Teen jet skier brings home three world titles

Christchurch Boys' High School jet skier Corban Farnley, right, with his Dad, Chris after winning...
Christchurch Boys' High School jet skier Corban Farnley, right, with his Dad, Chris after winning three world titles in Arizona. Photo: Ken Gallagher Photography.
Corban Farnley is still coming to terms with being a triple world champion.

The 14-year-old Christchurch Boys’ High School student returned from Arizona in the United States last week with three world jet ski titles after dominating in rough conditions at the International Jet Sports Boating Association world finals rough conditions on Lake Havasu.

The event attracts competitors from around the globe to compete for the honour of being crowned a world champion.

Corban prevailed in the junior ski 13 to 15-year-old lites, the amateur classic ski and amateur ski lites class. He not only beat the best jet ski riders in his age-group, but adults as well.

“My goal was to win one but it was pretty cool to win all three,” he said.

“It was very rough conditions over there and I love racing in that so it really helped me. Often it was very windy but that suited me. We all do 10 laps and race each other at the same time. A lap can take up to 2min.”

The jet skiers reach speeds of up to 50km/h, Corban has been racing since he was 10, but first got on a jet ski when he was five.

His father Chris, was a national champion in 1995 and owns a jet ski shop. “At the start dad was my trainer and I just got on with it and gave it a go and really enjoyed it.”

Corban will focus on the national championships in March at Cambridge. “There will be plenty of racing for me to do over the summer, but the nationals will be my major focus to get ready for.”



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