The inaugural Asia & Oceania Champonships continued today Saturday 24th October 2015 at Lotus Pond in glorious sunshine.
First up were the AO Under 19 Junior Ladies and Junior Men qualifiers followed by AO +30 Men Qualifiers.
Gabby Gabrielle (AUS) topped the table in Junior Ladies ahead of Akela Bowman TPE while Blake Muller AUS held off the challenge Kwon Junyeop and the two Chinese Taipei riders.
MC of the event and the voice of Asian wakeboarding Carlo Dela Torre showed he still has a trick or two up his sleeve topping the table in the over 30s.
The AO Wakeskate Qualifiers followed with Tulip Tadtiam (THA) again holding off the challenge of Susan Larson (PHI) by the narrowest of margins. It was a different story in the Men’s Open where Cody Murphy (AUS) dominated with a score of 74.67 with Burid Detwilaisri (THA) lying 2nd with 57.67.
After lunch the AO Ladies took to their boards for their Open qualifiers where local Shannon Teng (TPE) held off the challenge of the six other riders with Tomabechi Megumi (JPN) lying 2nd.
The 13 riders in the Men’s Open qualifiers were split into two heats with the top three in each going through to the finals. The last seven were left to fight it out for the last two places through the last chance qualifiers (LCQ). Guy Tanaka (SIN), Mark Griffin (PHI), Ken Tackmann (THA), Scotty Wilkings (AUS), Sam Im (KOR) and Khalid Alawadhi (KUW) all progressed directly to the finals whilst Kazuyuki Tsujimoto (JPN) and Angelo Louise Linao (PHI) both made it through via the LCQ.
Some of the most entertaining riding of the day was left for the finals of the Girls and Boys under 15s. Australian Shantarna Mcpherson-Bremner took the honours in the girls ahead of 9-year old Mishka Bowman (TPE) and Yen Chi Cheng (TPE).
Both Mikayo Mundy (AUS) and Saif Saif Khaled (UAE) pulled off some big tricks but fell short of Declan Wheeler (AUS) who finished his final run with an awesome heel 900 off the final kicker to take the honours.
Riding continues tomorrow Sunday 25th October 2015 with the finals.