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Extreme Personal Watercraft Magazine

FEBRUARY 2010

2009 World Finals

H T I W W E I V R E T N I M A L S F & R T SU N E I X A M E PIERR HAMPION C S S O R E D I R E E OZ FR Jon Currier Photo


Premier Issue And we’re off! This issue is dedicated to my late father and partner, Tom Podrybau.

Havasu or Bust!! Some of you may know me and for those of you who don’t, I am and have been for 25 years, a part of the Jetski community. My father and I have owned and operated a small Jetski shop called Northwet Watercraft and also in the 80’s we promoted Jetski races in Oregon. My father and I had a passion for the sport and I still do, carrying on our family business. My father Tom Podrybau was taken by cancer in May of 2008. I had toyed with the idea of starting a Jetski magazine in the past and just never followed through. About a month before the Blowsion Surf Slam it hit me. Now was the time!! I remember the great magazines of the past such as Splash, Watercraft World, Jetsports...and the last jetski magazine that survived, Personal Watercraft Illustrated is gone now too. Unlike PWI and all the others, my magazine is going to be a little different. Our focus will be on racing, freestyle and freeride which has gotten HUGE over the past couple years. So my quest begins. I thought that it was incredible that Johnny from Blowsion stepped up and actually turned his beach party into a real event (Surf Slam). The Pacific Northwest is a great and wonderful place for this type of event. Kudos to Blowsion, his support crew and all the other sponsoring companies that support the sport we all love. So I of course had to go to the Surf Slam, after all it’s in my backyard, only an hour away. I was in awe, I have never seen the caliber of surf riders that were there. A few friends and I venture to the coast for surf riding once in awhile but I could not believe the air these guys were getting and the barrel rolls and backflips they could do! WOW!! I had the pleasure of talking with a few of them and ended up meeting Aaron Sanchez who is a long time racer. We hit it off like we were long-lost brothers. Aaron had considered starting a jetski magazine in the past also and we had lots of great ideas to talk about. I also got to interview Pierre Maxient and Ross Champion, a couple really nice guys. After Surf Slam, I was trying to figure out how the heck I was going to get to World Finals. Starting this little venture is not cheap and I was not planning ahead to have saved for the trip. So I’m talking with one of my buddies, Jeff from WaterDawg Kustoms and he is telling me that I need to be there to promote the magazine. After thinking about it for 5 minutes I decided he was right, but I’m broke, I can’t do this, I have to save my money and survive the winter.


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Where there is a will there is a way. I SOLD MY FX1 B PIPE!!! I ordered my airline ticket and I’m ready to go. Yeah right. I am running around trying to get fliers made, business cards and figure out how to get from Vegas to Havasu and much more. Thank God for friends. Michael “Gorilla” Giorgi picks me up at the airport and we haul butt down to Havasu. We end up staying at a place called the Sands which I have stayed at before, back in 1990 when I was racing 440 Superstock. At that time it was called the Hidden Palms. Anyway, this place is way up the hill in the middle of town. Gorilla ends up getting a really bad cold so I’m stuck finding my own way to the pits everyday. I’m up before the sun comes up and decide to walk to Crazy Horse and it’s not as short of a walk as I thought, but I did it. After wandering around Vendor Alley and the pits, I locate Scott Frazier and get my Media Passes. Now before going down there I have arranged a bit of help from Karen Mann (AKA Pyrogirl on the forums) and Kay Sykes (AKA RiverRat Mom) to take pictures for me. As you will see they both have done a wonderful job and I am extremely grateful to them and many others that contributed to make my new venture a reality. Everyday I am wandering through Vendor Alley talking to different owners of shops and aftermarket products from all around the world about my magazine and trying to get them to advertise in it. Some are skeptical but the majority think it’s a great idea and are very excited about the whole thing. It was definitely a good idea to be there. 24/7 Racing and Freestyle, I was in heaven. This year was a bit different for me, the economy has hit the US hard and I was surprised to see that World Finals was mostly made up of racers from other countries. I am used to seeing all my racer friends from around the US, people who I have met at World Finals and the National Tout over the many years of racing but this time there were few and far between. Thanks to all those from other countries!!! If it were not for them there would not have been a World Finals this year. When I got back from Arizona, to rainy Oregon, I had to start calling all those contacts I made in Havasu for advertising. It was much harder than I thought it would be to sell advertising. Thank God that Justin Price who I met on the forums contacted me and asked for the job. Now I figured out that the set-up and artwork was not really easy either, so I conned my Aunt Bonnie who is a graphic artist by trade to help me with it. I realized I needed more help than that and thanks to Craigslist found another wonderful graphic artist Nia Ridley. Now with the first issue done I can relax a bit. NOT!! Here we go again, the next issue is underway. I hope everyone enjoys the magazine and please feel free to let me know what things you like and dislike along the way. Without you this magazine would not exist!!!

Mike Podrybau


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hits a Grand Slam with

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by Aaron Sanchez

The world’s top jet ski freeride and moto-surf competitors decended upon the tiny town of Pacific City, Oregon on September 14-15, 2009, and left their mark on America’s great northwest. Riders from as far away as England, Australia, Brazil, and everywhere in between were on hand for the 2009 Blowsion Surf Slam competition, presented by WORX. The Surf Slam is a unique, combination event featuring a jaw-dropping head-to-head IFWA freeride competition and extreme surf racing. Title sponsors Fiberlay, Kommander Industries and Kent Kawasaki, as well as many other vendors put on a great show with all the to-die-for freeride and race skis lined up on the beach, each of them gleaming with bling-bling and thousand-dollar paint jobs... all of them waiting to get crushed in this year’s monster surf. Saturday proved to be a rough day for qualifying, as by mid-afternoon a high tidal surge inundated the beach, forcing event promoters to postpone racing and some heats of freeride until Sunday. The entire rigging and announcing tower had to be relocated and restabilized after a small lake took its place. When Sunday morning broke, it was time for the big show and the jet ski world was watching as huge, double overhead waves rose up out of the Pacific Ocean. Bilge pumps were a must as many skis fell victim to the big, burley surf and took a healthy salt-water sample. Eager to put on a show, freeride competitors donned their colored bibs and hit the surf with a vengeance. Fans were treated with riders going bigger than ever and pulling off many slick new tricks. Whether it was surfer-style free wave riding, or insane airborne acrobatics, the energy level was off the chart and the crowd cheered with every big hit. Announcer Mike Young knew all the names for the moves and perhaps made up some new ones, which was not only informative, but very entertaining. Stand-out riders in qualifying included Tom Suchodolski from Bay City, Michigan, with his smooth re-entries, along with Jerry Jones of San Diego, California, pulling off Supermans with ease, and Josh Lustic from Melbourne, Australia, hitting it hard with some huge stabs. Other stars were Eddie Bettencourt of Redwood City, California, manhandling his Superjet, Peter McLoughlin from the Gold

Photography by Jon Currier

Pierre Maxient wows the crowd at Surf Slam. WetRacer Magazine • Issue 1, 2010 • 3


Coast taking his AJS/Worx ride to a new level and the guy with what had to be the coolest nickname of the weekend - Chong Son, the “Son of Kong” rolling big power. Semi-Final freeride action went off with England’s comedic genius Graham Reid, riding for Airtime Products, pitted against the naked backflipper, French stud Pierre Maxient, representing Blowsion and Jet Pilot. Graham rode his way to fourth place with smooth, continuous tricks peppered with wave skills and a style that was all pro and all show. On the other hand, Pierre wowed the beach with big, aired-out crowd pleasers. Maxient stuck huge backflips and barrel-rolls off of some gigantic set waves that looked like mountains of water. If a smile says it all, both riders knew they had left it all out there and were proud of their performances. The Amateur Freeride Finals not only showcased the next wave of future pros, but included some innovative and stylish performances by the young guns. Fullerton, California’s nineteen-year-old phenom Mark Gomez put his Wamiltons Customs, Pacific Motorsports ride to good use, winning the event and serving notice that he has arrived. Runner-up Chris Rosner, also nineteen years old, came up with some variations on old favorites and mixed in technical and explosive tricks. The last podium spot went to Stanton High of Atascardero, California who also looked like a pro out there on his way to third place. As part of the Blowsion Surf Slam double-feature, the West Coast Moto Surf Championships were held in a two-race format that would decide the overall champion for 2009. This was jet ski racing in the most extreme conditions, where rider-skill, surf-knowledge and horsepower were key to success. Even with two holders per ski, the boats were getting pummelled on the starting line by the angry surf and surging foam. Race One went off with the blast of a horn and a buzzing of revved-out two-strokes that sounded like an angry pack of bees...until the first wave came crash-

