4th August 2018
The top slalom skiers from the girls preliminary round hit the water first thing in the morning on the 3rd day of the 2018 IWWF World Junior Waterski Championships at Sesena Waterski & Wakeboard Complex. Neilly Ross (CAN) 0.5 @ 11.25 m, Kennedy Hansen (USA) 1 @ 11.25 m, Kristen Baldwin (USA) 2 @ 11.25 m and Sade Ferguson (AUS) 4 @ 11.25 m led the field until Luisa Jaramillo (COL) set the lake on fire with a score of 1 @ 10.75 metres, behind the 2019 Ski Nautique, to advance into Sunday’s girls slalom final as the #1 seed.
Next event of the day was boys preliminary jump. Alexander Samoilov (UKR) posted the longest jump of the day, 55.7 metres, followed by William Roberts (USA) 54.9 metres and Blake Keller (USA) with a 53.5 metre jump to advance to the boy’s jump final as the top 3 seeds.
In the girls trick final, current IWWF World Open Women’s Trick Champion and Female Athlete of the Year, Neilly Ross (CAN), won her first IWWF Junior Girls trick title with a score of 9750 points followed by Kennedy Hansen (USA) 7750 points and Daniela Verswyvel (COL) 6120 points.
In the boys trick final, the new IWWF World Junior Trick Record holder Patricio Font (MEX) did not dissappoint and scored 10700 to reclaim his IWWF World Junior Trick title, only 90 points shy of his IWWF World Record set the previous day. Winning the silver medal was Felipe Franco Belmont (PER) with a score of 9010, followed by Alexander Samoilov (UKR) winning the bronze medal with 8840 points.
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About the IWWF: The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has 91 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing and Barefoot Waterskiing