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British Cable Wakeboard and Wakeskate National Championships: Cotswold Water Park

British Cable Wakeboard and Wakeskate National Championships: Cotswold Water Park

THE 15th British Cable Wakeboard and Wakeskate National Championships are set to be held at WMSki, in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park on July 23rd.

Sponsored by Teva, more than 70 of the UK’s best riders, including Open Ladies World Champion Kirstine Mitchell, 23 and Girls World Champion, Chloe Goudie, will perform acrobatic aerial flips and spins over obstacles at Summer Lake near Cirencester.

WMSki Spokesman Will Gibney, said: “WMSki offers brilliant facilities and this is a fantastic opportunity to host a national event sponsored by Teva that is going to be one of the biggest held so far.

“As well as water sports from 9am, it’s going to be a very family-friendly day with lots to do and finish with a party into the night starring acclaimed beatbox band ‘Duke’.”

WMSki opened in 2006 and so far more than 40,000 adults and children have been to this top UK venue to test drive one of the fastest growing sports in Europe.

Graphic Designer, Steph Caller, aged 26, of Cheltenham, came second in the National Championships and fourth in European Championships.

She said: “I started wakeboarding six years ago as I already enjoyed snowboarding and fell in love with this. I’ve just learned how to do the Blind Judge trick and that’s my favourite at the moment.

“When I’m on the lake I forget about everything and just focus. It keeps me fit and I enjoy coaching the younger ones.”

A-level student, Alex Newman, 18, of Cirencester, has been wakeboarding for more than three years and came fourth in National Championships before.

He said: “I aim to do better this year. I love the freedom, there’s no pressure and it’s great fun – except when the weather is cold. My best trick is the Mobe – a 360 degree back roll.”
Swindon-based brothers, James and Christopher Harrington, 16 and 19, learned will both be taking part.

James, 16, of Haydon Wick, said: “It’s exhilarating especially learning new tricks. I’ve won two competitions so far this year and come second in another. My aim is to compete in European and then World Championships.”

Eleven-year-old Oscar Townsend of Culkerton near Tetbury is one of the youngest national competitors who started wakeboarding at just seven.

He said: “I’ve won a competition and come third in another. It’s really exciting to do the tricks although not so much when the water is cold.”

Wakeboarding Facts:

•    Wakeboarding is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing
•    Wakeskating is a cross between wakeboarding and skateboarding – with this the rider is not bound to the board as in wakeboarding but uses grip tape.
•    The sports took off in the late 1980s and with more than 3 million people worldwide taking part wakeboarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world
•    Around 75 per cent of participants are males aged 13 – 24
•    Wakeboards can travel at speeds up to 24 miles-an-hour

Tricks of the Trade:

•    Tricks are based on the Raley which looks rather like a superman move as the rider takes off from the water with arms and legs spread-eagled.
•    Butterfooko – A Raley with a mid-air twist
•    Rubber Chicken – Raley with 540 degree mid-air turn
•    Double ‘S’ Bend – A difficult double forward flip
•    Blind Judge – a Raley that sees the rider land backwards with handle held behind
•    There’s also the Tantrum, Tootsie Roll, Tsunami Flip and Scarecrow

Explore Gloucestershire
25 May 2011

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