Dela Torre, who finished second in the Davao stop, paces the Open Wakeboard men’s division with 385 points with Symon Cantos and Christian Joson behind with 320 and 317 points respectively, are set to give him a tough fight for the series plum.
Adding pressure to Dela Torre’s bid is the presence of Davao bets Zech Stephenson and Alex Lehman who impressively emerged champion and third placer respectively in the last leg at DECA Homes-Mintal in Davao.
Bermudez, now with 400 points, is seeking her third straight triumph in the Open Women’s Wakeboard against her closest rival Andrea “Dre” Tanjangco who’s in second with 370 points and Patricia Espeleta and Alex Andrada who are tied in third with 171 points apiece.
She’s also eyeing the title in the Open Wakeskate Women’s class where’s she’s just 30 points behind frontrunning Cebu-based Swede Susan Larsson who’s keen to complete her three-leg sweep.
Moe Gomez, also with 400 points, is also eyeing his own three-leg sweep in the Open Men’s Wakeskate against Christian Joson (356 pts.) and Chad Venadas (304 pts.)
Close buddies Angelo Linao and Carlo Beltran turn into fierce rivals as they dispute the Junior Men’s and the Open Wakeskate Junior Men’s crowns. Linao leads the Junior Men’s class over Beltran, 371-343, while Beltran enjoys a slim one-point advantage over Linao in the Open Wakeskate Junior Men’s, 371-370.
Also favored are Mikee Selga in Girls division over Kelsey Albano and in the Open Wakeskate Junior Women’s against Celina Cembrano; JV Tanjangco in the Master’s Men against Justin Valdez and Liam Capati and Don Moody in the Boy’s division against Cyrus Beltran, Jose Antonio Hernandez and Davao’s Franco Carabuena.
The champions of each class automatically comprise the Philippine Team in the forthcoming prestigious world watersports spectacle dubbed as “IWWF Worlds: 2012 Cable Wakeboard World Championships presented by DECA Homes” slated November 6-11 in Clark, Pampanga.
Borromeo said the final rankings will help determine the final composition of the RP team vying for the titles against over 360 of the world’s best riders coming over for the IWWF Worlds.