AQUABIKE

FAST – FURIOUS – SPECTACULAR

The UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship is one of the fastest, most demanding and entertaining sports on water attracting the world’s best riders.
Circuit, Parallel Slalom, Endurance, Offshore and Jet Raid combine speed, skill and sheer raw power producing adrenalin-fuelled non-stop action and edge-of-the-seat racing, with the Freestyle category delivering improbable feats of artistry and insane aerial acrobatics.

CIRCUIT PARALLEL SLALOM OFFSHORE ENDURANCE JET RAID
THE CHAMPIONSHIP

The UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship is the most acclaimed and prestigious international series promoting personal watercraft in a competitive racing environment, and one of the fastest, most spectacular, demanding and entertaining sports on water.

2016 sees the Championships embark on its 22nd season since being sanctioned in 1995 by the Monaco-based Union Internationale Motonautique (U.I.M.) the World Governing Body for Powerboating.

In 2011 Aquabike Promotion (ABP) was appointed by the U.I.M. as worldwide promoter. During its tenure it has raised the profile, expanded the geographic boundaries and increased competitor numbers, with 88 riders from 23 countries pulling on the coveted Aquabike race vest in 2015.

The championships cover a diversity of competition across three categories, Runabout GP1, Ski GP1 for men and women and Freestyle; Circuit, Parallel Slalom, Endurance, Offshore and Jet Raid combine speed, skill and sheer raw power producing adrenalin-fuelled non-stop action and edge-of-the-seat racing, with the Freestyle category providing improbable feats of artistry and insane aerial acrobatics.

WORLD GOVERNING BODY

The Union Internationale Motonautique (U.I.M) is the world governing body for all Powerboating activities.

It is fully recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is a member of the Association of the IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF) and of SportAccord for whom the UIM President serves as President and Board member. The UIM has almost 60 affiliated National Federations. Circuit, Offshore, Pleasure Navigation and Aquabike are among the main disciplines. The UIM has signed a Cooperation Agreement with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to further its range of environmental initiatives and to share expertise.

President: Dr. Rafaelle Chiulli

General Secretary: Thomas Kurth

PROMOTER

Aquabike Promotion (ABP) is appointed by the Union Internationale Motonautique (U.I.M.) as the sole and exclusive worldwide promoter of the UIM-ABP Aquabike World and European Championships.

The company is the worldwide television and commercial rights holder for all championships and responsible for all commercial, marketing, television, media and organisational activities.

President: Nicolo di San Germano

Vice President: Lavinia Cavallero

COMPETITORS

The world championship is open to all comers and under pinned by ‘Registered Riders’, all of whom must hold a valid National License issued by a National Authority recognised by the UIM and a World Super License issued through the UIM Secretariat.

To be issued with a World Super License a competitor must have competed in four national or international ordinary races.

The minimum age to compete is 15.

All competitors are bound by the rules as published.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS

Runabout GP1 – Youssef Al Abdulrazzaq (kwt)

Runabout GP1 Parallel Slalom – Khalifah Belselah (uae)

Ski GP1 – Kevin Reiterer (aut)

Ski GP1 Parallel Slalom – Jeremy Poret (fra)

Ski GP1 Ladies – Jennifer Menard (fra)

Ski GP1 Ladies Parallel Slalom – Emma-Nellie Ortendahl (swe)

Freestyle – Rok Florjancic (svn)

OFFSHORE / Karujet – Teddy Pons (fra)

CIRCUIT

For both Runabout GP1 and Ski GP1, circuit racing is fast and furious with competitors racing over a multiple pin course comprising left and right hand turns, an alternate track and penalty buoy.

Starts are either dead-engine or rolling with circuits of circa 29-pin 1500metres for Runabout and 27-pin 1300metres for Ski.

Main Course - Red buoy: left-hand turn. White or Yellow buoy: right-hand turn. Black buoy: penalty turn. Chequered buoys: finish line.

Alternate course: Yellow, blue, green buoys as specified in the briefing. (If a rider choosing alternate course A invades course B or does not respect the exit demarcation buoy he/she will be disqualified.)

PARALLEL SLALOM

Slalom is an explosive and nail-biting event and takes place at selected Grand Prix, with the top eight riders from qualifying in Runabout and Ski and the top four/six in Ski Ladies competing.

The competition is a dead-engine pontoon start run over a parallel two lane 96metre, five-pin course and is the best of three runs.

OFFSHORE

Offshore is arguably the most physically demanding and often described as a bike, body and bone breaker.

Held at sea or open water for Runabout bikes, Offshore is the most spectacular racing category with riders challenged by extreme conditions and sky high waves that demands the ultimate in fitness, skill and some luck!.

Considered as the toughest races on the planet, where survival against all elements is the priority.

The multi-stage events are raced over distances of a minimum 110km with refuelling stops taking place at the same or different locations.

ENDURANCE

Held on open water close to shore, the closed-course circuit is between 5km and 20 km with a maximum time limit of 60 minutes with start, refuelling and finish taking place at the same location.

Resistance and strength are the main themes of Endurance racing. Resistance is the main theme featured in Endurance racing. They can be easily integrated with local festivals and celebrations. A great opportunity to host a small event or even various events within a major event.

JET RAID

Similar to Offshore in the challenge the competitors face, the races are multiple stages of a minimum 110km and a total distance of between 250 and 1500km.

The start, refuelling point and finish of each heat must be at a different location.