2012 Nautique IWWF AAO Waterski & Wakeboard Championships

Sunday, August 26, 2012
Posted by Chris


The 2012 Nautique IWWF AAO Waterski & Wakeboard Championships incorporating the Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships & Asian U17 Waterski Championships commenced on Friday 24th August 2012. The event kicked off with the Under 17’s all day. The preliminary rounds of the Asian, Australasian & Oceanian (AAO) championships continued on Saturday with slalom and tricks followed by a ski show by the Stars of Florida. In the evening a spectacular and entertaining opening ceremony welcomed the 12,000 athletes participating in a variety of sports at the annual Chuncheon Leisure Sports Games of which waterskiing and wakeboarding are a part.
Operating on two sites the wakeboarders took to the water on one, whilst on the main site the finals of the Under 17’s took place. Having already shattered the Malaysian national trick record with 4220 points in the preliminary round of the Women’s event Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah comfortably took gold in the U17’s with a score of 3230pts breaking her own existing Asian U17 record. Park Jae Yung wins U17 Boys tricks for Korea.
Indra Hardinata (INA) won the U17 Boys slalom gold with a sensational new record of 0.5/58/12m while Kalya Kee of Singapore took gold in U17 Girls slalom.
Unfortunately a typhoon is now threatening the competition so an emergency plan is now in operation to conclude the event a day early before the storm hits.

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Korea organises Cable Wakeboard Judging Course

Saturday, July 7, 2012
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 539713_4188309143619_18049653_n.jpgAAO Cable Wakeboard Council Member, Argyrios Daskalopoulos, conducts a Cable Wakeboard Judging Seminar in Korea for the Korean  Waterski & Wakeboard Association at the Olympic rowing site.

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Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah smashes Malaysian Open Women’s Trick Record

Saturday, July 7, 2012
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Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah smashes her own Malaysian open women tricks record of 3230 points with a score of 3630 points in round 2 of the combined open men & women and age groups tricks event in the Coup De Meuzac in France this morning. She is over the moon and she considers this her birthday present for herself as she turns 9 on the 16th of July in a little more than a week’s time.

Way to go Aaliyah.

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Women’s Barefoot Trick Record breaks 5000 points

Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Posted by Chris

Ashleigh Stebbeings (AUS) made history on June 23, 2012 at the Southern Glass 2012 Barefoot Waterski Tournament. Ashleigh set a new Women’s Barefoot Trick Record of 5050 Pts. and became the first women in history to push the World Record over the 5000 point mark.

The record run will be posted at www.WorldBarefootCouncil.com within the next few days.

Congratulations to Ashleigh on an outstanding performance!

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3rd Asian Beach Games Haiyang

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Posted by Chris

Day 3 Friday 22nd June 2012 

Conditions on Jiulong Lake (Nine Dragons Lake) were ideal when the 2012 Ski Nautique 200 CB pulled Seo Nana (KOR) on her first pass in the ten women trick finals. Fifth off the dock Saaya Hirosawa (JPN) improved on her first round performance with 3020 points as did 8-year old Aaliyah Yoong (MAS) with 2950.     Fifth off the dock Saaya Hirosawa (JPN) improved on her first round performance with 3020 points as did 8-year old Aaliyah Yoong (MAS) with 2950.

Sareeya Promsuntisit (THA) likewise improved with a score of 3280 to take the lead with just 3 skiers left. Third last off the dock Hiroko Komori tied the score of 3280 but with a better preliminary score took the lead over Promsuntisit securing at least the bronze medal. The young heir apparent Jiang Hui (CHN) put in a credible performance losing out again to Song Yufei’s (CHN), the defending champion,  whose 5380 points gave her gold for the second time.


Padiwat Jaemjan aka ‘Bomb’ competing in both wakeboard and tricks put in a creditable score of 1960 points to kick off the men’s trick finals.


Third off the dock ‘Jumping Jimmy’ Jeong Ji Min’s (KOR) score of 3180 set the



Maliki Zulkarnain (INA) improved on his first round with 3540, leaving him in a medal position when his Indonesian team mate Kadir Febrianto failed to beat this score.

