Yanjing 2013 Shunyi Olympic Cable Park Opening World Cup

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Posted by Chris

41 cable wakeboard riders from 19 countries converged on the Shun Yi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park over the weekend of the 8-9th June 2013 for the grand opening of the new Shunyi Olympic Cable Park and a share in the US50,000 prize-money.


Under-utilised since the 2008 Beijing Olympics the operators of the park, the Beijing Shunyi Olympic Aquatic Park Investment & Development Center, have seen the potential of incorporating both a cable wakeboard system as well as boat powered waterskiing and wakeboarding on the lake.
The event was organised by the IWWF Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Confederation in conjunction with the China Water Sports Administration, the Chinese Water Ski Association and the local municipal government, and sponsored by the Yanjing Beer Group
Friday the 7th of June was set aside as practice day before the official opening on Saturday morning the 8th June 2013.
The dull and overcast conditions on Saturday and steady drizzle on Sunday failed to deter some of the best cable wakeboard riders in the world from performing spectacularly
Competition began after the opening ceremony
with the pro-women semi-finals with the 15 riders split into two heats from which, after two runs of the course, the two top scores from each heat would qualify for the finals..
Cosima Giemza (Germany) and Angelika Schriber (Australia) topped the table in group A along with Maxine Sapulette (Netherlands) and Astrid Schabransky (Austria) from group B.
In the pro-men’s quarter-finals Laszlo Papp (Hungary), Ethan Agius (Australia), Szebasztian Szolath (Hungary), Im San (Korea), Nick Davies (Great Britain), Declan Clifford (Great Britain), Dominik Guhrs (Germany) and Matty Hasler (Australia) all made it through to the semi-finals .
The remaining 18 riders had a second chance to qualify through the LCQ for the remaining eight places in the semis with Ken Tackmann (Thailand), Tom Richter (Germany), Emilio Epstein (Austria), Mark Griffin (Philippines), James Young (Great Britain),Fahkrudin Mohd. Yasin (Singapore), Padiwat Jaemjan (Thailand) and Austin Hair (USA) making it through.
Im San (Korea) and Ken Tackmann (Thailand) qualified for the finals along with Guhrs, Szolath, Davies, Hasler, Agius and Hair.
From the pro-women’s LCQ Jaimi Oxlade (Australia), Tor Young (Great Britain), Khamlom Srirasin (Thailand) and Courtney Angus (Australia) made it through to the finals.
Maxime Sapulette topped the table after the first round of the pro-women’s finals with a score of 65 ahead of Cosima Giemza with 61, but with a second round score of 70.33 Giemza took the honours and the US$5,000 prize-money when Sapulette crashed out on her final trick off the small kicker. 15-year old Jaimi Oxlade finished third.

After an early fall in the first round of the pro-men finals Im San recovered in the second to score 70.83 and take 4th position

knocking Matty Hasler, whose score of 70 matched his bib number, into 5th-place. Hasler was unable to improve on his first round leaving the top three to fight it out for the podium positions and the US$10,000 first prize. Neither Nick Davies with 71.67 nor Szebasztian Szolath with 76 were able to improve on their scores falling during their final runs.
This left Dominik Guhrs to do a lap of honour on his final round, having already secured the title and prize-money. He still improved on his first round score with 81.67 making a worthy champion. img_2378-dominick-gurhs-copy.jpg