Fredy von Osten wins IWWF Championship title 2012
19-year-old German wakeboard star Fredy von Osten has won his third world title at the IWWF Cable Wakeboard Worlds 2012 held last Saturday in the Philippines. After taking home two previous junior world titles in 2008 and 2010, Freddy is now an IWWF World Champion in the Open Men division for the first time.
"The feeling is incredible. The atmosphere was amazing at the Park," Von Osten said afterwards. "It was 35 degrees, the crowd was huge and I'm so happy right now. Winning the IWWF World Title in the Open division is a dream come true."
The IWWF Wakeboard World Championships are held every two years and attracted 250 of the best wakeboard and wakeskate athletes from more than 30 nations to the Deca Wake Park in Clark, Pangang. Fredy’s win came off the back of a victory at the World Cup in Tokyo in September, making an incredible year in this his first season in the Open Division. "2012 has been amazing. In September I signed with Billabong for another 3 year and in competition I've achieved way more than I thought possible," smiled Von Osten. "I'm really stoked on where I’m at with my riding right now.”
Von Osten's win was even more remarkable after a crash on his first run left him in 6th place of the eight finalists. "On my second run, I really nailed it," said the 19-year-old. "I put everything into my last run, I couldn't have done anything more and was stoked to get the score to secure victory."
He now has a little downtime before preparing for the final of the Wake Park World Series – the WWA Wake Park World Championships in Abu Dhabi: "First I'm going home to Hamburg to celebrate with my friends," said Von Osten. "Then it's all about training and then I want to sweep the board in Abu Dhabi!"