Second last skier Cho Beomgeun just fell short of Jumping Jimmy’s score with 3170 leaving the final skier China’s, Shi Longfei to do the business. There were anxious moments until his score of 4410 flashed up on Swiss Timing’s, scoreboard with Longfei capturing goal.img_6394-men-trick-medalists-v2.jpg

Japan missed the event two years ago in Muscat but were in good form, with two women skiers and a woman wakeboard rider through to the finals. Unfortunately Miku Asai’s fall on her first wakeboard pass left the door wide open for the two Chinese women Chen L ili and Han Qui to win medals. Han Qui’s Moby Dick and Tantrum to Blind and score of 67.89 gave her the edge over Lili’s 57.78. Singapore’s hopes lay on Sasha Christian’s shoulders, whose score of 53.67 left her in 3rd place.     img_6417-women-wakeboard-medalists-v2.jpg

Jung Insang’s  score of 70.02  set a high benchmark for the remaining last five men finalists to achieve behind the 2012 Super Air Nautique 210. Third off the dock Ji Hoon (KOR) raised the bar further to 73.8m, which neither Lin Xiaojun (CHN) nor the penultimate skier Hong Kong’s Julien  Breistroff could emulate. Last off the dock Tatsanai Kuakoonrat pulled of an intense but smoothly executed run rising to the occasion to score 79.23 and capture gold.    img_6435-men-wakeboard-medalists-v2.jpg

The awards ceremony followed on site with the closing ceremony that evening back at the stadium. The OCA flag was lowered and passed to representatives from Phuket, Thailand, hosts for the 4th Asian Beach Games in 2014. The 3rd Asian Beach Games concluded with Olympic flame being extinguished.




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3rd Asian Beach Games Haiyang 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Posted by Chris


 In the women’s wakeboard last chance qualifiers (LCQ) Apassom  Akaraisayaporn (THA) and Tantanasorn Chaiyabood (THA) along with Lee Sunjoo (KOR) and Srirasin Khamklom (THA) all made it through to the semi-finals.

In the men’s LCQ with Alex Yoong opting out it was Wan Ka Choi (HKG), who topped the list of five riders in Heat 1 and with only one from each heat qualifying for the semis he joins Bader Aljihayem (Independent Olympic Athletes) in progressing to the semi-finals.

The women’s trick preliminaries followed with the 13 contestants vying for one of ten slots in the final. Not unexpectedly it was the Chinese women Jiang Hui with 4880 points Song Yufei with 5880 who look most likely medal contenders. The eight-year old Aaliyah Hanifah Yoong’s 2600 points was enough to keep her in the top five along with Japanese skiers Hiroko Komori and Saaya Hirosawa and Sareeya  Promsuntist (THA).

The men’s trick competition was much closer with just 540 points separating second and seventh places. With only the final results counting, except to break a tie, the successful completion of tricks will be critical to ensure they all count. 

Chinese skier Shu Longfei clearly demonstrated he’s the one to beat with a score of 4200 points, leaving Cho Bumgeun (KOR) with 3260 his nearest rival.


With the LCQ out of the way the women’s wakeboard semi- finals commenced. Another consistent performance by Miku Asai (JPN) saw her and Duan Zhenkun (CHN) along with the two other Chinese women Han Qiu and Chen Lili from heat 2 progress to the finals. In the third and final heat Sasha Christian and Joo Seulkee progress to make up an exciting programme for the finals.


Competition really hotted-up in the men’s wakeboard semi-finals with Ronnie Cheung (HKG) just missing out on one of the six slots for the wakeboard finals with Lin Xiaojun (CHN) and Bunyalo Jumruang  progressing.     A fine performance by Julien Briestroff saw him through to the final in 2nd place along with Ji Hoon (KOR) while Wan Ka Choi (HKG) again missed out. It was even closer in the 3rd and final heat with a smooth performance by a Tatsanai Kuakoonrat (THA) including a clean Moby Dick and KGB won the heat and a final’s berth.       



day2_wakeboard semi-finals results.pdf


day 2 trick results Men 

1 38 SHI Longfei 4200 (CHN)
2 44 CHO Beomgeun 3260 (KOR)
3 41 FEBRIANTO Kadir 3050 (INA)
4 42 ZULKARNAIN Maliki 3040 (INA)
5 40 FEBIANDI Andri Muhamad 2850 (INA)
6 15 YOONG Alexander Charles Loong 2800 (MAS)
7 43 KIM Dong Eon 2720 (KOR)
8 45 JEONG Ji Min 2260  (KOR)
9 13 ALJIHAYEM Bader A A J M 1810 (IOA)
10 18 JAEMJAN Padiwat 1380 (THA)
11 39 REN Hongliang 1000  (CHN)
12 16 SHAMSUL ANUAR Muhamad Zaim 570 (MAS)
13 57 SHAMSUL ANUAR Muhammad Zahhar 500 (MAS)
14 46 HAPHOLDEE Nattawut 290 (THA)

