Eight countries take home gold medals at IWWF Europe & Africa Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships in El Gouna, Egypt
Germany’s Julia Rick created history in El Gouna, Egypt, in taking her fifth consecutive title of IWWF Europe Africa Cable Wakeboard Champion. With nineteen countries represented, fourteen divisions and 183 Wakeboard and Wakeskate athletes, this was one of the toughest contests of the year with the highest standards ever seen. As a potential Olympic discipline, this was a perfect example of what low cost environment friendly Cable board sports can deliver.
The venue for the 19th Europe and Africa Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships is regarded as a market leader - Sliders Cablepark in El Gouna, Egypt. This premier Red Sea holiday destination is one of the biggest Olympic standard man-made eco-friendly Cable Parks in the world. Built beside a 10km sandy beach with 17 first class hotels, the Egyptian Sailing & Water Ski Federation welcomed 183 athletes here for the first time. The impressive Cable installation was built in 2014 - a five Pylon Rixen System, 460 meters long with 6 towers, each 10 meters high.
The countries represented in these championships included Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, Republic of South Africa and Russia.
With fourteen gold medals available, German athletes captured a total of eight, the others going to Russia, Spain, Great Britain, Denmark, Slovakia and Italy. The Wakeskate element of the championships included Junior Ladies and Junior Men, Open Ladies and Open Men. Wakeskate gold medals were awarded to athletes from France, Slovakia and Spain with Open awards going to Zuzana Vrablova (SVK) and 22-year-old Clement de Premonville (FRA).
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About the IWWF: The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has 91 affiliated Federations world-wide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for Waterski and Wakeboard. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing and Barefoot Waterskiing.