UK Liquid Force rider Jorge Gill came in joint 7th at the first stop of the 2015 IWWF World Cup in Australia and has shared his experience with us below. Congrats Jorge!!
On 11th March I travelled to Mandurah in West Australia to compete against the worlds best boat riders in the fist stop of the 2015 IWWF World Cup, This was the first time I had ever competed at this invite only event and also the first time i had been to Australia so I was exited but didn’t really know what to expect.
I arrived in Mandurah on 12th March after a very long journey so I was fairly tired but I couldn’t wait to get going, I was sharing a room with Irish rider David O’Caoimh and with other European riders also attending I felt quite at home, the first day was a rest day but we where told that a cyclone was approaching and to prepare for extreme conditions the following day.
The following day was a practise day but because of the wind myself, Dave and a few others had to miss out as the schedule had to be changed around, I wasn’t too bothered, I have ridden behind the MasterCraft XStar many times and new my line length..etc so we went and hung out at the pool.
Friday the 14th was the first day of competition and I got to practise early on. The conditions where very tough and so was my heat, I ended up finishing 3rd behind Noah Flegel and Harley Clifford so I would have to try again in the LCQ the following day, back to the pool.
The Pro Men LCQ started early the following day and I had been drawn in heat 3 with 5 other riders including fellow UK rider Dan Nott, Shaun Faccio, Lucas Langlois and Daniel Powers, there are no easy heats in the World Cup. I went out 3rd and won the LCQ with Dan in 2nd which meant I had made it into the semi finals later in the day.
In the semis I was drawn against Massi Piffaretti, Cory Teunissen and Marcelo Giardi from Brazil, I was out first and had my best ride of the weekend finishing just a few points behind Cory with Massi taking the top spot.
Cory ended up winning the event with a sick run, Harley was close behind in 2nd and Massi got 3rd. The level of riding over the weekend was crazy even in the rough conditions.
I ended up finishing joint 7th overall which i was very happy with considering it was my first time competing at this big event, an overall great experience and I hope to be riding in the next one.