WWA: Pro’s crowned WPWS Champions on the final day at IWP in Phuket, Thailand
Sebastian Dunn sweeps the 2015 WWA Wake Park World Series finale in Professional Men!
Australia’s own 17 year old Sebastian “Busty” Dunn cleans up every single Professional Men’s division at the #WPWS finale in Phuket Thailand’s International Wake Park.
Earning his first ever professional victory couldn’t of been any sweeter for Busty Dunn as he wins Professional Men’s Traditional Cable, Professional Men’s Features Only, and to top it off the big air kicker contest. Busty claims first place with the best rail hits on International Wake Park’s features along with a heelside 1260 that was “bolts”! “Words cannot explain how stoked I am right now. Not only to win my first ever professional victory, but to win it in all categories. All the world’s best riders are here and they all were riding so good and to have my entire family here to be a part of this win makes it extra special.” Says Dunn.
Professional Men’s Traditional featured the eight man head to head format that created the best competition we have ever seen. Israel’s own Guy firer pulled out the upset in the first round by beating current overall points leader Tom Fooshee. Firer continued to work his way all the way through to the super final against Dunn where the heavy hammers were dropped. Guy’s toeside backside five mute grab rewind backside one eighty was laid down, but wasn’t enough to beat Dunn’s run which included a perfect heelside backside 1080.
The final event of the day was an eight minute Professional Men’s Features Only competition that gave the crowd what they showed up to watch. Tech, style and big air were all found in this final. The man of the weekend, Busty Dunn took first with some unreal hip transfer hits, kicker tricks and of course some of the best pressed out rail slides. Rounding out the podium was Tom Fooshee from USA in 2nd and Guy Firer in 3rd.
To no surprise, Busty Dunn wasn’t the only professional to sweep both categories. Julia Rick from Germany also won both Professional Women’s Traditional Cable along with Women’s Professional Features. Rick pulled out her signature backside 720 first trick off the dock in traditional which was quite risky, but stomped it to prove that she was on her way to a first place win. Julia has completed what no other rider has done, with an entire year of nothing but first place finishes. The two time WWA Wake Park World Champion was flawless in her riding all year and has showed everyone how high the level is in women’s professional.
On the wakeskate side of the event, a rider more or so known for his wakeboarding surprised the crowd with a first place finish. James Windsor from Australia did a perfect switch frontside bigspin off the flats along with a heelside 360 off the kicker and ollied onto the highest portion of “bottle opener rail” backside boardslide. Windsor also found his way onto the podium in Professional Men’s Traditional Cable with a 3rd place finish. At only 20 years old, expect to see Windsor on as many podiums as possible on the 2016 WWA Wake Park World Series.
WWA President Shannon Starling had wanted to bring the series finale to Phuket Thailand for many of reasons. “2015 WWA Wake Park World Series has brought us to the best parks in the world allowing all the riders to show everyone what can performed on a wakeboard. To cap off the series at International Wake Park couldn’t of been any better. Thailand has become such a wakeboard hot spot and International Wake Park delivered exactly what we wanted to end the series with a major bang!” commented Starling.
And that’s a wrap for the 2015 wakeboard season. The entire year was the most fun yet! We have gone all over the United States, then went over to U.A.E. and then finished off in Asia with this event. We would like to thank all the sponsors of this event along with the entire International Wake Park Staff. See you all for another amazing year of wakeboarding in 2016 in the WWA Wake Park World Series!
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