This year Mandurah will again host the Action Sports Games and the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation [IWWF] World Cup for the second year running after proving itself a global event with fierce competition last year.
The IWWF World Cup is an annual global series with slalom, short board and big jump combined with wake boarding, barefoot jumping and waterskiing. Over 100,000 visitors turned out to watch the world’s best water sportsmen and women deliver thrills and spills at last year’s World Cup, the first of 4 to be held in Mandurah.
Previously held in Russia, China, Singapore, France, Ireland and Egypt, the IWWF World Cup has made Mandurah its home for the next 3 years making it the first time in the events 33-year history that it has been hosted in the same city for four consecutive years.
IWWF President, Kuno Ritschard, said the Federation is delighted to be returning to Mandurah this year. “It’s a wonderful town with perfect conditions for our event so it’s a pleasure to bring our elite waterski and wakeboard athletes to Mandurah.”
More than 150 of the world’s waterskiing and wakeboarding stars from 24 countries will make their way to Western Australia to contest the world title and their share of the $300,000 prize pool up for grabs.
Australian wakeboarding prodigy responsible for taking the sport to another dimension, Harley Clifford, is confirmed to compete and defend his title as 2011 and 2012 IWWF World Wakeboard Champion. Clifford will be a favourite to take hope the title for a third consecutive year after exciting the huge crowds last year with his formidable tricks.
Also returning to defend his title is America’s nightmare on water skis, Freddy Krueger, the current Men’s World Waterski Jumping Champion. Last year’s gripping final had audiences gasping at the big jumps and countless crashes but Krueger out performed the field by 12 meters on his last jump to take home the title. Western Australia’s own Ryan Green, who placed third in 2011’s IWWF World Waterski Championships in Russia, will be back trying to impress in his home territory.
Aussie girl Amber Wing took out second place in the women’s wakeboarding last year and is looking to better that with a title win in 2013 but will face strong competition from American favourite and title holder, Raimi Merritt
The games also coincide with the annual Channel Seven Crab Fest, adding more vibrancy and excitement to the City of Mandurah.
Tourism Western Australia and the Department of Regional Development and Lands are proud to support the Action Sports Games Mandurah through the Royalties for Regions – Regional Events Program, which is administrated by Eventscorp.
For further information, or an interview opportunity please contact:
Action Sports Games Publicist
0403 289 847