2015 XDubai Flyboard World Cup goes down next week, Dec 3, 4 and 5th and since this isn’t my first rodeo I thought I’d attempt to facilitate a Q&A between competitors and judges so there would be less confusion during the briefing. I didn’t get a lot of questions submitted and I’m not sure if guys just didn’t see the opportunity or if they are really feeling comfortable with the rules going into the event.
The five questions I did get were answered and you’ll find them below. I’d personally like to highlight one that I think will affect everyone in this competition and that is that a 1080 SPIN and a 1080 are TWO DIFFERENT TRICKS. See below:
1. What are the point values of each skill. If specific points will not be disclosed, can “levels” be written so that flyers know what the judges value?
We’ll get back to the riders after the judges meeting in Dubai.
2. On the compulsory 1080 to backflip, is the athlete limited to just a 1080 or can they do a 1440 or 1800 into a backflip or even a double backflip and still get credit for that skill?
If the trick asked is a 1080 Backflip the rider must execute that trick showing that he or she is in total control when performing it. The compulsory tricks are ask so judges can compare who executes that trick better. It is not a best trick competition so the riders must execute the trick that is asked and will not get more credit for doing more.
3. Same 1080 backflip situation….is a spinning 1080 vs a lock board 1080 meet the requirement. If they both meet the requirement does one have a base score higher than the other.
They are 2 different moves and require different skills. 1080 spin is much easier to execute. If a 1080 is asked the rider must do a 1080 and not a 1080 spin.
- TO ME THIS IS A HUGE TAKE NOTE MOMENT COMPETITORS. I can see guys doing 1080 indy feet spins and saying I did the compulsory move. – Blaine
4. Who is judging the ski going out of the perimeter. The safety ski? Two infractions and your DQ’d so it’s a real thing to watch.
One of the judges is in charge to see how well does the rider use the space.
5. About the compulsory moves: do they need to be executed as one trick, or can they be attached to combos? In other words does it count if one makes for example a backflip straight after the compulsory superman?
They can be done in combos. A separate trick is easier to control then a combo and much cleaner but if the rider wants to do combos he can.
So, there you have a few competitor questions and the judges answers. If you are unsure about any aspect of the competition, other than exact point values of tricks as the fine tuning continues I believe, then you should contact Alex or Jason on FB or post on the FF Facebook group and get clarification now.
I’m wishing everyone the best and hope your experience next week is positive irregardless of where you place.
PS. The event program turned out very nice. Thanks to all the athletes who took the time to submit their vest images. Iris Vasconez and Blaine Jeffery will have some available in Dubai so if interested in a copy talk to one of us.
See you in Dubai,