New Year, New Season! New Venues, New Champions!
Operating under the umbrella of headlining sponsors, FlowRider Inc. and WhiteWater West, and in collaboration with partners, Flowboarders.com and FLOW (Flowboarding League Of the World), the USA FlowRider FLOW Tour is primed to be even better than last year!
Birthed by FlowRider® and their popular wave simulating attractions, the sport of flowboarding is perhaps the fastest growing, most cutting edge board sport today and the FLOW Tour is the premiere competitive tour featuring some of the world’s best riders. The 2017 FLOW Tour events will be featured in Asia, Europe, Canada, Australia & USA.
“The ride is very addictive and flowboarding is one of the best sports out there,” states, Sam Atkins a veteran FLOW Tour competitor. The FlowRider takes in all aspects of board sports. It has the look of surfing, the ride of snowboarding, and the tricks of skateboarding.
“The sport of flowboarding is its own hybrid board sport,” says FLOW Tour coordinator, Adam Muller. “The level of riding has sky rocketed. More difficult and technical maneuvers have emerged over the last few years, so I’m excited to see what riders bring to the wave this season!” Muller adds.
Supported by WhiteWater West Industries, there are now nearly 75 domestic venues and over 200 attractions installed worldwide (and counting). You’ll find FlowRider waves at major hotel chains, popular water parks, cruise ships and unique standalone locations. The opportunities to Go With The Flow™ are endless! Just check out locations tab to find a wave nearest you!
“By introducing the sport to employees, local residents and guests, the activity energizes the park and community with riders who are eager to enhance their boarding skills on the FlowRider,” Explains Andrew Thatcher, VP of FlowRider Sales. “The FLOW Tour is a great opportunity for the venues to promote and showcase their attraction,” he added.
The 2017 USA FLOW Tour season will take place from April to August, touching all corners of the United States, from the mountains to the seas. The Prime Event Series will feature eight FlowRider Double wave attractions throughout the US and showcase the very best of flowboarding (see schedule for venues and dates).
Kicking off the tour on April 22nd, at Silver Rapids Waterpark in Idaho, the venue and FLOW Tour will welcome flowboarders with an opening party and a guaranteed $3,500.00 Pro Prize Purse!
Flowboarders from all over the map will gather at the highlighted venues to showcase their skills in front of their peers, family members, competitors and a panel of FLOW-sanctioned judges.
Judges award scores based on a 10-point scale. Scores are based on trick difficulty, trick variety and overall execution of style and flow. The rider, who performs radical, controlled, unaided maneuvers with speed, style, and flow, while utilizing the entire ride surface and time allowed, (30-45 seconds) is rewarded with the highest scores.
Prime Events this season will “flow” around the country, specifically at Gaylord Palms Resort in Florida, Carmel Parks & Recreation in Indiana, Hurricane Alley Waterpark in Texas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and Flow House Wildwood in New Jersey, Championship week in Utah, and potentially connecting Pro/Am competitions in between.
After Championship Week, riders tally up their point totals from the season’s events in which they rode, Prime or Pro/AM, and their top 6 results will count towards determining their point total, and therefore their overall National Rankings.
After the Final competition, as the results unfold, there will be an Awards Banquet party, hosted by FlowRider Utah, where event results and season rankings will be announced along with the opportunity to reminisce and celebrate another remarkable season of flowboarding.
In addition to crowning season champions and doling out awards, Tour Champions from the Pro Flowboard and Pro Bodyboard divisions will secure a spot on Team USA for the 2017 World Flowboarding Championships (venue & date TBD). Qualified riders will also be entitled to a round-trip ticket and paid entry for the event.
Flowboarders.com is particularly excited about upcoming events and proudly supports the sport of flowboarding, flowboarders around the globe, and all things flowboarding! Flowboarders.com and FLOW (Flowboarding League Of the World) are constantly aiming to bring sanctioned FLOW Tour competitions to a wave near you!
We look forward to seeing flowboarders on the waves and encourage all riders to join us on our mission to #growtheflow by creating a Flowboarders.com rider profile and staying social!
Lastly, we want to give a huge shout out and thank you to our supporting and contributing sponsors who are committed to supporting us throughout this upcoming season. This wouldn’t be possible without their support and contributions.
Super Duper Surf – Official Jersey Provider
13roz International Flowboarding – Flowboarding apparel
Boarders Magazine – Dedicated to the growth of the inland surf sports industry and lifestyle
NDG Surf– Technologically advanced products to improve the performance and sustainability of surf, ski, and non-powered water-sports equipment
Viskus Grip – Official Wax Alternative Grip
DIFF Charitable Eyewear – Eyewear partners
Xterra Wetsuits – Wetsuit partners