Mandurah to host International Wakeboard and Waterskii Foundation World Cup for the third time in March

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Over 70 water sport athletes from around the world and 130,000 spectators will descend on Mandurah’s Western Foreshore in March for the Action Sports Games.

Hosting the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation World Cup for the third year in a row, the Action Sports Games will be one adrenalin-pumping, action-filled weekend on March 15 and 16 when it becomes the first IWWF World Cup stop of 2014.

An impressive line-up of athletes will be attending the event, including many Australians, who are amongst the world’s best in Wakeboard and Waterski, BMX, Freestyle Motocross and Skateboarding.

World Number One Wakeboarder, Harley Clifford, will be looking to secure his third consecutive Mandurah title at only 21 years of age.

But hot on Clifford’s heels is fellow Australian Tony Iacconi and close friend and World Number Two Shota Tekuza (JPN) who is a strong contender for the win this year.

The rising Japanese star narrowly missed out on the number one spot at the 2013 Action Sports Games, so expect another close final between these two housemates.

The female Wakeboarding action will be led by American Raimi Merritt, who will be aiming to defend her seven year World Number One ranking after finishing in a controversial fourth place at the 2013 Action Sports Games due to a technical foul.

Challenging Merritt will be the 2013 Mandurah World Cup Champion and seven-time National Wakeboard Champion, Bec Gange (AUS) and fellow young Australia, Amber Wing.

The waterski jumping world continues to be dominated by six-time gold medalist Freddy Krueger (USA) who currently holds the record for a Jump of 75.2m.

Young Australian waterskier Jacinta Carroll will be the one to watch in the women’s league, after finishing off 2013 with eight first places. The university student will be bringing her new World Jump Champion title all the way from Santiago, Chile.

Carroll will be competing amongst some great waterski athletes including Natallia Berdnikova (BLR), Marion Mathieu (FRA) and Jutta Lami (FIN), which will make for a not to be missed contest.

The Action Sports Games is held in conjunction with the annual Channel Seven Crab Festival, which will add even more vibrancy and excitement to the City of Mandurah.

Tourism Western Australia and the Department of Regional Development of Lands are proud to support the Action Sports Games Mandurah through the Royalties for Regions – Regional Events Program, which is administered by Eventscorp.

ATHLETES

MEN’S WAKEBOARD
Alejo De Palma ARG
Tony Iacconi AUS
Harley Clifford AUS
Marcelo Giardi BRA
Yann Calvez FRA
Dan Nott GBR
Sam Carne GBR
David O’Caoimh IRL
Massimiliano Piffaretti ITA
Shota Tezuka JPN
YUN Sang-hyun KOR
Jorge Alberto Pérez Gordillo MEX
Marc Kroon NED
Shaun Faccio RSA
Padiwat Jaemjan THA
Daniel Powers USA
Trevor Hansen USA
Brad Teunissen AUS
Callan Starr AUS
Julien Bonnett BEL

WOMEN’S WAKEBOARD
Raimi Merritt USA
Bec Gange AUS
Amber Wing AUS
Nicola Butler USA
Caroline Djupsio SWEDEN
Caitlin Aristobil-Adele AUS
Chloe Mills AUS
Han Qiu CHN
Megan Barker GBR
Giorgia Gregorio ITA
Larissa Moralles MEX
Melissa Marquardt USA

MEN’S WATERSKI
Freddy Krueger USA
Damien Sharman GBR
Ryan Dodd CANADA
Scot Ellis USA
Bojan Schipner GERMANY

WOMEN’S WATERSKI
Jacinta Carroll AUS
Marion Mathieu FRA
Natallia Berdnikava BEL
Jutta Lammi FIN
Lauren Morgan USA

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