The 2016 Asia FLOW Tour has come to a close and it has been a well-fought battle between all the regional riders.
“We were very pleased to have two new venues joining us in the tour this year,” explains ASIA FLOW Tour Coordinator, Faddy Furreal.
Waterbom Bali and Vana Nava Hua Hin, two of FlowRider’s newest addition to the Asian region, are great additions to the FLOW Tour. These venues are helping us reach out to an even wider market of competitors in the region.
The Asia FLOW Tour, led by AFT Coordinators, Faddy Furreal and Alfian Alfandi, started off and finished at Sunway Lagoon in Malaysia. First up was the Malaysian Qualifiers on May 28th where 2015 AFT (Asia FLOW Tour) champ, Nazri Salim, proved unstoppable in both Flowboard and Bodyboard Divisions only to come to a screeching halt in the finals when he went up against hometown hero, Firdaus Sajan in the Bodyboard category.
Vana Nava Hua Hin hosted Stop #2 of the Asia FLOW Tour and the first of three Thai-Circuit events. The 2015 AFT Champs, Annie Flynn, dominated the Women’s Flowboard and Bodyboard Divisions while Nazri Salim remained at the top of his game as well. Phuket-native, BM Songkrod, pulled all the stops in the finals of the Flowboard category taking down the formidable Nazri Salim.
The season really started to flow at Stop #3 which featured Asia’s #1 waterpark, Waterbom Bali, which is ranked #2 waterpark in the world, by the way! Not only is this waterpark an extremely epic spot for a competition, it was the first time ever that the FLOW Tour was held in Indonesia.
The contest saw a lot of talent coming from the surf city and the riding level showcased provides hope that great progress will be made years to come. AFT veteran, Sham Jamal, put on a clinic winning the top spot in the Flowboard Division. One local talent in particular, Made Dwi Angga, showed that he was able to hang with the best in Asia and qualified in Nationals for both Flow and Bodyboard Divisions. Congratulations!
Moving on to Stop #4 – the Singapore Qualifiers at Wave House Sentosa was much anticipated as it quickly became a heated battle in the Women’s Division. Ten year old Alysha Rizwan proved that age is just a number when she edged out the 2015 Singapore champ and 2015 World Runner Up, Deena Adam, to win the Singapore Women’s Championship. As for the Men’s Divisions, Nazri Salim prevailed yet again collecting checks in both Flowboard and Bodyboard Divisions. Salim made it abundantly clear that he was hungry to make his way back to the main stage at the World Flowboarding Championships.
Now, back to Thailand. Cartoon Network Amazone hosted the second stop of the Thai-Circuit. Things started to unfold for Nazri Salim as he fumbled against his apprentice Tum Nonsee in the Flowboard semi-finals and getting knocked out.
BM Songkrod took advantage of the situation making no mistakes in the finals against Nonsee. This banked his second win in the Thai-Circuit!
Annie Flynn, Nazri Salim and BM Songkrod continued their reign as Thailand’s best in their respective divisions.
The final qualifying stop of the Thai-Circuit was held at 2015 WFC venue, Flow House Bangkok. Annie Flynn scored a three-peat in the Women’s Division fending off all other female riders. Nazri Salim also got the hat trick against his protégés – Folk Adithep and Junjao Mongkol in the Bodyboard Division. Tensions were high with both BM Songkrod and Nazri Salim meeting yet again in the men’s Flowboard finals. In the end Nazri won the battle but BM won the war to represent Thailand.
The Asia FLOW Tour Grand Finals featured riders from all over the region congregating at Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia once again to vie for top rankings to represent Asia in the World Flowboarding Championships.
Day 1 showcased the Open Divisions as well as the Pro Wildcard rounds. Riders in the open divisions put on a show with up-and-comers Isara Singto, Kobe Dhanji and Zaalim Piyaporn who were the eventual winners in their respective divisions.
Almost missing out on Day 2 of competition, Team Singapore’s Alysha Rizwan powered through the semi finals getting the upper hand of defending champion, Annie Flynn where we saw the Phuket-native uncharacteristically fall in all 3 of her runs. Alysha exploited Flynn’s mistake by putting on a solid, clean runs pushing her into the finals against fellow Singaporean Melissa Kamil. It was a well-fought battle but Alysha came on top to become the youngest Asian champion to date.
The Bodyboard Division was a nail biter with top riders looking to dethrone Nazri’s championship reign. The finals came down to a head-to-head battle with Ismaizal Ismail who qualified from the Wildcard rounds against the king of Asian bodyboarding – Nazri Salim. Nazri who was looking for his 5th Asian Bodyboarding title triumphed against Ismaizal, stacking trick after trick busting out a drop knee front side bigger spin in his last run to secure his win.
The Flowboard Division was pandemonium with solid riders getting knocked out early but in the end it was a battle between BM Songkrod and Nazri Salim again. Both of them threw bigger and bigger tricks in every run but in the end BM’s fast-paced style got the better of him. Nazri busting out more clean runs and got his well-deserved second Asian Flowboarding title!
World Flowboarding Championships will definitely be a brewing battle with the regional riders going up against the rest of the world. Will we see a classic battle between BM and Nazri again? Will Annie come back with a vengeance? Or will the local heroes, Alfian Affandi and Ili Lim take home the win? Only one way to find out! Catch the action this 27-29 October 2016 at Wave House Sentosa!
See you on the wave, Flowboarders!
Words by: Faddy Furreal
AFT16_Master Results : Click here
TEAM ASIA 2016
1st: Team Thailand (Songkrod Jomboon, Annissa Flynn, Muhamad Nazri)
2nd: Team Singapore (Sham Jamal, Nur Alysha Mohamad Rizwan, Vincent Stevenson Gonzalas)
3rd: Team Malaysia (Angah Domo, Mohamad Irwan)
*Be sure to check out each individual 2016 Asia FLOW Tour stop pages, photo galleries, results and more. Click the links below!