Lake Arenal, Costa Rica - The first Copa FlyZone (or FlyZone Cup), the “totally unofficial Costa Rican Wakeboarding Championship” was a huge success.
Set out to be a trial event to see where the local scene is at and if there is enough interest for a bigger event. Turnout was about double from what was expected and the ‘bigger event’ was already there!
With 34 participants in four categories (Juniors up to 14, Ladies, Men, and Men Advanced) and 16 finalists the day was packed with action.
On Saturday March 8 many Costa Rican wakeboarders showed up in Puerto San Luis on Lake Arenal for their first wakeboard contest. Some even for their first time wakeboarding ever!
Under perfect circumstances they battled for the highest places on the podium.
FlyZone’s Sander Werink said, "Awesome to see our wake-scene growing! I’m overwhelmed by the number of people that showed up and all the positive reactions I received after the Copa. I was hoping to have 15-20 people participating. It soon looked like it would be more, then Red Bull got involved, and then the pressure was on to create the biggest and best wake-event in Costa Rica so far!"
Sergio Barquero, winner of the Men Advanced category, comments, "I’m so stoked! The first unofficial champ of Costa Rica. A cachete!"
The winners of the Copa were:
- Crash of the day: Guiliano Doninelli
- Encouragement award: Matías Arriola
- 1st Place Juniors: Tomás Echandi
- 1st Place Women: Melissa Liscano
- 1st Place Men: Arturo Echandi
- 1st Place Men Advanced: Sergio “Pipo” Barquero
More pictures of the event can be found on FlyZone’s website.
The Copa FlyZone 2014 was organized by FlyZone Costa Rica and sponsored by Liquid Force, Red Bull, Lokotomy Design, and Hotel Puerto San Luis.
About Flyzone Costa Rica
FlyZone Costa Rica is Costa Rica’s premier wakeboard school and camp, based on Lake Arenal in the province of Guanacaste. FlyZone is also official distributor for Costa Rica of Liquid Force wakeboards, StraightLine and more.
More information about FlyZone and wakeboarding in Costa Rica can be found at flyzone-cr.com, on Facebook, or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone (00506) 8339-5876.