The Thailand Jet Ski Championship 2011 was officially ended with Suphak Setthura, from the Flamingo team, winning the first price in the Pro Jet Ski Sport GP category. With the highest score of 15 out of points16 this year, he is expected to qualify for the upcoming world championship.
Apart from Suphak, Weeraphong Maneechom, Chok U-thit Molee and Chaowalit Kuacharoon, professional Thai jet skiers, also beat their best records.
Presided over by the Gen. Surayuth Chulanont at the opening ceremony on 6 August 2011, the Thailand Jet Ski Championship took place at the lookout at the Cha-Am beaches. This is the 4th and the final trial in which its winner will take part in the world jet ski championship in America.
The event was filled with fun and thrill throughout as all jet skiers exerted themselves to the utmost for the championship. Both tourists and local people in Cha-Am showed up to greet and cheer their favorite sportsmen.
Veeraphong Maneechom, the winner in 2010, still kept his championship for the second time this year as a professional jet skier, beating a jet ski champion from Japan last year, he showed improved skills at carefully and calmly controlling and speeding his jet ski. That’s why Veeraphong took home a trophy for his Flamingo team with Arthit Wongpinta and Omerd Sari as the 2nd and 3rd runners-up.
For the 800-CC professional jet ski on-seat category, Chok U-thit Molee aka ‘Thunderstorm’ won the 1st prize while Pradit Buree from K 45 Maxima and Suthiwas Chaisiriwichien from Motorfield were the 2nd and 3rd runners-up. The legendary jet skier of Thailand Chaowalit Kuacharoon aka ‘Ironman’ won the 1st prize for the 1,600-CC professional jet ski on seat category, beating two well-known Thai jet skiers Nakorn ‘Pern’ Silachai from Monkey Serf Saranae and Supharat Nilnopparat from Mahidol CRC Paed Riw. The 2nd and 3rd runners-up were Ekchol Kingcharnsilp and Nakorn ‘Pern’ Silachai.
Suphak Setthura was the only jet skier for the GP Prosport category to beat the big Flamingo team and won the first prize scoring 15 from 16. Chawalit Kuacharoon from Flamingo and Permpol Therapat from Pusan Nakorn Pathom won the 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.
Following is the list of winners from other categories:
• Thanaphan Phangjunan from Singha PTT (the winner for Semi-Professional 4-Cycle Jet Ski On-Seat);
• Thanawin Phakphokhai from Nakorn Pathom Racing (the winner for Semi-Professional 1,300 CC 2-Cycle Jet Ski On-Seat);
• Supaluck Nilnopparat from Mahidol CRC Paed Riw (the winner for Semi-Professional 1,600 CC Jet Ski On-Seat);
• Atthaphol Khunsa from PTT Power R (the winner for Semi-Professional Jet Ski On-Stand);
• Omerd Sari from Flamingo (the winner for Semi-Professional Jet Skier On-Stand of over 40 Years Old);
• U-dom Phongphrae from Nakorn Pathom Racing (the winner for Semi-Professional Female Jet Skier On-Stand);
• Orapam Thiraphatphanit from Pusan Nakorn Pathom (the winner for Semi-Professional Free Style);
• Weeraphong Maneechom from Flamingo (the winner of Amateur 1,600 CC Jet Ski On- Seat);
• Atthaphol Khunsa from PTT Power R (the winner of Amateur 800 CC 2-Cycle Jet Ski On- Stand);
• Thasawanont Phuekphong from Flamingo Jet Ski (the winner of Beginner 800 CC 2-Cycle Jet Ski On-Stand); and
• Thasphong Saeng U-thai from Fifty Nine Racing (the winners of Beginner 800 CC 2-Cycle Jet Ski On-Stand and Below 13-Year- Old Jet Skier Racing)
Giving closing remarks for this event, Mr. Chomporn Saengmanee, Deputy Governor of Phetchaburi, said that the province was well-equipped in all aspects, especially tourism. Holding the Jet Ski championship this year manifests the strength of Phetchaburi on organizing a big sport event to promote tourism in the province and in Cha-Am.
Promoting tourism in Cha-Am is a major task of the Cha-Am Municipality. In doing so, local people here will earn more from their business. The Thailand Jet Ski Championship is an event which plays a key role on using sport to promote tourism in the city, concluded the Cha-Am Mayor Mr. Nukul Pornsomboonsiri.
T300 Chawalit Kuacharoon winning the race.
52 Suphak Setthura, the star for the upcoming world jet ski championship this year.
T6 Weeraphong Maneechom fiercely beating other jet skiers for the amateur prize.