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Posted on: Monday 4th March 2013

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It wasn't all swim-bike-run in Abu Dhabi this weekend. There was a bit of wet and wild too as the Pro's relaxed at Yas Waterworld...

The world's top elites made a splash at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi - the UAE's first mega waterpark in the region, set across 15 hectares at the centre of Yas Island's exciting entertainment complex  – after battling it out at the flagship US$230,000 Abu Dhabi International Triathlon.

The 2013 champions, Frederik Van Lierde of Belgium and Mellissa Hasutchildt of Australia, who took top honours in the men and women fields, were joined by a raft of the sport's biggest names, including current Olympic Gold medallist Alistair Brownlee, who smashed the short course record on his first attempt in Abu Dhabi.

Conrad ‘Caveman' Stoltz, the feared South African powerhouse, met his match on the park's Liwa Loop the only looping waterslide in the Middle East.

“Abu Dhabi and the triathlon has been an amazing experience.  I have loved every moment in the emirate. The destination and the race are must do's for all athletes and their families. My wife is already planning our next trip back,” said Stoltz, who retired from the race mid-way as cramping got the better of him.

“Twice this weekend, I have been pushed out of my comfort zone but loved it. The first in the event was going long for the first time; a tough experience but one that I am determined to come back and improve on. The second was at Yas Waterworld, the Liwa Loop waterslide definitely scared me, but in that ‘let's do it again' way.”

Yas Waterworld

And competition between the elites was friendlier at the park, as the titans of triathlon raced each another on the Slither's Slides – the world's first ‘Rattler' waterslide that includes a maze of tunnels with plenty of twists and turns amidst spectacular special effects, LED lights and 3D videos.

“Yas Waterworld was awesome; it was the perfect way to unwind after the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. It was the ideal way to get some thrills and spills in with my tri friends,” added Lawrence Fanous, Jordan's top triathlete.

And for those wanting to take it slow after a day of lightning quick racing, Al Raha river the park's lazy river and meandering slides provided the perfect escape.

“I loved Yas Waterworld, we both don't tend to like speed and drops, so opted for the relaxing river, which was the perfect way to soak up the sun's rays,” said Scotland's Fraser Cartmell, the 2010 Ironman winner.

Yas Waterworld offers 43 rides, slides and attractions that will thrill the whole family. Visitors will experience fun and adventure on rides and attractions never seen before in waterparks.

A record-breaking 2,050 athletes from 76 countries signed up for the biggest Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, with world elites and first timers going shoulder-to-shoulder on a course that started with a sunrise swim in the Arabian Gulf's shimmering turquoise waters before weaving through the closed roads along the Abu Dhabi Corniche beach, up to the spectacular Yas Island and around the Yas Marina Circuit – home to the annual Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - before returning to the heart of the capital.

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