Ben Leclair severely injured in wakeboarding accident

Benjamin Leclair has suffered a serious spinal cord injury in Orlando, Florida.

The rider from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Canada, was shooting a wakeboarding movie at Kevin Henshaw's Area 52 when the accident took place.

Leclair, who has already been considered one of the best free wakeboarders on the planet, was stabilized on site, airlifted to the hospital in Orlando and later underwent emergency surgery.

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Lior Sofer and Julia Rick claim the 2016 IWWF Cable Wakeboard World Championships

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.

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All set for the 2016 IWWF Cable Wakeboard World Championships

The planet's best wakeboarders and wakeskaters will fight for the world titles at Acuaski Action Park, in Mexico, from November 4th-12th, 2016.

The Cable Wakeboard World Championships of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) are run every two years and will take place at Tequesquitengo, in the Mexican state of Morelos, and thus held in the PANAM Confederation for the first time.

The strong field features 200 riders from 25 nations, including top-ranked athletes such as Lior Sofer, Timo Kapl, Miles Töller, Julia Rick, Philipp Turba, San Im, Ariano Blanik, and Victoria Sosulina. The event will be streamed live via webcast.

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