Filipino teen wakeboarder bags silver in world championships

Beatrice Go
Seventeen-year-old Raphael Trinidad pulls off a surprise podium finish in the 10th IWWF World Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships

SILVER. Raphael Trinidad makes waves in the men's open world championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo from IWWF Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino wakeboarder Raphael Trinidad clinched a silver in the men’s cable wakeboarding open final of the 10th IWWF Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate World Championships on Saturday, February 23 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

The 17-year-old Trinidad tallied a first run score (FRS) of 75.33 in the final behind three-time world champion Lior Sofer of Israel, who nabbed the gold with a score of 78.0. 

Great Britain’s Liam Peacock settled for the bronze as he scored 73.33. 

Trinidad advanced to the final after topping the heats all the way to the semifinal. He also joined the juniors division and made it to the final run, but fell to 5th place. 

Wakeboarding is among the 56 approved sports in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games that’s vying to make the final cut as at least 4 of the 11 countries in the region have to commit to sending participants for the event. –


Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.