10 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

With all kinds of weather over the weekend at Lough Muckno WSC in Castleblayney, the level of performances generally was thrilling to watch and enjoy.
A combination of white caps followed by flat water, black skies and rain and also plenty of sunshine, created a real test for all Riders from youngsters Zack Zebedee to Muckno Rider David O’Caoimh and Aisling Deegan to Sian Hurst.
Official Drivers Andy McGuigan and Roger Vance coped perfectly with all that was thrown at them! Clearly, the investment in coaching and participation at major international events have already produced Irish Riders who will capture headlines both at home and abroad for many years to come.
Chief Judge, Graham Creedy GBR, made some very flattering remarks about the riding levels and as a very experienced campaigner, this is encouraging for all in our sport.
Meanwhile, back on the water ..
For some, the highlight may well not have been the Finals on Sunday but two extraordinary performances on Saturday by experienced Irish Team Riders David O’Caoimh and Sian Hurst.
Both have actually taken part in the international World Cup Series. David stunned all when he delivered a perfect 900, never seen here before – two complete 360 rotations plus a 180. Sian also landed a Whirley which is a Backflip (Tantrum) with a Backside 360. We believe that this may be a first for a woman in the IWWF Europe Africa Region! How about that for a National Wakeboard Championships standard.
In the Sunday Finals, there were plenty of both celebration and heart break moments. The fantastic attendance in particular from our Shannon based Clubs ensured that all divisions were fully loaded. Terryglass, Long Island and Portumna have all introduced a whole new generation of very young Riders toensure that the next generation will be very strong in competition.
Congratulations to them and their parents for their outstanding work and commitment over the years.
Obviously the top Riders, as you will see from the results below, set the standard …

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