King’s Cup jet-ski grand prix stays on schedule

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Organizers have confirmed that the annual Jet Ski King’s Cup-World Cup Grand Prix 2016 will go ahead this year as scheduled, with the event hitting the surf off Jomtien Beach from December 1-4.

The Jet Ski King’s Cup-World Cup Grand Prix 2016 will take place at Jomtien Beach from Dec. 1-4. (Photo/jetskiworldcup.com)
The Jet Ski King’s Cup-World Cup Grand Prix 2016 will take place at Jomtien Beach from Dec. 1-4. (Photo/jetskiworldcup.com)

The Grand Slam will feature some fantastic racing in all multiple categories, from Novice to Amateur and Pro and will give spectators the chance to view at first hand some of the top racers in the sport.

Cash prizes usually top 1 million baht per category win at this event.  Among the categories to be contested at the competition are Pro Ski Open, Pro Sport GP, Pro R/A 800 Open, Pro Freestyle and Pro R/A Open.

The history of this event can be traced back to 1996 when racers from Thailand and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore took part.  It expanded very quickly to cover the Asia Pacific region in 1997-1998, before it was open for racers from all over the world in 1999.

In 2008, the World Cup Grand Prix System was introduced and acknowledged by the International Jet Sport Boating Association (IJSBA).  In all the Pro categories, each nation is allowed to send no more than 4 riders per one category to race and even the host country has to comply with this rule.  This measure is to prove which nation and which rider deserves to be crowned champion and also receive the supreme honor of being presented with a King’s Cup trophy.