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30th Diamond Water Ski Race 2015

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The International Viersel Diamond Waterski Race is well known all over the world. One thing is as hard as a Diamond and that is the water of the Albertkanaal: the racers love to compete in Viersel. Competing in the Diamond Race is like competing in the Olympics. Winning that same race is ….. an ultimate goal !. We want you to compete in this race. Make it once again your race!!!

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Skirace.net Scott Brooks keeping you up to date at the World’s Tenerife

Scott Brooks will be reporting live from the 18th World Water Ski Championships in Tenerife keeping you updated via Skirace.net website, Twitter and Facebook. Daily updates along with interviews with skiers and crew & write ups on each race.

You can Contact Scott Brooks at Scott@skirace.net

Skirace.net looks forward to keeping you up to date.

Diamond Race – Team GB

Team GB have skiers that are looking for boats to compete in F2 F3 of the Diamond race. Please drop me a line so I can pass your interest on  karen@skirace.net

 

2013 World Titles – Canary Islands, Spain 5 to 15 Sept

The IWWF Racing Council has voted to support the bid from Spain to host the IWWF World Racing Championships at Tenerife in the Canary Islands, September 5 – 15, 2013.

The organisers have set up the following sites with official information:

www.skiracingworlds2013.es

Facebook page here

2013 World Water Ski Racing Championships

The island of Tenerife is approx 1,385 km south west by sea, from Cadiz on Spanish mainland.

The venue is apparently “Los Gigantes”. If you zoom in using the “+” sign in the Google Map below, you will get a close up of the place. Better-still, use Google Earth to get a better picture.

About the Canary Islands

About Tenerife

 


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Spanish Championship & 2nd International Open

The Spanish Championship & 2nd International Open Race will take place in Tenerife, using the facilities of the Sport Port of Los Gigantes belonging to the municipality of Santiago del Teide on 11, 12 and 13 October.

Among the participants are the current national champions of Spain in all categories, plus locals Samuel Real current champion of the European Cup in category Euro-Kids-A and Cristina Guanche fourth of the European Championship and Cup in F3 female category.

Among the international participants will have two boats from Belgium (Nº 2 The Punisher and Nº 27 Axion) and the following skiers:

  • Steven Van Gaeveren: 1st in European Championship and Cup in F1
  • Dave Vansteelant: 3rd in European Championship and Cup in F1 and 6th in World Championship in F2
  • Nico Bertels: 3rd in Diamond Race in F1
  • Vicky Leysen: 3rd in European Cup in F1
  • Buby Bertels: 2nd in European Championship and Cup in Junior
  • Roel Hermans: 2nd European Championships and 5th European Cup in Seniors
  • Neil Coppens: 1st in Antwerp Trophy Race in F2

Tenerife Ski Race – 15 September 2012

Canary Islands Ski Racing

There is a strong tradition of water skiing on Tenerife (Canary Islands) in Spain since the 70s and Jonas Garcia is one of those who keep the sport going today.

With there being 1000 miles from Tenerife to Spanish mainland, and 2000 miles to Belgium, it’s an expensive and time consuming task to compete in European championship races.

However the internet and social networks has made it possible for teams on Tenerife to learn more about the sport and improve.

Jonas has shared with us , a video of the Tenerife team “Kings of the Sea”.

Eguzon – 2 GB Skiers looking for Boats

Team Germany Skiers Seniors Russell Cox & F1 Kurt Brooks are looking for a boat to ski the European ski race in Eguzon. Please email karen@skirace.net if you can accommodate either skier.

European Cup – Round 2 Muckendorf Austria Results

Muckendorf was the venue for round 2 of the European Cup. Thanks to the Austrians for a great 2 days of racing

Download the official results

European Cup – Round 1 Tulln Austria Results

Tulln Austria hosted round 1 of the European Cup. Teams from Europe competed on the infamous River Danube. The racing was a mixture of fast and choppy conditions. Round 2 will be held Sunday May 20th at Muckendorf Austria  Download the official results HERE

European Cup Eguzon – Updated Bulletin

Eguzon is host to the European Cup 9th – 10th July. Nicolas Le Flohic has provided the updated bulletin for the weeknd’s racing.

European Cup Vienna – Twitter updates on Race Day

The River Danube Vienna Austria is host to the 1st round of the European Cup 2011.

Twitter
To get live news, updates and  results from the race, follow @ScottBrooksy on Twitter.

http://www.twitter.com/ScottBrooksy

World Championships Australia – Promotional Airfare

A promotional airfare is available for Europeans travelling to Brisbane. Cathay Pacific have a lead in air fare from £797.00 departing from London Heathrow.

