The FlowRider® FLOW Tour emerges north of the border! West Edmonton Mall & World Waterpark just hosted the first ever Canadian FLOW Tour Championships.
West Edmonton Mall and the Flowboarding League of the World (FLOW) is happy to share that this past weekend’s FLOW Tour event was the first Championship event to take place in Canada and the venue went all out!
West Edmonton Mall (WEM) is the province’s number-one tourist attraction. Although it is home to over 800 stores and services, the fun doesn’t stop there! Movie Theaters, miniature golf, ice skating, rollercoasters, wildlife shows, dining and of course the massive indoor waterpark, you name it, the WEM Mall has it!
The World Waterpark at West Edmonton Mall has the world’s largest indoor wave pool, more than 17 unique slides, including Slideboarding (WhiteWater’s newest attraction) and features a FlowRider Double wave simulator – known to locals as Tsunami.
“We were extremely happy with the turnout of the event, especially for the first time running it,” explains Marena Thompson, waterpark Event Coordinator. “Our entire team is excited to start planning for next year and we look forward to welcoming the Canadian FLOW Tour Championships back to World Waterpark in 2017!” she adds.
The FLOW-sanctioned event featured 5x World Flowboarding Champions, Sean Silveira & Nick Nguyen. They spent the whole weekend at World Water Park offering expert training tips, wave demonstrations, photos and autographs. During the competition they actually served as guest judges.
The US FLOW Tour, formally known as the North American FLOW Tour, has been known to flow through the east side of Canada, making frequent stops at Maeva Surf in Laval in the recent years.
With over 200 FlowRider wave attractions around the world, WhiteWater West and FlowRider Inc. have recently installed simulated wave attractions in Windsor, Kelowna, Grand Prairie and West Edmonton, making a big splash for the sport of flowboarding in Canada.
“With the continuous development of new FlowRider attractions and a rapidly growing rider base in the region, we felt it was time to branch off and create a Canadian FLOW Tour,” explains Adam Muller, FLOW Events and Sport Marketing Coordinator.
Prior to the competition, the event agenda featured a competitor meeting, judging seminar, complimentary practice times and a Night Wave DJ Party to get the competitors excited for the contest. Competitors from Alberta, Grand Prairie, Kelowna and elsewhere traveled to take on the local riders Edmonton riders for a chance to be crowned a Canadian FLOW Tour Champion and earn a seeded spot on Team Canada to represent their country and flag at the 2016 World Flowboarding Championships (WFC).
Various divisions gave novice riders, amateur competitors and professionals all the opportunity to battle for a chance to be a member of the Canadian FLOW Team. All these same riders, whose ages ranged from 12 to 55, took home swag bags from the supporting sponsors and in the winners’ cases, also some good ol’ cash money!
The competition highlighted a three- run format where competitors had three rides at 35 seconds each to impress the judges and show off their skills to friends, family members, spectators and waterpark guests. Kade Cox (Grand Prairie) and Jonathan Hintz (Kelowna) were both awarded with round trip airfare to Singapore – home to WaveHouse Sentosa. They will also be seeded into the WFC main event as they proudly will represent their country’s flag on October 27-29th.
“It was a surreal feeling to win the first ever Canadian FLOW Tour Championships,” states Kade Cox, Pro Flowboard Champion. “I am super excited to represent Team Canada at the 2016 World Flowboarding Championships in Singapore!” Kade added. Kade Cox is a seasoned FLOW Tour veteran as he has spent his entire summer following the US FLOW Tour in the states. On his journey, he faced some of the top riders in the sport and secured himself a Junior Flowboard Championship.
“This is a huge opportunity to represent my country – I never would have thought that within my first 3 years of flowboarding I would qualify for the World Championships! Explains Men’s Bodyboard Champion, Jonathan Hintz. “I couldn’t be more excited and grateful for the birth of the Canadian FLOW Tour.” Hintz added. Jonathan Hintz is also an accomplished rider with FLOW Tour experience under his belt.
Although Singapore is a solid 8,000 miles (12,875 km) away from the Cox and Hintz residences, it’s clear that these Canadian riders are stoked for the Worlds in October. Other countries that will be proudly represented by other qualified (and stoked!) riders are USA, Asia, Europe.
Stay tuned here on flowboarders.com for all event details.