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, Naples in 2016 and at the 2017 competition in Cavalaire-Sur-Mer, France. On this page you will find a bit of history about the Flyboard World Cup and links to our official event pages for each of our Flyboard World Championship pages.
Flyboard World Cup 2017
Flyboard® World Championship – June 9, 10 and 11, 2017
DAMONE RIPPY wins his first Flyboard World Championship. One of the most emulated and influential Hydroflight athletes in the world, Damone Rippy can finally call himself the Flyboard World Champion. He’s been on almost every conceivable Flyboard competition podium over his career but it took five years to achieve this World Cup title.
Click here to visit our official Flyboard World Cup 2017 page.
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.
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….
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.