Head over heels for Bunbury

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Bunbury could become a staple on the world wakeboarding circuit after a successful competition on Sunday as part of the Action Sports Games, according to event director Tim Thirsk.

Thirsk told the South Western Times that he aimed to get the world’s best to Bunbury for a competition in the near future.

“I think this is just the start to what we can do in the future,” he said.

“Provided you get the right funding, I think it will grow organically in the next few years.

“There is no doubt in my mind that it will become part of the World Wakeboarding Association World Tour. Well that is my aim.”

On Sunday, seven of the world’s best wakeboarders hit the waters of Koomabana Bay for the competition, with the winner taking home $20,000.

“It was a fantastic event. Once the wind backed off it was great,” he said.

Newcastle’s Tony Iacconi won the event after scoring a whopping 81.66 points in the final to beat the USA’s Mike Dowdy and world number one wakeboarder Harley Clifford.

“It was a fantastic result for me and I really needed that boost going into Moomba” Iacconi said.

“What an amazing and beautiful part of world it is here in Bunbury.

“I never really knew where Bunbury was and I am truly stoked I came here, amazing waterways, feels very safe and great people.

“I’ll be back for sure”.

Thirsk said the competitors put it all on the line on Sunday.

“When you get guys like Tony pulling out double flips, it is pretty much the top end of the trip range,” he said.

“That is how hard they were going.

“They were throwing everything they had at it that is for sure.”

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