The best Australian and international pro wakeboarders will take to our waters again this summer for the 2008 Air Nautiques Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding (APTW).
Now in its sixth year, APTW is the premier contest series for wakeboarding in the Southern Hemisphere. It has gained worldwide respect as a talent showcase and for promoting a good attitude towards this rapidly-growing extreme sport.
Professional riders will battle it out with their skill and creativity, accumulating points across four legs of the adrenalin-charged 2008 tour, in the hope of being crowned APTW Champion.
Gaining steady momentum every season, 2006 saw the addition of a women's division to the tour and the 2007 series saw two major metropolitan locations added in Sydney and Brisbane. This year will see the program extended even further with Hamilton (NZ) hosting stop number three, and the inclusion of a junior division open to all wakeboarders aged 10-16.
APTW director Dimitris Limnatitis said the addition of a junior division to APTW would build the younger sector of the wakeboarding community and encourage the next generation to compete with a professional attitude.
"We wanted to give all young wakeboarders the opportunity to compete this year and make the tour more accessible to a wider group," Mr Limnatitis said.
"This will be great for wakeboarding and will really push the level of talent we start to see in years to come."
As always, every event on the national circuit will not only be an action-packed spectacle of wakeboarding skill, but a great family day by the water offering live music, competitions, rides and amusements.
With more than 180 pro boarders from six countries expected to compete for a total prize purse of $50,000, APTW 2008 will be huge!
Stop 1: Southbank, Brisbane QLD 18th Nov 2007
Stop 2: Sydney Int. Regatta Centre, Penrith NSW 26th Jan 2008
Stop 3: Hamilton, New Zealand 17th Feb 2008
Stop 4: Caribbean Gardens, Melbourne VIC 16th Mar 2008
Further information visit: www.wakeboarding.com.au