(SUKAN) Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016 – Bracing The Waves In Style

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Bandar Sunway, 21 September 2016 – Sunway Lagoon’s Flow Rider, Malaysia’s first surf simulator, was the stage for an enthralling display of flips and jumps at the Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016. For the first time ever, the finals of the region’s premier flow boarding competition was held in Malaysia.

The day saw the best flow boarders from Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia take to the waves vying for the opportunity to represent Asia at the upcoming World Championships in October 2016.

Flow boarders competed across 6 categories that comprised of, Pro Men and Women Flowboard, Pro Men’s Bodyboard, Open Men and Women Flowboard, and Open Men Bodyboard.

This year’s finals were attended by Yang Berhormat Elizabeth Wong, Selangor Executive State Council Member of Tourism, Consumer Affairs, and Environment.

“Congratulations to Sunway Lagoon for hosting the Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016 for the first time. Living in a multi-cultural society, it is amazing to see such a diverse list of participants and it was an amazing display of skill. I look forward to the continued growth of the sport,” said Yang Berhormat, Elizabeth Wong Selangor Executive State Council Member of Tourism, Consumer Affairs, and Environment.

She added “I am pleased to learn that out of the many contestants today, there were those who are from Malaysia. As a member of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly, it is an honour for me to have had a chance to cheer on our Malaysian participants.”

“It was indeed an honour and privilege for us to have hosted the Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016. It was a fantastic experience hosting some of the best competitors of the sport in the country,” said Calvin Ho, Senior General Manager of Sunway Theme Parks.

Among the highlights of the tournament were Thailand’s flowboarder Nazri Salim defending his title as champion in both the Pro Men’s Bodyboard and Flowboard categories, and Nur Alysha from Singapore making history as the youngest flowboarder to represent Asia at the upcoming World Championships in Singapore.

The winners of the Asia Flow Tour Finals 2016 who will go on to represent Asia at the World Championships in Singapore this October 2016 are as below:

Categories Winners
Open Women’s Flowboard
  1. Zaalim – Thailand
  2. Bam Insinee – Thailand
  3. Zara Dhanji – Thailand

Open Men’s Flowboard

  1. Isara Singto – Thailand
  2. Ridhwan Salleh – Singapore
  3. Panpoth Mahasaranon – Thailand
Open Men’s Bodyboard
  1. Kobe Dhanji – Thailand
  2. Hezro Babad – Malaysia
  3. Syed Auzy Rizvi – Malaysia
Pro Women’s Flowboard
  1. Nur Alysha – Singapore
  2. Melissa Kamil – Singapore
  3. Annissa Flynn – Thailand

Pro Men’s Flowboard

  1. Nazri Salim – Thailand
  2. Trongklod BM – Thailand
  3. Siva O – Thailand
Pro Men’s Bodyboard
  1. Nazri Salim – Thailand
  2. Ismaizal Ismail – Malaysia
  3. Syuqri – Malaysia
Best Teams
  1. Team Thailand
  2. Team Singapore
  3. Team Malaysia

Ho added, “We are so proud of our very own lifeguard, Hezro for bagging the 2nd spot in the Open Men’s Bodyboard category. We wish them the best and hope that they continue to excel in the sport.”

Flowboarding – or flowriding, as it is also generally known – is an alternative boardsport which gained popularity in the last 20 years incorporating elements of surfing, bodyboarding, skateboarding, skimboarding and wakeboarding.

Flowboarders ride on artificial waves comprising of a three-inch layer of water pumped at high pressure. The water flows up and over surfaces engineered to replicate the shape of ocean waves. These “sheet waves”, as they are known, are stationary and do not move forward as natural waves do. Flowboarders garner their speed from the energy of the water flowing at them, rendering them the ability to perform basic to sophisticated turns and tricks within a relatively small area.

Despite being a relative newcomer to the sport, Malaysia is already making waves in international flowboarding circuits, thanks to local competitors who are putting the country on the world flowboarding map. Now, these enthusiasts may ride on Sunway Lagoon’s waves and tear it up together.

For more information, call 603 5639 0000, visit sunwaylagoon.com or connect www.facebook.com/SunwayLagoonMalaysia.

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