Mexican athlete Abraham Hochstrasser took first place at the Monster Energy Freeride Series. This was the third stop of the Jet Ski Freeride World Championship where twenty of the world's best Jet Ski Freeriders gathered at El Palmar beach in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. During the three days of competition, judges weighed 50% of the score on surfing and the remaining 50% on aerial tricks and their variations.
Hochstrasser faced current world champion Mark Gomez in the semifinals where he stunned the fans and the judges after nailing a double back flip in the final three seconds of the heat. This was the first double back flip landed in a Freeride competition, securing his spot in the final round with a trick that had never been seen before in an International Freeride Waterfront Association competition.
“It was tough. I got in the bracket with two very good athletes that are competing at the best level right now. I knew that in order to beat Mark I had to do something different and, for the first time ever, I landed a double backflip, something that no one has ever landed in competition”, said Hochstrasser happily, “It was all or nothing”.