29th September 2019
145 athletes from 12 countries competed in the 2019 Singha IWWF Asian Waterski & Wakesports Championships organised by Thai Extreme Sports Association (TESA) at TE Wake N Ski, Pathum Thani, Thailand, this past week 23rd to 29th September 2019
Disciplines included were waterskiing (slalom, trick & jump – open, masters <40+> and junior <17 & under>), wakeboard (open, masters <30+> and junior <14 & Under>) and wakesurf (open).
The outstanding waterski athlete of the week was Aaliyah Yoong from Malaysia who won the gold medal in open women’s slalom, trick, jump and overall, while settting a new pending Asian open women’s trick record 7,680 points.
Korea’s Shin Hyunjeong won the gold medal in open women’s wakeboard with China’s Xu Lu winning silver and Japan’s Otoha Kawahara taking the bronze. Yun Sanghyun completed the Korean sweep of gold medals ahead of fellow Kim Yunseo silver and Tatsanai Kuakoonrat winning the bronze.
Wakesurf was included for the first time in an IWWF Asian Championships with Chinese Taipei’s Yu Chen Chen and Hong Kong’s Cao Long Long winning the women’s and men’s gold medal. Hong Kong won the team overall medal.
Japan proved to be the dominant force in both the waterski and wakeboard disciplines by winning both the Max Kirwan Waterski and Wakeboard shields, the winners determined by the total overall team scores in junior, masters and open categories.
About the IWWF: The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has over 90 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing, Barefoot Waterskiing & Wakesurfing
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