladies Open Jump clearing 42.5m with her Japanese team mate Harue Kamiya (37.5m) taking silver and Jan Da-hyeong (Korea) bronze.

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The first four Men’s Open jumpers all improved on their first round jumps but with the wind increasing the next four fell short. Lying 2nd after round one, Shunjiro Hagama (Japan ) was unable to repeat his 49m first round jump but did enough with 45.1m to take bronze. Having cleared 46.7m Yuichi Yamamoto took silver while ‘Jumping Jimmy’ Jeong Jimin (Korea) matched his first round score of 51.1 metres on his opening jump to retain his title.

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Open Ladies Tricks followed with the young Arianna Chow (Malaysia), who has only been skiing for just over a year, put in a credible score of 3120 points.
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Finishing in 4th place in her weakest discipline Saaya Hirosawa (Japan) still earned maximum points towards her Overall title. China’s Song Yu Fei raised the bar with 4880 whilst Jiang Hui (China) pushed the total score higher with 5380. With 5050 points in the Under 17 Girl’s tricks last off the dock, 10-year old Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah needed to complete close to a perfect pass. She did not disappoint with 5690 points winning gold for Malaysia.

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It was then straight into the Ladies wakeboard finals where Saasha Christian earned her second bronze medal matching that earned with her slalom exploits. Yun Hee-hyun scored 55.65 but could not match the skills of China’s Han Qiu with 65.45 who took the crown.

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The Men’s wakeboard final was to prove a battle between with the old guard on the Asian circuit of Tatsanai Kuakoonrat and Padiwat Jaemjan (Bomb) both of Thailand and the Korean usurpers to the crown.
Tatsanai Kuakoonrat put in a super clean display to finish with 71.12 before Ji Hoon (Korea) responded with two stand-up passes behind the 210 Super Air Nautique. However it was the performance of the young Korean Yun Sang-hyun that wowed the enthusiastic commentator and the spectators. Although not the cleanest of rides he landed his tricks including a KGB and Toe 9 in awesome display to take the lead with 82.12.

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The pressure was on the last rider Bomb to maintain the Thai’s preminence or hand over the mantle. Unfortunately a fall on both passes sealed his fate with the 15-year old Korean Yun Sang-hyun crowned the new Asian champion.

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Korea likewise took the overall wakeboard team award with Singapore 2nd and Indonesia 3rd.

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The Indonesia Waterski & Wakeboard Association is to be congratulated on the success of the 2013 NAUTIQUE Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships and there wonderful hospitality.

Results available at:
NAUTIQUE 2013 Asian Under 17 Waterski Championships
http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/13/13ASIA001/13ASIA001.html

NAUTIQUE 2013 Asian Open Waterski Championships
http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/13/13ASIA002/13ASIA002.html

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NAUTIQUE 2013 Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships & U17 Waterski Championship 25-29 Sept 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Posted by Chris

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Originally scheduled for Palembang the event was switched at the last minute to Jakarta where the IWWA are playing the perfect hosts.

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The future looks particularly bright for the U17 boys with Indra Hardinate of Indonesia putting in a fine slalom performance in his first round of 1.25 buoys at 58 kph on a 12-metre line to match the front runners in the Open.

