FLYBOARD WORLD CUP
Welcome to our Flyboard World Cup information page
H2RO Magazine provides comprehensive coverage of the Flyboard World Cup and other Pro Flyboarding events from around the world. We were in Doha, Qatar in 2013, Dubai in 2014 and 2015 and now prepare for the 2016 competition in Naples, Florida. On this page you will find a bit of history about the Flyboard World Cup and we will also link you to our official event pages for each of the previous years.
Flyboard World Cup 2017
Flyboard® World Championship – June 9, 10 and 11, 2017
This year’s Flyboard World Cup will take place in Cavalaire-Sur-Mer, which last year was the venue of the Flyboard European Championship.
Flyboard World Cup 2016
SUKSAN TONGTHAI wins his third Flyboard World Championship Pro Title.
Zapata Racing and Pro Watercross announce that the fifth Flyboard World Cup event has moved from Dubai to Naples, Florida (USA) and will be held on September 16th – 18th. This is a Flyboard competition meaning athletes must compete on the Flyboard only and for athletes that don’t receive a direct invite there will be a video submission process that will be used to complete the field.
Click here to visit our official Flyboard World Cup 2016 page.
FLYBOARD® World Cup Championship™ – Naples, FL USA 2016
Participants must fill out and return the application form with cover documents and pre selection video link at: email@example.com.
The registration will be validated at the reception of flight ticket and passport copies.
Participants must pay attention to the passport validity.
A selection of riders will be exempted from sending a pre-qualifying video as their ranking in the previous competitions will allow them to enter the competition without it. These riders will be contacted via e-mail by August 19th 2016.
Other riders must submit a video by sending a YouTube/Facebook Link along their registration form and documents.
The video will be assessed upon receipt and the participant will be informed if they have qualified or if they are on waiting list depending on the quality of the execution.
Rules to follow:
– One video only per participant
– Video should last 2minutes maximum and be filmed in one sequence shot (no cut or editing allowed)
– Compulsory figures: 1080, double back flip (back flip for Ladies and Veteran Categories), superman, and spin backflip.
– Send a link (i.e Facebook, YouTube …) to firstname.lastname@example.org
32 (maximum) pro rider contestants, 10 (maximum) veterans and 10 (maximum) ladies will take part in the competition. There is no restriction based on nationality.
Veteran category is a male-only category, for 40+ years or disabled (upon jury’s decision).
The organization team may allow an extra 5 riders to join the competition upon jury’s decision.
The organizer reserves the right to reject the application of anyone who would be harmful to the image of Zapata Racing and / or anyone who would damage the spirit of the competition.
The competition area will be on a lake, in a square of 100 by 50 meters delimited by buoys. A pontoon will allow contestants to equip and take off.
Contestants will be judged by a jury of 6 professionals (including one Head Judge)
Contestants will run individually in front of the jury where they will have to perform 5 different tricks in a time limit of 1 min 30.
The contestant must choose one trick per category, as per the list outlined below:
Rotation: Back-flip, double back-flip, front-flip, side-flip
Spin: 720 and 1080 with locked board, 720 and 1080 with unlocked board
Diving: Dolphin, reverse dolphin and spin dolphin
Combo: 360 back-flip, 720 back-flip, 360 double back-flip, Superman to back-flip, back-flip to dolphin
Other: Slalom, Superman, layout back-flip, thread-the-needle or a trick from a category above
Each judge will score each trick on technicity on a ten-point scale which results in a global grade on 50 points.
Perfect point: if the contestant performs 5 perfectly executed and landed tricks, a bonus point will be added to the final score.
The final mark (minus penalties) will rank contestants for the next stage.
If the rider performs more than 5 tricks, the five 1st tricks will be scored only.
If the rider performs more than 2 combos, the 3rd combo will count as two separate tricks.
If the rider performs more than 2 tricks in a combo, the subsequent trick will count as a standalone trick and will be graded as such.
If the rider performs a trick which isn’t in the list, I won’t be counted and the final mark will be strongly affected.
As the qualification run is scored solely on technicity, it is strongly advised that the rider focuses on landing clean tricks only.
At the end of this stage, the 32 top pro riders, 8 top Ladies and 8 top Veterans will qualify for the next stage.
Round of 32 – Round of 16 – Quarter final – Semifinal – Final:
Participants are divided into battles at the end of the qualification round and according to their score.
Battle groups are made as follow: the contestant with the highest score will compete against the contestant with the lowest one and so on.
Contestants will run individually in front of the jury where they will have to perform a freestyle run within a given time limit (see “RUNNING TIMES” for details on time limits).
If the rider falls during his run due to a genuine failure of the equipment, the time will stop and the contestant won’t be penalized. However it is not the case if the rider falls and loses time due to a pilot error.
Each judge will cover one of these categories:
- Technicity (figures execution, difficulty of figures and innovation) – 2 judges
- Variety/diversity of figures – 1 judge
- Showmanship : presence, facial expression, interaction with the audience, coherence of the run (flow with an escalating difficulty and a grand finale) – 1 judge
- Energy (number of figures, execution speed, execution rhythm) – 1 judge
- Each judge will vote for the best contestant within their criteria, the winner will be the contestant that gets the most votes.
For the final, the two finalists will face each other on a 4 minute challenge where each contestant will have to present the best choreography to music*. The best performance will establish the Flyboard® World Champion 2016.
*Music must be provided on MP3 format on a USB drive.
Qualification round: 1:30 min
Round of 32: 1:30 min
Round of 16: 1:30 min
Quarter final: 2 min
Semifinal: 3 min
3rd Place face-off: 3 min
Final: 4 min
PRIZES AND AWARDS
At the end of the competition, the jury will award the following prize money:
Pro Rider Category:
Any contestant whose PWC goes out of the perimeter during the demonstration will receive a yellow card. If it occurs a second time, the contestant will receive an elimination red card.
If the PWC flips, the contestant will be disqualified.
All contestants will be required to perform on the following equipment:
– Flyboard® (Pro Series, Sport, or Legend 2014)
– X-Armor 23m hose
– Wireless EMK (not pilot allowed)
– ZR dual impeller
Equipment provided for all contestants (exclusively during runs – no training sessions) :
– Flyboard® Pro-series 2016* with Shoes (S/M // M/L) and X-Armor 23m hose
– ZR Dual impeller
*Set up of the Flyboard® provided:
– ZR boots with assembly angle following the natural curve of the Flyboard® deck (slightly open)
– Ability to spin both sides
– Maximum spinning angle : 20°
– Nozzles directing the water flow towards the back of the contestant (7.5° back)
– Nozzle rings : Ø57mm
If contestants want to use their own set up, boots or equipment, they will be required to bring the following items:
– Flyboard® deck 2014 (including Y-pipe and boots of their choice)
– Flyboard® deck pro series 2015 (including Y-pipe and boots of their choice)
Additional compulsory equipment:
– Wetsuit or board short (no swimwear allowed)
Devices that allow communication between the rider and the audience / coach / pontoon is strictly forbidden.
In the event that a contestant disagrees with the jury’s decision and wants to make a claim, they will have 30 minutes to bring their claim in person to the member of staff using the radio on the pontoon. They will have to deposit 250€, that will be returned if the claim is genuine and accepted by the jury.
Please note it is not allowed to speak to the judges during a run.
2015 World Cup date is December 3, 4, and 5th
NEWS (August 2015) For the first time ever we will have a Hoverboard race at the 2015 X Dubai Flyboard World Cup. There will be prize money attached to the race and it should be a great event for both fans and competitors.
NEWS (May 2015) Looks like at this year’s Flyboard World Cup competitors will have the choice between the new Flyboard Pro Series and the Flyboard Legend. They will also be flying with the new 75 ft X-Armour hose and on the new ZR impeller. The Pro Series board can be flown in the locked or unlocked (independent feet) setting depending on the competitors preference. This makes me think that even competitors who have not flown much on the Pro Series will still opt for it even if they leave it locked. We’ll see….
X DUBAI FLYBOARD WORLD CUP 2015 COMPETITION INFORMATION
- Participants must fill and return the registration form at: email@example.com.
(Link to download registration form coming soon)
- The registration will be validated at the reception of flight ticket and passport.
- The participants must pay attention to their passport validity.
The nationals from the countries NOT mentioned in the list below will have to send their passport copy the soonest in order to receive the VISA for the entry into the Dubai territory.
Countries for which a VISA is NOT required: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City.
WEDNESDAY 2nd of DECEMBER
18:00 Inscription and welcome dinner
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd // UAE NATIONAL CUP
Morning: UAE National Cup Starts // 2 Minutes Rounds
- Round of 16
- Round of 8
- Round of 4
- Final ( both finalists receive World Cup entries)
Afternoon: X DUBAI Flyboard World Cup Ladies // 1.5 Minutes Rounds
- Ranking of the 10 competitors
- Round of 8
- Round of 4 (To be held on Saturday)
- Final Round (To be held of Saturday)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4th
Morning: X DUBAI Flyboard World Cup Veterans // 1.5 Minutes Rounds
- Ranking of 10 veteran riders
- Round of 8
- Round of 4 (To be held on Saturday)
- Final Round (To be held of Saturday)
Afternoon: Pro Rider Qualifications and Ranking
- 40 competitors + 2 UAE finalists – individual run – time limit: 1.30 min ranking
The riders will run individually in front of the judges and will have to present a minimum of 5 tricks in a time limit of 1.30 min. At the end of this stage, the top 16 riders will qualify for the next round.
