12th May 2018
Conditions were once again ideal for the final day of the 48th IWWF World Cup stop, the IWWF Jordan Ayla Cable Wakeboard World Cup, at the Ayla Cable Wake Park in Aqaba, Jordan.
16 Open Men in the semi-finals were split into two groups to compete for the eight places in the final with the best four from each group advancing.
Miles Toller (GER), Pedro Caldas (BRA) and Sam de Haan (NED) improved on their first round scores to secure their positions in the final whilst Liam Peacock (GBR) just fell short with his improved second pass losing out to Sebastian Dunn (AUS).
In the second semi-final, first off the dock Ariano Blanik (GER) set the benchmark with a Pete Rose 540 and a score of 70.00. Koki Toyoshima (JPN), Hamid Khodsiani (IRN) and Riccardo de Tollis (ITA) all improved on their first round scores but not sufficiently to threaten the leaders. IWWF Junior World Champion in Mexico, Oliver Orban (HUN), Ariano Blaniik (GER) Dominik Gohrs (GER) and Louis Mistaudy (FRA) all advanced into the finals.
First rider in the women’s final was Courtney Angus (AUS) who wowed the crowd with a clear pass including a 360 Transfer off the fun box. Only Julia Rick (GER), last of the dock in the final, was able to improve on that score with a Tantrum to Revert and Roll to Revert and, despite failing to complete her last trick, took the lead.
Only Steph Caller(GBR) was unable to improve on her first-round score, but it was Maxine Sapulette (NED), Courtney Angus (AUS) and Julia Rick (GER) who finished on the podium in 3rd, 2nd and 1st place respectively.
In the men’s finals Dominik Guhrs (GER) had a great ride including a Backside 720, a big air KGB, and a 315. Initially only Pedro Caldas (BRA) failed to improve on his first round score. Louis Mistaudy (FRA) with a Toeside Blind Judge, a big air KGB finishing with a Backside 720 off the kicker jumped into 2nd place. Ariano Blanik (GER) then blew everyone away with a Double Half Cab Roll and a toeside backside 900 to take the lead. By then lying in 2nd place, and last off the dock, Dominik Guhrs (GER) fell early conceding victory to his fellow countryman Ariano Blanik.
The event was honoured to be attended by his Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Al-Hussein, President of The Jordan Olympic Committee who presented the prizes and cheques to the winners.
Women’s Open Men’s Open
1st Julia Rick (GER) Ariano Blanik (GER)
2nd Courtney Angus (AUS) Dominik Guhrs (GER)
3rd Maxine Sapulette (NED) Louis Mistaudy (FRA)
IWWF President, Jose Antonio Perez Priego, thanked his Royal Highness, the hosts Ayla, the Jordanian Olympic Committee (JOC), the sponsors, the volunteers and riders and officials for making the event such a great success. At the same time a letter of co-operation was signed between Ayla, JOC and IWWF for the development of towed water sports in Jordan.
About the IWWF: The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has 91 affiliated Federations world-wide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for Waterski and Wakeboard.. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing and Barefoot Waterskiing.
About Ayla: Ayla is the developer of an ambitious waterfront development in Aqaba that resides on 17km of new waterfront, covering an area of 4.3million sq. metres. Incorporating residential and commercial properties, the community includes a world-class marina, Jordan’s first 18-hole signature golf course, designed by Greg Norman and the Ayla Cable Wakeboard Park at the Ayla B12 Beach Club.
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