Cable Wakeboard World Championships in Norway


     

Netherlands, Israel, Germany and Slovakia take gold medals at the 2014 Cable Wakeboard World Championships in Norway 
Dreams came true for Lior Sofer (ISR) and Sanne Meijer (NED) who were crowned wakeboard world champions at the Cable Wakeboard World Championships at Norsjø Cable Park in Telemark, Norway. The new world champions in wakeskating are Moritz Thiele (GER) and Zuzana Vrablova (SVK).
With sunny skies and ideal conditions at Norsjø Cable Park, Lior Sofer (ISR), fully recovered from recent injuries, delivered a near perfect second pass in the finals. Having crashed in his first run, he risked all in his second, including these high point moves: Crow Mobe 540, 315, Pete Rose and Frontside 900 at the kicker. By scoring 94.33 points, he nudged seventeen-year old San Im (KOR) out of first place. Third place went to Frederic von Osten (GER), who scored 83.33 points, following his recent silver medal performance at the Bank of Beijing World Cup Stop in July. “I’m stoked to be on top. It was for me a dream come true!”  Sofer said at the award ceremony.
The wakeboard women also showed first-class performances in a thrilling final. After her first run, Julia Rick (GER) took the lead with 76 points, ahead of seventeen-year old Sanne Meijer (NED), who captured the World Cup silver medal in Beijing recently. However, in her second run, Meijer stepped it up with a Frontflip to Blind, Aspect to Blind, Backroll to Blind, plus a Crow Mobe at the kicker, giving a total score of 81 points. Though European Champion Julia Rick counterattacked, she was unable to score her Backside 313 cleanly and had to settle for the silver medal with 79 points. Bronze went to the current World Cup series leader, Maxine Sapulette (NED). I didn’t expect I would land my run like that,” Sanne Meijer said. “Two years ago, I became world champion in the girls division and I really wanted to be the champion at the open ladies by my 17th birthday. So my dream came true.”
The Junior Men final in wakeboarding took place the previous day with Christopher Klein (GER) taking first, Jack Battleday (GBR) second, and Ryan Peacock (GBR) third. In the Junior Women final, Chloe Goudie (GBR) took the gold medal ahead of Vanessa Weinhauer (GER) and Lottie Harbottle (GBR).
The  success of these Cable Wakeboard World Championships reflects the continuing global growth of this low cost and environment friendly sport. Similar to Snowboard, the focus on young participants gives access to this vital sector for marketers worldwide. With Cable Parks now opening almost daily from Norway to Morocco, Ireland to Australia, USA to South Africa and Germany to Brazil, the International Olympic Committee has also taken note. The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) has already made presentations to the IOC in both Lausanne and St Petersburg with a special focus on the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond. Snowboard’s success in capturing enormous TV audiences for the Winter Games makes Wakeboard a serious contender for the Summer Games.  With an attractive return on investment history, legacy issues for events such as the Olympic Games are no longer a concern for this sport.
IWWF President, Kuno Ritschard, congratulated the organizers in Norway’s Province of Telemark and Norsjo Cable Park on the excellent facilities which they provided at this very picturesque Cable Wakeboard site.
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IWWF CONTACT : Des Burke-Kennedy, Media Chairman, International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation