RAPHAEL Trinidad made a grand debut on the world stage, giving the Philippines its first-ever medal finish inside the IWWF World Wakeboard Championships held in Buenos Aires, Argentina currently. The 17-yr old local of Cebu bagged the silver medal in the senior category, topped via 3-time international champion Loir Sofer of Israel. Sofer published a very last score of seventy-eight. 0, just 2.Sixty-seven factors beforehand of Trinidad. The Filipino, meanwhile, could handiest finish at the 5th location within the Junior Men U-19 class of the meet that featured one hundred eighty entries from 28 nations.
Trinidad has been a dominant force within the country full championships because he turned thirteen years old, competing inside the Pro Men Wakeboard division. Before his IWWF stint, Trinidad, riding beneath the banner of Team Republ1c, changed into coming off a stellar job in the Philippine Cable Wake Nationals held closing month on the Deca Wake Cable Park in Clark, Pampanga, where he pulled off the first-ever double 1/2 cab roll in Philippine wakeboarding. The feat establishes him as a favorite to win a gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games later this 12 months, wherein wakeboarding is ready to make its debut. Trinidad is likewise eyeing to make it to the Olympics, must wakeboarding eventually makes it to the 2024 Paris Games.