Abu Dhabi, UAE - The 21-year-old phenomenon from Germany, Dominik Guehrs, has accomplished the impossible. He has won the 2011 WWA Wake Park World Championships and the 2011 WWA Wake Park World Series overall championship; something that only American, Tom Fooshee, has previously achieved. Guehrs’ incredible triumph could not have happened in a more Cinderella fashion. Guehrs and fellow German Freddy von Osten were tied just 15 points behind Fooshee coming into the 2011 WWA Wake Park World Championships hosted by Al Forsan International Sports Resort, December 7-10 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
It was an intense battle on the right-foot-forward cable (counter-clockwise) at Al Forsan, but riders were able to adapt to the cable and squeeze in some serious maneuvers. The new two-pass format enabled riders to concentrate on quality of tricks, not quantity. Fooshee needed to finish in at least second place to defend the WWA World Series title. However, in compelling form, Fooshee had two unfortunate falls on a switch Pete Rose 540 followed by an S-Mobe 540, which kept him off of the podium. The battle was left to Guehrs, von Osten, and Thai sensation, Daniel Grant. Anyone could have taken the victory.
In an interview just days before claiming his championships, Guehrs stated, "I have to win Worlds to win both (Wake Park Worlds & Wake Park World Series). (Winning Worlds) is what I will focus on."
"We have a changing of the guard," states WWA President, Shannon Starling. "Each rider gave it 100%, and to see the young German win is something spectacular."