12 World Titles Claimed, Eight More Up for Grabs

The top wake athletes from throughout the globe hit the waters of the Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando, Fla. today for the second day of action at the 2009 ROCKSTAR WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra.

The 2009 Worlds, which kicked off yesterday and runs through Sunday, August 30, is a four-day-long event featuring pro and amateur wakeboarders and wakeskaters from around the world, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, China, Columbia, Argentina, Sweden, France, Brazil, Mexico, Great Britain, Canada and the United States, vying for world titles in 20 different divisions, separated by age and skill level.

Riders in 12 different amateur divisions hit the water today for their respective finals to vie for the elusive world title.

Nine U.S. riders took home world titles today, while Aussies Tony Iacconi and Cobe France each rode away with one of their own, after finishing in first place in the Boys and Jr. Boys division, respectively. Kanako Ooto claimed a world title for Japan, after topping the Amateur Women division podium.

Also hitting the water today were the Jr. Pro Men and Men’s I divisions for their semifinal rounds of action. Both divisions will compete again on Sunday for finals.

The pro divisions will take to the water tomorrow for their opening-rounds of the contest. The Event will run from 8:00am to 4:30pm on Saturday, August 29; 9:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday, August 30.

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Bob Soven is completely on fire after sweeping the entire Junior Pro tour and winning the “On Point” award at the Wake Awards last weekend. With moves like backside 720’s and crow 540’s, he’s more than ready to ride with the big boys.

Orlando local Jesse Dunbar has been killing it in the Mens II division, here seen pulling a nose grab back roll.

Kyle Green gets all stretched out on a Hoochie Glide, going huge for the fans at the Orlando Watersports Complex.

Megan Blaschka customized her Ronix One board and got super stylie with all kinds of grabs.

Straight out of Canyon Lake, California, Jacob Valdez is always smooth and stylish, here he pulls a melon crow mobe.

Steel Lafferty is another one to watch in the Junior Pro Mens division, after landing the sports first wake-to-wake 1080 recently. Here he is seen going huge and stylish with an indy glide.

Australian Rider Mitch Langfield looks right at home on his new Byerly Monarch board, and will also be charging for the top spot on the podium in Jr. Pro Mens.

Nick Galotifore is a powerful shredder and goes for a style move with a mute 180.