Wakeboarding Windsor on top of world with stunning double
JAMES Windsor's dizzying ascent in the sport is complete - with the Buderim teen sensation now a double world professional champion.
Windsor, who recently turned 17, won the two elite events for men at the Wake Park World Championships at Abu Dhabi on Saturday night.
He followed his win in the pro features final - his first professional world title - by triumphing in the pro men's final.
The victories are the cherry on the top of what has been an outstanding debut season on the WWA Wake Park World Series for the 2011 under-19 world champion.
What makes his achievements more remarkable is the fact he took up the sport only a few years ago.
Windsor's parents Leigh and Julian sent their boy out into the world and have watched with great pride as he devoted himself wholly to wake boarding - training up to seven hours a day, seven days a week.
Now the rewards have come.
"We always knew he'd win the world title. We just didn't expect it so soon. So it's a wonderful achievement," Leigh said.
"In his first year as a rookie he's done extremely well."
"It was supposed to be, like, a practice year, but he just went from strength to strength with every competition. He grew more confident," she said.
Windsor opted not to do Year 12 at Chancellor Park College this year as he tested himself against the planet's best, most of whom are vastly more experienced than him.
After a series of minor placings to start the year, he captured his first title in the Netherlands in July.
Win No.2 came in Orlando, Florida, in September.
Before heading to Abu Dhabi, he won a major non-world series event in the Philippines.
Leigh admitted to feeling trepidation as her son travelled the world alone.
"I was very nervous about him being so young," she said.
"The biggest thing for me was worrying about him catching planes and getting to each event. I think he's done an amazing job. He didn't miss one flight."