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Big Chinese Names Make The Main Draw at Chinese 8-Ball Masters

Over 180 players started, but after 7 days of intense action, the home qualifiers for the final stages of the 2018 JOY World Chinese 8-Ball Masters are now known.
 
24 of the 64 spots in the main draw are allocated to players from China. Despite a season of events, everyone from the host nation had to qualify, (except for Number 1 ranked player Wu Zhenyu), including some of the sport's most prolific names. The format was Double Elimination, although 32 of the players were seeded.
 
2015 & 2016 World Masters Champion Yang Fan (pictured above) is on course for a hat-trick of titles after he advanced through. Yang had an awesome 2017 by winning the World Championship and the Hangzhou Station on the JOY Tour. He will undoubtedly be a serious contender to defending and 3 time champion rival Gareth Potts.
 
Zheng Yubo will also pose a potent threat to anyone after qualifying also. He enjoyed a lucrative campaign which saw him secure successive JOY Tour victories in Linyi and Lianyungang.
 
Last year's World Masters Runner-Up Zhang Kunpeng has a chance to go one better after he made it through as well. Zhang was caught, and then ousted by Potts in a dramatic Black Ball Shoot-Out in the 2017 final.
 
Other big names to emerge include 2016 World Chinese 8-Ball Champion Shi Hanqing, Two-Time World Cup of 9-Ball Pool Champion Li Hewen and former professional snooker player, and Crucible qualifier, Liu Chuang.
 
Possibly the most noticeable name to miss out was current JOY International Open Champion Liu Yang who was eliminated by Meng Fanyu.
 
From the 4th-6th January is the International Qualifying event for those players from outside of China. There will be 8 positions up for grabs in the main draw.
 
The final stages of the 2018 JOY World Chinese 8-Ball Masters will take place from the 7th-12th January. The tournament is set to be bigger than ever, with a record breaking $151,000 going to the champion.
 
Englishman Potts is back to defend the title, and he will be joined by fellow Cuesports superstars such as Shane Van Boening, Carlo Biado, Karl Boyes and Corey Deuel – just to name a few. 6 different continents will be represented in Qinhuangdao City.
 

2018 Joy World Chinese 8-Ball Masters – The Preview

The 6th annual JOY World Chinese 8-Ball Masters is set to be the biggest yet with a record breaking $151,000 going to the eventual champion – the largest first prize in the history of the discipline.
 
Chinese 8-Ball continues to grow globally. Besides the obviously strong home contingent, 6 continents and a host and countries will be represented in Qinhuangdao. If you are not familiar with the rules and set-up, please visit the Home Leisure Direct Chinese 8-Ball Blog here to find out.
 
QUALIFICATION & THE FORMAT
The main draw will feature 64 players. This consists of 24 players from China and the remaining 40 made up of international talent.
 
Getting a place in the 64 is tough – nearly half of that starting entry will have only secured their place during the last week. The China Regional Finals have just been completed in the venue whilst there are 8 places up for grabs in the ongoing International Qualifier that is taking place between 4th-6th January.
 
The rest of the line-up has been decided by other avenues such as national and international qualifying events and selection. The full list of players now confirmed is at the bottom of this article.
 
In the main draw, a Double Elimination format will be used all the way to the final, which will then be a one-off Championship Match.
 
Matches will increase in distance as the tournament progresses, but so too will the time limit for each match. Should the time expire before a target is achieved, whoever is leading at that point will win the tie.
 
If the scores are level, the players will contest a dramatic Black Ball Shoot-Out to determine a winner.
 
THE PRE-TOURNAMENT FAVOURITES
Gareth Potts is the reigning and defending World Masters Champion. In 2017 the Englishman claimed this title for a third time after a thrilling Shoot-Out victory against Chinese youngster Zhang Kunpeng.
 
Potts, who bagged the first two editions in 2013 and 2014 and is a four-time English 8-Ball Pool World Champion, trailed throughout almost all of that final. After an early defeat in the event he was forced to take the losers side of the draw too – in total he ran a gauntlet of 10 wins to lift the trophy.
 
At the JOY International Open in October, Potts almost secured a unique double, but was denied by home player Liu Yang in the final. As an example of how tough the qualification process for this year's event is, Liu did not make it through here.
 
Zhang will be looking to go one better and put behind any bitter memories of his final defeat; earlier in this season he tasted success at a tour event in Xining.
 
Elsewhere during the campaign, Zheng Yubo won back-to-back legs in Linyi and Lianyungang, whilst the effervescent Yang Fan claimed the top prize in Hangzhou.
 
Yang is arguably Potts' biggest rival in the sport. He is the only other winner of the JOY World Masters following his consecutive victories in 2015 and 2016. Yang also comes here as the current World Chinese Pool Champion having won the title in 2017.
 
There appears to be a real rivalry and power struggle between Potts and Yang; hopefully they will cross cues at some point within the coming days.
 
?The list of big Chinese hopes doesn't end there, though. 2016 World Chinese Pool Champion Shi Hanqing, Two-Time World Cup of 9-Ball Pool Champion Li Hewen and former professional snooker player – and Crucible qualifier, Liu Chuang are other big name contenders.
 
As too is Wu Zhenyu, who finished top of the 2017 JOY Cup Rankings. Because of this Wu was the only Chinese player to automatically make the main draw and was not required to take part in the recent China Qualifying.
 
 
INTERNATIONAL STARS
One of the most exciting aspects of this tournament is that we see stars from other Cuesports backgrounds take part.
 
The Philippines' Carlo Biado recently became the World 9 Ball Pool Champion in Qatar. Alongside former World 8 Ball Pool Champion, World Cup of Pool and multiple Mosconi Cup winner Karl Boyes (England), they have been selected via the World Pool Association.
 
Names in American Pool don't really come much bigger than the USA's Shane Van Boening – a 5-Time US Open 9-Ball Champion. He is back in Qinhuangdao after a disappointing result last year.
 
Corey Deuel is another famous Stateside figure returning. Deuel replaces original national qualifying event winner Darren Appleton, who had to withdraw due to personal reasons.
 
Former World Blackball Champions Ben Davies (Wales) and Westi Morake (South Africa), former World 9-Ball Youth Champion Aloysius Yapp (Singapore) and current World Under 17 9-Ball Champion Sanjin Pehlivanovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) have also earned places.
 
There are other players you may be familiar with on the list such as Italy's Fabio Petroni and Chile's Enrique Rojas.
 
 
THE UK ANGLE
As mentioned earlier, Potts, Boyes and Davies are all in the main draw, as too is Shaun Storry, who won the first of two qualifying tournaments held in the UK (Davies won the second). You can read about their wins here.
 
However, representation from the UK may not end there, as a number of players have made the long trip to Asia to take part in the International Qualifier (which is happening at the time of writing this article).
 
THE FULL LIST OF PLAYERS IN THE MAIN DRAW
AFRICA
Jaouad Tabit (Morocco), Richard Halliday (South Africa), Westi Morake (South Africa), Gangnant Karyl (Reunion Islands), Ahmed Galal (Egypt), Cadet Christopher (Madagascar)
 
ASIA
Carlo Biado (Philippines), Ko Ar Ti (Myanmar), Hwang Yong (South Korea), Toh Lian Han (Singapore), Aloysius Yapp (Singapore), Tsuchiya Junko (Japan), Fukuda Takeshi (Japan), Matsumura Hiroshi (Japan), Hijikata Hayato (Japan)
 
CHINA
Wu Zhenyu, Shi Hanqing, Gong Haifeng, Zhang Kunpeng, Xi Hongyu, Xia Hongyan, Meng Fanyu, Zheng Yubo, Liu Chuang, An Hongyu, Yu Guangyu, Zhao Yunbiao, Lv Xin, Abulajiang, Shi Weida, Shen Chongyang, Wu Hao, Li Hewen, Wang Yang, Chen Shuangyou, Zhang Lei, Shan Hongyu, Yang Fan, Wang Dashuang, 
 
EUROPE
Gareth Potts (UK), Karl Boyes (UK), Brian Ochoiski (France), Ricardo Freitas (France), Joao Grilo (Portugal), Nacho Schmit (Spain), Mark McGauley (Norway), Fabio Petroni (Italy), Shaun Storry (UK), Ben Davies (UK), Michalis Spyrou (Cyprus), Sanjin Pehlivanovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
 
NORTH AMERICA
Andrew Wroblewski (Canada), Corey Deuel (USA), Shane Van Boening (USA)
 
SOUTH AMERICA
Mauro Valdez (Argentina), Enrique Rojas (Chile)
 
*THERE ARE STILL 8 REMAINING SPOTS TO BE FILLED VIA THE INTERNATIONAL QUALIFIER (4th-6th January)*
 

Potts falls short in China

Gareth Potts looks on as Liu Yang shoots

Gareth Potts came up one rack short in his quest to win the  Shijiazhuang,China Joy Cup 2017 Chinese 8-Ball International Open on September 5th – 8th. Potts joined fifteen other international players and competed alongside sixteen Chinese players in the double elimination event. 
 
