The 14th IWWF Jordan Ayla Cable Wakeboard World Cup has had a thrill-packed opening day off the beaches of the spectacular Ayla Resort.
The event has welcomed 57 athletes from 36 countries and Day One saw 16 men book their places for Saturday’s semi-finals following three stunning rounds.
These 16 included the Netherlands’ Sam Hang and Germany’s Ariano Blanik who both performed magnificently to be among the favourites for the title.
Jordan was represented for the first time by Zeiad Tareq who performed well, despite missing out on qualifying. Eight ladies also qualified for their finals including the Shanghai 2016 winner, Julia Castro, of Spain.
Jordan Olympic Committee Secretary General Nasser Al Majali has praised the event’s organisation.
“This event showcases what we are capable of organising here in Jordan,” he said.
“We’d like to thank the International Federation for trusting us to host this event and we hope that it will encourage more to do the same.”
Majali also praised the professional work of Ayla who are using sport to promote the fantastic facility which has been taking shape in the Red Sea city.