4th August 2022

The 2021 IWWF World Wakeboard Boat Championships, postponed from 2021 to 2022, was hosted and celebrated by the welcoming city of Rieti in Italy from 25th to 30th July 2022.

The event was organised by the Italian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, in collaboration with Club Nautico Varco Sabino Wave (CNVS WAVE).

Over 130 riders from 22 countries were reunited to compete on the magnificent Lago del Salto. Despite challenging conditions for some during preliminary rounds, the riders put on a great show and went all out from the start of the prelims up to the finals.

Italy, who last won the team overall title in Mexico in 2015, won the gold again on home soil with stunning performances by their riders (8 podium placements), despite missing their All-Star celebrity “Pizza Boy” Massi Piffaretti, 2015 IWWF Open Men’s Champion and 2019 ANOC World Beach Games Gold Medalist, who was not able to compete due to injury.   Defending Team Overall Champions and 8-time team overall winners, Australia, came in second this time around. It was great to see legendary athletes like Josh Sanders (Former Pro Rider and IWWF World Cup competitor), Amber Smith (2003 Open Women’s Champion and former Pro Rider) and Dean Smith (IWWF World Cup competitor and former Pro Rider)  from Australia, making a comeback.  Team USA, who last won the team overall title in 2011, took the bronze.

Australia was well represented in the Open Men division, dominating the podium with defending IWWF Open Men’s Champion and recently crowned World Games 2022 Champion, Nic Rapa (AUS), winning the gold medal, Cory Teunissen the 2017 IWWF Open Men’s Champion winning the silver medal despite a broken board and Sam Brown (AUS),  2019 IWWF Junior Men’s Champion, winning the bronze.

In Open Women, Eugenia De Armas from Argentina (2019 Pan American Games Champion & 2019 IWWF Open Women’s Bronze Medalist) was celebrated with dances and songs by her teammates while standing on the highest step of the podium. One of Italy’s sweetheart twins, Alice Virag (2019 IWWF Open Women’s Champion) won the silver medal after recuperating from a recent injury. The bronze medallist was Rebecca Gange from Australia,  the 2015 IWWF Open Women’s Champion.

The 2022 Centurion Ri230 was the Official Towboat of the event.

Results

Under 14 Girls

  1. Giulia Castelli (ITA)
  2. Kitt Smith (USA)
  3. Zlata Pyvovarenko (UKR)

Under 14 Boys

  1. Frederico Dal Lago (ITA)
  2. Hudson Gentry (USA)
  3. Andres Villegas (MEX)

Junior Women

  1. Alize Piana (ITA)
  2. Mackenzie McCarthy (AUS)
  3. Kira Lewis (USA)

Junior Men

  1. Stefano James Comollo (ITA)
  2. Jair Souza (BRA)
  3. Igor Colombo (ITA)

Over 30 Masters Women

  1. Mariana Nep (BRA)
  2. Amber Smith (AUS)
  3. Sarah Partridge (GBR)

Over 30 Masters Men

  1. Alejo De Palma (ARG)
  2. Dean Smith (AUS)
  3. Victor Sanchez (USA)

Over 40 Veteran Women

  1. Symonne Kennedy (AUS)
  2. Annalisa Di Corato (ITA)
  3. Fiona Chan Man Yee (HKG)

Over 40 Veteran Men

  1. Francesco Starita (ITA)
  2. Josh Sanders (AUS)
  3. Daniel Duquesnoy (FRA)

Open Women

  1. Eugenia De Armas (ARG)
  2. Alice Virag (ITA)
  3. Rebecca Gange (AUS)

Open Men

  1. Nic Rapa (AUS)
  2. Cory Teunissen (AUS)
  3. Sam Brown (AUS)

Team Overall

  1. Italy
  2. Australia
  3. United States of America
  4. Argentina
  5. Great Britain

Full Results

Photo Albums (click on the link below):

Opening Ceremony

Day 1

Day 2

Day 5

Day 6

ETC

Faces

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Previous News:

21st January 2021
2021 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships To Be Held In Italy

5th March 2021
2021 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships Bulletin 1

12th April 2021
IWWF World Wakeboard Championships Postponed to 2022

22nd July 2022
IWWF World Wakeboard Championships Begins Today in Rieti, Italy

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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