2017 World Flowboarding Championships – Finals Footage by Division

Check out all the action and watch the Final heats unfold at the 2017 FlowRider World Flowboarding Championships hosted by AquaWorld Cancun.  Heat recaps provided by @flowboarders.com and @flowrider13roz productions.



FlowRider® World Flowboarding Championships 2017 Pro Womens Bodyboard Final  @ AquaWorld Cancun

Rider 1: Hayley Hernandez (USA) 3rd Place

Rider 2: Cathy Seabert (USA) 2nd Place

Rider 3: Tegan Storm (UAE) 4th Place

Rider 4: Morgan Seabert (USA Defedning Champion)

FlowRider® World Flowboarding Championships 2017 Pro Womens Flowboard Final  @ AquaWorld Cancun

Rider 1: Tegan Storm (Team Europe) 4th Place

Rider 2: Austyn Bynon (Team USA) 3rd Place

Rider 3: Alyssa Rizwan (Team Asia) 2nd Place

Rider 4: Annie Flynn (Asia) 1st place

 FlowRider®  World Flowboarding Championships 2017 Pro Bodyboard Final @ AquaWorld Cancun

Rider 1: Jonathan Hintz (Team Canada) 3rd Place

Rider 2: Sean Beckwith (USA Wildcard) 2nd Place

Rider 3: Daniel Tarapchak (Team USA) 1st place

FlowRider® World Flowboarding Championships 2017 Pro Mens Standup Flowboard Final @ AquaWorld Cancun

Rider 1: Jake Chipman (USA 2x Defedning Champion) 3rd Place

Rider 2: Nazari Salim (Team Asia) 2nd Place

Rider 3: Sean Silveira (USA) 1st place


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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! 



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! ?‍♀?‍♂


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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!



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



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.


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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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.


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!


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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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!


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!



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.



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.


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.


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.

Gustavo Guerrero G.
Cancun Tours & Transfers.
52+ (998)1 61 67 64
52+ (998)2 79 06 91


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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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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