Excitement, adrenaline, fierce competition, world-class athletes, awesome aerials — possibly a few spectacular splashdowns — and fans will have a lakeside seat for it all at the first annual HydroFlight World Championship, scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in Naples, Florida.
Hosted in conjunction with the Pro Watercross PWC World Championship on Lake Avalon in Naples, the HydroFlight World Championship will bring the sport’s top national and international professionals to compete for more than $5,000 in cash and awards.
In addition to the top pros going head to head in the Pro class competitions, expect an intense battle in the Open class as those climbing their way up the ranks of this growing sport fight for reputation and awards.
“We are excited to welcome HydroFlight to the Pro Watercross family and to host the sport’s first world championship in the USA this fall,” said Pro Watercross CEO AJ Handler. “We are inviting HydroFlight athletes from around the world to participate in this competition open to all manufacturer brands of water jet packs, boards and bikes.”
“We are super stoked for another open HydroFlight competition! This is exactly what our sport needs,” said pro HydroFlight athlete Brandon Landis from Team DEFY.
Pro athletes will compete for a minimum $1,500 first-place prize money in both the Pro and Women’s classes, and the Open and Veteran HydroFlight athletes will vie for prizes and awards as well as a chance to advance their standing in the sport.
The HydroFlight World Championship will be filmed for regional sports networks with a 30-minute TV show airing to an audience of more than 90 million households worldwide.
“Pro Watercross will be the official sanctioning body for HydroFlight in the United States — this is a great thing for us, for the U.S. and for the sport of HydroFlight,” Handler said.
Along with the 30-minute TV show, the event will be professionally live streamed via Facebook, YouTube and Ustream on Saturday and Sunday during the Pro and Women’s competition.
“The sport is going mainstream and Pro Watercross is proud to be a part of it,” Handler said.