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The 2016 US FlowRider® FLOW Tour is scheduled to wrap up the first weekend of August featuring the top flowboarders from around the country.
Kicking off in April, the 2016 US FLOW Tour included 20 competitions – the most in recent history. Competitors have traveled from near and far to all corners of the United States battling it out on the featured FlowRider attraction for National Standings, prizes and cash money!
Returning once again for the 11th consecutive year, competitors will be hiking to the beautiful state of Utah for back to back to back competitions on August 3rd, 4th & 6th to determine who will be crowned this season’s Division Champions.
Utah has become a Flowboarding mecca with a huge base of local riders ranging from beginner to professional skill levels. Since 2006, FlowRider Utah in Ogden has held FLOW-sanctioned events, including the 2012 World Flowboarding Championships and the FLOW Tour Championship Week three times.
With three competitions in a four-day period, known as Championship Week, some flowboarders will arrive early to get some additional practice time. They need to get a good feel for the FlowRider at Lindon Aquatic Center, Provo Beach FlowRider and FlowRider Utah in Ogden so they can be a step ahead of their tour rivals.
“Hosting these events rewards our local rider base with the chance to show off their skills and see how they measure up nationally with riders from all over the US,” mentions Shaun Hancock, Manager at FlowRider Utah (Ogden). “It also provides a great boost to tourism which benefits our city and community as a whole. We typically see around 80 competitors and their families spend a week in our city each year which means hotel stays, additional leisure activities and restaurant visits throughout,” he added.
Most people view flowboarding as a leisure or amusement ride, but the FLOW Tour contests show that it is more than that. Flowboarding is a growing sport and lifestyle that essentially turn the venues into a sporting arenas. The enthusiasm shows across the board when the FLOW Tour comes to Utah, from venue staff to local riders to traveling competitors – nobody wants to miss the final leg of the season.
“I’m really excited that FLOW Tour Championship Week is heading back to Utah this year,” mentions Brad Spencer, 2015 Pro Flowboard Champion. “I have had some clutch performances in Utah, including winning the World Flowboarding Championships in 2012 on the wave in Ogden,” adds Brad.
Spencer has spent recent years training at the three different locations in Utah which could provide a home field advantage in these competitions. His aim is to defend his Tour Title and earn himself a spot on Team USA for the 2016 World Flowboarding Championships but he’s going to have to finish the season strong as top contenders like Sean Silveira and Jake Chipman are expected to be in attendance during the season finale.
“I love that these competitions bring all the riders from around the nation together, we have a great flow community it Utah and it’s amazing to share that with the incoming competitors,” mentioned Jake Chipman, 2015 FlowRider Flowboard World Champion. “And, I am always extremely excited to compete at Lindon Aquatics Center because it’s my home wave and where I learned to ride,” Chipman added.
“We are going to make him work for it. I’m coming to collect some W’s and end on the season on a high note,” explains Silveira. “It’s all about pushing the level of competition and growing the sport,” Silveira adds. Sean and Jake are not far behind Brad in the points chase as we close out the season.
From the Youth riders to Masters (35 and older), there are divisions for all ages and skill levels, Professional and Amateur. The FLOW Tour and FlowRider venues, like the ones in Utah, strongly encourage participants to become part of the growing community of Flowboarders that pushes each other to get better and better!
These events get bigger and bigger each year, we certainly don’t recommend missing out on all the flowboarding action on and off the waves in Utah, including the FLOW Tour Awards Banquet and End of Season after Party hosted by FlowRider Utah and Hilton Garden Inn Ogden where National Tour champions will be crowned in Female, Juniors, Men’s, Masters and Pro Divisions.
In addition, we will acknowledge stand out and up and coming Youth Division Competitors along with other breakthrough competitors and honorable mentions.
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