Potts reached the final match, and lost by a nail biting 11-10 score to China’s Liu Yang. Yang collected $30,000 for the win, with Potts settling for $12,000 in prize money.
 
The sole American representative, Corey Deuel, qualified for this event via a win at the 2016 Joy Cup World Chinese 8-Ball Masters America Qualifer. Deuel dropped a 13-8 match to China’s Wang Yun in his first match and was then eliminated 13-9 by Wang Xiaoqian from China.
 
Potts’ campaign started with a 13-7 win over friend and two-time WEPF World English 8-Ball Champion Jason Twist in the first round. He then went on to defeat Chinese 8-Ball National College Students Qualifier Champion Li Yinan 13-4 and Phone Myint Kyaw from Myanmar 12-8.
 
Potts’ first loss came at the hands of Liu Yang in the 4th round 12-11, but he bounced back with wins over Li Bo, Wang Yun and Wu Hai to earn another shot at Yang in the finals. 
 
The final match was a rollercoaster for both players as Yang held a 6-4 lead, only to see Potts win four straight for an 8-6 lead of his own. Yang came back tie things at 9-9 and the players found themselves tied at 10-10 at the 140 minute time limit. That left one rack to decide a winner, and Yang broke and ran that rack for first place. 
 
The Joy Cup World Chinese 8-ball Masters Tour Stop 4 will be held in Xining from October 29th – November 7th. Joy Billiards will also be making an appearance in Osaka Japan on November 24th – 27th when the International Chinese Eight Ball Association (ICEA) and JPBA host the Joy Cup Chinese 8-ball Japan Open.This event in Osaka will be one of the only ways for players to qualify for the Grand Final. The top eight finishers in the Japan Open will receive spots in the Grand Final.

2017 Joy Billiards World Chinese 8-Ball Masters Day Two Review

Albin Oushcan

Only 24 of the original starting field of 64 remain after the second day's play in the fifth JOY World Chinese 8 Ball Masters.
 
There were a number of big names departing the scene in Qinhuangdao including reigning two time champion Yang Fan, current World Champion Shi Hanqing and 5 times US Open 9 Ball Champion Shane Van Boening.
 
Just 8 players are undefeated (3 out of 3 wins) and therefore still have both lives intact. These are Chinese players Xi Hongyu, Gong Haifeng, Dai Yong, Zhang Kunpeng, Fan Zhisong, Zhao Yunbiao, Shen ChonYang and Spain's Francisco Diaz Pizarro.
 
The others left are all now on their final lives. This is where you find 2013 & 2014 winner Gareth Potts and China's Number 1 ranked player Zheng Yubo.
 
In terms of British participation (besides Potts), despite brave displays, both Jack Whelan and Liam Dunster are now out. However Wales' Zak Shepherd has bounced back with 3 straight victories to stay in the event.
 
In a similar position is current World 9 Ball Champion Albin Ouschan (pictured above), who had a brace of victories today, starting off by beating the Philippines' Jeffrey Ignacio on the TV table.
 
***ALL MATCHES are first to 13, or whoever is winning at the 140 minute time limit***
 
LOSERS SIDE – ROUND 2   *LOSERS ARE ELIMINATED*
Waleed Majid 2-13 Zheng Yubo
Andrey Seroshtan 12-11 Liam Dunster
Phone Myint Kyaw 13-5 Abdulla Alameri
Shi Hanqing 12-13 Dong Yi
Shane Van Boening 7-13 Zhang Guanghao
Wang Yun 13-3 Mohammadli Pordel
Jimmy Jusman 7-13 Jack Whelan
Liu Yang 11-13 Zhao Ruliang 
Zak Shepherd 13-12 Li Xiaopeng 
Lv Xin 11-13 Liu Xin
Stephen Holem 11-12 Wang Peng
Wu Hao 13-6 Xi Shouxin
Christophe Lambert 11-13 Chen Qiang
Li Bo 8-13 Xie Zhaohui
Yang Fan 13-6 Xia Hongyan
Albin Ouschan 13-6 Jeffrey Ignacio
 
