A fresh face on the start line was Frenchman Nicolas Devys as he threw himself into the P1 competitions lining up in both AquaX and Jetcross.
The season got underway in incredible fashion as racers descended on Agon-Coutainville to start the 2017 European AquaX series and Devys made a solid start in the Ski Lites to finish the weekend in fifth.
Across the weekend he notched three fifth-place finishes and a sixth to notched 47 points.
Harsher waters on the Welsh coast suited the Yamaha-rider as he recorded a race win and three runners-up spots to finish the weekend on the podium in second.
Devys rise continued in Port Balis with a weekend win in the largest pool of competitors on the tour.
17 riders to the Spanish water but two race wins, one second-place and seventh in the final race was enough to stand aloft the standings.
Devys started the season with very simple aspirations but ended the year aiming for more.
“It was my first year on the AquaX tour. I came to discover a new championship in the sea, try to give the best I could and to have fun in every race.
“I am happy to finish second in AquaX [Ski Lites] although I would have obviously preferred the first place.”
Two race wins from four was enough for Devys to end the season with a weekend win in Port Balis but his monumental 204-point tally wasn’t enough to win the European Ski Lites title as he finished behind Simon Gill.
“The race conditions were perfect in Spain. A beautiful location with sun and flat sea for the first three races before waves for the last round.
“It was nice to battle with Simon [Gill] but I lost too much point on the first round in Agon Coutainville.”
A tremendous second place in 2017 has given Devys more of a desire to reach the top and will be making his attempt with a smile on his face.
“My aim is always to do better. Why not the first-place next year? But, either way, I’ll always take pleasure in my racing.”