02 Nov 2016 WWA WAKEPARK WORLDS
THE 2016 WWA WAKEPARK WORLDS HOSTED BY CWC WAKEPARK
The world’s best wake park , Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) hosting the world’s most prestigious wake park event is now underway in paradise. Over 200 riders have traveled across the globe to be a part of the 2016 World Wake Association’s Wake Park World Championships presented by Nautique Boats. Twenty plus countries and all six inhabitable continents have rider’s actively participating with hopes of becoming a world champion here at CWC throughout Halloween weekend.
CWC started off the event with an opening ceremony that will be one for the books. As all the rider’s representing their home countries hosted their nation’s flags in the air, an enormous fire was lit to display the start of everyone’s quest for a world title. Camarines Sur Governor Migz Villafuerte and WWA Executive Director, Corrie Wilson, wished all the athletes the best of luck as he ignited the Olympic type torch letting everyone know that the time has come and all their hard training throughout the year is about to pay off. Not only are individual world titles on the line, but new for 2016 are country titles. Each nationality will have the chance to also earn a world title based on how high their nation’s riders place in each division. By Monday evening we will all know who the 2016 WWA Wake Park World Champions are.
Today began with the future of the sport in the younger aged divisions, legends of the sport in the mature aged divisions and lastly professionals. Wakeboarders, wakeskaters, males and females all partook on the most advanced and well built course there is in wake park riding. CWC has supplied riders with the most progressive features so that the rider’s can show the best display of park riding of all time this weekend. Amateur traditional cable and Professional Wakeskate and Wakeboard Plaza was on today’s agenda as it delivered the most action packed riding ever seen at a wake park event.
Highlights of the day were Loic Deschaux from France absolutely slaying the technical course in the Boys (10-13) division here at CWC. Deschaux surprised everyone with his mobe 5 off the flats and his very impressive rail hits along with a heelside 9 off the kicker. “This is the most fun park I have ever ridden and when you have all the other boys out there riding at the highest level, it pushes you to ride your very best” says Loic. Winning his semi final heat, Deschaux along with Thailand’s Luke Carrick will be the top seeds in the final for the boys division.
Ukraine showed their strengths in the masters (30-39) division today with an impressive ride from Dymtro Massalov with a high score of 97.5. Along with Massalov, Filipino Marvin Tucio showed his country some love by making it through the tough cut to make it to the finals in Masters men. The Junior Women (14-18) gave the world a preview to see what the next generation of women’s wake park riding will be in the near future. Eira Janasson from Sweden blew everyone’s minds with how effortless her run was which included many difficult tricks.
As the sun went down and the moon was out, the lights came on behind the cable lake at the one of a kind “plaza” bilevel pool setup. The world’s best wakeboard rail riders and wakeskaters hit the greatest setup ever made for the sport under the lights at night. Andrew Pastura from the USA took the top spot in the plaza Wakeskate category as he performed a flawless backside 3 down the stair set and also linked up some flats tricks and rail hits in the 2nd pool at the end of the plaza setup. Following Pastura’s win was William Klang from Sweden in Pro Men’s Plaza Wakeboard. William won first place by impressing the judges with his backside 270 onto the handrail, frontside 360 into the hip on the 2nd pool and lastly his wall ride to 50/50 backside 180 out on the creeper ledge. The wakeboard podium finished out with Victor Salmon from Belgium in 2nd and the young Filipino sensation Raph Trinidad in 3rd.
There could have not been a better day to have for day one of the 2016 WWA Wake Park World Championships here at CWC in the Philippines. The entire CWC facility delivered the best riding we have ever seen and it’s only been one day. As the event continues on we will see the riding continue to blow minds. Expect tricks that have never been performed in an event to be seen this weekend as time continues on here at this prestigious event.
Pros light up the scene on day 2 of the 2016 WWA Wake Park World Championships at Camsur Watersports Complex
Perfect conditions and epic riding set the tone as professional men and women take to the water here in paradise. The second day of the world’s greatest wake park contest delivered nothing short of the best show we have ever seen in wakeboarding and wakeskating. Amateur Features Only riders took to the water for the first time today along with Professional Men and Women Wakeboarding and also Professional Wakeskating.
CWC took a trip down memory lane last night as they premiered “throwback” videos from their first events as the park is celebrating their 10 year anniversary in part with the 2016 WWA Wake Park World Championships presented by Nautique Boats. Camsur Watersports Complex has been a staple in the progression to wake park riding since the park was built by Congressman LRay Villafuerte. For the past decade CWC has played host to some of the most monumental moments in wakeboarding and hence why the 2016 WWA Wake Park World Championships was destined to be hosted by CWC.
Today’s action had the equivalent to the same feeling as it being a final as the riding was that mind-blowing. Pro Wakeskate saw Belgium’s Victor Salmon ride solid to advance to the final tomorrow along with Denmark’s Kasper Laugesen, USA’s Andrew Pastura and Germany’s Andy Kolb. Highlights from wakeskating included Pastura’s effortless frontside flip and technical rail hits while Andy Kolb and Oskar Gejle destroyed the kickers.
