From Abu Dhabi, UAE — (December 10, 2011) 2011 has been the tightest points race in wakeboarding history and it isn’t over yet. New chapters are waiting to be written in Abu Dhabi, December 7-10 at the 2011 WWA Wake Park World Championships hosted by Al Forsan International Sports Resort. As the 1st ever World Wakeboard Association (WWA) wake park contest set in the Middle East nears, professional and amateur athletes from over 20 different countries will converge on Al Forsan’s state-of-the-art cable wake park facility; a massively overwhelming wakeboard and multi-sport oasis. Each athlete or “rider” will be looking to write their own chapter in this story by performing at the top of their game on the water and in the air in hopes of taking home the WWA Wake Park World Championship title in their division of competition.

Top riders such as Tom Fooshee (USA), Freddy von Osten (GER), Dominik Guehrs (GER), Daniel Grant (THAI), Denise De Hahn (NETH), and Maxine Sapulette (NETH) will amaze the world on the waters of Al Forsan in Abu Dhabi. Each rider with a compelling story, each rider with nothing to loss and world championship titles on the line. The stage has been set for an incredible championship.

This saga started at the first stop of the series hosted by Adrenaline Adventure in Winnipeg, Canada with Fooshee, the most decorated wake park rider ever, taking the win and an early lead; von Osten and Guehrs rounding out the top three. In August, von Osten’s upset win over Fooshee lead to taking the top spot on the WWA World Series Rankings at Protest Cable Call in the Netherlands. Fooshee lost the top ranking for the first time in wake park world series history. Brushing off his gear, Fooshee showed the world focus and commitment, and was able to regain his top ranking taking another first place at Telekom Extreme Playgrounds in Germany.

“For me personally, it would be one of the greatest moments in my whole carrier to take the World title back to Germany”. An excited Von Osten states “Abu Dhabi will be the best Event ever if I can take the win and the World Series title.”

Now enter Wake Park Worlds, Tom Fooshee in 1st; Freddy Von Osten and Dominik Gurhrs tied for 2nd; and Daniel Grant in 4th. With only a few points separating them Fooshee has a must win situation to hold on to both titles.

WWA President, Shannon Starling “The World Series has never been this close between 1st, 2nd, & 3rd; I cannot wait to see who has the nerves to take it all.”

On the Pro Women’s side of the contest, Maxine Sapulette has not entered a contest in since last year.  2010 was the first time in the Pro Women’s division that Sapulette has not won the world championships. While at the top of her game, Sapulette fell under doctor’s orders not to wakeboard. She has since rebounded from her injury with phenomenal vision and would like nothing more than to regain the title.  Standing in her way right now is the 2010 leading woman Denise De Hahn.  This is another possible epic battle if Sapulette is ready.

About Wake Park Worlds
The 2011 WWA Wake Park World Championships hosted by Al Forsan International Sports Resort (wakeparkworlds.com) is the final stop of the WWA Wake Park World Series 2011 season and the 1st “cable” wakeboard contest in the Middle-east.  Wake Park Worlds is open to all ages and abilities; to register in one of the 17 divisions visit wakeparkworlds.com/registration. $50,000 USD is up for grabs, with $30,000 USD  cash paid onsite allocated to this single contest and an additional $20,000 USD allocated to the World Series overall champions. Click Here to see the Prize Money Breakdown. All host hotel information can be found by  Clicking Here. Make sure to stay up-to-date and interactive by following us on our Wake Park Worlds specific sites at:

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The Al Forsan International Sports resort aspires to be an internationally-recognized and top-rated world-class resort by leisure professionals, as well as companies and families. By consistently providing first-rate service and state-of-the-art facilities, it will establish itself as the major sports hub for regional and global events, setting new standards for international sports and leisure experiences. www.alforsan.com
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