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WWA Wakeboard World Championship
Orlando, FL (September 30, 2004) -– While the best professional wakeboarders in the world wait in the wings for their chance to compete this weekend in the Vans WWA Wakeboard World Championship, the third and final stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Wakeboarding, the world’s top amateur competitors tested out the waters at Orlando WaterSports Complex on Thursday.
The largest group competing on Thursday is what is basically known as the minor league of professional wakeboarding, the Junior Men’s division. This division has been the proving ground of future pro wakeboarders graduating to the Pro Men’s division. Former Junior Men’s champions include Tino Santori, the current Pro Men’s National Champion, and JD Webb, the top ranked rookie on the Pro Wakeboard Tour.
The top Junior Men’s qualifiers on the day were Jeff House of Tennessee who finished first in Heat NO. 1, Travis Probst of Virginia who finished first in Heat NO. 2, Philip
Combs of Oregon who finished first in Heat NO. 3 and Aaron Rathy of Canada who finished first in Heat NO. 4. These four riders along with 12 other qualifiers will move into the Junior Men’s Semifinals on Friday with the Finals set for Saturday.
Four other amateur wakeboarding divisions were also in action on Thursday. In the Girls division Patty Hicks and Raimi Merritt won their Semifinal heats. In Men’s I Tim Keepers, Colin Ryan, Mike Schwenne and Brad Buskas won Semifinal heats. In Men’s II Rick Knott, Jonathan Vander Velde, Matt Von der Ahe and Todd Anthony won heats. In the Masters division Damien Klaas and Dayle Cartwright won heats.
Competition in the Vans WWA Wakeboard World Championship will continue at 8:30 a.m. at Orlando WaterSports Complex on Friday with the Junior Men’s Semifinals. Eight amateur world championships will be decided on Friday with the Pro Men beginning qualifying at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Vans Triple Crown of Wakeboarding, the largest wakeboarding series in the sport,
will air on Fox SportsNet:
The Vans Triple Crown™ Series is made possible through the support of Ford Trucks, Right Guard, Mountain Dew, NBC Sports and Fox Sports Net. The Vans Triple Crown Series features the world’s top athletes participating in premier venues throughout North America for the top prize purse in each of six action sports: Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, BMX, Freestyle Motocross, Surfing and Snowboarding.
Additional promotional support provided by: SeaDoo watercraft, Perfect Pass, Hyperlite, Toyo Tires, KMC Wheels, Verizon Wireless, Liquid Force, Gator Boards, CWB, Jobe, Double-up, Blindside, JoyRide, O’Brien, Cassette Wakeskates, 484 Wakeskates, Billabong, Reef, Body Glove, UGP, Epiphone Guitars, OJ Props, Chipper Beef Jerky, Bare Wetsuits, buywake.com, Love Sac, Capix Helmets, Indo Boards, Straight Line, Nevin, ten-80, Toyo Tires, KMC Wheels, Verizon Wireless, Execute, Wakeworld.com, Wakeboarder.com, Monster Towers, Say I Won’t and One Percent Design.
Wake Boarding, published by World Publications, is the official magazine of the Pro Wakeboard Tour. Wake Boarding is the definitive source on all things wakeboarding, with expert coverage of professional instruction, gear, boats and the latest news.