Thai Airways International Jet Ski World Cup 2018
The Thai Airways International World Cup Jet Ski race was held December 6th through the 9th in the beautiful city of Pattaya, Thailand. More than 34 Countries represented in the largest payout for a jetski race at over $260,625! Thursday night the host hotel, The Dvaree is where the opening ceremony is held and if you are here you don’t want to miss this! Speeches from dignitaries including the Prime Minister of Thailand and then a buffet spread like no other and then a show that is eye opening to the first timers here. The Kings Cup trophy is the best award in the industry and there are only 6 Kings Cup classes at these races. They are Pro Ski GP, Pro Runabout GP, Pro Runabout 1100 Open, Pro Freestyle, Pro Sport GP and Pro-Am Endurance. The winner’s of the Pro Ski and Runabout GP winner’s receive a check for $45,000! The rest is divided up between the classes. Over 2 days and 4 moto’s for the classes except for Pro-am Endurance that had 2 moto’s at 35min +1 lap around the outside of the closed course and markers set out to make a large M for the 34 racers that entered. Teera Settura from Thailand was the overall winner in this class on a Yamaha GP1800 powered by Singha Thailand. Pro Ski GP winner Raphael Maurin from France beat out some big names in his class and was on a Pastorello preped Kawasaki 1500SXR. Pro Runabout GP winner Hajime Isahai from Japan was consistent for the overall win on his Marine Mechanic Seadoo. Christian Daly from the USA won Pro Sport GP aboard his Tim Judge built Seadoo HX and the first time an American has won this class in Thailand. Pro 1100 Runabout Open found Marcus Jorgensen of Denmark winning the class aboard his Kasza built all carbon fiber Yamaha EX Turbo. Pro Freestyle wasn’t a letdown with Mark Gomez from the USA defending his title from the 2017 World Cup successfully aboard a Rickter built by TC Freeride. The racing was fierce and very competitive in all the classes at the World Cup. Team’s push their crafts to the edge to squeeze every last horse power from them and it showed! Other classes and winners at the World Cup were Pro-am Woman Ski Limited, Emi Tanaka from Japan. Pro-am Ski Modified, Ou Moeut Saly from Cambodia. Pro-am Runabout open, Wu Rong Hua from China. Pro-am Runabout Stock, Aqsa Sutan Aswar from Indonesia. Expert Veterans Runabout Limited, Troy Synder from the USA. Expert Runabout Limited, Yahya Rammah from Morocco. Amateur Ski Limited, Pawarit Charoensuk from Thailand. Amateur Runabout 1100 Stock, Teerapat Meechai from Thailand. Amateur Ski Kawasaki 1500SXR Stock and Novice Ski Stock, Nantawat Singurai from Thailand. Novice Runabout Stock, Manea Habeeb Jasim Abdulla Almarzooqi from the UAE. and Junior 14-15 Ski 2 Stroke Stock, Julien Beaumer from the USA. Congrats to all the competitors that raced this great race and see you all next year!