19th July 2019

First Competitive Wakeboard Boat Event to Be Held In NEOM, Saudi Arabia

IWWF heads to a new destination for the IWWF NEOM Wakeboard Cup in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, this weekend 19th & 20th of July 2019.

The IWWF NEOM Wakeboard Cup will involve a total of 25 wakeboard athletes, both men and women, from around the globe competing for USD 100,000 in prize money and travel allowances.

NEOM is a new destination being created at the intersection of Asia, Europe and Africa and along one of the world’s busiest economic arteries. It is strategically placed at the crossroads of the world with an area of 26,500 km2, and it is just an 8-hour flight at the most from 70% of the global population.

Commenting on the event, IWWF Executive Director Paul Fong said: “We are excited about running the first competitive wakeboard boat event in a new destination, where there is huge potential for the development of our sport. We believe the sporting and cultural experience will leave a lasting impression on all those who participate in this inaugural event.”

“It’s great testimony to the spirit of NEOM that we are hosting the IWWF NEOM Wakeboard Cup at such an early stage in our development,” said Jason Harborow, head of NEOM’s Future of Sport sector. “As we evolve, Beach Sports will be an important part of our offering and major events will be high on the agenda.”

General Information, Starting Orders & Results: http://iwwf.sport/neom/

 (Saudi Arabia Time)
 Time Friday, 19 July, 2019
4:00 PM  Pro Women’s Wakeboard Qualification
5:00 PM Pro Men’s Wakeboard Qualification
6:30 PMEnd of Day 1 Competition
 Time Saturday, 20 July, 2019
8:00 AM Pro Women’s Last Chance Qualifiers
8:30 AM Pro Men’s Last Chance Qualifiers
4:00 PMPro Men’s Semi-Finals – Live Stream
5:30 PMPro Women’s Final – Live Stream
6:00 PMPro Men’s Final – Live Stream
6:30 PMEnd of Day 2 Competition
8:00 PMMedal Ceremony


About NEOM: NEOM is the flagship project of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. A vast destination designed to welcome and celebrate the world’s athletes, sports enthusiasts and thrill seekers. NEOM was announced to the public on October 24, 2017 by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF).

The name “NEOM” is derived from two words. The first three letters form the Ancient Greek prefix neo- meaning “new”. The fourth letter is the abbreviation of Mostaqbal (Arabic: مستقبل), an Arabic word meaning “future”. As the name suggests, it will be the land of the future where the best ideas, most promising start-ups, established companies, future industries and the best talents are joined to create solutions for the key challenges facing humanity.

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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IWWF’s Website:  www.iwwf.sport