Orlando, Fla. -- For the first time since 2004, world titles for the sport of wakeboarding and wakeskating will be up for grabs in Orlando, Fla., as the ROCKSTAR WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra returns to the Orlando Watersports Complex on August 27-30, 2009.
More 200 wake athletes, representing several countries, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Columbia, Argentina, Sweden, France, Brazil, Mexico, England, Canada and the United States, will vie for world titles in 20 different divisions, separated by age and skill level.
Athletes compete by performing rail tricks and aerial stunts, while being towed on the water behind the official towboat of the '09 Worlds, the Supra Launch 24V, at a speed of approximately 25mph. Tricks are scored by a panel of judges, with only the top-scoring athletes advancing in each round of the contest until a winner is determined in the finals.
Last year, the 2008 Worlds featured 16 divisions, with 13 titles going to the United States and one title each going to Australia, Canada and England.
In addition to the world titles, the 2009 Worlds serves as the final contest in the King of Wake and Queen of Wake series. The highest points-earners in each series will be awarded their respective crown, following the Worlds trophy presentation. Phillip Soven, the defending King of Wake titlist, and Dallas Friday each lead their respective series and are looking for win at Worlds to claim their 2009 crowns.
The 2009 ROCKSTAR WWA Wakeboard World Championships, presented by Supra is a four-day-long carnival of water-sports action. But not all of the action takes place on the water. On land, fans will experience tons of great music and food, athlete autograph signings, chances to win freebies, and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores offering water-sports equipment, including boats, wakeboards, wakeskates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions.