WAKEBOARDING is emerging as the next extreme sport which could hold a world championship in Cairns, after last weekend’s successful UCI Mountain-bike World Cup.
Former junior boys’, junior men’s and junior pro men’s world champion Sam Collins said the Cairns Cable Ski park at Caravonica was ideal to host the WWA World Wakeboard Championships.
The park has previously hosted a national championship, Australasian championship and rounds of the Liquid Force Rail Jam series.
“We’ve already had the worlds in Australia in the past down at Brisbane, but Cairns would definitely be a good place to do it,” Collins said.
“We’ve done events in the past that have been popular, so it’s not out of the question to get people interested (in a world championship).”
Collins said feedback from visiting international riders had always been full of praise for Cairns.
“We’ve had some American guys over and riders from all over the world and they all really love Cairns as a place to ride and as a place to visit in general,” he said.
Collins said the community would need to get their support behind any bid by Cairns to host a world championship, which also involved significant costs and sponsorship.
“The park’s ready to host it, it’s just a matter of getting the organisation behind it,” he said.
“We’ve definitely got that following there.”
Collins said logistics would also need to be planned well in advance, with international riders likely to bring an entourage with them.