The score obtained during the qualification run will dictate a competitors rank for the Battle pairings but will not be recorded for the next stages.
Points: For ranking and qualifications, scores will be public
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5th
Morning: HoverBoard by ZR® Race (Test Run)
Afternoon: Completion of All Divisions
- Pro Riders – Round of 16
16 competitors – 8 battles – time limit: 2 min
The top 16 competitors from Qualifying will be grouped into 8 battles (2 competitors by battle). The competitors will be divided according to the scores obtained during their qualification run. Each competitor receives two minutes to present the maximum number of tricks.
- Pro Riders – Round of 8
8 competitors – 4 battles – time limit: 2 min
At this stage of the competition, the remaining 8 competitors are divided in 4 battle pairings. Each competitor will have 2 minute run.
• Ladies Semi Final // 3 Minute Round
• Ladies Final // 3 Minute Round
• Veteran Semi Final // 3 Minute Round
• Veteran Final // 3 Minute Round
• Hoverboard Crono (timed) Race with four competitors.
IMPORTANT NOTE: From the Quarterfinal Round to the Final Round, competitors will have to perform the following figures: 1080, double back flip, superman and spin back flip, and will be judged on the quality of each trick.
(H2RO asks: What is a 1080 on the Pro Series board?)
• Pro riders SEMI FINAL
4 competitors – 2 battles – time limit: 3 min
• Pro riders FINAL
2 competitors – individual run – time limit: 4 min
For the final, the two finalists will each have four minutes to present their best tricks and choreography to music. This final overall performance will be judged and the highest score will determine the 2015 X Dubai Flyboard World Champion.
18:00 Award Ceremony
H2RO wishes all the competitors the very best and thanks them for their dedication to our young sport!
FLYBOARD WORLD CUP HISTORY…
In 2012, 50 Professional Flyboarders from 21 countries arrived in Doha, Qatar to compete in the first ever Flyboard World Championship. The competitors skill levels were as diverse as the reactions by onlookers as these new ‘superheroes’ took to the sky with jets of water spraying from their feet and hands. The competition was a success on many levels in that it brought a community of athletes together who ended up pioneering a brand new sport called Flyboarding. The 2012 Flyboard World Champion was Stephane Prayas of France followed by Sweden’s Petter Berglund and Trey Andrews of the USA.
In 2013, one short year later the arms were off and the world had become very aware that flight was possible and a lot more fun than ever imagined. Again 70+ athletes headed to Qatar this time with a vastly improved command of the board and a repertoire of tricks that looked purposeful and inspiring run after run. None had taken their skills to a higher level than Thailand’s own Suksan Tongthai. His ‘Back to Back’ flip ( a double with a slight pause between flips) was a hugely impressive trick and he also unleashed new variations that made him impossible to beat. Cooper Riggs finished second and Ben Merrell third, both from the USA. 15 year old Damone Rippy burst onto the scene in 2013 with a fourth place finish and used the event as a launch pad to becoming one of the world’s most recognizable and successful Pro Flyboarders.
The 2014 X Dubai Flyboard World Cup was a spectacle both on and off the water. Again 70+ Pro Flyboarders competed and with new sponsor X Dubai at the helm the event has a home for the next four years. It will be scheduled for the last week of November or first week of December in Dubai. Suksan Tongthai dropped the first Flyboard triple backflip and repeated as World Champion while Damone Rippy continued to prove he’s one of the best in the world finishing second. Jake Orel a fellow Aquafly teammate of Damone’s flew his way onto podium for the first time with a 3rd place finish. 2012 World Champion Stephane Prayas found himself back in the mix finishing in 4th.
This year’s event will see some rule, scoring, judging and format updates similar we believe to the execution of the 2015 North American Flyboard Championship. X Dubai plans on doubling the prize money each and every year meaning that 1st place should be worth a cool $20,000 in 2015.
XDubai Flyboard World Cup 2015
X DUBAI FLYBOARD WORLD CUP 2014
Check out our official 2014 event page here!
FLYBOARD WORLD CUP 2013
Check out our FLYBOARD WORLD CUP 2013 Event Page
Check out some of the top Flyboard World Cup competitors who battled it our in 2013.
1) SUKSAN TONGTHAI (THAILAND)
2) COOPER RIGGS (USA)
3) BEN MERRELL (USA)
4) DAMONE RIPPY (USA)
5) CALEB GAVIC (USA)
6) AARON GOULD (USA)
7) STÉPHANE PRAYAS (FRANCE)
8) ARNOUD STOPPELS (HOLLAND)
9) JORDAN WAYMENT (USA)
FLYBOARD WORLD CUP 2012
You can also revisit our Flyboard World Cup 2012 results and video highlights.