Boracay International Funboard Cup
The Boracay International Funboard Cup is a yearly event among water sports that takes place in the Philippines, more specifically the beaches of Boracay. The sporting event brings competitors from all around the world to compete for victory and honor.
Boracay was discovered for its beauty in the early 1970s. Soon tourism invaded the island leading to the endangerment of a type of coral called Puka. Several beaches have been preserved from the invasion of tourism, yet the beaches are still available to the public to walk on. It is on these pristine white sand, blue water beaches that the Boracay International Funboard Cup has been held for the past 20 years. Neil Pryde has overlooked the creation and running of the event for the past 20 years.
The competition consisted of only timed slalom races, until two years ago when speed trials, freestyle, and kiting hang-time events were added to the mix. Competition is held in several rounds over a six-day period. Windsurfing is the most recently adopted event in this competition. Every year 50+ of the worlds top slalom racers attend the competition as a pit stop through the Asian Windsurfing Tour. The reputation for its crisp winds and smooth waters make it an ideal place in Asia to hold slalom races. Surfer's control their surfboard mounted with a sail through a race around buoy's. There typically three “Jives” or straight ways and turns involved in the course. Several years in a row the conditions have been text-book perfect for the three jive set up windsurfing course. A total of 24 races are typically held in order to keep congestion down during the slalom. Speed trial races are held in conjunction with the other events. The courses are set up to have area's that speed can be gained, and places where boarders have to maintain balance while winds are not easily assessable. The boarders with the fastest time then compete in a race against each other in the end for the title and honor.
Kite boarders are common in Boracay due to the great wind and water conditions needed for the event. A smaller version surfboard is used with the combination of a parachute apparatus to kite board. Kite boarders harness the power of the wind to move through the water and propel themselves into the air to do tricks. Kite boarders competing gain point ranks based on the amount, difficulty, and uniqueness to their tricks that they pull within a specific time interval. Typically it consists of a three round elimination, yet if it is close more rounds may proceed. This specific event is available to other types of boarding other than kite boarding. Kite boarding is agreed among viewers to have some of the “fancier” tricks and stunts.
Following the events plenty of entertainments becomes available through boat tours, bars, and restaurants. The nightlife in Boracay is one of the main reasons several competitors return year after year. Varying cultural food is available to the public along with several traditional events to entertain tourists. Many bars are open late with karaoke and dancing available to the public.
- The Asian Windsurfing Tour, Proteus Sports.