Clear blue skies, 22C and flat calm clean water in the River Yihi welcomed the first Practice session this morning. A perfect day today here in Linyi China ! All the Riders have arrived and caught up with sleep after the fantastic Kuching Sarawak World Cup Stop last weekend. Right now the Waterski Jumpers are still arriving and by tomorrow, they too will be ready for World Cup action.
Apart from all the Riders, having lunch a few minutes ago in the four star Blue Horizon Hotel were Danyelle Bennett USA, Steve Critchley GBR, Scot Ellis USA, Marion Mathieu FRA, Damien Sharman GBR, Brian Kinney USA and Zack Worden USA. They will now head to the site for Practice after the Riders are finished and there will be another session tomorrow morning from 08.00hrs to 10.00hrs, before the Official Opening Ceremony.
Will Furze and Martin James had a late night last night and early morning today getting the all new MasterCrafts prepared for today’s Practice. They drove those two beautiful machines to the dock at 10.00am and will continue on the water till 16.30hrs today.
The frantic work around the amazing World Cup site continues and all will be completed before the Official Opening Ceremony scheduled for 10.30hrs tomorrow Friday. We can be quite certain that this will be impressive as here in China great attention is paid to these arrangements. They always set a high standard right from the start. We have our cameras ready !
Today also was TV time ! We finished a series of TV and Newspaper interviews on site and these will continue over the weekend. The Webcast details have not yet been confirmed. We hope to have these for you shortly. As a locally produced upload, we are not sure if it will include our live on-site World Cup commentary or not so lets wait and see.
Here again is the World Cup Timetable. Everybody is looking forward to a perfect final 2011 32nd World Cup Stop here in Linyi for our Riders, Waterski Jumpers and of course for our audience and hosts here in China.
THURSDAY – Sept 22
10.00-16.30 / Practice
FRIDAY – Sept 23
08.00-10.00 / Jump Practice
10.30-11.30 / Opening Ceremony
13.00-14.20 / Wakeboard Women Semi Finals
14.30-17.18 / Wakeboard Men Quarter Finals
SATURDAY – Sept 24
09.00-10.28 / Wakeboard Men LCQ
10.38-11.50 / Jump Men Semi Finals
13.30-14.42 / Jump Women Semi Finals
14.52-15.40 / Wakeboard Women LCQ
15.50-15.26 Wakeboard Men Semi Finals
SUNDAY – Sept 25
09.00-09.32 / Jump Women Finals
09.42-10.30 / Jump Men Finals
10.40-11.28 / Wakeboard Women Finals
11.38-12.26 / Wakeboard Men Finals
12.30-13.00 / World Cup Awards Ceremony