WAKESKATING: Cody Murphy says improved fitness is the key to him making the final at yesterday morning's World Wakeskating Championships in Mexico.
The Coolum teenager qualified for the world titles earlier this year after taking out the Australian Championship, and has now proved himself to be among the world's leading performers.
Murphy finished sixth in the final.
He credited working hard in the gym and not just the water as the key to his recent success.
"The guys down at F45 at Coolum looked after my training and helped me get my fitness up to a high-performing level,” Murphy said.
"I had never been one for fitness but I've definitely noticed the impact it's had on my flexibility and my ability to (land) the longer, harder tricks.”
Wakeskating is a variation of wakeboarding, where the rider is not strapped to the board, allowing him or her to perform tricks like skateboarders do on land.
Despite his incredible achievement, Murphy believes he can go even better.
"In my first heat I stacked my biggest spin but landed them all in practice,” he said.
The University of the Sunshine Coast student made headlines earlier this year when he was fined $200 for failing to produce his driver's licence when picking his sister up from school, just as he'd started fundraising to afford the trip to Mexico.
Plenty of people chipped-in and Cody said he had been overwhelmed by the support.
"I have over the past week come home to 30 notifications on Facebook every day,” he said. "I'm so grateful for the support back home and from the Aussie team here with me.”
Cody is due back in Australia later this week.
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