July 10th, 2005
Kelowna, B.C. - Australian Daniel Watkins comes up big with two wins in front of record crowds at TELUS Wakefest presented by Coors Light.
Australian Daniel Watkisn took top honors by winning the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Finals and the Five Alive Double-Up Finals taking home the double gold performance in front of a weekend crowd of over 31,500. Canadian favorite, Chad Sharpe was able to hold on for third place. Followed by Josh Sanders to round out the top three competitors.
The win for Watkins in the finals over Josh Sanders (AUS) thrusts him into second place heading into the final stop of the MasterCraft Pro Tour scheduled in Portland, Oregon July 30th & 31st. "I am pumped, we have gone head to head eight rounds straight and this is the first time I have ever beat him", said Watkins. "I love coming up to Canada to compete!"
The junior men's saw Danny Thollander of the US edging out Daniel Walden and Rhett Whatley in the MasterCraft Junior Men's Wakeboard Finals. The Sea-Doo Pro Wakeskate Finals saw Brian Grubb (USA) winning the competition over George Daniels (USA) and Brandon Thomas (USA) who tied for second place.
The 31,522 fans that showed up to watch the spectacle is the most ever in the four year history of the event in Kelowna. "This huge response confirms that Kelowna is the one of the hottest wake sport communities in the world and we are already planning on next year's event with the Pro Tour and the City of Kelowna", said Mark Taylor, Vice President, IMG and event organizer. "The pro riders love coming here and the bands that performed like De La Soul are blown away with the perfect festival setting and huge reception from the crowds. We look forward to coming back again the second week of July in 2006."
The riders were not the only winners of the day. Kim Kostelnik from Kelowna, BC won the use of a MasterCraft X Series boat for one year. David Burke from Burnaby, BC was also a big winner taking home an all expense paid trip for two to Europe courtesy of Contiki Holidays and Travel Cuts.