Report By: Holly Keenan   Photos by: Samuel Cardenas

Today the Hydrofoil Big Air Competition got underway at the sunny shores of Valdevaqueros! Finals have been completed here at Bibo Beach here in Tarifa and Charles Brodel from France has become the first Official Qatar Airways GKA Big Air Hydrofoil World Champion!

Jamie Overbeek GKA

Hydrofoil Big Air Format:

This morning we had a skippers meeting with the judges explaining the format for the day. 

The heats were run for a duration of seven minutes with three minute transitions in between. 

Riders had 10 trick attempts with 3 tricks counting towards their overall score. They also had an overall impression score as well, so it was important for riders to show style and expertise throughout the whole duration of the heat.

Briefing at the Hydrofoil competition

We had eight riders competing in this event with a mix of new and old faces to the competition! 

Riders entered into the Hydrofoil Big Air Competition were as follows: 

Charles Brodel 

Maxime- Luan Desjardins 

Joselito Del Rosario

Maxime Chabloz

Jamie Overbeek 

Alex Soto

Fin Flugel

 Charles Brodel from France has become the first Official Qatar Airways GKA Big Air Hydrofoil World Champion!

He won a tightly contested final against the Dutch high flyer Jamie Overbeek who himself had an incredible day, including a 10 point score for huge trick in round 3. Maxime Chabloz finishes third with Alex Soto from the Dominican Republic in 4th. We have just completed the official podium with more stories and information to follow!

Podium for Hydrofoil GKA
Jamie Overbeek GKA

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