Australia, France and USA Take World Cup Season Awards
HONORS FOR TWO WAKEBOARDERS AND TWO WATERSKIERS
As the 35th World Cup Stop of the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Series came to a conclusion in Palembang, Indonesia, it was time to nominate the winners of the annual World Cup Crystal Trophies for the most outstanding performances of the 2012 season. These are presented annually by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF)
In Wakeboard this year, the outcome showed once again that IWWF World Cup Champions are always going to be difficult to beat in any corner of the world.
Nineteen-year-old Raimi Merritt USA took the IWWF World Wakeboard Champion title in style in Italy this Summer. She has already won World Cup Stops in Egypt, Qatar, China, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Australia. Adding the recent Palembang Indonesia World Cup title to her outstanding achievements proved further that at this time, she is almost unbeatable. Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, presented her with the 2012 World Cup Crystal Award and congratulated her on another outstanding season.
Harley Clifford AUS, also at just nineteen-years of age, is already a global legend in the sport of Wakeboard. As with Raimi Merritt, he has captured World Cup and World Champion titles more than any other Rider in recent years. His entry to World Cup events began in 2010 at the Chuncheon Stop in the Republic of South Korea. There he took the title from the reigning World Cup Champion, Phillip Soven USA – and has never looked back. He went on to take World Cup titles in Sarawak in Borneo, Linyi in China, Mandurah in Western Australia and recently in Palembang in Indonesia. He was presented with the World Cup Season Crystal Trophy by South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin who was the guest of honor at the ceremony.
The Womens Waterski Jump contest was a roller-coaster ride for the athletes this year. Injuries had quite an impact on the leader board which added to the final World Cup Stop excitement in Indonesia. As far back as 2003, we saw Marion Mathieu FRA showing signs of greatness by taking the U21 European Overall Waterski title. She repeated this again in 2004. Since moving to the USA, her Jump training with super-star Scot Ellis USA has made an enormous difference. With seven Jump Podium place achievemts alone this season, including the Malibu Open, she has been an inspiration throughout 2012. Her recent gold medal performance at Palembang, Indonesia, was enough to earn her the title of World Cup 2012 Season Champion in Jump.
The Mens Waterski Jump season title was a clearer run to the winning post ! Just mention the name Freddy Krueger USA these days on this global tour and it creates excitement nomatter where the spectators are enjoying a World Cup Stop ! As both the reigning World Cup Champion, World Jump Champion and the holder of the World Jump record, his grip on the World Cup Jump gold medal has been quite outstanding. Since July 2004 when he took the World Cup Jump title at the Dubna, Russia, World Cup Stop, he has brought a level of excitement to the sport which is as strong today as it was eight years ago. With ten podium finishes in 2012 alone, including six gold medals, yet again he captured the World Cup season award as he accepted the Crystal Trophy at the recent ceremony in Indonesia. Another perfect finish to another perfect season for Freddy Krueger.
The 2013 World Cup season will open with a return to the beautiful location at Mandurah in Western Australia. Over 100,000 spectators are expected for this mid-March spectacle which includes the annual Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest. This promises to make the 36th World Cup Stop yet another action packed event. Details will be available soon at : www.WaterskiandWakeboardWorldCup.com - and at www.IWWFed.com
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