Worlds Rewind

Let’s rewind the tapes and review the footage from the 2017 FlowRider® World Flowboarding Championships! 

The event was a huge success, taking a giant leap towards the bigger picture and overall goals of growing the sport of flowboarding.  We are already wishing we could fast forward to next year’s event.  Believe it or not, we are already planning it and know that it is going to be bigger and better.

For those of you that didn’t attend the Worlds event, shame on you, you missed out!  To quote the legendary country singer, Kenny Chesney, “We had our toes in the sand, a drink in our hand and not a worry in the world.”

Before we continue recapping the event and breaking down the awesome time flowboarders, their family members and spectators alike all had, we want to give a massive shout and gentle pat on the back to those traveling competitors, supporting sponsors and of course the ever so welcoming hosting staff at Aquaworld Cancun.  Everybody from the security staff, to the vendors to the spectacular live band put their best foot forward.  Without each and every one of you, the end result would not have been the same!

WFC17 sponsors: 🏄 @AquaWorldCancun @FlowRider_inc @Roxy_mx @Quicksilver @hrccancun @BananaBoat @FlowWater @FlowRider13roz @XterraSurf @flowwater @SuperDuperSurf 

Tacos, cerveza, tequila and futball (soccer) is what you generally reference when talking about Mexico. However, the sport of flowboarding is quickly making a name for itself south of the border. While it’s not quite as respected as regional favorite, soccer, the local flowboarders are becoming very passionate and are eager to Go With the Flow™.

The 2017 FlowRider® World Flowboarding Championships took place at Aquaworld® in Cancún, Mexico, November 3-5th featuring the best flowboarders in the world!

Around the world, there are 200+ plus FlowRider venue installations, but within the next few months, there will be 8 in Mexico alone.  After a very successful World Flowboarding Championship event hosted by Aquaworld Cancun, the heat has been turned up.

 El Campeonato Mundial de Flowrider fue todo un éxito, muchas felicidades a todos los competidores y muchas gracias a nuestros patrocinadores y asistentes, ¡Hasta el siguiente Campeonato!

Although, we all agreed, ‘What happens at Aquaworld, stay at Aquaworld!’ the event and overall experience was too good not to share.

“We Create Fun here at AquaWorld, that is our slogan and we build our brand around that, including the FlowRider was a no brainer for us.” mentioned Carlos Fuentes 

Aquaworld rolled out the red carpet for the World Flowboarding Championships weekend, welcoming competitors with a wide open wave (a FlowRider® Double, that is) and an extensive list of Aquatasic activities for competitors to experience the best Cancun has to offer (at a discounted rate too) .

For Martin Carbonell (MEXICO FLOW REPRESENATIVE AND COMPETITOR) it  huge step twoards his personal goals and the bigger picture of growing the sport, ” I felt like I motivated a lot of new riders and local riders to keep trying and improving their skills on and off the wave!” Martin passionately explain when asked about his involvement with bringing the event to his region for the first time ever.

[Translated to Spanish:  Para mi fue un gigantesco paso para lograr mi meta personal de hacer crecer el deporte, ya que logré motivar a varios riders nuevos y viejos a mejorar sus habilidades y logré poner a México en la escena internacional del flowboarding .]

One of those local riders Martin was referring to, Alex Ordica. Alex put in the training efforts and also made an appearance on the US FLOW Tour earlier in the year. Ordica capitalized on his experience, earned his way into the Semi-Finals on the big stage, where he was matched up with the back to back and defending World Champion, Jake Chipman (Utah, USA). Ordica also qualified to represent Team Mexico and represent his countries flat at the Worlds level for the first time ever.

“Competing against riders from all around the world was definitely a challenge, but advancing to the semi final’s and having the opportunity to represent México in the WFC for the first time was a dream come true!” explained Ordica. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for flowboarding in México” Alex went  on to add.

