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A world first: XDubai star wakeboards on the iconic waterways of Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai


A world first: XDubai star wakeboards on the iconic waterways of Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Dubai, 21 February 2018: Some guests journey aroundDubai’s Madinat Jumeirah Resort with an Abra ride along the waterways; others explore the hidden alleyways, the 2 kilometre beach and turtle lagoon on foot; whilst some prefer a leisurely ride on a buggy decorated by a local artist. But for his first visit to ‘the Arabian Resort of Dubai, professional wakeboard athlete JB O’Neill discovered Madinat Jumeirah in his own unique way – on the ultimate ‘wakecation’.

Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts and XDubai invite you to watch this remarkable stunt where JB O’Neill navigates his way around the waterways leaping from the family friendly pool of Jumeirah Mina A’Salam into the lagoons, cruising past the palatial Jumeirah Al Qasr and gracefully jumping over bridges in the waterways around the intimate Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf.

To see some of the sights that JB saw from his board, book your own holiday to rediscover Madinat with the Jumeirah Flavours half-board offer; and enjoy incredible experiences including daily complimentary breakfast, complimentary and unlimited access to Wild Wadi Waterpark™ and a dine around experience for dinner in over 60 participating Jumeirah restaurants located across Dubai from just AED 1,800++.

If you’re a thrill seeker like JB, learn to wakeboard on the beaches of Madinat Jumeirah during your holiday; rates start from 210 AED for 15 minutes and 840 AED per hour. 

Some facts about the XDubai Wakecation in Madinat Jumeirah:

  • The highest drop in the video from the Jumeirah Mina A’Salam pool to the waterways was 7 meters.
  • When JB O’ Neill rides under the bridge of Talise Spa, there is only a 68cm gap between him and the bridge.
  • The biggest wakeboarding spin trick in the video is a 540 degree jump over the bridge.
  • The highest speed JB hit whilst wakeboarding in the waterways was 34km/h.
  • Whilst filming, the total number of jumps completed by the XDubai athlete in the stunt was 30 and the ramp was placed in 5 different locations across Madinat Jumeirah.
  • The specially built ramp by XDubai is 1.1 meters tall.
  • The stunt was filmed by a total of 8 different cameras including a special underwater XX and filmed over a period of two days.

Quick fire questions for JB Oneill

How did you get involved in wakeboarding? How long have you been wakeboarding for?

I got into wakeboarding about 14 years ago on a wakeboard that came with the family boat. Around 2010 I started to take it a bit more seriously and really got involved. Eventually, I started getting into cable park and winch wakeboarding which is my main focus now.

How did this stunt compare to the others you’ve done, was there anything particularly dangerous about this one? It must have been an incredible adrenaline rush jumping a gap from the pools to the lagoon.          

The biggest difference is that we were filming in such a prestigious location where we need to minimize the impact on the guests and the daily operations, this put a bit more pressure on me of course. It was definitely the most beautiful place I have ever ridden, funnily enough it’s like the Resort was actually designed for wakeboarding.

How do you get inspired?

I would say I kind of draw my inspiration from motocross riders because they really go big on jumps. ! Lately I have been watching a motocross rider named Kyle Katsandris who jumps between highways. . Things like that, which are pretty awesome!

How do you build your strength and keep fit?

I am actually pretty lazy in this aspect of the sport, but while I was in Dubai I trained at the Jumeirah Al Qasr buffet. Haha!

Have you ever visited Dubai before this? What are your first impressions?

This was my first time and yeah I was pretty blown away with Dubai! Everything is so nice and the buildings are massive!

How was your experience at Madinat Jumeirah – did you discover anything new during your holiday?

My experience was pretty awesome; I mean I can literally navigate my way through the hotel by abra boats! There's even a full size waterpark which I took full advantage of. I discovered some new foods while there and mainly enjoyed just a more luxurious lifestyle.

What’s next?

I’m currently working on another video project back home in Austin, Texas. The video should be pretty crazy so keep your eyes peeled this summer. 

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Social media: @XDubai @MadinatJumeirah @JB_Oneill #RediscoverMadinat

About Jumeirah Group:

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Frankfurt, London and Mallorca (Spain) in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also operates the new upscale-casual brand, Zabeel House by JumeirahTM and runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the wellness brand TaliseTM; Jumeirah Restaurant Group DubaiTM; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality ManagementTM; Jumeirah SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme; and isme by Jumeirah™ an app based rewards programme in the UAE. Future openings include luxury hotels in the UAE, Bahrain, Indonesia, China, Oman, Jordan, Malaysia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. www.jumeirah.com

About Madinat Jumeirah:
Set on a private beach, Madinat Jumeirah resort is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region. Madinat Jumeirah features hotels, the palatial Jumeirah Al Qasr and more intimate Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, accommodation in 29 traditional summer houses in Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf and Jumeirah Al Naseem, the fourth and final chapter, marking the Resort’s completion. The Arabian Resort of Dubai also offers conference and banqueting facilities including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheatre and the region’s only dedicated entertainment centre and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena. The facilities are interconnected by 3km of waterways and landscaped gardens. The resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience with 90 boutiques and restaurants showcasing the best of Arabia.

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Anna Koniuhova
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Mobile number: +971 52 526 0998
Mail to: anna.koniuhova@jumeirah.com
Visit us at http://www.jumeirah.com



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