In Wakeboard, the large entry greatly increased the challenge of achieving a Finals position. A special welcome was given to Seated Riders where eventually the gold medal was presented to Emanuele Pagnini (ITA) by Mr Amr Abu Soud, President of the Egyptian Sailing & Water Ski Federation.
In Open Ladies, Germany’s Julia Rick was unbeatable right from the start. Her wins this season included the IWWF World Cup in Shanghai China, Corona Wakeboard Cup, Golden Wake Tour and a victory in Berlin. Only Sanne Meijer (NED) got close but Rick had the perfect finish to her outstanding 2017 season.
In Open Men, it was a much closer battle. Florian Weiherer (GER) had a fantastic battle with Timo Kapl (AUT). Both looked like gold medal contenders till Germany’s Ariano Blanik took to the water. With three major titles under his belt so far this year, all judges awarded him their top marks as he received his gold medal from Mr Mahmoud EL Baroudy, Mayor of El Gouna.
Without a doubt, this Sliders Cablepark in El Gouna will see many more major International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation events over the coming years. With clockwise and anti-clockwise cables, pro shop, beach club, restaurants, swimming pools, playground and party facilities, all just 25 minutes from Hurghada Airport, few venues could offer more.