Punta Cana crowns the world's best flowboarders

December 14, 2018 | Surfing
2018 World Flowboarding Championships: the event got underway in Punta Cana | Photo: Flowboarders

Brad Spencer, Annissa Flynn, and Daniel Tarapchak have taken out the 2018 World Flowboarding Championships, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The event was exceptionally well organized and crowned the world's best flowboarders in one of the most popular surf machines on the planet - the FlowRider.

Riders from all corners of the globe showcased their unique skills over the flowing sheet wave and, for the first time, were able to check and compare scores in real-time via the Stact app.

In the men's flowboard division, Brad Spencer impressed the judges with a big 540 flip and secured his second world title. He had previously won in 2012.

In the women's flowboard competition, Thai athlete Annissa Flynn has successfully defended her title and sees a bright future for flowboarding.

"It's an upcoming sport. I train four-to-five hours a week. Initially, I when I started, I trained like six hours a day, but now I know what I can do, and I'm growing on tricks," expressed Flynn.

"I am focusing on pro tricks like flips. In an Asian comp, judges will score you by the number of tricks you can perform, your style, and not falling off."

2018 World Flowboarding Championships: the bodyboarding division was quite impressive | Photo: Flowboarders

Daniel Tarapchak put out an impressive acrobatic performance over the artificial wave and also won a back-to-back world title in the open bodyboarding division.

The USA ended up claiming the overall team title, despite the high-quality efforts by Asian and European riders.

2018 World Flowboarding Championships | Finals

Men's Flowboard
1. Brad Spencer (USA) 17.30
2. Sean Silveira (USA) 16.24
3. Nazri Salim (MAL) 12.57

Women's Flowboard
1. Annissa Flynn (THA) 15.23
2. Monica Caffrey (USA)12.37
3. Zara Dhanji (MAL) 12.10
4. Austyn Victoria (USA) 10.86

Open Bodyboarding
1. Daniel Tarapchak (USA) 17.73
2. Joel Stevens (USA) 14.83
3. Patrick Wongwut (THA) 13.50

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