Wakeboarding world champ gives tips to Hong Kong squad

James Boggia trains with the Hong Kong team at Cable Park in Lok Ma Chau. Photo: Dickson Lee

James Boggia left Hong Kong 10 years ago to study in Australia.

Sunday, 28 October, 2012, 3:21am

Going 'Superwoman'

When Hong Kong people think about wakeboarding, most of them see it as an activity you do on holiday or on a summer boat trip. But it is much more than just a leisure sport.

Wakeboarding is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world today, especially among thrill-seeking teenagers. It combines elements of two other extreme sports: snowboarding and surfing.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

With an eye on 2020, enthusiasts see the awakening

From counting pennies for the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union more than two decades ago, Chris Howarth has moved on to a bigger crusade today - calculating the chances of wakeboarding becoming an Olympic sport in 2020.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HK teen tries to spread the gospel

Awesome. That's how 19-year-old Julien Breistroff describes wakeboarding - and it's not surprising considering he has been in love with the sport for more than half his life.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Wild rides and aerial stunts

Wakeboarding is one of the more popular water sports in Hong Kong with people trying the activity in preference to traditional water skiing.

In addition to the fun of being pulled across the water by a speeding boat, wakeboarding also offers participants the chance to perform aerial tricks that involve a variety of twists and turns.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Padiwat the king in world of spins and flips

The form book held at the Billabong Asian Wakeboarding Championships, when Asia's best, Padiwat 'Bomb' Jaemjan of Thailand, took top honours.

9 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Board idol

Some of Asia's best and brightest wakeboarding stars will gather at the Tai Po Waterfront Park today.

They are here to take part in one of the SAR's most prominent wakeboarding tournaments, the Billabong Asian Wakeboarding Championships Hong Kong, which offers generous prizes to the top three riders.

8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Competitors chase lure of big money

Competitors from across Asia will compete at Tai Po Waterfront Park in the Billabong Asian Wakeboarding Championships in the hope of winning the top prize at the HK$50,000 event. Tomorrow's competition offers the biggest cash prize for the sport in Asia and 58 competitors from Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea are due to take part.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Wake up to X-games

It's hard to satisfy a craving for X-game sports in Hong Kong where there's no snow, the police arrest you for skateboarding in the street, and the waves are toddler-friendly.

But where there's water, there's a way. Summer couldn't come soon enough for Hong Kong's wakeboarders.

23 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Where to wakeboard

There are many good spots for wakeboarding in the SAR. The average cost of renting a boat for two hours is $1,400. Here are the best places to try riding:

- Stanley has good inboard boats for rent. You can wakeboard in Tai Tam Bay but it can be choppy at weekends when there are many boats. Call Patrick (2813 2372), Jim (9201 2995) or Ronnie (6131 3689).

23 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

How do you score points?

In wakeboard competitions, riders perform jumps, rotations and inverts [somersaults]. Riders are judged on style, intensity and difficulty of the routine.

For example, a 360-degree spin gets 750 points, while a wake jump would earn about 100. You can even get points for waving at the judges.

23 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Getting tricky

Vincent Law (left) throws a raily on the way to edging out Tom Gaffney, shown midway through a tantrum 180, for the national title at the Hong Kong National and Open Water Ski and Wakeboard Championships held at Chong Hing Water Sports Centre, High Island, Sai Kung at the weekend.

11 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Water wizards to show off their skills

Sai Kung's Chong Hing Water Sports Centre will host the 2005 Hong Kong National and Open Water Ski and Wakeboard Championships over the next two weekends.

Organised by the Hong Kong Water Ski Association (HKWSA) and supported by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the annual event brings together some of the region's best young

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Wake up

Australian ace Tom Gaffney takes to the air at the Hong Kong Wakefest championship at Tai Po Waterfront Park yesterday.

The 24-year-old was in a class of his own as he easily won the competition, impressing the judges with his eye-catching tricks, including a back-roll, an invert and a front-roll with a spin.

29 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

HK pair hopes to make a splash in wakeboarding

Hong Kong will make its debut in wakeboarding at the Asian X-Games this month.

Tom Gaffney and Wan Ka-choi have both qualified for the games and will compete against wakeboarders from about 20 countries, including Japan, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, in Seoul from May 26 to 29.

6 May 2005 - 12:00am