OGDEN -- FlowRider Utah will host the prestigious fourth annual 2012 Pepsi World Flowboarding Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Salomon Center.
The best flowboarders from around the world will convene at the Salomon Center for the largest FlowRider Championship event of the year, which began Wednesday night. Competition festivities include concerts, free entertainment and a free meet and greet.
The two-day community event is open to the public.
Top international competitors and teams from Europe, Asia and the U.S. will travel to Ogden to compete for the prestigious world championship title. It is the first time an event of this stature will be held on American soil.
Top elite international flowboarders will battle for the world titles in junior flowboard and bodyboard; female pro flowboard and bodyboard; and men's pro flowboard and bodyboard divisions.
Hundreds of athletes from around the world, and more than 6,000 spectators, are anticipated to attend the event.
"During the past five years flowboarding has experienced phenomenal growth pushing the sport to new heights. We look forward to watching the exceptional international talent in Ogden this year," said Shaun Hancock, manager of FlowRider Utah.
Amateur locals and national competitors participated in the "Just Flow With It" pre-world amateur competition on Wednesday.
In addition to the competition, a festival village, a high-flying acrobatics act, juggling/sword-swallowing/comedy performances and more will entertain spectators.
Fans are invited to a free meet and greet with all competitors today from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Salomon Center. Royal Bliss will take the stage with special guest the Codi Jordan Band on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at flowriderconcert.regtix.com.
"We encourage the community to mark their calendars and join the festivities at the Salomon Center," said Hancock.
Among the top pro U.S. contenders are Carter Wood, pro division competitor from Farmington, and Xana Kai Nash, a 14-year-old phenomenon from Florida who won the 2012 Carbon US Flow Tour women's division.
International athletes such as Quincy Vlijtig, a Netherlands native and two-time winner of the European Flowrider championships, and Meg Barker, the reigning European flowboard and wakeboard champion hailing from Bradford, Great Britain.
At Flowrider Utah,
Salomon Center, Ogden
Practice sessions 1-10 p.m.
Athlete meet and greet 7-8 p.m.
Practice sessions 8-10 a.m.
Day 1 competition 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Best trick contest 6:30-7:30 p.m.
(Bodyboard and flowboard)
Festival village, activities 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Practice sessions 8-10 a.m.
Day 2 competition 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Awards ceremony 5:30 p.m.
Concerts 6-10 p.m.