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WORLD CUP RIDERS TAKE OVER FROM FORMULA 1 DRIVERS

WAKEBOARD WORLD CUP STEPS ON TO FORMULA ONE STAGE AT SINGAPORE’S SPECTACULAR NEW MARINA BAY FLOATING STADIUM

Riders move from Egypt to Marina Bay in Singapore

Riders move from Egypt to Marina Bay in Singapore

From the outset, the objective of the Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series was to bring the best athletes in the world to spectacular downtown locations for public enjoyment. This year, the Singapore Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (SWWF), will host the 24th Stop of the series. They have organized one of the most exciting and unique venues to date. It is known as the Marina Bay Floating Stadium in downtown Singapore.

The World’s first Night Formula One Grand Prix passes right through this new World Cup site in South East Asia. Singapore’s Marina Bay Floating Stadium is the World’s first and largest floating stage. The all-steel structure measures 120 metres long – almost 400ft -  with a  gallery to accommodate 30,000 spectators. It will also be the location of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Summer 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

World Champ Rider Andrew Adkison on his way to Singapore

World Champ Rider Andrew Adkison on his way to Singapore

In addition to Singapore, the 2008 Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series includes Stops in Russia, Egypt, Malaysia and Qatar. Sanctioned by the International Water Ski Federation (IWSF), 28 Riders from 13 Countries have qualified for entry. With a cash prize fund for this Stop of US$60,000, it is the fifth time the SWWF has hosted the event.

To celebrate the arrival of this World Cup Wakeboard Stop, the action packed weekend will also include the first Hip Hop party on the water at this venue featuring the hottest DJ’s and Live Acts from seven countries, a Wakeboard / Wakeskate Rail Jam on a large man-made pool, free Banana Boat Rides, and a Photography Contest. All of this is part of Waterfest Singapore 2008. Making watersports activities part of normal family life is one of the aims of Waterfest Singapore. More information is available on www.singaporesports.sg

World Cup Star Phillip Soven to challenge Singapore Title

World Cup Star Phillip Soven to challenge Singapore Title

The 2007 World Cup Wakeboard season finished in Doha, Qatar, with the very best Wakeboard Riders taking home the coveted World Cup titles. Top of the podium then were Philip Soven (USA), Andrew Adkison (USA) and Chad Sharpe (CAN). In the women’s event it was Dallas Friday (USA), Raimi Merritt (USA) and Shelby Kantar (USA) who took the titles.

At the recent August World Cup Stop at Palm Hills Development in Egypt, the Pro Men Riders who dominated this season were the first-timer Nick Davies (GBR), the World Champion Andrew Adkison (USA) and the newcomer Harley Clifford (AUS). The top Pro Women podium in Egypt was an all American one with the youngest contender Raimi Merritt taking first place, followed by Shelby Kantar and Dallas Friday. Some serious scores have yet to be settled in Singapore. The international World Cup stars Phillip Soven (USA) and Dallas Friday (USA), did not achieve their more usual top place on the World Cup podium in Egypt and are coming back to Singapore on a mission !  Joining them will be riders from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Great Britain, and the USA. MasterCraft will again supply all the competition boats and technical support. It promises to be an outstanding contest at the spectacular Marina Bay Floating Stadium. Regular updates will be posted on the new World Cup Web site at www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com

There is also a live Marina Bay Webcam at
http://www.marina-bay.sg/webcam/ESP/index.html

The Free Entry World Cup programme for the action packed weekend at the Marina Bay Floating Platform in Singapore on October 11/12th will be as follows :

Saturday October 11th
10.00hrs – 17.30hrs – Free Boat & Banana Boat Rides
14.00hrs – 17.30hrs – World Cup Wakeboard Qualifying Rounds
18.00hrs – 22.00hrs – Wakeboard/Wakeskate Rail Jam Qualifying
18.00hrs -    till late – Float Hip Hop Party

Sunday October 12th
10.00hrs – 18.00hrs – Free Boat Rides
11.00hrs – 13.00hrs – Wakeboard/Wakeskate Rail Jam Finals
14.00hrs -  17.00hrs – World Cup Wakeboard Semis & Finals

CONTACT : Des Burke-Kennedy, Media Chairman, International Waterski Federation

For Sponsorship opportunities, contact [email protected]

Web Site : www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com