Daly & Gomez strike gold for USA at Jet-Ski World Cup

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USA’s Mark Gomez was crowned world champion in the Pro Freestyle class. (Photo/Naratip Golf Srisupab/SEALs Sports Images)
USA’s Mark Gomez was crowned world champion in the Pro Freestyle class. (Photo/Naratip Golf Srisupab/SEALs Sports Images)

The Thai Airways sponsored Jet Ski World Cup, held in Pattaya from December 6-9 lived up to its reputation as being one of the biggest and most eagerly anticipated events in the jet ski racing world.

Thousands of fans gathered on the shoreline at Jomtien Beach to witness the showdown between some of the biggest stars in the sport, all competing for a chance to be crowned word champion and also receive prestigious King’s Cup trophies, graciously bestowed by HM the King of Thailand.

Christian Daly of the USA flies his nation’s flag after winning the Pro Sport GP class at the Jet Ski World Cup event in Pattaya, Sunday, Dec. 9. (Photo/Naratip Golf Srisupab/SEALs Sports Images)
Christian Daly of the USA flies his nation’s flag after winning the Pro Sport GP class at the Jet Ski World Cup event in Pattaya, Sunday, Dec. 9. (Photo/Naratip Golf Srisupab/SEALs Sports Images)

In the Pro Sport GP class, American racers Chris McCluggage and Christian Daly were level on points entering the final race last Sunday but Daly sprinted clear from the start and wrested the title away from defending champ McCluggage with a commanding display of watercraft.

The Pro Ski GrandPrix class saw some hard fought action in each moto (race) with Raphael Maurin of France coming from behind on the last day to triumph over his closest rivals, Quinten Vandenbossche of Belgium and Austria’s Kevin Reiterer.

The crowd favourite Pro Freestyle event was won this year by USA’s Mark Gomez in a titanic contest of back-flips and acrobatics over his popular Japanese rival Taiji Yamamoto.

Marcus Jorgensen of Denmark won the Pro Runabout 1100 Open ahead of Thailand’s top finisher in the event, Teera Settura, and the Women’s Pro-Am Ski Limited title went to Emi Tanaka after a consistent series of motos by the racer from Japan.

For a list of this year’s World Cup jet-ski results, visit website: www.jetski-worldcup.com.

Japan’s Taiji Yamamoto completes an acrobatic flip in the Pro Freestyle event. (Photo/Naratip Golf Srisupab/SEALs Sports Images)
Japan’s Taiji Yamamoto completes an acrobatic flip in the Pro Freestyle event. (Photo/Naratip Golf Srisupab/SEALs Sports Images)
Thousands of jet-ski fans and interested tourists were drawn to Jomtien beach to enjoy the action. (Photo/Naratip Golf Srisupab/SEALs Sports Images)
Thousands of jet-ski fans and interested tourists were drawn to Jomtien beach to enjoy the action. (Photo/Naratip Golf Srisupab/SEALs Sports Images)