This time last year, the City of Dubna, north of Moscow, Russia, created a perfect stage for the best water-ski athletes in the world. With 54,000 spectators over two days, 56 journalists and 10 television companies, it was one of the most exciting events of the entire water-ski and wakeboard World Cup series.
On July 30-31, Dubna will pull out all the stops again when it hosts the first 2005 World Cup stop. Athletes from more than 20 countries will be chasing a slice of the season's $500,000 total cash prize purse. The only Dubna Champion not returning this year is Australia's World Champion Emma Sheers, who is sidelined following knee surgery.
The Dubna site, located on the Moscow Canal where it flows into the Volga River, saw numerous course records set last year. The jump course record was broken 15 times in the preliminary round alone.
MasterCraft, as World Cup Sponsors, will continue to provide the competition boats for the entire series. The City of Dubna recently announced that they have also purchased a MasterCraft boat to give their athletes the ability to compete at the highest level. The Board Chairman of Akrilan, Igor Gorelov, whose company is a national market leader in the production of hydromassage baths and shower enclosures will again be one of the sponsors of the Dubna Stop. He commented this week that the company has a social responsibility to Dubna and that bringing the Waterski World Cup back to the City will provide a weekend of enjoyment for the entire region.