ORLANDO, Fla. – After sweeping the Tigé Pro-Am Wakeboard Championships, Phillip Soven, 18, of Longwood, Fla., made action-sports history today, as the 2007 wakeboard world champion became the first rider ever to win the Pro Wakeboard Tour, the WWA World Series and the King of Wake World Cup in the same year.
“Ever since I was a little kid, I have dreamt of winning the World Cup,” said Soven. “It’s an incredible feeling to accomplish your dreams.”
The King of Wake World Cup is the ultimate wakeboarding series, bringing together the sport’s top events under one ultimate season-long points chase. The 2007 series included five stops on the Pro Wakeboard Tour, plus the Wake Games, the National Championships and the World Championships, and concluded with the Pro-Am Championships.
Of the nine contests in the series, Soven has captured seven wins, including the Wake Games, four Pro Tour stops, the World Championships and the Pro-Am Championships. These victories launched the two-time world champion to the top of the standings, earning Soven the 2007 King of Wake title and the largest cash prize in the history of the sport, $25,000.
The Florida native becomes the youngest rider, at 18, ever to win the King of Wake World Cup.