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October 28, 2016 Sports No Comments Email Email

There’s a first for everything. And three wakeboarders have pulled off a first with a twist for their sport, using a crane to shift them over a floating course made up of obstacles and kickers created entirely out of shipping containers.


German duo Dominik Gührs and Felix Georgi, and Austrian Dominik Hernler were inspired to come up with the project after watching a water skier being put through their paces in a YouTube clip. And the trio designed, built and then rode the course, set up at Uljanik Pula Wharf in Pula, Croatia.

In a first for wakeboarding, the trio were dragged along with a floating crane welded to a platform rather than a cable, and converted their shipping props into a 360-degree obstacle course, in a sense an aqua playground for grown-ups.

Thanks to the help of five industrial divers, the shipping containers – converted with floating devices – were positioned into place using 28 anchors each weighing 800 kilograms. In all, the build process alone took 10 solid days of work.

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