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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.

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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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