Reigning world champion Lucas Zahorsky heads into this weekend’s inaugural UAE Motosurf Championship looking to give another reminder of the talent that has taken him to the top in this emerging 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 during the 2019 UIM MotoSurf World Cup hosted by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC).
On that occasion, Zahorsky had to settle for second place 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 strong here in Abu Dhabi last April, and I expect it will the same again this time,” said Zahorsky. “The course is in a semi-closed area which is not affected by the waves, so it’s likely 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 Friday morning leading to more qualifiers and the men’s and ladies finals on Saturday.