The new world wakeboarding and wakeskating champions have been crowned at Acuaski Action Park, in Mexico. Up to 158 contestants from 28 nations competed for world titles.
With an outstanding second run in the finals, Lior Sofer managed to defend his title at Morelos. With massive jumps such as heelside frontside 900, crow mobe, 315, or KGB 540 nose grab, Sofer pushed Dominik Gührs to second place.
"This year has been really tough, as I've been battling with a few injuries which have held me back. So, to come to Mexico as the underdog and finish like that is unreal. I just can't describe it. I would like to thank Mexico for treating us so well," noted Sofer.
Third place went to Guy Firer, who went with his new signature trick, the "Firer Attack," and who had won the Junior World Championship a few days ago.
Reigning 2016 European champion and current IWWF World Cup ranking leader Julia Rick impressed the judges at Morelos Acuaski Action Park with superior tricks such as toeside backside 720 or frontside 313 and took the world championship in the Open Women's category.
"I am so happy to get my first ever IWWF Open Ladies Win. I have been so impressed with Mexico. It's beautiful and has a fabulous vibe about it. Acuaski is a really good cable park; the course is challenging and quite exhausting," stated Rick.
Aurelie Godet got second ahead of Vanessa Weinhauer, who had become Junior world champion just a few days ago.
"I was also really pleased to come to Mexico as the Athlete Of The Year; this has made 2016 very special for me. Becoming World Champion and European Champion rounds up a perfect season for me.”
The wakeskaters delivered a fantastic show with Clément De Prémonville taking the win in a thrilling final. Performing tricks such as frontside flip, kickflip, gazelle, and ollie frontside 360, he won over Maurizio Marassi, who had already taken silver at the Junior wakeskaters. David Lang came in third.
"It's a great feeling. I'm so glad to have had a great run. I'm always pushing myself to the limits, and this just feels so good right now. I have loved being in Mexico; they have such good tacos and the most friendly people I've ever met," said Clément De Prémonville.
At the Open Women's wakeskaters, 2012 and 2014 world champion Zuzana Vrablova was able to defend her title again. Ori Boujo got second, and Elisa Costanzo came in third.
"I'm so happy right now! I started my competition off with a safe run and was hoping to go crazy for my second run, but after Ori stepped up her second run I had to change tactics," added Vrablova.
Finally, the inaugural Wakeboard Seated category was a tremendous success in its debut. Italian Emanuele Pagnini stole the show with a fantastic hit on the Incline Pipe rail. Bastien Perret took second place ahead of Jorge Font.
"It is so important for the seated competition to be a part of the Open competition. Normally, disabled competitions are separate, but for us, it is fantastic to be included," concluded an emotional Pagnini.
2016 IWWF Cable Wakeboard World Championships | Finals
Wakeboard Open Men
1. Lior Sofer (ISR), 87.67 points
2. Dominik Gührs (GER), 83.67 points
3. Guy Firer (ISR), 83.33 points
Wakeboard Open Women
1. Julia Rick (GER), 78.33 points
2. Aurelie Godet (FRA), 63 points
3. Vanessa Weinhauer (GER), 60 points
Wakeboard Seated Men
1. Emanuele Pagnini (ITA), 73 points
2. Bastien Perret (FRA), 62.33 points
3. Jorge Font (MEX), 40 points
Wakeskate Open Men
1. Clément De Prémonville (FRA), 79 points
2. Maurizio Marassi (ITA), 69 points
3. David Lang (AUT), 63.67 points
Wakeskate Open Women
1. Zuzana Vrablova (SVK), 68.33 points
2. Ori Boujo (ISR), 63.67 points
3. Elisa Costanzo (ITA), 52.67 points