The UIM-ABP World Championship for jet ski racing is one of the most exciting water sports characterized by high speeds, high technical skill requirements, offering impressive entertainment, and attracting the world’s best drivers. Circuit, Parallel Slalom, Endurance, Offshore, and Jet Raid perfectly combine speed, skills, and power contributing to relentless adrenaline-boosted actions and dramatic races with elite-level bringing the spectacular and breathtaking aerial actions.


The UIM-ABP Aquabike World Championship is a prestigious international event aimed at promoting solo jet ski in racing on the water environment. In 2019, the 25th World Championship took place, sanctioned by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), headquartered in Monaco. The world governing body for powerboat racing, recognized in 1995. ABP was designated by UIM as the global professional jet ski racing competitions in 2011. Over the years, the championship organizers have enhanced its status, expanded its range of competition, and consistently increased the number of participating athletes with over 89 drivers from 26 countries proudly put on the coveted Aquabike race in 2017. The championship features various race formats across 03 main categories: Runabout GP1, Ski GP1 for both men and women, and Freestyle. Circuit, Parallel Slalom, Endurance, Offshore, and Jet Raid require the perfection of combination of speed, technique, and absolute power delivering non-stop, adrenaline-fueled actions, with Optional category contributes a spectacular artistic element and breathtaking aerial performance.


The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) is the global governing body for all powerboat racing activities, including boat and jet ski racing. UIM is fully recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is a member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF) and SportAccord, with UIM’s President is the Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors. UIM has nearly 60 affiliated national federations, with Circuit, Offshore, Pleasure Navigation, and Aquabike being among its main disciplines. UIM has signed a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to expand environmental protection initiatives and share relevant expertise.

President: Dr. Raffaele Chiulli

General Secretary: Thomas Kurth


Aquabike Promotion (ABP) is designated by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) as the Organizer, solely and exclusively authorized to promote the UIM-ABP World Aquabike Championship and the European Championship worldwide.

Founder: Nicolo di San Germano

Senior Vice President: Lavinia Sanzovo Cavallero


The World Championship is open to all athletes who participate and are approved for registration. They must hold a valid Participation License issued by the relevant National Organizing Authority recognized by UIM and a UIM-issued License through the UIM Secretary-General. To be issued a UIM License, athletes must compete in 04 national or international races. The minimum age for participation is 15. All participating athletes must follow to the published rules.


Runabout GP1 – Marcus Jorgensen (Denmark)


Ski GP1 – Valentin Dardillat (France)


Freestyle – Rashid Al Mulla (United Arab Emirates)


Runabout GP1 – Marcus Jorgensen (Den)

Ski GP1 – Valentin Dardillat (Fra)

Freestyle – Rashid Al Mulla (UAE)


For all GP1 and Ski GP1 races, the fast and fierce competition takes place on a circuit with multiple turns, including left and right turns, alternate tracks, and penalty buoy. Races start from a dead-engine or rolling start on circuit of 29 feets – 1.500 meters – for Runabout and 27 feets – 1.300 meters – for Ski.


Red buoy: Turns left

White or Yellow buoy: Turns right

Black Buoy: Penalty

Chequered Buoy: Finish line

Alternative track: Yellow, Blue, Green Buoys according to the regulations at the briefing (If a rider choosing alternate course A invades course B or does not respect the exit demarcation buoy will be disqualified)

Parallel Slalom

Slalom is an exciting and explosive event occurring in selected Grand Prix, with the top 8 drivers from qualifying in Runabout and Ski, and the top 4-6 in Ski Ladies competing.

The competition is a dead-engine pontoon start run over a parallel two lane 96metre, five-pin course and is the best of three runs


Offshore races are considered the most physically demanding, often likened to controlling a moto on water. They are held on the open sea or water areas designated for jet ski racing. Offshore races are the most spectacular events, with racers challenged by harsh conditions and towering waves. They require maximum physical stamina, skill, and a bit of luck, making them one of the toughest races on the planet, where surviving unexpected dangers is the top priority.


These multi-stage events cover a minimum distance of 110km, with refueling stops taking place at the same or different locations.


Held in near-shore waters, closed-loop circuits range from 5km to 20km in length, with a maximum duration of 60 minutes for starting, refueling, and finishing at the same location. Endurance and resilience are the main themes of the race. These races can easily be integrated into local festivals and celebrations. It’s a great opportunity to organize one small event or even multiple events within a larger one.


Similar to offshore races, high-speed races feature multiple stages covering a minimum distance of 110km and a total distance ranging from 250km to 1500km. The start, refueling point, and finish of each race must be at different locations.