Nick Crisp, 15, of Glen Innes, performs a Tantrum during a training session for round one of the Queensland Wakeboard Association series.
Nick Crisp, 15, of Glen Innes, performs a Tantrum during a training session for round one of the Queensland Wakeboard Association series. JoJo Newby

Nick throws a tantrum for fun

FOUR current or former world champions are likely to line up at Seelands this weekend for the first round of the Queensland Wakeboard Association series.

Junior boys world champion (10-13 years) Cory Tuennissen, his brother, Brad, who was last year's junior world champion, 2009 under-9 champion Cobe France, and three time world series senior champion Daniel Watkins should all be on the water showing what they can do.

They will be performing tricks that sound like a foreign language to non-wakeboarders - things like a tantrum to blind, indies (nose and tail), stale fish, slim chance, fat chance, whirly birds, flips, 360s, 720s and 900s.

John Henson of the Pro Wake Academy said there would be competition, demonstrations and lessons.

"It will give locals the opportunity to have a go without travelling too far," he said.

Mr Henson said the Clarence River was "perfect" for wakeboarders as it was wide, deep and not as busy as some of the waterways in Queensland.

"Here you can put the boat in the water and just keep going," he said.

"It is definitely one of the best rivers."

He said wakeboarding was becoming increasingly popular.

"It's only been about 15 years, but kids are taking it up because there are a lot more avenues to do tricks than you get with water skiing," he said.

The action starts at 7.30am today and tomorrow at the Big River Holiday Park and Ski Lodge at Seelands.



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