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In the Open Ladies Slalom on Thursday Saaya Hirosawa topped the leader board with 3.5 buoys at 55kph on a shortened 13-metre line (3.5/55/13) amongst the ten skiers.
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Out of the 20 men slalom skiers representing nine Asian countries three ran their 13-m pass with Salavador Chiha (Lebanon) scoring a ½ buoy on the 12-metre line, Kim Dongeon (Korea) scoring one buoy and Cho Bumgeon (Korea) topping the tables with two buoys.
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Saayah Hirosawa (40.9m) again out jumped her colleague Kamiya Harue (37.5m) to find herself leading the jump field whilst ‘Jumping Jimmy’ Jeong Jimin scored a 57.1m jump to take the lead while Hagama Shunjiro (Japan) leads the men’s trick prelims with a score of 5390 points.
The Women’s wakeboard semi-finals got underway today, Saturday 28th with Han Qiu (China), Yun Hee-hyun (Korea ), Sasha Christian (Singapore) and Nadya Atlalia Sinaga (Indonesia) qualifying directly for the finals whilst Galuh Mutiara Maulidina (INA) and Lee Sun-joo (Korea) qualified by way of the last chance qualifier (LCQ).
Padiwat Jaemjan (THA), Guy Tanaka (JAP). Tatsanai Kuakoonrat (THA)and Jung Sang-hyu (KOR) will lead the challenge against the remaining Korean open men riders Yung Sang-hyu and Ji Hyun, with Bader Alyihager of Kuwait also scraping into the finals.
In the Men’s Wakeboard quarter-finals Hong Kong’s Ronnie Cheung Ho Leung put in a fine performance to qualify directly for the semi-finals but failed to progress into the finals.
With almost perfect conditions the situation is set for fierce competition in the finals tomorrow.

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Lotus Wake Park

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Posted by Chris

A brief stopover in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, allowed AO Secretary General, Chris Howarth, to reminisce about his and IWWF President Kuno Ritschard’s involvement in the waterski and wakeboarding competitions held at Lotus Pond during the 2009 World Games.
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At that time the local government invested heavily in draining and dredging the pond, sloping the banks and refilling it with clean
water.
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Today the lake includes a small cable ‘Lotus Cable Park’ which is to be extended to a five-pylon cable later this year.

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The lake is not only used by the skiers and riders

but is also a popular fishing area not just for the locals but the birds as well.
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This has left a wonderful legacy after the World Games.
The next World Games are to be held in Cali, Columbia July 23-29 2013.

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Yanjing 2013 Shunyi Olympic Cable Park Opening World Cup

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Posted by Chris

41 cable wakeboard riders from 19 countries converged on the Shun Yi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park over the weekend of the 8-9th June 2013 for the grand opening of the new Shunyi Olympic Cable Park and a share in the US50,000 prize-money.

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Under-utilised since the 2008 Beijing Olympics the operators of the park, the Beijing Shunyi Olympic Aquatic Park Investment & Development Center, have seen the potential of incorporating both a cable wakeboard system as well as boat powered waterskiing and wakeboarding on the lake.
The event was organised by the IWWF Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Confederation in conjunction with the China Water Sports Administration, the Chinese Water Ski Association and the local municipal government, and sponsored by the Yanjing Beer Group
Friday the 7th of June was set aside as practice day before the official opening on Saturday morning the 8th June 2013.
The dull and overcast conditions on Saturday and steady drizzle on Sunday failed to deter some of the best cable wakeboard riders in the world from performing spectacularly
Competition began after the opening ceremony
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with the pro-women semi-finals with the 15 riders split into two heats from which, after two runs of the course, the two top scores from each heat would qualify for the finals..
Cosima Giemza (Germany) and Angelika Schriber (Australia) topped the table in group A along with Maxine Sapulette (Netherlands) and Astrid Schabransky (Austria) from group B.
In the pro-men’s quarter-finals Laszlo Papp (Hungary), Ethan Agius (Australia), Szebasztian Szolath (Hungary), Im San (Korea), Nick Davies (Great Britain), Declan Clifford (Great Britain), Dominik Guhrs (Germany) and Matty Hasler (Australia) all made it through to the semi-finals .
The remaining 18 riders had a second chance to qualify through the LCQ for the remaining eight places in the semis with Ken Tackmann (Thailand), Tom Richter (Germany), Emilio Epstein (Austria), Mark Griffin (Philippines), James Young (Great Britain),Fahkrudin Mohd. Yasin (Singapore), Padiwat Jaemjan (Thailand) and Austin Hair (USA) making it through.
Im San (Korea) and Ken Tackmann (Thailand) qualified for the finals along with Guhrs, Szolath, Davies, Hasler, Agius and Hair.
From the pro-women’s LCQ Jaimi Oxlade (Australia), Tor Young (Great Britain), Khamlom Srirasin (Thailand) and Courtney Angus (Australia) made it through to the finals.
Maxime Sapulette topped the table after the first round of the pro-women’s finals with a score of 65 ahead of Cosima Giemza with 61, but with a second round score of 70.33 Giemza took the honours and the US$5,000 prize-money when Sapulette crashed out on her final trick off the small kicker. 15-year old Jaimi Oxlade finished third.
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After an early fall in the first round of the pro-men finals Im San recovered in the second to score 70.83 and take 4th position
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knocking Matty Hasler, whose score of 70 matched his bib number, into 5th-place. Hasler was unable to improve on his first round leaving the top three to fight it out for the podium positions and the US$10,000 first prize. Neither Nick Davies with 71.67 nor Szebasztian Szolath with 76 were able to improve on their scores falling during their final runs.
This left Dominik Guhrs to do a lap of honour on his final round, having already secured the title and prize-money. He still improved on his first round score with 81.67 making a worthy champion. img_2378-dominick-gurhs-copy.jpg

