Nations met at first ever MotoSurf of Nations
MotoSurf of Nations was the first ever race in motorized surfboards racing history where riders competed as representatives of their nations. Inspired by world’s famous Motocross of Nations (MXON), the MotoSurf of Nations event was hosted by Barrancabermeja, Colombia and Colombian Powerboating Federation.
A limited number of nations could enter the competition due to coronavirus restriction, however, the competition was divided into three categories – men and women where riders collected points individually and nations team where nominated male and female riders raced for the highest number of points into countries standings. The competition welcomed racers from South Korea, Kuwait, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, United States, Mexico and Colombia.
The entry list:
Alain Coppens (Men)
Laureen Thellin (Women)
Mateo Gomez (Men)
Lukas Zahorsky (Men)
Aneta Sacherova (Women)
Philipp Haase (Men)
Christine Haase (Women)
Hassan Boabbas (Men)
Aljoud Al Sabah (Women)
Ayrton Eboli (Men)
Arantxa Flores (Women)
John Guliano (Men)
Alaia Flores (Women)
In the men class – multiple champion Lukas Zahorsky was the rider to beat. South Korean Down Kim chased the Czech young gun for 2nd place overally. Battle for the last podium place was intense between John Guliano (USA), Hassan Boabbas (KUW) and Ayrton Eboli (MEX). Eventually, it was the American smile of John Guliano we could see on the podium.
Aneta Sacherova controlled the women class and scored a clear victory. Laureen Theelin (BEL) rode in excellent and stable pace for her maiden international race podium and finished 2nd. Last spot on the podium saw young talent representing USA – Alaia Flores – the latest winner of MotoSurf Games in Sebring, FL, who built her confidence in motorized surfing world with another podium. In the first heat, Aljoud Al Sabah surprised the field with respectable 3rd place and became the first ever Kuwaiti rider with top 3 placement in an international motosurf event.
The nations cup – mixed gender 10 laps relay was a great show for spectators. A portion of 5 laps and one joker bouy waited for each member of the team. Man representative then took the board out of the water, placed it on a stand and run to tap his team to continue run. Tactics, planning, team strategy, that all was best planned by team Czech Republic that dominated the competition. Team Belgium with Alain Coppens and Laureen Thellin on boards worked very well in the team runs and scored 2nd place overally which brought second trophy for Laureen. Battle for 3rd was open until the end of the last final. Team work made it dream work for team Mexico composed from young talents Ayrton Eboli and Arantxa Flores – both podium finishers from MotoSurf Games in Sebring, FL.
The upcoming race of MotoSurf World Cup is planned for the weekend of 1st – 3rd October in Zadar, Croatia.