Shanghai is about to witness the biggest international Cable Wakeboard / Waterski event ever staged by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF).
Never before in the organization of forty-four previous World Cup Stops has the IWWF seen so many countries represented at an international Cable event. Last year, fourteen countries took part in Shanghai. This year, that number of countries is set to increase to forty. For the record, they are listed below. History will be made in Shanghai at Bi Hai Jin Sha Water Park on October 3rd/4th when this Shanghai Cable Wakeboard & Jump World Cup comes to town!
Two disciplines are involved, Wakeboard and Jump. While the Wakeboard World Cup Stop scheduled for Linyi China on September 26/27 will be boat powered by MasterCraft, this Shanghai event on the following weekend will use the revolutionary and environment friendly Rixen electric Cable system. This concept was presented by the IWWF to the board of International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently for consideration for inclusion in the Games. Global sales of Cable systems are booming. Owing to their popularity, already the Olympic Rowing Lakes in Beijing and Barcelona have installed these systems to further improve their legacy values.
When asked why this enormous increase in participating countries has occurred, IWWF President Kuno Ritschard stated that this is a direct result of the global boom in the installation of these low cost Cable systems, their attractiveness to the growing youth sector and their environment friendly features.
The quality of the athletes listed for this event is the highest we have seen to date. Athletes from Belarus dominated all in Jump last year. In fact, the eventual winner of the Women’s Jump event, Iryna Turets BLR, tied a new World Jump Record of 48.9m with Joulia Meier-Gromyko BLR. That World Record will again be threatened this year. In the Men’s Jump event, Nikita Papakul, also from Belarus, beat the World Champion Alexander Vasko SVK with a distance of 61.6m. Based on recent performances, Russia’s Europe Africa Jump Champion Vladimir Ryanzin will also be a very strong contender.
This year, Cable Wakeboard will be added to the Shanghai programme for the first time. This entry list will include IWWF World Cable Wakeboard Champions Sanne Maijer NED and Lior Sofer ISR. Also taking part will be the World Cup gold medal winners from the 2014 Bank of Beijing Shunyi World Cup Stop, Maxine Sapulette NED and Dominik Guhrs GER. Over 35 National Champions have entered in this unprecedented entry list. Whoever succeeds in reaching this Shanghai World Cup podium in Wakeboard or Jump on Sunday, October 4th. will truly deserve the title of champion of champions !
Temperature of 27C / 81Fh and sunny skies are forecasted for the weekend of October 3rd/4th at Bi Hai Jin Sha Water Park in Shanghai.
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