2014 Flyboard World Cup
BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR SUKSAN TONGTHAI
The 2014 X Dubai Flyboard World Cup was once again won by Suksan Tongthai from the Kingdom of Thailand. Damone Rippy finished second from the USA and Jake Orel also of Team Aquafly finished third. 2012 World Champion Stéphane Prayas finished in fourth place.
1. Suksan Tongthai (Thailand, World Champion 2013)
2. Damone Rippy (USA, North American Champion 2014)
3. Jake Orel (USA)
4. Stephane Prayas (France, World Champion 2012)
1. Da-Yeob Kim (South Korea)
2. Stephanie Wells (Canada)
3. Yolanda Baker (USA)
4. Claudia Osternaud (France)
1. Laurent Calliot (France)
2. Martin Von Stedingk (Sweden)
3. Dong-Won Yang (South Korea)
4. Antonio Martinez-Yague (Spain)
X DUBAI FLYBOARD WORLD CUP FINALS – SUKSAN TONGTHAI VS DAMONE RIPPY
X DUBAI FLYBOARD WORLD CUP SEMI FINALS – JAKE OREL VS DAMONE RIPPY
X Dubai Flyboard World Championship Top 32 Ranking – Pro Division
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H2RO Official Event Partner: Zapata Racing
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AMAZING! The first landed Triple Backflip in competition and on video is delivered by our Champion Suksan Tongthai.
H2RO will be sharing some of our conversations with some of the Top Pro Flyboarders from the X Dubai Flyboard World Cup.
NEW TRICKS UNVEILED IN DUBAI
FLYBOARD SHOW SET FIRE TO THE DUBAI NIGHT SKY
X Dubai Flyboard World Cup Teaser Video by Zapata Racing
X Dubai Airshow – Lindsay McQueen gets lit up!
The X Dubai Flyboard World Cup is a non-ticketed event open to the public and will take place at Skydive Dubai, The Palm Dropzone (Al Seyahi Street)
Get ready for the biggest Flyboard event of the year and tune in as we post live throughout the event. Let the adventure begin…
X DUBAI FLYBOARD WORLD CUP TOP 32 COMPETITOR SCORES AFTER QUALIFYING ROUND – All divisions. (Bold are now in the Top Eight)
TOP EIGHT BRACKET – PROS
Damone Rippy versus Caleb Gavic
Jake Orel versus Hunter Verlander
Suksan Tongthai versus Jordan Wayment
Qjao Xiao versus Stéphane Prayas
TOP FOUR – VETERENS
Yang versus Calliot
Martinez versus von Stedingk
TOP FOUR – LADIES
Wells versus Osternaud
Kim verus Baker
QUALIFYING ROUND RECAP
This was a day of extremes. Some great runs from Jake Orel, Chad Bell and Callon Burns while an underpowered ski had Damone Rippy fighting to stick his double backflip that we all know he can nail with his eyes closed. He’ll certainly be moving on but was disappointed. Very tough day for the Gavic brothers as they both had wireless EMK problems leaving Jesse in the hospital after a huge fall and Caleb with a very uncharacteristic run.
I definitely question the logic behind introducing a new product (Zapata Racing wireless EMK) to these competitors when none have had any time on it. Makes flying your best with the crowds and pressure almost impossible. Some riders said the wireless felt fine and just like the wired version and some competitors seemed to be having a totally different experience. Looks like with two units running one was performing properly while the other was having issues. We are having our own wifi issues so live updating and even uploading video at the hotel has proven difficult but we’ll persevere and get some great content up right away. Time to call the front desk and upgrade to ‘higher’ speed.
Canadians in Dubai
Chad Bell had one of the best runs of the Qualifying Round. Check’em out
THURSDAY – QUALIFYING ROUND Highlights
Sonnie Bean: Kisses the hose but keeps his cool and throws some big single flips. Lack of control may have cost him. We’ll see.
Chad Bell: Shows us his training has paid off with a huge 720 double backflip combo that training partner Jake Orel said he hadn’t even seen Chad pull. Very clean doubles and a solid run. Canada!
Adrian Boucher: CanFly continues to look strong as Adrian gives the crowd his signature reverse set up backflip combo. His supermans were big and he looked in control. Must feel good after a disappointing run in Qatar.
Paul Bulka: 360 to backflip combo was nice and Paul looked like he was getting the hang of the new wireless EMK.
Callon Burns: Strongest run so far in Qualifying. Huge one and a half with his signature double sidewinder thrown in for good measure. We’ll definitely be seeing more of ‘Afterburn’.
Petr Civin: after a huge swagged out dolphin dumped his driver cutting his round short.
Ronnie Feise: HUGE one and half and all around solid run from Ronnie. Looks to have taken his flying further since Toronto.
Caleb Gavic: One of the best Pros we have in our sport proves why introducing the wireless EMK at a World Championship is a risky idea. Caleb struggled to find the sweet spot and it definitely negatively affected his run.
FRIDAY – Qualifying continues…
Very nice to see that Jesse Gavic was able to go out this morning and fly. Looped the entire ski with his hose which created a few oohhs and aahhs.
Brody Wells put together his best run as a Pro Flyboarder nailing everything he chose to throw. Should be seeing more from the CanFly Captain.
Ladies have hit the water in a historic first female division in competitive Flyboarding.
BACK AT THE HOTEL AND THE WIFI WORKS 🙂
Lots of articles coming out of Dubai but today I played the role of cameraman as my videographer and I both did our best to capture all of the action so we can deliver amazing footage with context and behind-the-scenes insights.
We are down to our Top Eight which include:
- 2012 Flyboard World Champion Stéphane Prayas
- 15 yr old phenom Hunter Verlander
- 2014 Flyboard North American Champion Damone Rippy
- Team Aquafly star Jake Orel
- Defending Flyboard World Champion Suksan Tongthai
- Flyboard North American 2nd place finisher Jordan Wayment
- Qjao Xiao of China
- H2RO Hydroflight World Ranked 5th Caleb Gavic
Chatting with Stéphane Prayas after today he was very much looking forward to the longer runs tomorrow because many of his more unique tricks take longer to execute and didn’t fit stylistically into his earlier runs. The young American competitors fly fast and furious but the 2012 World Champion will have a chance to employ his entire repertoire of tricks.
Cooper Riggs flipped his ski right at the end of what would have been a victorious run. Cooper said that as he dove out of the last trick it was in the back of his mind that his run was likely already enough to move him on and he should have slowed things down. When your ripping things up and in the zone it’s hard to identify the fact the ski could flip on what seems to be a relatively basic move.
December 2nd – Airports
As I bounce from Victoria, BC to Calgary, AB to Frankfurt, Germany, to Dubai UAE I am looking in on photos as the competitors begin to settle in and get ready for the X Dubai Flyboard World Cup which starts Thursday (Dubai Time). Franky Zapata entertains and inspires. Pic courtesy of Paul Gavic.
November 29th – Packing
GoPro Hero 4 Black, Hard drives, H2RO Event Shirts, H2RO Wear Tees… room for anything else? See you in a few days Dubai!
Great ESPN interview with X Dubai Flyboard World Cup competitor and H2RO Ranked 10th Pro Jason Gauthier
2014 X Dubai Flyboard World Cup Competitors
H2RO Hydroflight Rankings have been updated but this video still has twenty of the top pros in the world. Check it out!