[Translated to Spanish: Competir contra riders de todo el mundo fue definitivamente un reto, pero avanzar a la semifinal y tener la oportunidad de representar a México por primera vez en el Campeonato Mundial de Flowboarding fue un sueño cumplido!
No puedo esperar a ver que que le espera al Flowboarding en México ]

Day 1 featured open practice sessions for registered competitors to get their feet wet, a formal media ‘meet and greet’ and a tasty selection of food trucks on site.

Day 1 Video: Competitor Register and Practice Sessions, this is the World Flowboarding Championships 2017, and TOMORROW the COMPETITION begins, FREE ENTRANCE!

Día 1 :Así se vivió el Día 1 del Campeonato Mundial de Flowboarding 2017, “Registro y Sesiones de Practicas” MAÑANA inicia toda la adrenalina de las COMPETENCIAS, los esperamos, ENTRADA LIBRE! 🏄‍♂🏄‍♀

Day 2 is when competition started with the WFC Trials event and Qualifying Rounds. Competitors from all over the world battled it out for the final remaining seeded slots in the main event and holding on for the chance to win a World title.

Day 2 Video: Let the competition begin… there were moments full of adrenaline, but also were a lot of fun and a great atmosphere, we will be waiting for you tomorrow with the finals! 🏄‍♂🏄‍♀

Día 2: Que empiece la competencia, se vivieron momentos de mucha adrenalina, pero sobre todo mucha diversión y un gran ambiente, los esperamos mañana con las finales!

Day 3, the competition continued to heat up as we rolled into the elimination rounds. The top riders in the world were left standing for a chance to take home some cash money and the World Flowboarding Title.

Day 3 Video: The final competitions, the best of the World Flowboarding Championships 2017, today it will be defined who will be the World Champion!

Día 3: Las finales, lo mejor del Campeonato Mundial de Flowboarding está pasando, hoy sabremos quién será el Campeón Mundial!

After the event, loaded with anticipation, riders gathered at the Hard Rock Café Cancun for the Awards Banquet and after party. While eating dinner and tossing back a few beverages, competitors and guest were entertained by competition highlight videos and a live band.

With a lot of hype surrounding the prestigious event (pre-, during and post-competition) and the ’flowtastic’ job done by the crew at AquaWorld, there is already talk of developing a full-blown FLOW Tour in this region of Mexico and potentially bringing the event back in 2018.

Check out all the action and watch the heats unfold.  Heat recaps provided by @flowboarders.com and @flowrider13roz productions. 

Click here to watch the Finals footage for each division! 

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS

 

Full Recap:The World Flowboarding Championship was a success, congratulations to all the competitors. Thanks to our sponsors and assistants, until the next Championship! 🏄‍♀🏄‍♂

El Campeonato Mundial de Flowrider fue todo un éxito, muchas felicidades a todos los competidores y muchas gracias a nuestros patrocinadores y asistentes, ¡Hasta el siguiente Campeonato! 🏄‍♀🏄‍♂
Banana Boat Latam Roxy @Quicksilver flowboarders Cochileña Santo Remedio food truck Aguas Locas Cancun La Tula #SurferBurger

Awards & After Party:

Congratulations to the winners of the World Flowboarding Championships 2017! See you next year!

¡Felicidades a los ganadores del Campeonato Mundial de Flowboarding! ¡Hasta el próximo año! 🏄‍♀🏄‍♂

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS

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WFC17 Photo Galley by Austyn Victoria Bynon

 

The World Flowboarding Championships moved to Cancun, Mexico this year and did not disappoint. Thank you to all the sponsors who made this possible and the competitors from traveling from all over to take part!

Austyn Victoria Pro Flowboarder Pro Page

3rd Place Pro Women’s Flowboard and Team USA 1st overall!

@austynvictoriaflows in the Pro Women's Flowboard division during the @FlowRider_inc #WorldFlowboardingChampionships at @AquaWorldCancun November 3rd-5th 🏄 @WhiteWaterWest @FlowRiderShop #Cancun #AquaWorld #AquaWorldCancun #CancunMexico #WorldFlowRiderChampionships #FlowboardingChampionships #WorldChampionships #CancunMexico #Mexico #MexicoChampionships #WorldSurfLeague #WSL #FlowRider #Flowboarders #Flowboard #Flowboarding #SurfMachine #WaveMachine #UrbanSurf #WaveSimulator #SurfSimulator #FlowRide #Flowboarder #FlowRiding #Iappa #WavePool #SurfPool #SurfVenue #FlowHouse ================ WFC17 sponsors: 🏄 @AquaWorldCancun @FlowRider_inc @Roxy_mx @Quicksilver @hrccancun @BananaBoat @BoardersMag @ViskusSurf @NDGsurf @FlowRider13roz @XterraSurf @DiffEyeWear @SuperDuperSurf www.Flowboarders.com

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WFC17 Photo Gallery by: Leanna Crowley

6th place at this years #worldflowboardingchampionships 💃🏼

Stood no chance in my semi-final against @austynvictoriaflows and @anni_ssa but had so much fun!

Gracias @aquaworldcancun and @flowboarders for the amazing week #coronatime

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Do’s & Don’ts for Worlds in Cancun

The 2017 FlowRider® World Flowboarding Championships will take place at Aquaworld® in Cancún, Mexico, November 3-5th featuring the best flowboarders in the world!

Aquaworld and the surrounding all-inclusive resorts have a lot to offer but, remember, Mexico is FULL of awesome adventure beyond these spots!

READ MORE HERE!

ENTER THE CONTEST HERE!

Here are a few tips (Do’s & Don’ts) to make the most of the trip and help your travels flow more smoothly.

Do’s

PREREGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION

Get your entries in ASAP.  It’s so easy – sign up online, pay when you arrive!  If you preregister before the end of week, you will save money, secure your slot and get a FREE event T-Shirt and welcome packet!  Perks galore!

Late fees will apply after October 31st for all competitors.

ENTER THE CONTEST HERE!

Bonus: DO pre-order your official WFC event jersey from SuperDuper Surf or bring cash to the event to score one while supplies last!

Last chance to order some sweet WFC17 gear before Worlds. We will have limited amount @aquaworldcancun

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USE CASH CURRENCIES

Word on the street is that it’s best to have cash when paying for things in Cancun.  Don’t bring a suitcase full of money or carry big bills.  If you rely on debit or credit cards, the ATM fees and foreign transaction fees can add up fast.  The majority of places will take a credit card but it becomes a hassle with taxis, local markets and you will lose all bargaining leverage.  US dollars are actually accepted and it’s always a good idea to keep a few pesos in your pocket.

100 pesos is like 5 bucks – Think of it like Craigslist, don’t settle for the initial listing price, and bargain a little bit.  Ask “Cuanto cuesta?” for how much and go from there.

COME TO THE WELCOME PARTY ON FRIDAY

Aquaworld is offering multiple practice sessions and discounted activities all day on November 3rd for preregistered competitors.  In addition, there will be food trucks onsite offering up delicious local food.  To top it all off, there will be a LIVE DJ and extended practice times for preregistered competitors only from 7-9pm.

Let’s showcase the best riding the sport has to offer, be professionals and have fun!

BEAT THE HEAT

From the heat of the competition on wave to the scorching sun rays to the red hot chili peppers (even if you do fancy the hot sauce back home, take it in doses until you know you can handle the heat), don’t underestimate the heat south of the border. Preregistered competitors will get welcome packs with a long sleeve limited official event T-shirt and thanks to Banana Boat Sport sunscreen for additional coverage, along with Flow Water to keep you hydrated.

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AQUAWORLD DISCOUNT PACKAGES

Cool off from the heat and experience Aquatastic fun!  Aquaworld is known as the ‘Water Fun Experts’ and will have discounted family packages for preregistered competitorsAquaworld is the largest marina/dive shop in Latin America; it is exactly what it sounds like and more, AQUA-WORLD (Also seems, very fitting for the WORLD Flowboarding Championships!) The venue features the FlowRider® Double, snorkeling, boat tours, dolphins and much, much more!

ATTEND THE AWARDS CEREMONY & AFTER PARTY AT HARD ROCK CAFÉ

Hard Rock Cafe Cancun is excited to host and welcome flowboarders & there immediate travel partners to the Aquaworld Cancun DEPARTURE PARTY on Sunday, November 5th following the World Flowboarding Championships competition.  Preregistered competitors will get a FREE DEPARTURE DINNER & DRINK during the Awards Banquet and After Party. In addition, there will be a 10% discount, including bar beverages!

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EXPLORE

Cancun is a super awesome place, but it’s only a slice of what Mexico has to offer. From history to local food and night life, be sure to explore the local culture and tastes because the surrounding areas in Mexico have a lot to offer.

Culture, Local Foods, Cenotes, Mayan Ruins, 5th street are just a few recommendations to consider.

Don’ts

DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT OR YOUR BOARDS

Make sure you pack your passport.  Don’t forget it, don’t lose it. And of course, don’t forget to bring your boards. If you need to gear up before the competition before sure to check out @FlowRiderShop and e-mail Adam@FlowRider.com for special competitor pricing.

 DON’T LOSE YOUR IMMIGRATION CARD

You get this when you fly in and you fill it out for Immigrations (bonus: don’t forget to bring your own pen on the plane). Customs will clear you, stamp it, tear the bottom and give it back to you.  While you won’t need to show this during you trip, you will want to save it because you will need it upon departure and could be subject to a replacement fee if you need a new one.

DON’T BE PRESSURED UPON ARRIVAL, GO WITH GUSTAVO!

When you arrive, try not to be overwhelmed when you are swarmed with greetings and promotions for taxi services, tours, time shares and more! Remember to be polite and just say, “No Gracias.”

Have a ride set up in advance and head straight for your destination. Don’t waste your time or put yourself at risk, we have a recommend transportation service for you during the weekend of the 2017 FlowRider World Flowboarding Championships

Gustavo’s Transportation Services has been recommended by the hosting venue as a fair-priced, experienced, professional, reliable and trusted transportation services.

So if you need a ride from the airport to Aquaworld Cancun or your hotel when you land in Cancun, we recommend contacting Gustavo.  It’s also smart to travel in groups.

Contact:
Gustavo Guerrero G.
ggargari@hotmail.com
Cancun Tours & Transfers.
52+ (998)1 61 67 64
52+ (998)2 79 06 91

DON’T DRINK TAP WATER –  GO WITH THE FLOW

Unless you are staying an All-Inclusive Resort or popular hotel chain, it is not recommend to drink the local tap water in Mexico. Highly recommended to drink and brush your teeth with bottled water.  Thanks to FLOW Water, competitors, judges and spectators will stay cool and hydrated with the official water of the World Flowboarding Championships.

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DON’T FORGET TO TIP AND BE RESPECTFUL TO LOCALS

Keep in mind, these people live where we vacation and this is a Spanish-speaking country.  While Cancun will be a more touristy area, overall the culture is known to operate a little slower, so don’t expect speedy service or everyone to speak English.

Don’t forget to brush up on your basic Spanish, remember to tip, be respectful and communicate in the native language when possible. Say, “Por Favor”, “Gracias” and maybe have a little vocab list to impress and connect with the local people, it will go a long way.

 

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Worlds 2017: Greetings from Paradise

The 2017 FlowRider® World Flowboarding Championships will take place at Aquaworld® in Cancún, Mexico, November 3-5th featuring the best flowboarders in the world!

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More than 30 years after opening in 1986, Aquaworld looked to expand their offerings. They are known as the ‘Water Fun Experts,’ so they called the Original Sheet Wave Company, FlowRider®, (naturally, they are water fun experts too!) & installed a FlowRider® Double surfing attraction. Their guests can now experience the thrill of “surfing” a wave in a controlled environment! It only seems fitting that in less than two years these ‘Water Fun Experts’ are hosting the FlowRider World Flowboarding Championships.

