THE Malaysian public was provided the opportunity to watch Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series at the Putrajaya World Sports Centre recently in Precinct 6.
Most of the world’s high-ranking skiers took part in the event.
While it was intense competition for the skiers, for the public it was a show of acrobatic thrills and daring skills on the water.
“We are indeed honoured to play host to this prestigious event. Putrajaya Corporations welcomes and supports such activities,’’ said Perbandanan Putrajaya president Tan Sri Samsudin Osman.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique said it was a great honour for Malaysia to be chosen as the latest new venue for the IWSF World Cup series.
“Malaysia is actively involved in hosting many world-class events and this event will put us on the world calendar for waterski competitions,’’ added Zulhasnan.
Putrajaya is the fifth of the six venues — the next being Doha.
More than 60 competitors from 10 nations took part in three events — Jumping, Slalom and Tricks in both the men’s and women’s category.
In the jumping event, the skier jumped over a ramp, six feet for men and five feet six inches for women.
In the women’s category, Andriopoulou Angeliki covered the longest distance at 45.6m with compatriot Marie Vympranietsova taking second spot at 44.9m.
June Fladborg from Denmark finished third at 44.1m while Nancy Chardin from France finished a distant fourth at 41.0m.
In the men’s category, American Freddy Krueger topped the list at 60.9m, followed by Ryan Dodd of Canada at 60.0m, while four-time world jump champion Jaret Llewellyn of Canada could only managed a third placing at 59.0m with Jason Seels of Britain finishing a close fourth at 58.9m.
In the Slalom event, the boat is driven down the centre of a line of buoys at a speed of 58kph for men and 55kph for women. The skier has to enter through the first set of gate buoys and then ski round six buoys, right and left alternatively, exiting through the last set of gate buoys.
In the women’s event, Clementine Lucine and Claire Lise Welter of France took the first two placings with Sarah Green of Britain in third place and another French women Anais Amade taking fourth placing.
American Chris Parrish took the men’s event with Jodi Fisher and Glenn Campbell of Britain finishing second and third respectively.
Jean Baptiste Faisy finished fourth.
In the Tricks event, each skier is given two 20-second passes in which he/she has the freedom to complete as many tricks as possible.
The tricks may vary from simple 180 degree turns on the surface of the water to a somersault with twist.
The points awarded for each trick are based on the difficulty of that trick. The boat speed for tricks is much slower than for slalom, 18-20mph and each skier chooses his own speed.
The judges have to decide for each trick whether it was performed to the rules and in time.
Marion Aynauld of France finished top of the table in the women’s category on 7310 points with Maria Camila Linares of Colombia in second spot on 7080.
Mandy Nightingale of the United States on 6610 and Clementine Lucine of France on 5670 points, finished third and fourth respectively.
In the men’s category, Jimmy Siemers achieved 10,680 points with Le Forrestier Nicolas of France on second spot with 10, 570 points.
Herman Beliakou and Aliaksei Zharnasek of Belarus were on 9,390 and 9,170 points respectively.