 
WINNERS SIDE – ROUND 2
Gareth Potts 10-11 Xi Hongyu
Corey Dueul 4-13 Francisco Diaz Pizarro
Wu Zhenyu 11-13 Gong Haifeng
Dai Yong 13-8 Yu Ting
Li Hui 9-13 Zhang Kunpeng
Fan Zhisong 11-10 Justin Campbell
Zhao Yunbiao 13-9 Denis Grabe
Wan Tongle 7-13 Shen ChongYang
 
 
LOSERS SIDE – ROUND 3    *LOSERS ARE ELIMINATED*
Andrey Seroshtan 9-13 Zheng Yubo
Dong Yi 9-10 Phone Myint Kyaw
Wang Yun 12-13 Zhang Guanghao
Zhao Ruliang 13-6 Jack Whelan
Liu Xin 6-13 Zak Shepherd
Wu Hao 10-13 Wang Peng
Yang Fan 6-13 Xie Zhaohui
Albin Ouschan 13-7 Chen Qiang

2017 Joy Billiards World Chinese 8-Ball Masters Day One Review

Gareth Potts

There were mixed fortunes for the big names taking part during Day 1 of the fifth annual Joy Billiards World Chinese 8 Ball Masters.
 
Reigning two time champion Yang Fan (China) was immediately pushed to the Losers Bracket when he was ousted 13-9 by fellow countryman Wan Tongle. He did however keep himself in the event with a comfortable 13-2 win over Canadian Shannon Ducharme afterwards.
 
Also on the chase for a hat-trick of titles is 2013 & 2014 champion Gareth Potts (England, pictured above) who came through both his matches with change to spare.
 
Overall, it was a fine day for the British players as Jack Whelan (England), Liam Dunster (Scotland) and Zak Shepherd (Wales) all got wins on the board.
 
Some of the world's greatest 9 Ball players are on show in Qinhuangdao, but for 5 times US Open Champion Shane Van Boening and reigning World Champion Albin Ouschan, Tuesday offered up problems for the pair in the form of Chinese opposition.
 
SVB was comprehensively put away 13-4 by Yu Ting, whilst Ouschan went down 13-8 to Zhao YunBiao.
 
Despite this slow start, though, both made amends in their following games, therefore keeping hopes alive of another big tournament victory.
 
Current Chinese 8 Ball World Champion Shi Hanqing and national ranked number 1 Zheng Yubo began their quests successfully with First Round wins; although then lost their first lives when beaten by Gong Haifeng and Corey Deuel respectively in the next round.
 
It is double elimination all the way through until the Grand Final, which will then be a one-off Championship match. 
 
In total, after just Day 1 of the event, 16 of the 64 starting field are out.
 
 
FIRST ROUND RESULTS – First to 13 with a 140 minute time limit
Yang Fan (China) 9-13 Wan Tongle (China)
Shannon Ducharme (Canada) 2-13 Xie Zhaohui (China)
Xia Hongyan (China) 13-8 Hayato Hijikata (Japan)
Li Bo (China) 11-13 Shen Chongyang (China)
Albin Ouschan (Austria) 8-13 Zhao YunBiao (China)
Marc Bijsterbosch (Holland) 5-13 Chen Qiang (China)
Christophe Lambert (France) 4-13 Jeffrey Ignacio (Philippines) 
Denis Grabe (Estonia) 13-9 Richard Halliday (South Africa)
Wu Hao (China) 9-13 Gareth Potts (England)
Wang Peng (China) 13-6 Li Heng (China)
Xi Hongyu (China) 11-10 Fabio Petroni (Italy)*TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Xi Shouxin (China) 13-10 Stephen Holem (Canada)
Fan Zhisong (China) 13-9 Aoki Ryoii (Japan)
Lv Xin (China) 6-13 Li Xiaopeng (China)
Velly Diamond (South Africa) 10-12 Justin Campbell (Australia) *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Liu Yin (China) 13-7 Zak Shepherd (Wales)
Jack Whelan (England) 13-9 Yin Hongxing (China)
Liu Yang (China) 10-13 Li Hui (China)
Zhang Kunpeng (China) 13-5 Dharminder Singh Lilly (India)
Zhao Ruliang (China) 13-4 Jimmy Jusman (Indonesia)
Zhang Guanghao (China) 13-6 Young Hwa Jeong (South Korea)
Dai Yong (China) 13-12 Wang Yun (China)
Jorge Llanos (Argentina) 12-13 Mohammadli Pordel (Iran)
Yu Ting (China) 13-4 Shane Van Boening (USA)
Abdulla Alameri (Saudi Arabia) 13-8 Mohamed Essaid (Morocco)
Dong Yi (China) 7-13 Wu Zhenyu (China)
Zhang Daowei (China) 9-13 Gong Haifeng (China)
Phone Myint Kyaw (Myanmar) 10-12 Shi Hanqing (China) *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Zheng Yubo (China) 13-6 Andrey Seroshtan (Russia)
Alejandro Carvajal (Chile) 5-13 Corey Deuel (USA)
Joao Silva (Portugal) 5-13 Liam Dunster (Scotland)
Waleed Majid (Qatar) 5-13 Francisco Jose Diaz Pizarro (Spain)
 
