What is Flowboarding? Flowboarding – or flowriding, as it is also generally known – is an alternative boardsport which gained popularity in the last 20 years incorporating elements of surfing, bodyboarding, skateboarding, skimboarding and wakeboarding. Flowboarders will ride on artificial waves comprising of a three-inch layer of water pumped at high pressure. The water flows up and over surfaces engineered to replicate the shape of ocean waves. These “sheet waves”, as they are known, are stationary and do not move forward as natural waves do. Flowboarders garner their speed from the energy of the water flowing at them, rendering them the ability to perform basic to sophisticated turns and tricks within a relatively small area.
Asia Flow Tour 2016 saw over 35 talented flowboarders from around Asia, mainly Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, and Indonesia competing in five different categories. These surfers from around the globe are gearing up as Asia Flow Tour 2016 beckons. Sunway Lagoon plays host to the first pro-qualifier leg of the tour, as Malaysia’s First Surf Simulator, Flow Rider, will be the stage for the participants to showcase their acrobats and stunts.
These included the men and women series of the International Women’s Flowboard, International Mixed Bodyboard, International Mixed Flowboard, National Pro Bodyboard, Open Mixed Flowboard, Open Mixed Bodyboard.
Yang Berhormat Elizabeth Wong, Selangor Executive State Council Member of Tourism, Consumer Affairs, and Environment who was at the launch said. “It is refreshing to see new sporting events being introduced into our calendar. I commend Sunway Lagoon for hosting Asia Flow Tour 2016 and look forward to the further development of this sport.” She added “I am pleased to learn that out of the 35 contestants today, 13 are Malaysians. As a member of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly, it is an honour for me to have a chance to cheer on our Malaysian participants in giving their best in achieving their dream”.
The youngest contestants above! Contestants show their prowess at the recent pro-qualifier leg of the Asia Flow Tour 2016 held at Sunway Lagoon.
“It was indeed an honour and privilege for us to have hosted an international class event such as the Asia Flow Tour 2016. It was a fantastic experience hosting some of the best competitors of the sport in the country who will represent Malaysia in the regionals competition,” said Calvin Ho, Senior General Manager of Sunway Theme Parks.
The winners of this Asia Flow Tour 2016 pro-qualifier leg in Malaysia are now one step closer to competing at the Asia Tour Grand Finals, which is set to take place at Sunway Lagoon on the 16 th to 17 th of September. Following which, the winners will then battle it out against the world’s best at the 2016 World Flowboarding championships, of which details of the competition will be released soon.
Calvin Ho also added, “We are so proud of our very own lifeguards, Mohammad Irwan for coming in 3rd in the International Mixed Flowboard and Hezro for bagging the 2nd spot in the Open Mixed Bodyboard categories respectively. We wish them the best and hope that they continue to excel in the sport.”
Despite being a relative newcomer to the sport, Malaysia is already making waves in international flowboarding circuits, thanks to local competitors who are putting the country on the world flowboarding map. Now, these enthusiasts may ride on Sunway Lagoon’s waves and tear it up together.
Jumps and flips isn’t the only attraction, Malaysian artists also rocked it out on stage at the Asia Flow Tour Celebration. Guests were entertained by acts such as Sona One, BATE, Nasty Guru, DJ DEF, DJ Fatbone, H3, DJ Jenni F, Lawalah Familia, DJ Jag and MC Kvin.
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