Career and Records
Date of Birth: September 21, 1983 (34 years)
Place of Birth: UAE
One-time XCAT World Champion (2017)
Eissa Al Ali’s initiation into sport came as a cyclist. Registered with the UAE Cycling Federation, Al Ali has always been a keen cyclist even now, with his most recent event during the Al Wathba Night race.
However, he learnt the ropes on the water with his grandfather and father during his growing up years – something that has stood him in good stead while coming on board the Victory Team, one of the most successful outfits in watersport racing.
His next move was into Aquabikes in 2008 after entering his first race during the marine marathon held in Dubai. By 2009, Al Ali was already a full-time participant in the amateur category of the UAE Aquabike Championships. With some added experience, the Emirati racer slowly eased his way into wooden speedboat racing by 2010, while claiming two, third-place finishes in the three races that he participated during the season.
The same year, Al Ali was hand-picked by Victory Team for the final round of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championships that was held in Dubai. In 2011, Al Ali bagged a place as one of the team’s drivers on the XCAT World Powerboat Series put together and organized by the World Professional Powerboating Association (WPPA). In 2012, though he was a reserve driver, Ali was a crucial member of the Victory Team combination that went on to claim the XCAT World Powerboat Series.
It was only in the 2015 season that Al Ali started finding his standing in the XCAT category while clocking the best time once and taking the third place once. In the head-to-head drag racing, he took a couple of second places, while his best in the main race was a third place. The following season, Al Ali went on to consolidate his position in XCAT racing with second place in the world championship during which he clocked the best time once while winning one race on the calendar.
His breakthrough season came in 2017 when he went on to clinch the world title with two wins, a second place finish once and one third place to be crowned the world champion for the first time with the Victory Team.