European Cup Eguzon France July 09th-10th

The French Federation of Waterski & wakeboard welcome ski racers to a weekend of racing at Lake Eguzon France the weekend of July 9th-10th

World Titles Hospitality & Social Events Booking Form

Please find attached the Hospitality and Social Events booking form for the 17th World Championships.

Confirmation due by July 31st 2011.
* Please refer to the PDF for prices. *

VIP Corporate Hospitality

Enjoy this unique event and it’s racing up close and personal and in style with our VIP Corporate Hospitality.

Located on the waterfront you will have the ultimate viewing of the racing for the 4 racing days.

Our VIP Corporate Hospitality package includes, buffet lunch, soft drinks and water, tea and coffee in the comfort of the VIP marquee with inside and outside seating.

Beer, wine and spirits will be available at bar prices.

You will also be treated to guest speakers attending the VIP marquee throughout the event and free pit access.

* Bookings Close 31st July 2011

Final Presentation

The official final presentation of the 2011 World Waterski Racing Championships will take place on site at Pelican Park.

Enjoy a sit down buffet lunch on the foreshore with official proceedings closing the event.

Buffet lunch included with ticket entry fee, drinks at bar prices.

Competitors and teams entry is free, however booking is essential. (Competitors and teams will need to produce their event credentials at the venue to gain free access)

*Friends, family and guest passes available via this form.

**Competitor and team passes are strictly non transferable.

* Bookings Close 31st July 2011

Official After Party

The 2011 World Waterski Racing Championship Official After Party will be held on site Saturday 17th of September, 7pm to 12am.

Unwind Saturday night after the inaugural World Waterski Racing Championship in Queensland.

You will be treated to finger food, soft drinks and water, live music, entertainment and more!

This event will be held in our VIP Corporate Hospitality Marquee on the waterfront.

* Bookings Close 31st July 2011.

World Event Booking Form 2011

Confirmations may be faxed, emailed or posted to the below details.

For all enquiries and bookings please contact:
Southside Promotions Pty Ltd 5 Woolboard Rd, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Ph: 03 9646 6922 Fax: 03 8612 3623  rikki.dryden@southsidepromotions.com.au

World Titles Marquee Garages Booking Sheet

World Titles Marquee Garage bookings are essential.

** Limited number available.**

Marquee garages are powered, have lighting and enclosed.

Allocation of garages will be on a first in first served basis.

Marquee garages will be available from Wednesday7th September to Sunday 18th September.

Garage Marquee booking cut off date is 31st July 2011.

Please fax, email or post in your booking to Southside Promotions on the attached details.

Southside Promotions Pty Ltd
5 Woolboard Rd Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Ph: 03 9646 6922 Fax: 03 8612 3623
rikki.dryden@southsidepromotions.com.au

World Titles Marquee Garage Booking Form 2011

Geel European Cup – Information Pack

Vera Van Den Bossche has provided an information pack and entry form for the European Cup being held 02-03 July 2011 Geel

Official Hotel information for the 17th World Championships

The Official Hotel for the World Championships is the MON KOMO, located on the beach at Redcliffe. 99 Marine Parade Redcliffe.

This is a 5 minute drive from the race site.

The Hotel consists of hotel and multi room apartments.

OAKS MON KOMO fact sheet

All bookings need to be done through Peta Smail her email is smail.peta@gmail.com

Rick Love says ‘ I cannot express how much I think it is important for the whole Australian Team to stay together.’

‘ There has been a lot of discussion regarding accommodation, there is an Official Hotel and all Team officials will be staying there as well as International Competitors. To create a great Team environment as we had in Belgium I think it would be great if we were all in the same location.’

German Grand Prix – Cancelled

The Ravenol German Grand Prix has been cancelled. The event was due to take place on Geierswalder Lake, Lausitz Ring Berlin. Andre Schurle Team Germany writes

E&A Official Racing Calendar 2011

Vera Van De Bossche has provided the Official E&A Racing Calendar for the 2011 Racing Season

E & A IWWF Seminar Invitation

Vera Van den Bossche has provided the following invitation from Europe & Africa Racing Council Officials.

2010 European Championships Video

Manel Avella has posted this video from the 2010 European Championships in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain.

Start of Round 4 of Mens F1 & F2 – video

Start of Round 4 of Mens F1 & F2 – video

Congratulations to the 2010 European Champions

The quiet lake at Arcos de la Frontera in the Andalucian hills was brought alive with the roar of almost 100 ski racing teams representing various European countries. At the end of four fast rounds of racing, the event produced a new cast of European Water Ski Racing Champions who will reign for the next two years.

Congratulations Spain

Last night in the splendid setting of Arcos Gardens Golf Club, Spain bid farewell to almost 100 teams, officials and many 100′s of supporting fans at the final presentation of trophies for the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships.

European Championships – Rnd 4 & Final Results

Courtesy of Pepe Escoda, the results from the 4th and final round of the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships in Spain are below.

European Champs – ARCOS 2010 – FINAL

2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships

European Championships – Rnd 3 Results

Courtesy of Pepe Escoda, the results from the 3rd round of the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships in Spain are below.

European Champs 3rnds – ARCOS 2010

2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships

European Championships – Rnd 2 Results

Courtesy of Pepe Escoda, the results from the 2nd round of the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships in Spain are below.

European Championships – ARCOS 2010

2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships

European Championships Update after 2 Rounds

Courtesy of Wim Lamot, below is a brief report from the 1st & 2nd rounds of the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships in Spain.

Last Saturday the water conditions where bad, it was rough water with white topping. Today was totally different, flat water.

Where are very pleased that Darren and the team got his 2nd 1000 points.

So Stout was first, congratulate for this achievement. Darren was close behind 2nd.
Like last Saturday they put everybody on 2 laps at least. So it was really up tempo and working for boat, drivers, skier Normally Weckx was 3rd but wasn’t 100% sure about it

For the Ladies.
Great skiing by again a ‘Stout’ who got here 2nd win in a row. Lena, in really good shape got here 2nd 1000points on here sleeve, Unconfirmed, Vicky was third. She had a bad start and also took a dive.
Kathrien Ortlieb was not in this race because of mechanical problems.

The weather was 42°C & sunny

2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships

European Championships – Rnd 1 Results

Courtesy of Pepe Escoda, the results from the 1st round of the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships in Spain are below.

EUROCHAMPS ARCOS 21-08-2010

EUROCHAMPS ARCOS 2010 Country

2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships

Arcos de la Frontera – New host of the 2010 European Championships

The new host of the 2010 European Championships (21-28 Aug) is Arcos de la Frontera in Spain. Perched in the hills of Andalucia, with its tangled labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, Arcos was declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture and impressive location. Below are two videos which look at Arcos de la Frontera.

You can stay updated by following the skirace.net Twitter feed or by refreshing the Twitter feed on the front page of skirace.net
Note, some updates will also be on Facebook but Facebook automatically blocks Twitter posts if there are too many coming through.

Download the information pack - Note that Cadiz is no longer hosting the event (but the info pack has not been updated)
MS Word Version
PDF Version

Race Day 1 – Saturday 21 August results
Race Day 2 – Monday 23 August results
Race Day 3 – Wednesday 25 August results
Race day 4 – Saturday 28 August final results
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Arcos de la Frontera tourist office is on the Plaza del Cabildo
Open Mon-Sat 10.00-14.00 and 15.30-19.30
Sun 10.00-14.00
Tel: 956 702 264
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2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships

The Storm Before The Calm – European Championships Spain

The 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships have been scheduled for a long time to be hosted at Puerto Sherry, Cadiz, on the Southern tip of Spain by its national and local governing bodies of water skiing.

On 29th July 2010, the Spanish organisers were advised by the owner of Puerto Sherry, Pedro Bores, that he had decided to cancel the event.

Two weeks later on 11th August 2010, (just 10 days before the event) the organisers informed national Federations of this issue with this letter.

On 12th August 2010, local media company LavozDigital.es published the following article (translated by Google Translate from the Spanish original). According to the web site, the article was written by Puerto Sherry.

Statement in relation to the European Water Ski Championships

Given the variety of information disseminated in relation to the cancellation of the European Water Ski Championships, organized by the Andalusian Water Ski Federation chaired by Fernando Vega de Seoane, Puerto Sherry wants to communicate the following:

  1. The reasons for the cancellation of the event are solely the responsibility of the Andalusian Federation of Water Skiing
  2. Puerto Sherry has no responsibility for the reasons why the competition has been canceled
  3. The Andalusian Water Ski Federation did not have sufficient economic resources for the organization of the Championship, or permits required to conclude
  4. In the absence of sponsors, the Andalusian Water Ski Federation to Puerto Sherry required to bear all expenses for organizing the event, something that had never been referred to the agreements reached between the two entities
  5. Puerto Sherry has worked and contributed from the beginning all the resources provided to the Andalusian Water Ski Federation to hold Championship
  6. Puerto Sherry deeply regrets the lack of foresight of the Andalusian Water Ski Federation in organizing the competition and the resulting damage caused to Spain in the context of international water-skiing

The original in Spanish is here

In my view, regardless of the reasons, the consequences being suffered by many are suffice to indicate that the organisation of this event has been poorly managed. As a result, competitors and supporters have and will incur a great deal of inconvenience and expense. This is not how international sporting events should be managed.

