Courtney Angus

21-Year-Old Aussie World Wakeboard Champ Eyes Back-to-Back Titles

10 May 2014

Australia’s World Wakeboarding champion Courtney Angus has spent the past week catching up with family and friends on the Gold Coast, departing for the US last Friday for her first ever title defence.

(pic courtesy Luke Marsden/News Corp.)

Having only just celebrated her 21st birthday, Courtney’s coming of age on the international wakeboarding scene was completed in 2013, enjoying a whirlwind of successes that stretched the length and breadth of the globe.

Since her return to Australia late last year, she’s based herself out of Penrith’s Cables Wake Park, the facilities there allowing this young-gun to fine tune her style and introduce new high-flying aerials as part of her 2014 competitive repertoire.

“Last year was such an awesome experience getting to compete across Europe, China, United States, before pulling everything together at the World Titles in Abu Dhabi, “said Angus.

“I also placed second in the World Triple Crown Series, the US Nationals and Wakestock in the UK, so the consistency was there and now it’s a case of upping the ante and making everything stick this year.

“World Titles success also brought with it a new sponsor so I’ll be riding for the Hyperlite International team this year which I’m really looking forward to.

“While back home in Australia I also claimed victories in five of the seven Pro events I competed in, so I’m amped and ready to take my wakeboarding to a whole new level.”

Worldwide, wakeboarding competition in the pro events are contested by the best-of-the-best all gunning for numerous prized titles and culminating in the World Champs in October at Abu Dhabi that attract athletes from more than 20 countries.

While Courtney is the youngest ever Pro Women’s Features World champion, she does possess World Title pedigree, claiming her first international crown in the under 14’s age group in 2005.

This instinctive Aussie wake rider has competed in National level competition since she was seven years of age and as World Champion is intent on introducing more Aussie youngsters into the sport over coming years.

“Conducting coaching clinics for youngsters at Penrith’s Cables Wake Park has also been a highlight for me during the Aussie summer,” added Angus.

“I’ve run kids camps and ladies-only coaching clinics, that have attracted more than 40 people each weekend to the sport.

“And as an international training venue you couldn’t ask for anything better than what’s on offer in Penrith, with a clockwise and anti-clockwise cable, plus 22 obstacles including a quarter-pipe.” 

It’ll be straight back to business upon arriving at her Texas base for Angus where intense training will continue prior to the start of the Triple Crown Series in July.