The Wakestock Music Wakeboard Festival staged at the weekend in Abersoch in Wales is the biggest of its kind in Europe. The top Wakeboard Riders in the World compete at Wakestock and with the Wakeboard World Championships in Milan, Italy, just a week away, all eyes were on the major contenders.
Dublin's David O'Caoimh takes gold medal at Wakestock 2011 at Abersoch in Wales
The Irish Wakeboard Team for the World Championships has already been selected by the Irish Waterski & Wakeboard Federation. Included in this team are Riders David O'Caoimh and Sian Hurst. Both travelled to Wakestock this weekend to help prepare for the World Championships - and both have taken the Wakeboard world by storm in the past 24 hours.
Belfast's Sian Hurst takes bronze medal at Wakestock 2011 at Abersoch in Wales
Stepping off the Ferry at DunLaoghaire a few minutes ago, they were still celebrating their outstanding results. With over 25,000 spectators at Wakestock, O'Caoimh beat 24 international ProMen Wakeboard competitors and carried the Wakestock Trophy and gold medal back to Dublin. Beating Finalists from Thailand, USA and Great Britain, the Irish Rider caused a sensation with perfect performances of ten highly complicated tricks on the choppy Abersoch waters. Hurst added to their great weekend by taking the bronze medal in the ProWomen category with yet another outstanding performance. These are two of the best results ever achieved by Irish athletes on the international Wakeboard circuit.
President of the Irish Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, Des Burke-Kennedy, was at the DunLaoghaire Ferry Terminal to welcome them home this morning. "With the World Wakeboard Championships in Italy just a week away, the Irish Wakeboard Team will certainly be one to watch next week" he stated.