With over thirty million Waterskiers in the World today, all eyes are now focused on the first two Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup Stops of the season in France and Russia. These will be followed by Stops in the UK, Singapore, China, USA, and Qatar.
The first 2004 Wakeboard World Cup Stop is scheduled for Enghien-les-Bains in France on June 19th and 20th. Four weeks later, the first Waterski World Cup Stop is scheduled for Dubna in Russia on July 24th and 25th. At this point, the response from both Wakeboard and Waterski athletes around the World has been outstanding.
The Wakeboard entry list for the Enghien-les-Bains Stop in France is now fully subscribed. It includes Riders from nine countries, the six time World Tour Champion, Darin Shapiro (USA) and recent World Champion, Jeff Weatherall (NZL). With the downtown city location near Paris, over 20,000 spectators are expected to attend this spectacular first glimpse of the new World Cup format.
The official Waterski list of athletes accepted for Dubna in Russia has also just been released by the IWSF. This includes Skiers from no less than seventeen nations – from Europe, Russia, North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand. As in France, the Dubna Stop in Russia is also a perfect downtown venue. There, 30,000 spectators are expected.
The record cash prize total for the World Cup now amounts to over US$650,000. The Waterski entrants include World Jump and Slalom Champion Emma Sheers (AUS), World Tricks Champion Mandy Nightingale (USA), World Jump Record holder and World Tricks Champion Jimmy Siemers (USA), World Tricks Record holder Nicolas LeForestier (FRA) and World Jump Champion Freddy Krueger (USA). National Champions from Denmark, Austria, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Agentina, Chile, Mexico and Canada, will also compete. With such a high quality field, the new 2004 Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup promises to produce some outstanding results.
Final contracts for extensive Worldwide TV and Press coverage have now been concluded and full details will be announced shortly.
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