Professional Women hit the water in the traditional cable division and put on quite the show. The women showcased perfection in their ability to hit Pro Men caliber rails, different 720 variations and all sorts of mobes in the flats. To no surprise reigning World Champion Julia Rick from Germany scored a perfect score of 100 as she aced the entire course. “I was so stoked to land both my 313 off the flats along with my backside 720 which is so easy off of the perfect kicker they have here at CWC” says Rick. Julia was not the only one to feel that way about the facility and vibe here at CWC. The energy and positivity down on the dock from all the riders, parents and fans was all time. Having 200 plus riders staying here on site, riding together, eating together and mingling in between brings all these nations of the world together in peace. Executive director of the WWA Corrie Wilson was extremely impressed with the comradely between all the riders. “The Wake Park World Championships are always such a fun event to be a part” says Wilson, “I love seeing new talented riders from all over the world show up to compete among the best.
The Professional Men closed out the event for the day and what a banger division to do so. The first ever toeside backside 1260 in an event went down in the Features Only division by Australia’s Sebastian “Busty” Dunn. Busty also won his Traditional Cable heat with another perfect posted score of 100. But Dunn wasn’t the only one showing perfection on the water, Guenther Oka from the USA also found himself a score of 100 after he performed a flawless run of rail hits, big kicker tricks and mega flats moves. Oka also qualified through to the Features Only semi final tomorrow morning that will only guarantee to see the heat get turned up when it comes to wild tricks going down.
The 2016 WWA Wake Park World Championships comes to a close tomorrow evening as we will be crowing world champions from all over the globe here at CWC. Titles will be given out in over 20 different individual divisions along with country titles and lastly Professional Men’s WWA Wake Park World Series overall titles. The 2016 wakeboard and wakeskate year will be finished out tomorrow night with a World Championships celebration with a Halloween theme. What an event this has been so far and its about to get even better!
Oka and Rick sweep the 2016 WWA Wake Park World Championships at CWC in the Philippines
Professional Men’s rider Guenther Oka (USA) and Professional Women’s rider Julia Rick (GER) rise to new heights and win both their Features Only and Traditional Wake Park divisions at the 2016 WWA Wake Park World Championships presented by Nautique Boats. Oka and Rick rode at the highest level ever at a wake park contest earning them each double world titles.
With well over 200 riders, the world now has over 20 new WWA Wake Park World Champion’s at what will go down as the best wake park event of all time. Camsur Watersports Complex delivered again with the greatest riding we have ever seen in wake park contest. All of the amateur and professional riders showcased how bright the future is in wakeboarding. Camsur providence Governor Migz Villafuerte provided all the athletes with the finest hospitality there could be. “I am so honored to have over 200 athletes representing 25 plus countries here in harmony in our beautiful providence of Camsur. This event has always been the most prestigious in wake park riding and we look forward to hosting it again next year even better.” Says Migz.
Guenther Oka came out on fire with a run in Professional Men’s Traditional that did not have one single bobble, thus earning him a world title. Oka ended his run with a perfectly stomped toe side backside nine that he grabbed his board melon for what seemed like days. “I was beyond pumped that my best run of the entire event was in the finals. This was by far the most heated competition I have ever ridden in and it came down to the quality of riding. Every rider stood up their runs and crushed it!” states Oka. Oka wasn’t the only professional that was on point all week. Germany’s Julia Rick scored a perfect 100 in Traditional Wake Park with her heel backside 720 off the kicker and her 313 off the flats. Rick has now repeated as WWA Wake Park World Champion in Professional Women’s Wake Park three consecutive years in a row now, a feat never done in the event’s eight year history.
The Professional Features Only division was the main event that finished out the contest. The entire CWC complex was swept spotless by both Rick and Oka again in this division. Oka wiped up the course with a win in the kickers section and the brand new creeper rail section with a creeper popper front board backside 450 out that had the crowd going nuts. Rick scored a perfect 100 by winning all sections of the course, but securing it being the only girl to switch transfer 270 to front board to the very top of the creeper rail. The features only division was absolutely insane to watch in all divisions as the amateurs also showed the world that they could blow minds too. There were even two kids in the boys division that landed toeside backside nines.
Governor Migz Villafuerte, congressman LRay Villafuerte, along with the entire CWC staff provided warmth and kindness to everyone that showed up to the event. “Together the WWA, CWC and the entire Camsur community work so great together naturally. I was beyond pleased with how wonderful the World Championships went this year and I cannot wait for it to make it’s return next year. I also would like to thank all the athletes that participated and congratulate all the riders that won world titles.” Says Congressman LRay Villafuerte.
The 2016 WWA Wake Park World Championships also introduced a brand new aspect to the event, with overall country and park team scoring. With practically 30 countries and almost 60 parks represented, the competition was very close in both categories. In the end with over 2000 overall counted country points it was the United States of America that took the title to become the overall country World Champion. For the Parks Overall, it was reigning Point’s Chase National Champion Park, Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) that claimed the first place points followed closely behind by JB SKI and Vasteras Cable Park.
And that is a wrap for the 2016 WWA Wake Park World Championships at Camsur Watersports Complex in Naga City, Philippines. History was made, world titles were added to resumes and memories were made. The awards presentation was hosted by none other Dano the Mano and there was nothing but a sea of smiles from all the people there to close out the event.