Judah Towns and Charlie Ten Broeke share their passion for wakeboarding | The Examiner

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With trick names like scarecrow, tantrum to fakie, and back roll to revert, it’s no wonder people are excited about wakeboarding. They’re one of the tricks good friends Charlie Ten Broeke and Judah Towns like to do when they hit the water. And the Hobart-based pair had their chance on Saturday in the second round of Tasmanian Wakeboarding (TasWake) at Trevallyn Dam. READ MORE: Flint is aiming for a grand prix after his national championship win Judah, 14, won the mixed open category while Charlie, 14, finished second in the advanced section. “In my wave, I hit four tricks and four tricks back,” Judah said. “In the final I landed five tricks each way, I crashed on my last one on the way back.” The long-time friends are destined for nationals on Canberra’s Molonglo River from April 5-9. “I’ve never competed in national championships, this will be my first time,” Charlie said. He is excited to compete in a new place and compete against different competitors. The teenager recently moved up to the advanced category of the straight airs category. “I just entered the advanced level this year and noticed the change – I was only allowed to do one flip in my last division, now I can do as many as I want,” did he declare. Judah has been to nationals a few times. “It’s a lot of fun with the friends you make over there on the mainland,” he said. “It’s definitely a much tougher competition there. Almost everyone on the mainland can wakeboard all year round whereas at Tassie we have little time during the summer.” Judah explained that the water in Tassie has become too cold to wakeboard all year round. make a stand-up pass and don’t crash at nationals and incorporate most of his best tricks into his junior men’s performance. Charlie wants to make the most of his remaining time in the boys 10-14 division and aims to make the podium in Canberra. The couple got into the sport when Judah got a wakeboard for Christmas a few years ago. They shared the most precious possession. As Charlie said, they were both able to get up on their first attempts. Nicole Rattray, a member of the TasWake committee, said the group, which organizes coaching sessions, aims to help young people achieve their goals. “We help young people to progress in wakeboarding, we organize competitions so that they can participate in national championships and state titles and that kind of thing,” she said. She said that the competition series usually attracted 30 riders, from beginner to professional level. There is also a non-competitive division for people who just want to try. She underlined the family atmosphere of the sport. “All the families come, they all are on the water and it’s just a good day,” she said. “They get the opportunity to ride behind a really cool wake boat and it gives the kids some visibility and it’s just fun.” Round one of the series was in Hobart and round three is in Lake Barrington. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: