The action continued today at the Orlando Watersports Complex, as the 17th annual ROCKSTAR WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra hosted finals for 13 of the 21 divisions competing throughout the four-day event. Among the 13 newly crowned world champions was 12-year-old Illinoisnative Taylor McCullough – the only rider to successfully defend their title.
McCullough, the 2009 Girls division world champion, captured her second consecutive world title today in the 13 & under category, after taking first place in her four-woman final.
“It’s a really cool feeling to be called the best in the world, and I’ve done it twice,” said McCullough. “I’ve been training three times a day for the last two weeks for this contest, so I’m really happy to see that hard work pay off.”
Today’s win caps off an incredible season for McCullough, as earlier this year she took home her third straight U.S national title, signed with several leading industry sponsors and was featured in the August issue of Sports Illustrated.
“It’s been an awesome year for me,” said McCullough. “I’m going to keep training to get ready for next year; I want to ride on the Pro Tour.”
In addition to McCullough, 13-year-old Australian young gun Tony Iacconi also made waves on the water today, after he took first place in the Jr. Men’s division. Iacconi decided not to defend his title in the Boys division this year, so he could gain the experience of competing in the more advanced 18 & under category.
“I didn’t expect to win Worlds, I just wanted to be competitive,” said Iacconi. “I’m super stoked to go back home to Australia as a world champion.”
The ROCKSTAR WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra will continue tomorrow, Aug. 21 with six divisions hitting the water, including the Pro Men and Women’s divisions. The ticketed event runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate on event dates for $10 (general admission), $5 (ages 6-12) or free (ages 5 and under).
In addition to all the action on the water; on land, spectators will enjoy great food and music; athlete autograph signings; chances to win freebies; and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions.
Spectators can also pick up their share of $10,000 in free gift cards from Overton’s, the official water-sports retailer of the King of Wake series. Fans can also register to win a $500 Overton’s catalog shopping spree.
The WWA Wakeboard World Championships is the solely owned property of the World Wakeboard Association (WWA). With 27 Affiliate countries world wide the WWA is the global leader in the sport of wake. The WWA is a rider formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the leading source for riders, event organizers, and competitive standards.
For more information on the ROCKSTAR WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra, visit www.allisports.com.
The ROCKSTAR WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra is organized by World Sports & Marketing of Orlando, Fla., and has the support of the following sponsors: Rockstar Energy Drink, Supra boats, Overton’s, Indmar, Peavey, Mona Vie, Billabong, Hyperlite, CWB, Ronix, Liquid Force, Byerly, Oakley, Sayiwon’t, Epiphone, WakeBoarding magazine, Fuel TV and Allisports.com.