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“It’s one of the best waves I think I have built to this date,” states Josh Ornelaz, FlowRider, Inc. Lead Installer (who has built more waves than many have ridden). “I have no doubt that flowboarders are going to shred this wave, plus Aquaworld is a world-class venue, so it’s guaranteed to be an epic event!”

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Aquaworld is the largest marina/dive shop in Latin America; it is exactly what it sounds like and more, AQUA- WORLD (Also seems, very fitting for the WORLD Flowboarding Championships!) The venue features the FlowRider® Double, snorkeling, boat tours, dolphins and much, much more!

Since there is such a huge variety of adrenaline-pumping & extreme tours and activities, this will be the perfect environment for the most prestigious flowboarding competition of the year! Flowboarders from all over the globe will gather to compete of course, but will definitely explore the area and/or take advantage of all the action happening off the wave too.

Many competitors will show up several days prior to indulge in some practice sessions and to get a feel for the wave. Lucky for them, Aquaworld provides not only great activities, but great food, live entertainment and great seaside views. We are all in for some Aquatastic excitement!

Oh, and did we mention, Pre-Registered competitors will be entitled to discounts and special packages?!?!

“What started out as a family fun aquatic attraction, is now being taken to the next level at Aquaworld,” Says Ezequiel Guerrero, Aquaworld Director of Marketing. “The sport aspect of the FlowRider attraction has increased business and generated a passionate following of repeat customers.” Guerrero added.

Transforming into a competitive arena, FLOW Tour Regional Qualifiers, the best of the best and local competitors will take their talents south of the border to battle it out from sun up to sun down for a chance to take home the World Championship Title in their respected divisions, win some cash money and cool prizes provide by event sponsors!

Special thanks to Flow Water  who has partnered with FLOW (Flowboarding League Of the World) and is the Official Water Sponsor of Flowboarders.com to keep competitors, staff and hydrated with FREE Water samples over the weekend.

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“Even with the World’s best coming to town, you can’t count out the locals,” states Head Judge, Rob Chalfant. This region of Mexico has a serious squad of local flowboarders, anxiously awaiting the World’s best to come check out their wave. They are sure to make a statement while defending their home turf during this prestigious comp!

“Looking forward to seeing the highest level of flowboarding on display,” explains Adam Muller, FLOW Tour Coordinator. “Our goal is to draw attention to the venue and attraction, we hope to see a big crowd cheering on the riders and enjoying the vibes,” Muller added.

Courtesy of SuperDuper Surf (SDS), competitors will be riding in style with the OFFICIAL  FLOW Tour Jerseys providing by SDS. Whether you are competing or spectating you can score one your very own WFC Official Jerseys, SuperDuper Surf is already taking pre-orders and will have limited sizes and quantities onsite.

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Non-Qualified competitors will start their Title campaign in the Qualifying rounds, early on Saturday. Qualified riders will anxiously await advancing competitors in the Golden Ticket rounds, which will take place later in the afternoon.

Top qualifying competitors from Mexico in the Mens Pro Fowboard, Mens Pro Bodyboard and Womens Pro Flowboard will represent Team Mexico in the Main Event.
Sunday will feature the competitor’s last chance for qualification before elimination along with the Final Rounds of competition. The World Champions should be officially crowned by sunset.

After the competition is complete, the fun doesn’t end. Following the event will be an Awards After Party, featuring a live band so that everyone there can party the night away.

We invite you and your friends to join us at Aquaworld in Cancún, Mexico from November 3-5th for all the action. Don’t forget your bathing suits and good attitude because there will be plenty of opportunities for spectators and newbies to ride the wave, get wet and Go With The Flow™!

For those looking to register (click here) or who have already registered, there will be practice sessions and discounted offerings on Friday November 3rd.

Click here for more event details.

See below for event time line, format and stay social for updates and more details to come!

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