x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

UAE freestyle jet-ski champion Al Qubaisi finishes fifth in Thailand

UAE's freestyle jet-ski champion takes new approach and it pays off at King's Cup World Grand Prix in Thailand.

UAE’s Khalid Salem Al Qubaisi has big plans for 2014 after his peformance in Thailand. Courtesy Woramun Boonrawd
UAE’s Khalid Salem Al Qubaisi has big plans for 2014 after his peformance in Thailand. Courtesy Woramun Boonrawd

A range of new jumps and tricks helped propel the UAE freestyle jet-ski champion Khalid Salem Al Qubaisi to a fifth-place finish in the King’s Cup World Grand Prix competition in Thailand.

Al Qubaisi, who is training again in Abu Dhabi after flying back from the event, said he is taking a new approach in an attempt to push himself back into the world’s elite.

“There were more than 40 nations competing for the King’s Cup, so it was always going to be very tough,” Al Qubaisi said.

“That is why I had to try new things – from making higher jumps to putting in more reverse high turns. It worked out well and secured me that top-five finish and a nice trophy.

“But the aim in 2014 is to go even better and win some of the bigger competitions around the world.”

Al Qubaisi, 33, is sponsored by his employers, IPIC, and fits in training sessions both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai during his free time in the week and throughout the weekend.

On the horizon in 2014 is the defence of his UAE title, competitions in the rest of the region and another attempt at world-championship success.

“With jet-ski competition, you have to push yourself all the time, as everybody is always trying new tricks and jumps to make them No 1,” he said. “I have some fantastic conditions in the UAE to train in and also the backing of my friends, family and colleagues.

“This top-five finish has given me more confidence for 2014 and I cannot wait to get back competing out on the water against the very best the sport has to offer.”

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