 
LOSERS SIDE RESULTS (losers in this round are eliminated from the competition)
Velly Diamond 7-13 Zak Shepherd
Aoki Ryoii 3-13 Lv Xin
Fabio Petroni 9-11 Stephen Holem
Wu Hao 13-12 Li Heng
Christophe Lambert 12-9 Richard Halliday *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Albin Ouschan 13-4 Marc Bijsterbosch
Hayato Hijikata 6-13 Li Bo
Yang Fan 13-2 Shannon Ducharme
Joao Silva 9-13 Waleed Majid
Andrey Seroshtan 13-8 Alejandro Carvajal
Zhang Daowei 10-11 Phone Myint Kyaw  *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Mohamed Essaid 3-13 Dong Yi
Jorge Llanos 6-13 Shane Van Boening
Young Hwa Jeong 6-13 Wang Yun
Dharminder Singh Lilly 11-12 Jimmy Jusman *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Yin Hongxing 9-13 Liu Yang
 
 
WINNERS SIDE RESULTS
Justin Campbell 11-10 Liu Xin *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Fan Zhisong 13-7 Li Xiaopeng
Xi Hongyu 13-8 Xi Shouxin
Gareth Potts 13-8 Wang Peng
Jeffrey Ignacio 11-12 Denis Grabe *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Zhao Yunbiao 13-10 Chen Qiang 
Xia Hongyan 6-13 ShenChongyang
Wan Tongle 13-7 Xie Zhaohui
Liam Dunster 7-13 Francisco Jose Diaz Pizarro 
Zheng Yubo 11-12 Corey Deuel *TIME LIMIT BREACHED*
Gong Haifeng 13-7 Shi Hanqing
Abdulla Alameri 3-13 Wu Zhenyu
Mohammadli Pordel 2-13 Yu Ting
Zhang Guanghao 10-13 Dai Yong
Zhang Kunpeng 13-2 Zhao Ruliang
Jack Whelan 5-13 Li Hui

2017 Joy Billiards World Chinese 8 Ball Masters – The Big Preview

Yang Fan

The fifth annual Joy Billiards World Chinese 8 Ball Masters is set to be the most cosmopolitan and competitive edition yet.
 
64 players from 28 different countries spread across all six continents will travel to the North East Chinese city of Qinhuangdao aiming for a slice of the $110,000USD (approx just under £90,000) total prize fund.
 
2017's final line up has been determined after months of qualifying in the host nation and beyond, as well as a selection process by the tournament organisers for the chosen wildcards.
 
The history of this event has been dominated by two players. England's Gareth Potts, a four time World Champion in the English Pool discipline, won the inaugural championship in 2013 and then successfully defended it the following year.
 
Potts' streak was ended in 2015 when home cueist Yang Fan (pictured above) beat him in the Last 4 before then completing the job in the final. Yang proved it was no fluke by retaining the title in 2016.
 
However, as the popularity and profile of Chinese 8 Ball increases globally, the standard, and the potential possibility of a different champion has risen too.
 
Potts and Yang will indeed be back in their attempts to claim a hat-trick, but both will face fierce opposition from a number of multi-discipline Cuesports stars with significant career accolades.
 
