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IWWF Asia Wakefest Series 2018 Stop #1 in Hong Kong

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8th July 2018

The IWWF Asia Wakefest Series 2018 kicked off with the first stop, the Nautique Wakefest Hong Kong 2018, from the 6th to 8th July 2018, at Taipo Waterfront Park.

The event included both wakeboarding and wakesurf as part of the Hong Kong Open and was organised by Hong Kong Wakeboard, a division of the Hong Kong Water Ski Association. The competition was sponsored for the fifth consecutive year by Asia Yachting, authorised dealers for Nautique boats in Hong Kong, along with Everbright and Red Bull amongst others.

Asia Yachting provided a Super Air Nautique GS22 for the competition, while a G23 was on hand in support.

The 104 entries included 22 overseas riders from China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Chinese Taipei, competing in six wakeboard categories for men and four for women and wakesurf and wake skim for both men and women.

The competition commenced with wakesurfing (surf & skim disciplines) qualifiers, followed by both the  Novice and Intermediate wakeboard qualifiers for men and women on Friday the 6th July. With only the top two qualifiers in the heats going straight through to the semi-finals or finals, last chance qualifers (LCQs) followed for the wakesurfers, novice and intermediate wakeboard men.

Occasional rain squalls caused some disruption to the programme on Saturday but flattened the course leaving the riders only to concern themselves with the awesome wakes of the Super Air Nautique boats.

Advanced Men and Women, Outlaw and Masters Men wakeboard qualifiers were followed by Open Women  and Open Men qualifiers.  Two heats of  LCQs with five riders  in each followed for Advanced Men of whom just one from each heat advanced to the semi-finals. One LCQ heat for open women and two heats for open men determined the six finalists in each.

The semi-finals for Advance Men saw two heats of five riders, with the top three from each making it into the finals to conclude the day.

The finals on Sunday, 8th July  saw Katrina Tsang (HKG) win the first gold medal of the day in Novice Women’s wakeboard, while Cheung Hoi Yee, Emily (HKG) won Intermediate Women.

Novice Men’s  was won by Wong Yu Kan (HKG) while Lai Kin Pong (HKG) overcame Taijir Nakamura (JPN) to win Intermediate Men.

Advance Women’s wakeboard was won by Li Fung Yi, Erica (HKG) while 15 year old Clarence Batchelor (SGP) beat seventeen other riders in Advance Men’s to win gold, ahead of the very young Yang Yu Yeh from Chinese Tapei.

Marcus Lee (SGP) won the Outlaw Men while Chu Chi Hoi, Mickey (HKG) took the Masters Men’s title.

In the wakesurf competition Jung Sang Han (KOR) overcame seven riders to take the Open Men’s Surf title, while Kim Sun Wha (KOR) likewise claimed gold in the Women’s Surf event. Open Men’s Skim final was won by Cao Long Long (HKG) with Lee Hoi Lun, Helen claiming the Open Women’s Skim title.

Conditions deteriorated temporarily before the Open Women’s & Men’ Wakeboad finals resulting in the postponement of competition, during which the  first round of medals and prizes were awarded. Fortunately the weather improved and the finals resumed.

Three Japanese riders dominated the Open Women’s wakeboard  final with Yoshiko Ishimaru taking gold, Ami O-Shima silver and Ayaka Matsunaga bronze ahead of the three Hong Kong women.

In  the Open Men’s Wakeboard finals Ho Wai Shing (HKG) and Li Kai Kwong, Jeff  (HKG) took silver and bronze respectively. Japanese rider Komatsu Haruki raised the bar with a well executed and intense ride  giving him the gold medal to conclude the Nautique Wakefest Hong Kong 2018, and the 1st stop in the IWWF Asia Wakefest Series 2018.

