In an unprecedented turn of events today in Mandurah, World Champion and record breaking Waterski Jumper, Freddy Krueger, missed out on getting through to the finals. This is the first time in IWWF World Cup history, Des Burke Kennedy of the IWWF said, that Krueger has not made it through to the finals.
Due to inclement weather and approaching Cyclone Olwyn, the Waterski Jump schedule was changed, with the semi finals brought forward a day to Friday. In previous World Cup events the Friday before the weekend was reserved strictly for practice, with the semi finals taking place on the Saturday, and the finals on the Sunday.
Freddy is known for his strict practice routine, and this Friday the 13th has proven to be very unlucky for Freddy “The Nightmare” Krueger.
Taking out the highest score in the semi-finals was Ryan Dodd from Canada, who jumped a huge 64.0m. Dodd is the favourite to take out this year’s Mandurah World Cup.
Earlier in the day, immediately post a brief practice session, the female Waterski Jumpers hit the water. With marginally better weather conditions the semi finals yielded expected results, with Australian Jacinta Carroll finishing on top, reaching a score of 48.8m. Bulgarian Natallia Berdnikava hitting 46.6m and Finnish Jutta Lammi taking the third highest distance at 46.1m. World Champion Carroll won the Moomba Masters in Melbourne just last week with a distance of 51m.
Pending weather conditions, the finals should take place as planned on Sunday.
Training on the waterways today, the wakeboard competitors were getting prepped to compete. Australian wakeboarder, Harley Clifford was there to prepare to defend the title he’s won at the Mandurah World Cup for the past three years.
“Mandurah is a little different to most events; we only have like (sic) one obstacle. There is more chance and challenge to innovate. The others have obstacles, where you might do four tricks down and hit three obstacles. The wake is where the big tricks happen,” he said.
Wakeboarders are scheduled for an 8am practice for Saturday, and the decision to proceed with the semi finals will be made at 08:30.
Live updates on results are posted on the IWWF website here.
Due to constantly changing weather, keep an eye on the Facebook page for up to the minute updates.
Scooter/Skate & BMX Arena
Unfortunately, due to bad weather the Scooter qualifying scheduled for Friday between 5 and 7pm was cancelled.
Shaun Jarvis from Freestyle Now has advised that on Saturday morning (pending rain conditions) the skate and BMX will run in the morning, and the Half Pipe Battle Jam may be moved to Sunday.
The Scooter qualifying will be re-scheduled to 8:30 on Saturday morning.
Keep an eye on the Freestyle Now and Action Sports Games facebook pages for details on changes as they happen.