About The Face Level Riverboarding Championships
The Face Level Riverboarding Championships (FLRC) have evolved over the years from small riverboarding competitions at whitewater festivals around the USA, to their current incarnation in 2013 which includes international races, night racing under the lights at the US National Whitewater Center, and the 1st ever Face Level Riverboarding World Championship in November, in Indonesia.
The mission of the FLRC’s is to create a series of riverboarding / hydrospeed competitions around the world which are consistent in scope and nature, to grow the sport and the global community, and through fun competitive events, objectively reward the best in the sport.
The primary race formats are Boardercross, Endurocross, Downriver Freestyle, and Slalom.
Led by Josh Galt, the first ever Face Level Riverboarding World Championship advisory board is made up of industry leaders from all over the world, with more than 70 years of combined riverboarding experience between them.
Organizer: Indonesian Riverboarding Association (IRA) and Face Level Industries
Committee Chairman: Josh Galt
Committee Directors: Randi Roswenda, R.A. Budi Santoso
Committee Advisors: Raphaël Besson, Huw Miles, Charl van Rensburg
Media Director: J. Andres Vargas, Lead Adventure Media
MC / Broadcast Talent (English): Amy MahinaLani
Learn more about each of these people and the expertise and experience they bring to this event on our Meet The Team page.
While competitive hydrospeed has been a staple of the hydrospeed scene in France and Italy for years, it is only in recent years that there has been a push to unify the race formats and have competitive races and events which include riverboarders and hydrospeeders from all over the world.
The FLRC’s had humble beginnings in the USA, with just a handful of competitors traveling from state to state to compete in the various events, most notably the 2008 Gorge Games on the White Salmon River in Washington, which were televised nationally on FSN.
The Endurocross race was won by former US Olympic Swim Team member Sean O’shea, and the Boardercross race was won by Peter Lamka, aka Docta P. The Gorge Games featured a freestyle surfing event as well on Rattlesnake wave, which was won by Levi Gallas.
In 2008 and 2009 the FLRC’s were points-based events, with points accumulating throughout the season and seeding for the National Championship event based on standings.
The 2008 FLRC National Champion was Alex Koutzoukis of Kern Riverboards, who was once again in the running in 2009 but was bested in the finals by 2009 National Champion Peter Cameron (Carlson Riverboards).
With Face Level’s Josh Galt taking a 2 year hiatus in 2010 and 2011, the FLRC’s went into hibernation. But in 2012, with Galt back pushing the sport and meeting in person with industry leaders around the world, the decision was made based on strong interest everywhere, to bring back the Face Level Riverboarding Championships for 2013.
With the growth of the Whitewater Grand Prix in the kayaking world the past several years, interest in competition has grown in the riverboarding world as well, culminating in a very exciting Riverboarding / Hydrospeed event calendar for 2013, with more events being added regularly as support has grown.
Check out the full FLRC Event Calendar and make your plans to join riverboarders from your region and around the world for intense, exciting, and very fun competitive riverboarding / hydrospeed events.
The FLRC’s will also include Bellyak races in the USA, racing as a separate category.
Additionally, you’ll notice on the events calendar a number of non-competition events, such as meetups and exploratory trips. While not part of the competition series, they’re fun and exciting riverboarding / hydrospeed / bellyak events that Face Level is involved with, and your participation is welcomed!
The FLRC’s are a part of Face Level Industries.