Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding

For Immediate Release
Tuesday 4 January 2005

The Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding Begins Third Season

Some of the world's best wakeboarders are currently arriving downunder to compete in the 2005 Australian Pro Tour of Wakeboarding, the nation's biggest extreme sports event.

The APTW is a six-event circuit which takes place at national locations during January and February 2005. The event's first stop launches this weekend in Mulwala NSW, which has attracted international and local riders to compete for the prestigious title.

In addition to the Mulwala stop, the 2005 APTW will hold events in Adelaide, Melbourne, Port Macquarie, Gold Coast and Nowra attracting thousands of wakeboarding enthusiasts to attend each stop.

Fans will not only see the best wakeboarding in Australia but will get to view the best athletes in the world compete on tour. International riders Daniel Watkins, Brett (Ike) Eisenhauer and Josh Sanders have all travelled to Australia to compete in this year's event. Young hotshot Dean Smith (Cronulla) will be trying his hand again in 2005, after blowing minds in '04 when he won the first event of the season in his rookie year against his idols. Since then, Smith has won the Asian X Games and finished an amazing 5th on the APTW.

Current world series and world cup champion wakeboarder, Daniel Watkins will be competing to defend his title in the APTW and believes that the tour is essential for the survival of wakeboarding in Australia. "Nothing beats coming home to compete on the APTW. This is a great way of giving back to the young riders and guiding them in their dreams of travelling the world doing what they love doing, just like I've been lucky enough to do." Watkins started his wakeboarding career in VIC and currently holds the titles of 2 x APTW Champion, 4 x Australian National Champion, WWA World Series Champion and IWSF World Cup Champion.

Director of the Pro Tour, Bruce Robson is a major influencer in the sport and has been an ambassador in the wakeboarding scene since the sport began more than 15 years ago. **_"From its humble beginnings of surfboards behind tinnies, wakeboarding has grown to be a legit action sport in a short time. We now have 4 Australian riders in the world's top 10, including the number 1, we'll produce 6 x