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IWSF Announces Record Cash Prize For 2005 Wakeboard World Cup
 
After a successful first year in 2004, the World Wakeboard Council (WWC) of the IWSF is pleased to announce the start of the 2005 Wakeboard World Cup series.

With a total Cash Prize fund of US$230,000, this is the largest Cash Prize Purse on offer anywhere in the World this year.

Each of the four Stops will have a cash prize of USD$50,000 including a US$15,000 first place prize for the menís category, plus a season ending total bonus of US$30,000.00 for the top male and female riders competing in the 2005 Wakeboard World Cup series:

2005 Wakeboard World Cup Schedule
Moscow, Russia - 1st September 2005
Singapore - 23rd & 24th October 2005
Qatar - 18th & 19th November 2005

Twenty three riders from twelve countries will head for the perfect spa waters of Enghien-les-Bain in France this weekend, 18th & 19th June 2005. All the action will take place in front of the Groupe Lucien Barriere Hotel at the tented village beside the Casino.

The invited riders include the 2004 World Cup Overall winner, Daniel Watkins (Australia) the current WWC Wakeboard World Champions Robi Rendo (Argentina) and Phillip Soven (USA). This perfect location gives the public a spectacular waterfront setting where they can get within a few meters of the riders during the event. Here are the latest entrant details:

Men
Daniel Watkins - Australia
Brett Eisenhaur - Australia
Josh Sanders - Australia
Xavier Bonnett - Belgium
Julien Bonnett - Belgium
Rusty Malinoski - Canada
Jesson Vedel - France
Lucas Langlois - France
Tomshimitzu Suzuki - Japan
Jeff Weatherall New Zealand
Nikita Martyanov - Russia
Matt Lamers - South Africa
Morgan Krause - South Africa
Cyril Cornaro - Switzerland
Dan Knott - UK
Phillip Soven - USA
Darin Shapiro - USA
Andrew Adkinson - USA

Women
Robbie Rendo - Argentina
Caroline Jansen - Sweden
Louise Moore - UK
Cathy Williams - USA
Lauriane Masson - France
Estelle Tuaz - France

With MasterCraft and the world famous X-Star as the official tow boat, riders are expected to achieve their best possible performances.

In partnership with the City of Enghien-les-Bains, this first Stop of the Wakeboard World Cup will be sponsored by MasterCraft, Sport+, Europe2, Caisse díEpargne, Groupe Lucien Barriere and Perles de Tahiti. The action packed programme will feature two days of spectacular competition. Also on the programme are a Tahitian Concert, Laser Show and Fireworks. The public will be offered a chance to win a holiday for two in Tahiti as they enjoy the wines, cheese and a variety of French specialities in the colorful tented village.

Last year, over 20,000 spectators crowded the Enghien-les-Bains lakefront tented village and even larger crowds are expected next weekend. With eight cities already bidding to host World Cup Stops in 2006, this is a unique way for each to show its waterfront tourism investment and developments to the World at large. Enghien-les-Bains is just 12km from the Eiffel Tower and will be the centre of attention next weekend for wakeboard fans in France.

For more information on the Wakeboard World Cup, log on to:
www.worldwakeboardcouncil.com



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