In recent years, The European Tigé Trophy has become one of the key events on the European wakeboard calendar and this year’s competition takes place on the 30th of June in Luxemburg. In many ways, it will be a special edition with a change to the name of the event as the most obvious one: the Timo Trophy.
Let’s rewind: In December last year tragedy struck for the Kuppens-Lietaer family, the organisers of the Trophy and owners of KONVEX, the European Importer of Tigé Boats. Their 11-year old son, Timo, suddenly passed away. Ever since many personalities from the tennis, wintersports, motorsports and watersports community have come out to show support for the family by using the #Ride4Timo hashtag. The purpose of that campaign and the Timo Wakeboard Trophy is to keep Timo’s memory alive.
Those who knew Timo, know how much he loved wake surfing, wakeboarding and competition. Just last year, Timo was runner-up at the European Wakesurf Championships in the junior category. If you put the love for wake surfing, wakeboarding and competition in the mix, you get the Timo Trophy. At the wakeboard event, the hosting club, CNL Bech-Kleinmacher, will unveil its brand new towboat the Tigé R21. This boat was manufactured just a few weeks ago at Tigé’s facility in Texas.
The event will naturally spark quite a few emotions amongst the competitors and spectators, and Timo will be on everyone’s mind throughout the day. Together with the hosting club, KONVEX has decided to donate all the profits of the event to a charity. The chosen charity is the rapid medical response helicopter of the “Centre Médical Héliporté”, based in Ardennes region of Belgium. This helicopter service is in operation since 1986 and is on standby 24/7 to evacuate people with urgent medical needs to a nearby hospital.
“For Timo all help was to no avail, but for others, this airlift can make a difference between life and death”, explains organiser Renaud Kuppens. “This is why this charity is so important to us. The Timo Trophy is being held in Luxemburg on the Moselle river because Timo loved riding here. Also, the Timo Trophy is an opportunity for us to thank so many people who came out to support us in the last few months since his death.”
What can you except? An action-packed day on the banks of the Moselle river. The competition is open to riders in 4 categories: Beginner, Amateur, Junior and Pro riders.
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