Full Results

Photos

Next Stops:

Lebanon – ATCL, Beirut – 8th & 9th September 2018,

Japan – Wakayama City – 15th to 17th September 2018

Singapore – Bedok Reservoir – 16th to 18th November 2018

 

IWWF Asia Announces 4-Stop Asian Wakefest Series in 2018

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IWWF Asia is pleased to announce 4  exciting stops of its 201 8 Wakefest Series:

Hong Kong – Tai Po Water Park – 6th to 8th July 2018
Organisers:  Hong Kong Water Ski Federation

Lebanon – ATCL, Beirut –  8th & 9th September 2018
Organisers:  Lebanon Waterski & Wakeboard Federation

Japan – Wakayama City –  15th to 17th September 2018
Organisers: Wakayama Wakeboard Association
Supporting Bodies:  Japan Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (JWWF) & Japan Wakeboard Association (JWBA)

Singapore – Bedok Reservoir –  16th to 18th November 2018
Organiers: Singapore Waterski & Wakeboard Federation

Events are open to riders residing in Asia & Middle East.

All events will include wakeboard and wakesurf disciplines

Please contact Chris Howarth <chrishowarth@yahoo.com> for more information

2018 Kumudu Valley Open Waterski Championships – Sri Lanka

2nd April 2018

2018 Kumudu Valley Open Waterski Championships –  Sri Lanka

 

IMG_1407-1It was a bright and sunny morning, on Sunday the 1st of April 2018, as the skiers congregated at Kumudu Valley Resort, 60 km north of Colombo, one of two ski sites in Sri Lanka , the other in Bentota, the traditional home of water skiing in Sri Lanka.

The competition took place in the grounds of the Kumudu Villas, within the  Kumudu Valley Resort complex, recently completed to accommodate those who wish to spend a waterski vacation along with family and friends. The two adjacent villas share a private pool with direct access to the ski jetty and a traditional tea house over-looking the lake and close to the beach. The owner Ulf Unbehaun, sponsoring the open championship, donated the first prize for the champion of a complimentary weekend stay at one of the villas.

Having completed the inaugural national slalom championships on Saturday, the skiers’ best scores were carried forward   and added to their scores on the Sunday to determine the open champion.

IMG_1449-1Going into the open Sri Lankan National Champion, Giyan Kurukulasuriya (SRI), who represented Sri Lanka at the IWWF Asia Waterski Championships in Guangzhou in 2004, was tied on points with 13-year old John Knight (HKG). John’s father was lying 3rd just 0.75 points behind whilst Max Newton (GBR) was just one point behind the leaders.

First off the dock was Sujith Piyanadana (SRI) who improved on Saturday’s score with 3/55/18. Max Newton (GBR) comfortably ran the course at 52kph but looking unsettled on the return pass still managed to score 5 buoys 5/55/l8. Caleb Knight (USA) likewise could not match his first round score with 2.5 buoys to secure at least a podium position.

Second last off the dock John Knight (HKG) starting at 46kph ran 4 clear passes before shortening to the 16-metre line, where he rounded 2 buoys for 2/55/16 to take the lead.

Having strained himself in the Nationals Giyan Kurukulasuriya (SRI) had been hesitant to ski, but could not resist the challenge clearingIMG_1560-1 Competors the 52kph pass and finishing with 3.5/ 55/18 to take 2nd place  in the Open and win three free passes of course donated by Holger Bruemmer at the Kumudu Valley Resort.

Holger Bruemmer, organiser of the event, was pleased with the close competition between the skiers and delighted at the standard of the Sri Lankan skiers who skied courageously.

 

KUMUDU VALLEY SLALOM OPEN  
Sunday 1st April 2018   Day 1 Day 2 Open
NAME START NAT  Score Score Result
 
Max Newton 52 GBR 28 23.00 51 5th
Sujith PIYANADANA 49 SRI 26 27.00 53 4th
Caleb KNIGHT 52 USA 28.25 26.50 54.75 3rd
Giyan KURUKULASURIYA 49 SRI 29 27.5 56.56 2nd
John KNIGHT 46 HKG 29 32.00 61 1st