Reigning UK Champions Louise Moore and Dan Nott will once again start as favourites to retain their Senior Pro Titles when the UK National Wakeboarding Championships kicks off this weekend from Thorpe Lakes on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August.
Amazingly, given that sheís still in her mid 20s, Louise won her fifth consecutive Nationals Pro title last year and will be going for an amazing sixth straight title this weekend. As well as the usual list of UK riders, like last year, her main opposition is likely to come from good friend and training partner, the Argentinean Robi Rendo, who was the 2004 World Champion.
Louise has had great start to the 2005 season. She won the first two stops on the Italian Pro Tour, and was one of only a few of the elite ladies riders selected to compete in the World Games in Germany and the MasterCraft World Cup Tour.
She said, ďIím really looking forward to the Nationals this year. Iíve had a great run and I always seem to ride my best there though I havenít ridden as much as Iíd have liked in the UK this year so Iím looking forward to competing in front of a big home crowd.Ē
In the Menís Pro Division, last yearís thriller between Dan Nott and Ben Hitch where both men landed consecutive 900s for the first time will be hard to beat.
Dan eventually came through to win his third UK National Title but Ben has unfortunately been sidelined for much of the year with an ankle injury so Danís main competition will come from the vastly improved Jonty Green, this yearís Wakestock winner in the absence of Dan.
Stiff competition will also come from talented youngster Johnny Carne, who won the Boys World Title a few years ago and the from more seasoned professionals like Matt Crowhurst and Marc Rossiter.
Dan said, I also look forward to the Nationals and last yearís comp was the best Iíve ever ridden so hopefully, I can do the same again this year.Ē