Wakeboarders gather at Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando for competition
ORLANDO, Fla. - The best wakeboarders in the world were in Orlando vying for a championship title.
The ‘Red Bull Double-or-Nothing’ wakeboarding competition was held at Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando on Sunday.
The event started at 9 a.m., allowing 16 athletes to compete and show their skills and tricks to the crowd.
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"Today what it's all about is going as big as possible, and doing the cleanest, most-technical maneuver off the double-up, hence, the name 'Double-or-Nothing,’" said Guenther Oka, a pro wakeboarder.
"We're going in hard and that's what the people want to see. They want to see us go big and have this event in this venue, it's unbelievable, you know?" pro wakeboarder Massi Piffa added.
Piffa ended up winning the event.
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The competition started in 2004 but had a ten-year break before coming back last year. This was the eighth time the event was held in Orlando but the first at Lake Ivanhoe. It was also said to be the first time the event was held in front of a crowd.
"I'm loving it, man," said spectator Evan Holland. "Joy bringing the boys out and getting some good wakeboarding time in with them."
"Watching some wakeboarders go big today and exposing some new people to it. Just really good for the city and cool to have an event downtown," said spectator Jessie Dunbar. "It's very rare."
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