Fresh from her success at the Irish National Championships on Lough Erne Sian Hurst is at it again, this time winning the Irish National Cable Wakeboard Championships at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast at the weekend.
Cable Wakeboarding is a slightly different sport to standard wakeboarding with the competitor’s rope and handle pulled by an electrically-driven cable rather than a motorboat.
It has been growing substantially throughout the world and is now established in Ireland, with several two point systems popping up around the country. So far there is one in Belfast (Cableandwake), Dublin (wakedock) and Cork (Ballyhass). The cable system makes wakeboarding a much more accessible sport, small enough to locate in city centers, it draws in both spectators and newcomers. Cable was shortlisted to the final five sports for inclusion to the 2020 Olympics, but just missed out, however the committee is confident that it will be included in the near future.
With a boat title under her belt Sian travelled to Belfast at the weekend to compete in the second Irish National Cable championships held at the Titanic Quarter, Belfast.
“I am relatively new to the Cable Wakeboard scene but it is definitely something I would love to get into,” explained Sian.
“Obviously the skills are adaptable from boat and due to the amount of water time cable riders get, the girls standard is very high.”
Fortunately Sian’s experience on obstacles seemed to get her through to the finals and despite stiff competition from Ruta Buracaite and Nicole Carroll, she was awarded the championship.
“I am extremely chuffed to have the double title beside my name now, especially as I am returning from injury.”
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