Soven, Copeland-Durham Win World Championships

The WWA Wakeboard World Championships held in Maroochydore, Australia, presented by Malibu Boats, was quite a success with over 100 riders adding an exciting end to the 2005 WWA World Series. Light showers during the weekend couldn't stop the crowds from flooding Marshall's Lakes, which were packed with the world's best wakeboarders and wakeskaters.

The WWA Wakeboard World Championships was in the middle of three world-class events going on in Australia in a three-week time span, including the Moto Grand Prix in Victoria, the WWA Wakeboard World Championships and the Indy 300 in Queensland. In the Moto GP Oct. 15th, American Nicky Hayden took second, with a close finish behind Italian Valentino Rossi. In the WWA Wakeboard World Championships, Americans Phillip Soven and JD Webb took first and second, with New Zealander Jeff Weatherall in third. One weekend after the WWA Wakeboard Worlds, the 15th annual Indy 300 kicked off on the Gold Coast. The Indy 300 drew a crowd of over 316,000 people throughout the weekend, with a track winding through Surfer's Paradise.

This marked the first time the WWA Wakeboard World Championships was held outside of the United States and with two other world-class events taking place in the same area; it proved to be a major success. In the overall WWA Wakeboard World Series, Australian Daniel Watkins took first, Rusty Malinoski (CAN) took second, and Australians Brett Eisenhauer and Josh Sanders took the third and fourth spots.

The World Wakeboard Association would like to thank Malibu Boats, Marshall's Lakes, Boarder Magazine, Maroochy Shire Council, Red Bull, Liquid Force, CWB, O'Brien, Smith Optics, JetPilot, New Schnitzel, Work Pac, Trojan Wake Ski Snow, WakeBoarding Magazine, Wakeboard NSW and WWA Australia for making the WWA World Wakeboard Championships possible.

Results:

**Pro Men's Finals Heat 1
**1st- Phillip Soven USA
2nd- JD Webb USA
3rd- Jeff Weatherall NZL
4th- Trevor Hansen USA
5th- Danny Harf USA
6th- Daniel Watkins AUS
7th- Josh Sanders AUS
8th- Dean Smith AUS

**Pro Women's Finals Heat 1
**1st- Emily Copeland-Durham USA
2nd- Amber Wing AUS
3rd- Andrea Fountain NZL

**Wakeskate Finals Heat 1:
**1st- Austin Hair USA
2nd- JD Webb USA
3rd- Aaron Rathy CAN

Please check www.thewwa.com for more information and podium shots.