18-year-old David O’Caoimh, a member of Lough Muckno Waterski and Wakeboard Club in Castleblayney managed to achieve an incredible 5th place at the Wakeboard World Cup which was just held in Mandurah, Australia.
The World Cup Series, which is an ‘invitation only’ event, has no age categories, and only twenty of the world’s top male riders are invited. The Series attracts around 100,000 spectators at each stop.
O’Caoimh was the second youngest athlete at the event and he was up against full time professional athletes who live and train year round in warm climates. The week before he left Ireland for Australia O’Caoimh was training whilst hailstones beat down on the water.
O’Caoimh is currently trying to combine his wakeboarding career with his studies as he is sitting the Leaving Certificate this June. He hopes to go to university to study Business. David would also like to express his thanks to his sponsors Billabong, Relentless Energy Drink, O’Brien Wakeboards (USA) and Xtreme Gene, who help to make it all happen.
With an estimated 30 million active water skiers and wakeboarders worldwide, wakeboarding is the most rapidly growing water sport in the world and has been shortlisted for the 2020 Olympics. The first application for a cable park in Dublin’s docklands has also recently been submitted. This will open the sport to everyone and provide an inexpensive alternative to wakeboarding behind a boat.