Women’s trick preliminaries
1 47 SONG Yufei 5880  (CHN)
2 48 JIANG Hui 4880     (CHN) 
3 51 KOMORI Hiroko 3440 (JPN
4 56 PROMSUNTISIT Sareeya 2930 (THA)
5 31 YOONG Aaliyah Hanifah 2600  (MAS)
6 50 HIROSAWA Saaya 2540  (JPN)
7 49 PRIAMBODO Nur Tsurayya 2160 (INA)
8 54 HAN Ahreum 1390 (INA)
9 52 JANG Dahyeong 1130  (KOR)
10 53 SEO Nana 580 (KOR)
11 55 PAMONPOL Pattanan 560 (THA)
12 30 ALFAILAKAWI Jeanne M 360 (IOA)
13 32 SHAMSUL ANUAR Nur Qamarina 290 (MAS)


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3rd Asian Beach Games, Haiyang Day 1

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Posted by Chris

Women’s wakeboard preliminaries went according to seedings with the top two in each of the four heats advancing to the semi-finals. Scores of the winners of each heat Miko Asai, (JPN) Duan Zhenkun (KOR), Chen Lili (CHN) and Sasha Christian(SIN) were all fairly similar making the semi-finals something to really look forward to.

img_5755-ronnie-cheung-hkg-goes-big_conew1.jpgFirst off the dock in the men’s prelims Ronnie Cheung (HKG) set the standard with 5th seeded Zhang Wei (CHN) missing out on direct qualification to the semis to Nur Priambodo (INA). Two of the three Thai riders, Bunyalo Jumruang and Tatsanai Kuakoonrat found themselves in the same heat but both qualified for the semis. Ji Hoon (KOR) topped the leader board in Heat 3 while Hong Kong’s Wan Ka Choi missed out on direct qualification into the semis by the narrowest of margins of just 0.12 to Lin Xiaojun (CHN).
Padiwat Jaemjan (THA) and Julien Breistroff (HKG) both qualified for the semis along with the two Koreans Kim Byoungrang and Jung Insang in the final heat.

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3rd Asian Beach Games, Haiyang 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Posted by Chris

The competition got underway today 20th June 2012 commencing with Wakeboard preliminaries


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3rd Asian Beach Games, Haiyang 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Posted by Chris

A spectacular opening ceremony, in a purpose built 18,000 stadium, with the most amazing stage that accomplished all sorts of contortions, kicked off the start of the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, Shandong Province, China on Saturday 16th June 2012.
The audience was addressed by Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah President, Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)and opened by Mr Ma Kai, Secretary General of the State Council of China.


Some 1,601 athletes from 45 countries have converged on Haiyang to participate in one of the 13 sports disciplines on offer which include just three water sports events dragon boating ,windsurfing and waterskiing .

Ten sports are already underway with waterskiing /wakeboarding starting with familiarisation on the afternoon of Tuesday 19th of June once the dragon boat racing finishes.
All of the international technical officials have now arrived along with the majority of the 56 Asian skiers and riders.
A welcoming banquet on Sunday evening 17th June, hosted by the OCA, provided an opportunity for VIP’s and invited guests to make new friends in sport and renew old acquaintances.

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3rd Asian Beach Games Haiyang China

Friday, June 15, 2012
Posted by Chris

Preparations are well underway for the start of the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, Shandong  Province, China, some 90 minutes drive from the 2008 Olympic Sailing Centre in Qingdao.

13 sports will be competing during the Games between 16th and 22nd of June 2012 for some 49 gold medals

Waterskiing was included in the 2nd Asian Beach Games in Muscat, Oman and is delighted to be included in Haiyang 2012. Approximately 70 men and women trick skiers and wakeboard riders will compete over three days commencing on 20th until 22nd of June for four gold medals.


Unlike Oman where the competition was held on the sea, the site in Haiyang is spectacular, located at the Jiulong Lake Reservoir in the Zhaohu Mountain National Forest Park.  The site will be shared with dragon boating whose competition commences on the 17th and concludes on the 19th of June.

With the support of the Haiyang Asian Beach Games Organising Committee (HABGOC) and Nautique, the trick event will be pulled by a 2012 Ski Nautique 200 CB, whilst the wakeboarders will ride behind a 2012 Super Air Nautique 210. Nautique are also providing regional and USA technical support.  

The opening ceremony commences on Saturday the 16th of June with a closing ceremony bringing the curtain down on the Games on the evening of Friday 22nd of June 2012

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