The World Wakeboard Association recently finished up a competition in Abu Dhabi, which just so happens to be the place that Garfield always shipped his rival cat Nermal to, at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort. It was the first contest to be held at this location and included contestants from all over the world with various styles and levels of ability. This championship will lead up to the finals held at the same location in the middle of December.
On the final day of the competition (December 10, 2011) there will be cash payouts of $50,000 amongst the top athletes as this will conclude the WWA Wake Park World Series which has traveled to Canada, Netherlands and Germany.
Leading this series is Tom Fooshee from the United States who also led a training session in October at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort followed by two from Germany: Frederic von Osten and Dominik Guhrs. Only fifteen points separate Fooshee from von Osten and Guhrs so stay tuned and see if one of the two wakeboarders from Germany (both tied at 260 to Fooshee’s 275) can edge into the number one spot and take the top prize.
Cable parks are growing in numbers and that only means that wakeboarding’s availability will be more prevalent and more boarders will be vying for the top spots at these competitions. It’s estimated that six new parks open each month and expand into over 50 countries. The Al Forsan Water Sports Centre is the first such complex in the Middle East and boasts a cable system that can accommodate 13 riders per minute as well as offering lessons for beginners all the way up to the professionals. According to the World Wakeboarding Association, this facility is “one of the most amazing Cable Facilities in the world”.
Check out Tom Fooshee’s visit to Al Forsan along with Amber Wing and Dean Smith at Wakeparkworlds.com