OGDEN -- They came from such far-flung places as Holland, England and Singapore to catch some wild waves Saturday in Ogden.
Eighty athletes from around the world performed flips, twists and turns during the 2012 Pepsi World Flowboarding Championships held at FlowRider Utah, an indoor surfing simulator at the Salomon Center.
The competition that began Friday and concluded Saturday featured individual international competitors, as well as teams from the United States, Europe and Asia, said Shaun Hancock, manager of Flowrider Utah.
It marked the first time that the event has been held in the U.S.
"It puts us on a world stage," Hancock said, adding that Ogden's selection as the host is prestigious.
In addition to Pepsi, other sponsors for the event included World Class Bodyboards, Utah Sports Commission, Santa Monica Pizza & Pasta Co., Costa Vida, Maverik, Hilton Garden Inn Ogden and Carbon, a flowboard and apparel company.
The event also featured a festival village and an outdoor concert Saturday night at the Salomon Center.
Athletes competed in professional and junior divisions in both flowboarding and bodyboarding.
Each athlete took multiple 45-second runs and kept their two best scores. They were judged on individual style, difficulty of tricks and the length of time they stayed on the waves, Hancock said.
The top teams divided $10,000 in cash and $10,000 in prizes.
Athletes from both the U.S. and abroad said they enjoyed the competition.
Carter Wood, an 18-year-old professional division competitor from Farmington, said it was great having the event so close to home allowing international athletes to visit Utah.
"We get to have them here on our wave," he said.
Sean Silveira, three-time world and four-time national flowboarding champion, enjoyed the camaraderie.
"We are one big happy family," he said.
Quincy Vlijtig, a Netherlands native and two-time winner of the European Flowrider Championship, said he enjoys competing to perfect his flowboarding tricks.
He also likes mingling with other athletes. "I love to meet new people."
Hancock estimated that several thousand spectators attended Saturday's competition.
Among them was Angie Snyder, of Clinton, who was walking past the event and was drawn in to watch.
"It's really impressive," she said. "It makes me want to come back and try it."