The International Waterski Federation today announced the selection criteria for the 2005 Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup.
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event which featured Stops in France, Britain, Russia, Singapore, China and Qatar, this new programme will again focus on downtown locations which attract large numbers of spectators. The full 2005 Calendar will be published shortly and it is now time to see who will qualify for this next global adventure.
As before, both Waterskiers and Wakeboard Riders will compete. So, who are the very best in the World and what are the qualification standards ?
The International Waterski Federation announced the qualification criteria for the Waterskiers today – with the Wakeboard Riders details to follow shortly. These are truly a test of the very best.
Entry will be restricted to the following numbers in each discipline :
SLALOM – 16 Men & 10 Women
TRICKS – 12 Men & 8 Women
JUMP – 12 Men & 8 Women
There are basically EIGHT different ways to win a place on the Starting Dock of the 2005 World Cup. Qualification will be granted if the athlete holds any one or more of the following achievements :
1. Current World Champion
2. Current World Record holder
3. Placed in the Top 4 in the 2004 World Cup
4. Placed in the Top 4 in the Oct 2004 IWSF Ranking List for Men’s Slalom
5. Placed in the Top 3 in the Oct 2004 IWSF Ranking List for all others
6. Placed in the Top 4 in the 2004 Elite Ranking List for Men’s Slalom
7. Placed in the Top 3 in the 2004 Elite Ranking List for all others
8. Placed 2nd or 3rd in the last World Championships
Within the limits of the places available in each discipline above for both Men and Women, the remaining places will be filled from the IWSF Ranking and Elite lists. However, ONE place will be kept open. So, if you happen to be a talented male or female Waterski athlete who now has a sinking feeling because you just did not make it through this achievement list, all is not lost. The IWSF has just announced a new and novel second chance method to join this distinguished group. It is simply called the SKI IN route. This is how it will work.
Performances from L or R rated Tournaments between January 1st 2005 and the period up to 10 days prior to the first 2005 World Cup Stop will be used to select the single reserved SKI IN place in each event. This will be based on the best performance by a Skier not already selected by the aforementioned criteria or from the Lists. This could well introduce some surprises.
Even a cursory look at these entry qualifications tells us that the level of talent which we will be able to enjoy in the 2005 World Cup will again make this a battle of only the very best.
Already the data bases have been scoured and some well known names have emerged from this challenging test. The full lists can be viewed on http://www.iwsf.com/
We can announce today that the following have earned their places.
In Men’s Slalom, Chris Parrish (USA), Jodi Fisher (GBR), Jeff Rogers (USA), Will Asher (GBR), Glenn Campbell (GBR), Jamie Beauchesne (USA), Terry Winter (USA) and Steve Cockeram (NZL) + 7 List Skiers + 1 SKI IN
In Women’s Slalom, Emma Sheers (AUS), Natalie Hamrick (USA), Karen Truelove (USA), Geraldine Jamin (FRA), Michelle Simpson (USA), Rhoni Barton (USA) + 3 List Skiers + 1 SKI IN
In Men’s Tricks, Russell Gay (USA), Nic LeForestier (FRA), Jaret Llewellyn (CAN), Jimmy Siemers (USA), Joel Wing (AUS) + 6 List Skiers + 1 SKI IN
In Women’s Tricks, Mandy Nightingale (USA), Clementine Lucine (FRA), Rhoni Barton (USA), Regina Jaquess (USA), Brigitte Lethem (FRA), Marina Mosti (ITA), Ageliki Andriopoulou (GRE) + 1 SKI IN
In Men’s Jump, Freddy Krueger (USA), Jaret Llewellyn (CAN), Curtis Sheers (AUS), Kyle Eade (NZL), Jimmy Siemers (USA), Jason Seels (GBR) + 5 List Skiers + 1 SKI IN
In Women’s Jump, Emma Sheers (AUS), Rhoni Barton (USA), Clementine Lucine (FRA), June Fladborg (DEN), Brenda Baldwin (USA), Marina Mosti (ITA), Regina Jaquess (USA) + 1 SKI IN
Once the IWSF Ranking List has been officially declared, the List Skiers positions can be filled.
As in 2004, there is a wide international flavor with Athletes from nine countries already selected. We will bring you all the highlights and photos of the series throughout the season directly to your desk and will be delighted to supply you with any further details you need along the way.
MasterCraft will again supply and service the indispensable Competition Boats for all Stops around the World and very shortly these powerful machines will be shipped by container to each Stop location ready for action.
Watch out for the full Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup calendar coming soon.