The showdown between two New Zealand world wakeboarding champions at the New Zealand Wakeboarding Nationals on Saturday exceeded expectations, producing some of the best wakeboarding ever seen in New Zealand competition.
The Open Women’s division saw Charlotte Mills biting on the heels of reining champion Andrea Fountain during the heats on Friday but Fountain managed to secure a convincing win with two complete passes in the final that included a Tantrum, Toeside Backroll, Scarecrow and at hit on the Eco-decking flat bar.
Lake Crichton proved to be a perfect venue for the event with spectators able to view every trick from their seat and on-site food, accommodation and entertainment, not to mention perfectly smooth water for the competitors.
Wakeboarding New Zealand President Ralph Yearsley was impressed by both competitors and overall success of the event.
“The level of riding from all competitors was incredible and the heated final battle between Jeff and Brad really topped it off, making it the best National’s event to date”, he said.
“A huge thank you goes out to all those who made this event possible – all of our sponsors, event organisers, judges, MC’s and in particular the Wright family from Lake Crichton Tournament Waterski Park”, he added.
Mastercraft was the official tow boat and major sponsor of the event with support from Liquid Force, Jet Pilot, Ronix, Hyperlite, CWB, X-box, Spy, Sofrana, Eco-decking, Tony’s Restaurant, Demon Energy and My Refund.
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