Over 100 Riders competed in this six-day battle for medals in Coleraine in Northern Ireland. The Riders from 15 countries included Austria, Belgium, Egypt, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden. These included the IWWF World Champion Massi Piffaretti ITA and the defending Europe Africa Champion, David O’Caoimh IRL.
As the long battle over six days to reach the Finals arrived, Team Italy had shown how strong their Wakeboard scene is today and succeeded in getting no less than 14 Riders through to the various Finals. Although the cool and sometimes damp Coleraine weather did not make life easy on the water, the general performances were some of the highest we have ever seen. As the Open Finals approached, at this stage, Italy had taken gold in Veterans Men /Pierluigi Mazzzia, Masters Women / Annalisa Di Corato, Junior Women /Chiara Virag and Junior Men / Lorenzo Soprani. Ireland’s Peter Stewart took the Masters Men gold and Maxine Roux FRA the U14 Boys gold. It really was looking very like an Italian wipeout !