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™.
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! ♀♂
The points chase is on, flowboarders!
Overall Tour champions – National Tour champs will be crowned in Women’s, Juniors, Men’s, Masters and Pro Divisions.
Adjusted Ratings: Overall Tour Champions will be determined by adding the individual competitor’s top 6 Prime and FLOW Sanctioned events event point totals.
USA FLOW team will consist of the overall tour champions for the Pro Women’s Flowboard, Pro Bodyboard and Pro Flowboard Divisions. These champions will be seeded into the main event of the 2017 World Flowboarding Championships on November 3-5th.
• In case of a tie breaker, we will add a 7th result.
• If still tied after 7th result, we will count the overall sum of all events entered.
See Rules and Regulations here for more details.
Download the FLOW Tour Official Rule Book 2017 here.
Check out the current top seeds in each division below and scroll through the points gallery above:
If you notice your name missing or have questions or concerns regarding your results and points, please e-mail Adam@FlowRider.com
- Gabby Savettiere – 2,731
- Taryn Christensen- 2,000
- Stephanie Lab -1,860
- Laura King – 1,860
- Monica Caffrey – 1,000
- Laura King – 1,731
- Meredith Hernandez -1,000
- Kat Malone – 1,000
- Matt Chipman- 3,000
- Mike Pappalardo – 2,591
- Mateo Hernadez/Lou Wazniak – 1,000
- Jeremie Miller- 860
- Todd Marks – 3,731
- Mike Pappalardo – 2,580
- Johnny Tran – 1,860
- Ken Howell -1,591
- Joel Stevens – 4,000
- Brandon Marks -2,231
- Jonathan Hintz- 2,000
- Jordan Walter -1,860
- Brandon Marks – 3,220
- Jeremy Marks – 2,860
- Brinngham Thomas – 1,462
- Kolby King – 1,143
- Brandon Ainge – 1,500
- Austin Ogule – 1,000
- Eli Miller – 1,000
- Ora Perez -1,720
- Justin Crow – 1,503
- Austin Ogule – 1,000
- Andrew Anthony – 1,000
Pro Female Flowboard
- Austyn Victoria Bynon – 3,000
- Xana Nash – 2,000
- McCall Christensen – 1,720
Pro Men’s Flowboard
- Jake Chipman – 3,860
- Nate Murray – 3,822
- Sean Silveira – 2,731
- Theo Koby – 2,731
- Daniel Tarapchak -4,720
- Nick Sanchez-4,591
- Nick Nguyen – 3,962
- Joel Stevens -2,605
Since the early 1990s, we have all been under the impression that the first sheet wave surf simulator was invented a) in the 90s and b) by Tom Lochtefeld. As soon as this photo of Duke Kahanamoku on what is obviously the world’s first FlowRider® surfaced, what we all thought we knew was immediately debunked.
Rich Halsten, the Deputy State Archivist in Hawai’i’s State Archives Department, contacted us first to tell us about his discovery. He called from the Archives Building on King St. in Honolulu which is ironically a mere 5 miles from where Kahanamoku spent most of his days in the early 1900s, Waikiki Beach.
“I went on a Royal Caribbean cruise with my family back in November – we fell in love with the FlowRider,” Halsten said. “I started doing some research about the company and came across an article that credited a Tom Lochtefeld as the inventor. I immediately thought of this photo and knew I had to bring it to someone’s attention.”
For close to 85 years, this photo has been in the “Miscellaneous” section of the Duke Kahanamoku folder between two sheets of archival paper. Halsten told us that his department could never figure out what exactly was going on in the photo, but the lightbulb turned on when he was watching his kids flowboard aboard Harmony of the Seas® in November.
Kahanamoku, the “Ambassador of Aloha,” was a five-time Olympic medalist in swimming, won many outrigger canoe races, pioneered surfing, tandem surfing and beach volleyball, acted in more than a dozen full-length films and once saved eight people from a capsized ship with his surfboard. Now “Inventor of the FlowRider surf simulator” can be added to his list of amazing accomplishments. Aloha & April Fools!!
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