From October 5th to the 10th the keen eyes of PWC sport enthusiasts across the globe were locked solely on one place – the 2021 IJSBA World Finals at Lake Havasu, Arizona.
Centering around the sports of Closed Course Racing, Slalom Racing and Freestyle Competition, some of the world’s best jet ski competitors come together for an action-packed week of close, hard fought battles.
This year’s world finals marked the 40th Anniversary of the event which has been held in Lake Havasu since 1982.
World Finals is not only a showcase of athletic ability, engineering and sportsmanship it also features many industry vendors showcasing and selling the latest in PWC accessories and lifestyle products combined with the unveiling of new models from the world’s leading watercraft manufacturers
The main attraction is of course the racing action. And there is plenty of it. A massive variety of classes were on display all competing for the title of World Finals champion and the coveted number 1 plate.
Jetpilot eyes were watching closely on the progress of our some of our younger team riders in Coy Curtis and the Farthing brothers, Deven & Talan before shifting focus towards our elite international team riders: Quinten Bossche, Dustin Motzouris, Tyron Motzouris & Mohammad Burbayea.
Quinten Bossche was again dominant with a clean sweep of wins across all 4 x motos in the Pro Ski GP division to claim the world title. QB is an amazing talent and when he is on his game (which is almost always) there is not too many people who will hold him back from victory. He was pushed hard throughout with spectacular efforts from a classy Maurin Raphael (2nd) and JP Team Riders the Motzouris brothers, Dustin in 3rd and Tyron in 4th.
Deven Farthing was impressive and held his own racing at the Pro Ski level to finish in 10th. A respectable effort against much more seasoned racers. Deven was also able to claim a world title in the blaster class and now holds multiple world titles from 2020 & 2021. The Farthing family is full of world class talent and the boys (Deven & Talan) have an amazing mentor in their father Dustin who has claimed multiple world championship titles.
Pro Runabout GP and Pro Am Runabout Superstock were both taken out by long term Jetpilot team rider Mohammad Burbayea who continues to excel and win at nearly every international race meet he attends. Burbayea is constantly fixed atop the leaderboards which is a credit to his talent and skill over his years.
Coy Curtis continued his upward trajectory as he claimed a win and world title in Pro Am Ski Lites and a respectable 8th place finish in the Pro Freestyle division. At his age he is doing amazing things and his talent on a ski continues to shine through. His Pro Freestyle debut at World Finals included an all new trick called the ‘Coy Corkscrew’ which is a flat water 360 to backflip and at half the age and half the size it proved the kid is for real and will have the older pros looking over their shoulders.
For more info and race results check out the IJSBA website and Facebook pages below: