Kiwi Rider Makes Podium at World Cable Champs
December 18, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
International Podium Finish for New Zealand Cable Wakeboarder
Dave Kay takes 3rd at the WWA Wake Park World Championships in Abu Dhabi.
ABU DHABI, UAE, December 12, 2012 — Dave Kay (DK) is “stoked” with his 3rd place position and being one of only two New Zealand representatives at the 2012 WWA Wake Park World Championships held in the United Arab Emirates over the past weekend. His journey to this event has been over two and a half years in the making, starting with the idea of building a Cable Park of his own in Ruakaka.
The Abu Dhabi based event is the final stop of the five stop Wake Park World Championship Series (WPWS) run by the World Wakeboard Association (WWA). The competition hosted by Al Forsan International Sports Resort boasted a record number of 25 countries being represented. The New Zealand representatives did their country proud with professional wakeboarder Brad Smeele showing his talents not only on the water, but also in the commentary box. Brad kept the crowds of spectators informed on the technical details of the runs performed by the professional and amateur athletes alike. His knowledge ability on the tricks helped the spectators follow what the judges’ decisions showed in the end.
The competition is divided into professionals and amateurs. The amateur divisions included boys and girls as young as 7 years of age in the 9years and under category and men in their 50’s in the 40years and over category.
Well known New Zealand kiteboarder and former owner of Decay Kiteboards, Ruakaka Kite Sports and Lakeside Cable, DK had never before competed in an international Cable Park event. Dave found himself in one of the stiff competition categories – the Amateurs Masters Division (30 to 40y/o). During his semi-finals run Dave performed many air tricks, including switch krypt, blind judge, roll to blind and a back mobe attempt, which impressed all of the competitors on site. The overall scoring system however favours tricks performed on the obstacles higher than those performed off the flat water. DK’s impressive run therefore was only enough to get him through to the finals, but he knew he had to step it up to finish on the podium.
DK was the second competitor off the dock in the final and showed a flowing run with hits on the obstacles mixed with his technical flat water riding. “I am disappointed not to have been able to include my tantrum to blind and back mobe, but am happy with the flow of my run” DK said while waiting for the last of the competitors to finish and the awards ceremony.
After being called up for his 3rd place DK was elated and commented: “I have to be happy with that considering the 1st place competitor (Andreas Voss) distributes boards in a country (Germany) with the highest density of Cable Parks in the world and the second place position went to a professional Cable Park operator from the Philippines (Boboy Borras)”. Asked if he would head back to Abu Dhabi to ride Cable DK responded “this place is sick and I love the clockwise cable.”
DK’s dream to ride a Cable System only became a reality when he built his own on Lakeside in Ruakaka, with the assistance of many local businesses and residents. His goal was to provide a recreational facility to compliment his board building and kite sports business based on Kepa Rd. Eighteen Months ago however DK was offered a position with one of the largest kiteboarding brands in the world, Cabrinha Kites, based out of Hong Kong. This opportunity for DK was one not to be missed, but therefore also meant that an opportunity was open for someone else to take up on the dream path started by DK.
Matthew Spragg took up this opportunity swapping his fast paced lifestyle in Hong Kong for the kiteboarding dream in Ruakaka. In January 2012 Matthew set up his operation Sprockett Boards and Ruakaka Kite Sports on Kepa Rd, which followed on from the one Dave Kay left behind. If you are interested in more information on Kiteboarding and Cable Wakeboarding in Northland please contact Matthew at Ruakaka Kite Sports.
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