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2013 Asian Wakeboard Cup (Linyi Stop)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Posted by Chris

The city of Linyi, Shandong province, China, on the banks of the Yi River, in 2011 hosted a highly successful IWWF World Waterski & Wakeboard Cup and between 5th and 6th of June 2013 invited riders returned for the 2013 Asian Wakeboard Cup (Linyi Stop).
10 women and 13 men riders from Asia and Australia were invited to join the competition for prize-money totaling US$41,000.
Starting on Tuesday 5th of June 2013 there were no surprises in the two pro-women heats with both Han Qiu (China)
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and Yun Heeh-yun (Korea) qualifying directly for the finals from heat 1 and Caitlin Blaauw (Australia) and Chen Li-li (China) from heat 2. Two of the remaining six were given a second chance next morning to qualify for the finals through a last chance qualifier (LCQ).
In the three heats for the pro-men 9th seeded Bader Aljihayem (Kuwait) took the first of two semi-final spots from his heat along with Padiwat Jaemjam (Thailand).
Completing an impressive two passes Toshiki Yasui (Japan) earned automatic qualification into the semi-finals along with Ji Hoon (Korea) relegating Hong Kong’s Cheung Ho Leung to the men’s LCQ. In the final heat Toshinari Yasui’s (Japan) likewise caused an upset qualifying for the semi-final along with Shota Tezuka (Japan).
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An impressive opening ceremony, attended by local officials, sponsors and Beijing sports officials, followed and included a jet-ski parade, show-ski display, beauty pageant and display of regional minority costumes.
Njavascript:void()ext morning in the women’s LCQ Emi Kawashiri (Japan) and Joo Seul-kee (Korea) took the final places in the women’s finals. This was followed by the men’s LCQ which saw Guy Tanaka (Singapore) and Zhang Wei (China) from heat 1 and Jung Insang (Korea) and Jung Sang-hyun (Korea), heat 2 going through to the men’s semi-finals.

Two five-men semi-final heats followed from which the top three qualified for the finals. The Japanese Yasui brothers Toshinari and Toshiki both qualified for the finals, while Padiwat Jaemjam fell early into his second pass and lost out for a place in the finals to Guy Tanaka (Singapore).
In heat 2 Shota Tezuka (Japan) did enough despite a fall to top the scores and qualify for the finals along with Koreans Ji Hoon and Jung Insang.
Thereafter a change in wind direction caused choppy water conditions making it particularly difficult for the women finalists. Caitlin Blaauw (Australia) coped best to take the women’s title with local favourite Chen Li-li (China) 2nd and Yun Hee-yun (Korea) 3rd.
The men coped better with the conditions in the finals with the Japanese dominating the podium with Toshinari Yasui 3rd, Toshiki Yasui 2nd and with a score of 83.45 Shota Tezuka taking 1st place.
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Sad passing of legend Frank Bonney

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Posted by Chris

It is with much sadness that Frank Bonney from Australia passed away on 4th October 2012. Frank will be remembered for his commitment to waterskiing and the development of a world class waterski site, Bonney’s Waterski Park. Frank will be missed but his legacy will live on. Sincere condolences to Heather Lynette Bonney

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