Eight-year-old Daniel Johnson came close to adding a third major wakeboarding title to his trophy case this month, finishing second in his division at the World Wakeboarding Association’s (WWA) World Championships.Johnson, who lives in Mooresville, was considered among the favorites after winning the junior boys beginner division title (open to riders 9 and younger) at last month’s WWA U.S. Nationals in Ohio.But at the WWA World Championships, held in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Aug. 15-18, Johnson – who also won at the season-opening Wake Games in Orlando, Fla., in late April – finished 8.33 points behind Benjamin Brown (80.00-71.67) in the division finals.“That’s not that bad,” said Johnson, who was competing in his first Worlds. “Whenever you can get on the podium at a competition like this, that’s a good thing.”Johnson and Brown both won their respective semifinal heats to advance to the championship round. However, Brown – competing in the World Championships for the third straight year -- had the overall better qualifying score, giving him the top seed and final run in the title round.“He’s my best friend,” Johnson said of Brown. “We’re always hanging around at the tournaments and having fun. He just had the better ride that day.”Coming events• The Lake Norman Ski Club will hold a slalom tournament on Skyview Lake in northern Iredell County (Skyview Lake Road, Harmony) for USA Waterski (USAW) class C and F skiers Sept. 7-8. The signup fee is $35-40 per day. A full USAW membership is required to participate in the Class C tournament, while Class F entrants require a USAW Grass Roots membership. www.lakenormanskiclub.m8.com.• Jan Blodgett, archivist and records management coordinator at Davidson College, will open the 2013-2014 schedule of speakers in the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists’ nature program series with her discussion of “What Lies Under Lake Norman” on Sept. 12 at the Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. The free nature program, held the second Thursday of each month, will begin at 7 p.m. in the library’s Youth Services Room.• The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists will hold their annual Wildlife Oyster and Shrimp Fest on Sept. 21 at Long Island Marina, 8400 Long Island Road, Catawba, on the northern end of Lake Norman. The dinner menu will be provided by Big Daddy’s Restaurant; a bus will be available for the first 45 people from the Cornelius-Davidson-Huntersville area to buy tickets to the event. For information or to buy tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.• The Lake Norman Yacht Club will hold its annual Labor Day Regatta on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. www.lnyc.org.• The next Lake Norman Marine Commission meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. www.lnmc.org.• A boating safety class will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28 at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Station at Midway Marina, 8693 N.C. 150, Terrell. The cost is $45 per person. For information or to register for a class, call 704-528-4594 or email email@example.com. www.cgaux.org.
Monday, Aug. 26, 2013
8-year-old almost wins 3rd major wakeboard title
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