5 times US Open 9 Ball Champion Shane Van Boening, recently signed up by Joy Billiards, has shown his commitment and dedication to Chinese 8 Ball by having a table installed at his home venue in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
 
Van Boening's fellow countryman, Corey Deuel, will also be representing the USA after coming through a qualifier held in New Jersey at the back end of last year. The former Mosconi Cup winner is familiar to playing snooker (competed in Q-School and has been a national champion), and makes a return to China having appeared here 12 months ago.
 
In fact, a number of well known names from the international American Pool circuit will feature, but the highlight entry will surely be reigning WPA World 9 Ball Champion Albin Ouschan of Austria, who is fresh from becoming the Mosconi Cup MVP before Christmas. 
 
It will be Ouschan's debut in this tournament, but he has history of success in the country after winning the prestigious China Open 9 Ball in 2015.
 
The world of English 8 Ball Pool will also be handsomely represented. 
 
Reigning BI World Champion Liam Dunster (Scotland) will try his hand, whilst 2015 IPA World Champion Jack Whelan (England) – who has some previous Chinese 8 Ball experience, advanced as the UK qualifier. French small table legend Christophe Lambert has also been invited to make his debut. 
 
India's Dharminder Singh Lilly has a wealth of experience in different formats; only a couple of months ago he became the IBSF World Seniors Snooker Champion in Qatar.
 
Of these 32 'Overseas' entries, 19 will be making their debut in the venue stages of this competition. Such is the expansion of this cuesport into new territories, qualification events were held in Argentina, Canada, England, Morocco, South Africa and the USA. To read up on some of these events, please visit our 'Professional Pool' column here.
 
The other half of the field is made up of players from the host nation.
 
Shi Hanqing, the reigning World Chinese 8 Ball Champion, will be looking to go one better than his runners-up place in 2014 and take his first Masters trophy. Shi is the only Chinese player to have featured in every edition.
 
The national ranked Number 1, Zheng Yubo, (beaten finalist in 2015 to Yang) is also likely to be one of the pre-tournament favourites.
 
Chinese 8 Ball is somewhat a hybrid of a number of different Cuesports rules and equipment. Around 80 million people play in China, with table manufacturer Joy Billiards having 3000 clubs in the country alone.
 
For more information on the sport, and how to buy equipment, please visit Joy Billiards' new English language website here.
 
 
The Cue View aim to keep you updated throughout the event. Please like our Facebook page, where we hope to post live stream links and scores.
 
 
​CHINESE QUALIFIERS
Li Xiaopeng, Dong Yi, Shen Chongyang, Dai Yong, Wu Hao, Wang Peng, Li Hui, Yang Fan, Liu Yang
 
Xie Zhaohui, Liu Xin, Wan Tongle, Xi Hongyu, Zhang Guanghao, Xi Shouxin, Zhang Daowei, Zhao 
 
Ruliang, Yin Hongxing, Wu Zhenyu, Xia Hongyan, Shi Hanqing, Wang Yun, Lu Xin, Fan Zhisong, 
 
Zhang Kunpeng, Gong Haifeng, Chen Qiang, Li Bo, Zhao Yunbiao, Yu Ting, Zheng Yubo, Li Heng
 
 
INTERNATIONAL QUALIFIERS
AFRICA – Velly Diamond (South Africa), Richard Halliday (South Africa), Mohamed Essaid (Morocco)
 
ASIA – Dharminder Singh Lilly (India), Abdulrahman Alammar (Saudi Arabia), Jimmy Jusman (Indonesia), Jeffrey Ignacio (Philippines), Mohammadali Pordel (Iran), Ryojo Aoki (Japan),  Hayato Hijikarta (Japan), Waleed Majid (Qatar), Phone Myint Khaw (Myanmar), Jeong Young-Hwa (Korea)
 
EUROPE – Gareth Potts (England), Jack Whelan (England), Liam Dunster (Scotland), Zak Shepherd (Wales), Denis Grabe (Estonia), Albin Ouschan (Austria), Marc Bijsterbosch (Netherlands), Andrey Seroshtan (Russia), Fabio Petroni (Italy), Christophe Lambert (France), Joao Silva (Portugal), Francisco Diaz Pizarro (Spain)
 
NORTH AMERICA – Shane Van Boening (USA), Corey Deuel (USA), Stephen Holem (Canada), Shannon Ducharme (Canada)
 
OCEANIA – Justin Campbell (Australia)
 
SOUTH AMERICA – Jorge Llanos (Argentina),  Alejandro Carvajal Ossandon (Chile)