Many similar views can be read across Facebook and if anyone else wishes to air their view or respond to Puerto Sherry’s article above, in public, they are free to do so in the comments section below (but keep it decent).

Furthermore, Arcos Gardens (the recommended accommodation for the new venue) yesterday advised Karen Brooks “We are fully booked. The accommodation was taken over by a Waterski Group two weeks ago“. You will raise your own questions, most of which I’m sure, will be similar in nature.

I am sure that people have worked hard to organise this event and then recover from the problems that have resulted. But questions need to be raised about the oversight that the IWWF has maintained over this event, the late communication of change in venue by the Spanish authorities, and the fact that the recommended accommodation is said to be full. Everyone means well, but goodwill and enthusiasm alone is not enough to organise international sporting events properly.

I am certain that the Europe and Africa division of the IWWF will investigate this issue and do what is both necessary and deserved by the competitors it represents, to provide a sufficient public report, appropriately address those accountable,  and ensure that such an embarrassment to the sport of water skiing on an international stage, never happens again under IWWF jurisdiction.

In the meantime, it’s worth noting that the event has not yet started. For the sake of the sport, its competitors and supporters, and in light of what has already happened, I do hope that all official bodies involved (local, national & IWWF) will do whatever is necessary, to ensure that there are no further blunders during the course of the event.

VERY IMPORTANT Announcement about European Championships

The letter below from Organizing Team and Spanish and Andalusian Federations of Wakeboarding and Ski Racing has this afternoon been circulated by British Water Ski to its Racing Members who are travelling to Cadiz:

Suddenly the 28 July the Harbour Capitanery informed to us, by telephone, that the owner of Puerto Sherry Mr. Pedro Bores had decided to cancel the event there. Luis Mussach tried to know which the reason was for it but the reply was that they could not say anything.

Immediately, the Spanish Racing Council including the President of the Federation had a meeting to comment the situation arriving to the decision that we could not cancel the event and giving our support and help, when possible, to Fernando Vega to find a place were to have the event.

As when Jules Leysen came to Spain we visited the lake of Arcos de la Frontera, as an alternative, for a situation of bad weather at sea, which was approved as it is detailed in the report of Jules, Fernando has put all the efforts to make the Championships in Arcos de la Frontera. You can see fotos of the Arcos Lake at: http://www.wskreame.org/?q=Calendar.

The FULL  letter is shown below - you can also download it from here

See subsequent response from Puerto Sherry here



Bike Rental in Cadiz

Karen Brooks has a contact in Cadiz where you can rent Bikes by the day or week. They will even deliver the bikes to the Port or your accommodation.

If interested email karen.brooks@futuretravel.co.uk or tel 07958 605 335 (+44 7958 605 335)

2010 European Championships – Cadiz, Spain

10 Aug Update: The 2010 European Championships start on 21 August at Spain’s most Southern point – Cadiz. 130km south of Seville, Cadiz is said to be the most ancient city still standing in Western Europe and is packed with historic sights.

The European Championships follow the same format as a World Championships. 4 races for each category over a week or so. Updates will be available via the Twitter feed throughout the event.

Spanish F3 Skier Seeks Boat for Cadiz

Spain’s Aaron Fuentes is looking for an F3 boat to race in the 2010 European Championships in Cadiz.

Spanish National Championships

The 2009 Spanish Water Ski Racing Championships took place on 20 Sept at Tenerife on the Canary Islands, Spain.

Federations Rally to Support Skiers for Worlds

Whilst the IWSF Racing Council choose not to remove rule 3.03, National Federations have jumped to the rescue to save their skiers from the constraints that this rule poses for international skiers.

1985 Worlds & 1980 Sydney Bridge on Facebook

Louis Newbury-Smith has published almost 40 mins of video footage of the 1985 Worlds on www.facebook.com . He has also published the 1980 Sydney Bridge and more old videos of ski racing. To see all the videos that Louis has posted, go here. Set up a free Facebook account in order to access the videos if you don’t already have one.

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