Reigning world champion Lucas Zahorsky heads into this weekend’s inaugural UAE Motosurf Championship looking to provide another reminder of the talent that has taken him to the top in this rising water sport discipline.
The 18-year-old has made a flying visit to Abu Dhabi to contest the new event after being impressed by what he found in the UAE capital at the time of the 2019 UIM MotoSurf World Cup hosted by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC).
On that occasion, Zahorsky had to settle for second position when he was beaten in the men’s final by fellow Czech Petr Prucha, the former New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes ice hockey player.
“The competition was very robust here in Abu Dhabi last April, and I expect it will the same again this time,” stated Zahorsky. “The course is in a semi-closed region which is not affected by the waves, so it’s probably that we’re going to have some exciting, high speed motosurf racing.”
Basically a cross between surfboarding and jet-skiing, motosurfing sees riders reach speeds of up to 65kmh on ultra-light weight high tech motorised boards.
Taking place over an 800m course set off the Abu Dhabi breakwater, the new UAE Motosurf Championship gets under way with the first series of qualifiers on February 21, morning leading to more qualifiers and the men’s and women's finals on February 22, 2020.