April 1st, 2011 by alliance


Wakeboarding Named Trial Sport in 2016 Games

Lausanne, Switzerland – March 31, 2011 – Following years of observation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and months of discussion with the World Wakeboarding Association (WWA), wakeboarding has officially been added as an event to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Spearheaded by a group of IOC members from the United States, Canada, Australia, and host country Brazil, along with several prominent individuals from the international wakeboarding community, wakeboarding is the next sport in a recent wave of “extreme” sports to be featured in the Olympic Games. Wakeboarding will be on a trial basis for the 2016 Games and 2020 Games. After that time wakeboarding will be considered for placement as an official medal sport of the 2024 Games.

With its high-flying stunts and high-energy atmosphere, wakeboarding was deemed a perfect fit for the ever-evolving Olympic Games of the 21st century. Wakeboarding, like water-skiing, is a sport in which an individual athlete is towed behind a motorboat inside a designated course area. The athlete receives two passes inside the course within which he/she will perform as many tricks as possible, using the wake of the motorboat to launch into the air. Judging, which must be objective in the world of Olympic Games, will be based on pre-determined scores assigned to certain groups of tricks. At the end of the event the athlete with the most points will be the Olympic champion. With tricks like “air raleys,” “tootsie rolls,” “backside 720’s,” and “whirlybirds,” wakeboarding is guaranteed to be a fan favorite for the crowds in Rio de Janeiro – a city itself with a rapidly growing wakeboarding fan base.

Each participating country’s Olympic committee and the WWA, which is the official governing body of the sport, and is recognized as such by the IOC, will determine the athletes who will compete. It is likely the standings from the Wakeboard World Series and the King of Wake Series will play a large part in making those determinations.

Officials from the campaigning countries, especially the host country Brazil, are excited to have wakeboarding added as the newest Olympic sport. The death-defying tricks and gut-wrenching crashes are sure to be a big hit for live spectators, as well as the millions viewing on televisions around the world.

39 Responses to “Wakeboarding Named Trial Sport in 2016 Olympic Games”

  1. Josh Lindsay Says:

    What wakeboarders does everyone think will be competing?

  2. Bill Braskey Says:

    Ohhhh Allliiiaaannnccceee~

  3. spicoli Says:

    They should do an event with the Sessitec 2.0 just like Wake the Line or Wake Lab. It work much better than using a boat for competition because of spectators, and more riders around the world ride behind cable instead of boat

  4. spicoli Says:

    would work**

  5. spicoli Says:

    and i just remembered…….today is april fools…..fuck, you got me alliance

  6. Bret Little Says:

    At least this one was better than Texas making “winch wakeskating” illegal…

  8. Christy Says:

    Is this really a joke? If it is I am not laughing.

  9. Austin Says:

    After yelling “f\#! ya” my girl shakes here head and is like April Fools! Still laughing…we can keep dreaming:-)

  10. Canuck Says:

    In other breaking news, Mastercraft has developed an engine that uses water instead of gas and Slingshot will be releasing a line of edible wakeboards for 2012.

  11. Bill Braskey Says:

    Why are we deleting posts…

  12. Casey Johnson Says:

    nice one alliance…..

  13. opinion Says:

    it needs to be a system 2.0 event there jsut faster pace. more fun to watch, boat takes to long and everyone is gonna be doing the same tricks. if its not a system 2.0 event its not gona pass the trial. boat is just too boring to watch compaired to somthing like wake the line. or wakelab, i mean wake the line gets like tens of thousands of spectators watching. your biggest boat event gets maybe 5 thousand.

  14. jeff Says:

    I Knew it!!! I was just telling my friend the other day that wakeboarding should be in the olympics because of how cool it is..he said it would never happen and that i am dumb haha whos dumb now

  15. Greg Hodgin Says:

    Good one! Until wakeboarding can be done without the aid something mechanical, it won’t happen.

  16. john Says:

    I wonder how much more my shawn watson autograph will be worth after he takes gold

  17. Andrew Brodell Says:

    That’s not even a good joke.. That’s just going to piss a lot of people off.

  18. andrew B Says:

    Is it a bit odd that this is on April 1st ? possible april fools, or is this a genuine article.

  19. andrew B Says:

    Is it a bit odd that this is on April 1st ? possible april fools, or is this a genuine article

  20. Canuck Says:

    Jeff says “I Knew it!!! I was just telling my friend the other day that wakeboarding should be in the olympics because of how cool it is.. he said it would never happen and that i am dumb haha whos dumb now”
    Check the date, I’m afraid you’re still the dumb one.

  21. Graydon Says:


  22. Nintzel Says:

    April Fools!!!

  23. Andrew Tarlton Says:

    don† they do this same joke every year?

  24. friend Says:

    This news is more upsetting than the time my funny fart ended in a disappointing shart.

  25. Josh Lindsay Says:

    Last year it was Rick Perry Banning wakeskating in wakeboarding in the state of Texas…

  27. Ian Smith Says:

    hahaha called it!

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