Top photo: Ross Champion; bottom photo: Pierre Maxient


ing down. On that first start, five riders were either swimming for their skis or crawling back into their trays, trying to recoup from a nasty slap in the face. Racers went at it, battling each other and the gnarly conditions as the crowd went nuts. Jordan Fielder from England was the man on his #37 machine and took the win in dramatic fashion over South Africa’s favorite son Dustin Motzouris, aboard his Kommander-prepped missile. Third place went to none other than “Yours Truly,” as I somehow kept her going through surf that was eating skis for lunch. The Moto Surf Main was as extreme as it gets with skis flying side-by-side through the air and then railing bar-to-bar into a corner. The Motz brothers, Dustin and Tyron, had their #1 and #2 skis running strong and locked horns with Fielder and California’s Jeff Troegner in a battle that will not soon be forgotten. It was anyone’s race at one point, as the leaders navigated crushing surf and whitewash as well as other riders. The action was incredible and the beach came alive as Dustin raced his way to victory with the hard-charging Fielder right on his heels. Tyron Motzuris did not go down easy and was on a tear through the rough stuff, taking third place and climbing on the podium with his bro. Always in the mix, Jeff Troegner displayed mad surf skills and at times looked poised to win the whole thing, but eventually settled for fourth with an impressive ride. Tiago Geitens, Carl Mead and Mike Hackler were the top three amateurs, in that order, as they were scored separately. For the Freeride Final and Main Event, the entire beach, including promoters, sponsors and staff had their eyes and cameras focused on the looming overhead set waves and the two hottest freeride competitors on the planet. Both riders are from Southern California, both ride for Blowsion, Hydro Turf and Jet Pilot. Ross Champion faced off against Mike Serlin head-to-head, dishing out tricks back-toback that were nothing short of spectacular.

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Ross is the king of the Supermans and was pulling mad, no-handed, strung-out variations with full extension and tons of style. Next to Ross, Serlin was going huge, nailing backflips thirty-feet in the air and backing them up with re-entries and rail slides on waves that could snap him in two. The pair raged side by side, seemingly raising the bar and oneupping each other with every move. There were no-handed barrel-rolls, suicide-no-handers, and just about every possible way to let go of a twisting, flying jet ski and somehow ride away. The crowd loved it. When the horn sounded and the heroes came to the beach, it was Ross Champion taking the title and Mike Serlin with a very impressive and respectable

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second place. The 2009 Blowsion Surf Slam was a major-league success and will be back for 2010 when Pacific City will once again host the world’s biggest jet ski beach party. Many companies and individuals paticipated to make the Surf Slam such a world-class event. Sponsors like Blowsion, WORX, Hydro Turf, Fiberlay, Kommander Industries, and Fulgaz were essential in making it happen as well as associate sponsors R&D, IJSBA, ODI, Kent Kawasaki, Rockstar Energy Drink, Skat Trak, Slippery and Jet Tribe. These companies have it right - sun, surf, slam!


Photos: top left: Chong Son; top right: The Pelican Restaurant at Pacific City; middle: the Motz Brothers; bottom left: Blowsion Tower of Power; bottom right: Jordan Fielder

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Interview

by Mike Podrybau

While at the Blowsion Surf Slam I was lucky enough to spend a few minutes talking with Freeride Champions Pierre Maxient and Ross Champion about themselves and Surf Slam.

Pierre

Maxient MP: What do you think about the 1st annual Blowsion Surf Slam? PM: I think it is pretty interesting for everyone. It’s big, I love the big water, freeride is growing. The guys from Blowsion and the guys who are organizing here are very good people and we are moving forward in a good way with the sport. MP: When did you first start jetskiing? PM: In France, 10 years ago with my father, riding runabouts on a Wave Blaster. MP: I saw some great vids of you riding a Blaster on YouTube.

ME: How long have you been riding standups? PM: I started riding standups in 2001 and in competition in 2003 MP: It is pretty amazing what you do out there. Did you come from France specifically for this event? PM: Yeah, sure. Blowsion is one of my main sponsors and I love them. I came here 3 years ago and I love the area. Its a pretty cool place and I came here for the competition. MP: When you first started doing freestyle, who was your main influences? Who did you admire? PM: American guys for sure but Rick Roy was important to me. Joe Kenney too, for surf. Also other guys from the US. MP: Good luck out there. PM: Thank you.

PM: I actually started on a Kawasaki SS then the Blaster and now standups.

Pierre Maxient

Ross

chAMPION MP: What do you think of Blowsion Surf Slam? RC: Oh it’s great, I think the event is really good, I think having racing incorporated is a really, really great idea. And it’s hard to say, but the surf is a little bit too big. Unfortunately when it’s like this it kinda hurts the show. Then the people don’t go real big and really hard, it’s kinda more like survival. And it’s so far out you can’t see it anyway. But it is what it is, I mean I’m looking forward to the racing. Its gonna be really

exciting. MP: How long have you been into jet skis? RC: You know, when I was a little kid I learned to ride on a lake in North Carolina. Then in 2003, I got really serious about it. I lived in Florida then and a buddy of mine that I raced with worked for Bombardier. They set some skis in the surf, and there were some stand-ups in the mix and they brought me out. I had ridden Motorcross and surfed my whole life...yeah he brought me

Ross Champion


out, and it was just a perfect mix of the things I like to do. MP: What was your first ski? RC: Well I think the actual first ski was a 1993 Kawasaki 440. But I really only rode that a few times. Then we had a 94 FX1. That was the boat I rode. MP: Really I ride an FX1….. RC: I love that boat, but the problem, well I think there is two problems, If you wanted to go somewhere and do something you would have to get out a Superjet, ‘cause no one wants to force someone to ride a FX1.

guys. They were doing rolls, there really weren’t back-flips back then, but they were doing all this crazy stuff. And then there is a guy in Daytona, Nick Foederer. He was like the only guy on the east coast that was doing back-flips and things like that in the surf. I got to ride with him for a couple of years ‘til I moved to California and then I got to ride with guys like Joe Kenney and Mike Serlin. You know, I always had these guys to look to that were way better than I was, and you learn from them and sort of catch up to them.

MP: Well you gotta get the big pump conversion from Blowsion, my ski has one.

When I first moved to California, I rode Ocean -side. I rode with the o-side crew, Derek Jones, and we all used to ride three or four times a week and push each other real hard. Joe would come ride with us once in a while, you kinda see what you can do. You know, we would just push each other really hard, and most of those guys are still here.

RC: Yeah well if that had been around back then, maybe I would still ride one.

MP: So what about injuries, have you had any bad injuries?

MP: Who were your freestyle influences?

RC: I’ve been really fortunate, I have trained really hard, and I try to keep myself in shape to avoid it as much as possible, and I have done pretty good. I mean I have little things, I have knee issues, and ankle issues, but I’ve been fortunate I have never had anything big. It’s really sad not having Joe around anymore. He is such a happy-go-lucky guy. Everybody that knew Joe loved them. He was just always happy with his situation and just in his place. I think he and his

RC: You know I was really really fortunate all the way along in my riding. When I first decided I really wanted to do this...you know...learn how, I started riding in a lake by my house. It just so happened it was in Melboune, Florida. Guys like Josh Lustic, Eric Malone, Brad Lustic, they all rode in this lake. You know I really didn’t know much about jet skis, but I was riding with these

wife are going to get a boat and sail now. MP: What is your most memorable jet skiing experience? RC: Wow, most memorable experience...I’d say it was during the European leg of the World Tour in 2008. Normally the contest would go France, Spain, then Portugal. I was with Pierre and we were trying to figure out what we’re going to do. At the last minute, he said “Well why don’t we go to Morocco?” And I said “Well, um, let’s go to Morocco!” We loaded up Guido and Jullian, and I think we drove something like 30 hours straight. And it’s a long story to get there, but the most memorable time was me, Roman and Pierre. We were riding across this bay, and they had killer whales out there...warm water, super clear, and there were no other jet skis around. It was just a really really cool experience, spending time down there with those guys. And certainly once-in-alifetime, to say the least. It was really cool. But this event, I mean Blowsion, they do so much for me, and for so many of the guys here. They do more than you can imagine. And most of the boats here are Blowsion boats. Between them and Jet Pilot keeps me in gear, and Steve Webster of Kommander Industries does a great job building my motors, and UMI with the handpole. And of course Hydro Tuft, they do a great job. Our energy drink sponsor is Go Fast. MP: Great thank you, have a great time.

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Sugar and Spice Women of Racing by Kay Sykes


When I was asked to contribute a story on a few select women and their fantastic accomplishments within the realm of personal watercraft racing, I just couldn’t get the thought out of my mind about ALL of the women who have worked hard this season and have made the same sacrifices as the ones who were crowned World Champions. Personal watercraft racing is a male dominated sport. However, once on the line, whether male or female, they all look the same when wearing their helmets, wetsuits, life jackets, gloves and goggles. Therefore, they are all judged the same, and rightfully they should be. The 2009 IJSBA Quakysense World Finals was a week of intense, rail-to-rail racing. Once again, men and women traveled from around the world to participate in the World Finals of personal watercraft racing, hoping to be crowned the World Champion in their respective classes. Some would conquer that dream while others would fail. All is not lost, because everyone brought to the line the same grit, stamina and determination. They trained hard all season, and brought everything that they had. It takes a lot of time, energy and money to qualify and travel to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to pursue this dream. They may not have left with a world title, but all of them did leave as winners.

There was an exception to the event this year, and it was the number of women who were crowned World Champions. Five women were crowned World Champion in seven different classes out of the forty-four that were available. Those numbers may not sound like much, but looking at the big picture, there were some forty plus women who entered these various classes. The women who made the podium sparkle this year and took home the title of World Champion were Katharina Lach – Austria (Novice Women’s), Lisa Barsby – UK (Master’s Ski and Amateur Vets Ski), Anya Colley – UK (Expert Ski Ltd. and Amateur Ski Open), Kylie Elmers – Australia (Women’s Runabout), and Rachel MacClugage – United States (Pro-Am Women’s Ski Ltd.). Lisa Barsby - United Kingdom Lisa Barsby has a favorite quote “coulda, shoulda, woulda.” It may sound kind of strange, but it really makes a lot of sense. “You see, I race personal watercraft, and it doesn’t give me much time for anything else,” she states. She has been racing competitively since 1992, except for a brief hiatus in the 2003 and 2004 racing season. Lisa has traveled all over the world, racing mostly in the women’s classes. It was not unusual, though, to see her on the starting line with the men, and she has been known to sneak away with some of their titles. She says, over the years, the level of commitment has been dependent

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Anya Colley on time and she has always tried to be as competitive as possible. “I love a good race!” she exclaims. When Lisa is not on the line looking for a “good race,” she and her partner of 11 years, Jim Goodchild, are organizing the British Championships. Together they work to grow the sport of personal watercraft racing across the big pond in England. She says they firmly believe in giving something back to the sport that they have had so many great years competing in. Anya Colley - United Kingdom Anya Colley lives in Derbyshire, England with her Mom and Dad. Her hobby is personal watercraft racing. Anya began riding when she was just 5 years old, aboard a Kawasaki 550. It wasn’t long after that her parents bought her a 2002 Yamaha Super Jet. She says that one of her favorite things to do was ride tandem with friend Gemma. All the fun and excitement ended when insurance regulations mandated that you get an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) license, which required that you be 12-years-old. Anya anxiously waited for that day to come, so she could get back on the ski. In 2004, she and her family strapped the Super Jet to the back of their motor home and decided to take a family vacation tour-

ing Europe. The first stop was Mirendella, Portugal, to cheer on the British riders who were racing that weekend. That is the moment in time that Anya fell in love with the sport and was hooked. All she had to do now was convince her mom and dad that this is what she really wanted to do. Her parents eventually gave in to her extreme wants and bought Anya her first Kawasaki SXR. An opportunity arose, and she had a chance to practice and train with five-time World Champion Karine Paturel and Novice World Champion Vicky Beale. Anya utilized her opportunities to their fullest extent and 2005 was a successful year, with new doors always opening and Anya running through them at full throttle. Nothing was going to stop the “pink lady” from reaching for the sky. Anya got the name “pink lady” because her mom wanted to be able to see her at all times, on and off the race course. Everything turned pink, her ski, wetsuit, helmet...you name it, it was pink. Her hair was even pink at times. At any awards ceremony that she attended, it was guaranteed that she was wearing some variation of the color pink. In 2005, we saw the inception of the new Hydrospace wa-


Rachel MacClugage tercraft. This was the year Anya attended her first World Finals Championships, and she was aboard the new watercraft. She did not fare well that year, but racing was her passion and she just couldn’t get enough of it. More training and practicing was on her horizon, along with the dream of some day returning to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to capture that World Championship title that she yearned for. 2009 still did not provide Anya with her first World Title, but gave her titles in classes that were only won by men in previous years. Rachel MacClugage - United States Rachel MacClugage stands 5’2” and has a smile that will knock your socks off, full of love, passion and adventure. She was born in England but now calls Lake Havasu City her home, along with her husband, thirteen-time World Champion, Chris MacClugage. Rachel was 14 when she got her first taste of racing at Fossehill. Aboard an X2 in the Novice Sport Class she wasn’t afraid to show off her skills and talent to the “boys” that raced beside her. Her accomplishments that first year of racing enabled her to clench first place in the British winter series. At 15, she moved

up to Women’s Expert Ski on a square nose Superjet. After a couple of years competing in the women’s class, it was decided that Rachel would pursue her education and take some time off from competing. Her love for the sport never died as she continued to travel with her family to various races around the world. 2007 was the year of change for Rachel. It was the year that she met Chris, and they both knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Not only did they become partners in marriage, but they also became partners in business. The couple own and share the day to day operations of Macc Racing, which is now based in Lake Havasu. With all the excitement and energy inside the walls of Macc Racing, Rachel just couldn’t hold back anymore. She had been bitten by the bug and she needed to get back on her Yamaha Superjet and race again. Training wasn’t something that had to be done; it became a way of life for her. After years of being on sabbatical she made a stunning third-place finish in 2008 at the APBA Watercross Nationals in Nashville, TN, followed by a first-place finish a few months later in the 4-Stroke Stock class at the 2009 Mark Hahn Memorial 300 Endurance race, again aboard a Yamaha watercraft.

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It was “Game On” when it came to the 2009 closed-course racing season. Her focus and attention were on winning the APBA National Championship. She trained daily in the desert heat, on land and on the water. She wasn’t going to be beaten. On September 6th, 2009 Rachel MacClugage was the brightest star shining when she was crowned the APBA National Champion in Pro-Am Women’s Ski Limited. Rachel knew she was not finished. The World Championship title was still sitting on the horizon. Now was not the time to slack off and become lazy. She and Chris trained daily getting ready for the big show that was only weeks away. It meant early morning testing and tuning the skis at the beach. Every evening, she was running up and down the dusty trails of the desert. She was focused and ready to go. On October 18th, in Lake Havasu City, she lined up with the best of the best in the world and with strength and determination, reached out and captured the coveted title of World Champion. The successes of these three women barely scratch the surface of what happened the week of October 10th – 18th. All of the women who brought their watercraft to the line need to be commended for their hard work and dedication. I appreciate all of them for their determination. Hard work and dedication never goes unnoticed. For more information on racing in the United States you can visit the IJSBA (International Jet Sport Boating Association) website at www.ijsba.com, or for information on racing in Europe please visit the Jet Sport Racing Associations website at www.jsra.co.uk

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Extreme Personal Watercraft Magazine For advertising information, visit www.wetracer.com WetRacer Magazine • Issue 1, 2010 • 17


WORLD FINALS RESULTS Pro Ski Open 1 (2-1) Kevin Reiterer Austria Hydrospace 2 (1-2) Steven Dauliach UAE Hydrospace 3 (5-3) Jean Baptiste Botti France Kawasaki 4 (4-6) Mike Klippenstein Canada Hydrospace 5 (6-7) Urbain Remond Belgium Hydrospace 6 (4-7) Cole Askew New Zealand Hydrospace 7 (10-8) Tyron Motzouris South Africa Kawasaki 8 (9-10) Jimmy Wilson United States Kawasaki 9 (7-13) Mizuo Hidaka Japan Hydrospace 10 (3-18) Hideyuki Kurahashi Japan Hydrospace Pro Runabout Open 1 (2-1) Sam Harvey New Zealand Sea-Doo 2 (3-3) Anthony Antees Australia Sea-Doo 3 (5-2) Chris MacClugage United States Yamaha 4 (4-5) Carl Lampe Jr. New Zealand Sea-Doo 5 (9-4) Norito Nakano Japan Sea-Doo 6 (1-12) Craig Warner United States Kawasaki 7 (7-7) Chris Heindrich United States Sea-Doo 8 (10-6) Erminio Iantasca United States Kawasaki 9 (8-8) Christian D’Agostin Australia Kawasaki 10 (6-13) Ryan Hardwick United States Kawasaki Pro Freestyle 1 (49.0) Alessander Lenzi Brazil Yamaha 2 (48.2) Fumikazu Watanabe Japan Yamaha 3 (47.6) Lee Stone England Polaris 4 (46.7) Kazuhiro Hamasaki Japan Yamaha 5 (46.1) Mike Ershow Russia Polaris 6 (45.8) Akinobu Noda Japan Kawasaki 7 (45.6) Patrick Bogart United States Yamaha 8 (45.3) Manabu Matsubayashi Japan Yamaha 9 (45.1) Hidetoshi Fujikawa Japan Yamaha 10 (44.9) Jason Stoyer United States Yamaha Pro-Am Runabout Stock 1 (1-1) Timothy Neff United States Sea-Doo 2 (5-2) Carl Lampe Jr. New Zealand Sea-Doo 3 (3-4) Troy Snyder United States Sea-Doo 4 (4-5) Shane Stewart Australia Sea-Doo 5 (2-8) Chris MacClugage United States Yamaha 6 (11-3) James Bushell United Kingdom Sea-Doo 7 (7-11) Jeremy Perez France Sea-Doo 8 (13-6) Aero Sutan Aswar Indonesia Yamaha 9 (12-10) Brian Smith United States Kawasaki 10 (10-12) Chris Wilkinsson UAE Sea-Doo

Pro-Am Women Runabout 1 (1-1) Kylie Ellmers Australia Sea-Doo 2 (2-2) Amy Green United States Yamaha 3 (4-4) Jody Bachelder United States Yamaha 4 (7-3) Brunna Luz Brazil Sea-Doo 5 (6-5) Christine Milone USA Sea-Doo 6 (5-6) Erika Olde Canada Sea-Doo 7 (3-9) Paloma Noceda Peru Yamaha Pro-Am Ski Limited 1 (1-1) Kevin Reiterer Austria Hydrospace 2 (3-3) Mebumi Yamashita Japan Kawasaki 3 (2-4) Anya Colley England Hydrospace 4 (6-2) Cory Cole Canada Kawasaki 5 (5-5) Keifer King United States Yamaha Pro-Am Runabout Limited 1 (2-1) Kylie Ellmers Australia Sea-Doo 2 (1-3) Mattia Fracasso Italy Sea-Doo 3 (5-2) James Bushel England Sea-Doo 4 (4-4) Timothy Neff United States Sea-Doo 5 (7-5) Aero Sutan Aswar Indonesia Yamaha

Top photo: Rick Roy Above: Mike Klippenstein, Canada , Hydrospace; Left: Kevin Reiterer, Austria, Hydrospace

Pro-Am Runabout 800 SS 1 (2-1) Blaine Spires United States Sea-Doo 2 (3-2) Chokuthit Molee Thailand Sea-Doo 3 (1-7) Yousef Al-Abdulrazzaq Kuwait Sea-Doo 4 (6-4) Chaowalit Kuajaroon Thailand Sea-Doo 5 (5-5) Supadet Tansai Thailand Sea-Doo 6 (4-6) Brian Baldwin United States Sea-Doo 7 (8-3) Steven Jurccak United States Sea-Doo 8 (9-8) Drew Roush United States Sea-Doo 9 (11-9) Jayme Cheney United States Sea-Doo 10 (7-14) Abdulrahman Al-Bader Kuwait Sea-Doo Pro-Am Women Ski Limited 1 (2-2) Rachel MacClugage United States Hydrospace 2 (3-3) Emi Kanamori United States Kawasaki 3 (1-5) Anya Colley England Hydrospace 4 (4-4) Carla Klippenstein Canada Hydrospace 5 (9-1) Yuki Kurahashi Belgium Kawasaki 6 (6-6) Urbain Narine Belgium Hydrospace 7 (7-7) Yukiko Kume Japan Kawasaki 8 (8-90) Annie Bailey Canada Kawasaki 9 (5-12) Kylie Ellmers Australia Sea-Doo 10 (11-8) Katharina Lach Austria Hydrospace

Above: Chris MacClugage, United States, Yamaha; Left: Alessander Lenzi, Brazil, Yamaha Karen Mann Photos


WORLD FINALS RESULTS Masters Ski 1-Lisa Barsby, Hetuel Hetupstead, Hert, UK Hydrspace 2-Dalibor Turkovic, Croatia Hydrospace 3-Joseph Micali, Henderson, NV Hydrospace 4-Carla Klippenstein, Canada Hydrospace 5-David Cabrera, Miramar, FL Hydrospace 6-Michael Prodanovich, Serbia Hydrospace 7-Daniel McKey Martinelli, Argentina Hydrospace 8-Ronald Jones, Twin Falls, Idaho Kawasaki 9-Mitch Durica, Lake Havasu, AZ Kawasaki 10-Dopdagre Berott, Belgium Amateur Ski Open 1-Anya Colley, England, Hydrospace 2-Jeremy Poper Albuquerque, New Mexico Hydrospace 3-Conrad Cole Belle River, Ontario Kawasaki 4-Nico Lasselsberger, Austria Hydrospace 5-Brandon McMillan Lake Havasu City, AZ Hydrospace 6-Marcus Erlach, Austria Hydrospace 7-Charles Sims, Lake Elsinore, CA Hydrospace 8-Ryan Erskine, Alberta Canada Kawasaki 9-Kristofer Ingram, Lake Havasu City, AZ Kawasaki 10-Matt Weir, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada Hydrospace Amateur Freestyle 1-Manabu Matsubayashi, Japan, Yamaha 2-Dan Ashcrof, Chorley 3-Naoya Hamanaka, Sulta Osaka, Japan Yamaha 4-Kazuaki Sakaida, Alchi, Japan Yamaha

5-Alexander Kuramsmin, Kazan, Russia 6-Jack Moule, Hertfordshire, England Yamaha 7-Lorin Lowe, Orem , UT Yamaha 8-Jared Ajlouny, San Jose, CA Yamaha 9-Derrick Kemnitz Jr, Oakley, CA Yamaha 10-Khaled Al Qubaisi, Abu Dhabi, IT Yamaha Amateur Runabout Open 1-Cesare Vismara, Italy (posthumously) Kawasaki The IJSBA would like to recognize all competitors in the Amateur Runabout Open class at the 2009 quakysense World Finals. These competitors elected to declare that Cesare Vismara was the 2009 World Champion as a tribute to their esteemed colleague. It is important to recognize exactly what was the magnitude of this tribute. Nineteen competitors raced competitively all season to be prepared for the World Finals and then incurred a great deal of expense and sacrifice to get there and advance to the Main Event which consists of two Motos. These persons all contested the Amateur Runabout Open and many of them could have been the World Champion. Therefore the IJSBA would like to present the Moto 1 accomplishments* of the Amateur Runabout Open competitors so that they may all be congratulated on their successes as well as be recognized for what they gave in

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the ultimate demonstration of sportsmanship and respect for their follow racer: Joesph Scaturchio Billy Dearman Jeremy Schandelmayer Cesare Vismara Deniso Casarini Chutchanun Siriwattanakul Guy Greenland Montien Siriwattanakul Giorgio Viscione Roshaa Goff Ricky Trevizo Ryan Smith Matthew Leggett Joey Mauldin Dan Silva Weerapong Maneechom Troy Snyder Dennis Mack Rainer Eidner * These were the finishing positions based on the final posting on the pit board. Further adjustments, penalties, and unresolved missed buoy calls may not be reflected in these results.


2009

Rip ‘N Ride AJSP Cronulla

In September 2009, the AJSP Cronulla Rip ’N Ride, Personal Water Craft freeride event was held in Sydney, Australia. The location was Wanda Beach, Cronulla - home to event organizer “OzFreeRide.com” and a group of PWC freeriders who love nothing better than getting out there, ripping it up on a huge swell and riding their PWC’s to the limit! Rip’N Ride, now in its second year, began in 2008 after a group of riders got together for a bit of a fun day, hoping to attract other like-minded enthusiasts. They posted the idea on OZPWC. com and the amount of interest was amazing. With sponsors willing to support the day, it soon turned into an event that attracted riders from all over the country and across the Tasman. The day’s format was structured heavily around open-water freeride sessions, where as many as 10 riders are allowed in a controlled water space with no real instructions other than to have fun and go as big as they can. This energetic atmosphere was combined with clinic sessions by pro riders, teaching the basics of aerial tricks to the newcomers who were ready and willing to try. The competition side was introduced to attract some of the bigger names in the sport, which also helped with sponsorship. AJSP (Australian Jet Ski Parts) became the major sponsor of 2009. But the focus is about freeriding more than anything else. These freeride sessions

represent your time to show the crowd and other riders just what you can do, and it’s during these sessions that riders usually go biggest, as there’s minimal pressure. At the end of the day there are usually some stand-out riders, so a number of categories were introduced, with prizes for the winner of each category voted on by other competitors and event organizers. One of the categories was Best Trick, which any rider can enter. Simply name what trick you’re going to attempt, then you’ve got two attempts in which to carry it out. The usual judging factors are taken into consideration, including style, difficulty and execution. Another crowd favorite was the “Back Flip Champions of Champions,” an event where two riders battle it out to be the first to land a single back flip. The successor moves to the next round, until a winner emerges. With loads of prizes, graciously donated by companies such as Yamaha, Rick Roy Products, Worx Racing Skat Trak, Star Bar and many more, there were a bounty of awards for things such as “who traveled the furthest to get to the event,” “the first to sink their ski,” “first to enter the event,” “best overall ski” and more. However, without a doubt, the last and most anticipated event of the day would have to be what is called the “Cherry Popper.” This is a term used for a person attempting their first back flip! The Cherry Popper event aims to get the

1st-time flippers enough training support and courage to just have a go! As you can imagine, when the race is on to be the first to master this trick, there are loads of scary moments and many broken skis. Later that night, organizers, riders, sponsor’s family and friends met up at the local tavern, where the awards were presented to the winners of each category. A slide show of the day was also played, as riders caught up over a beer and reflected on what was an awesome day on the water. For more info on this or upcoming events you can visit www.ozfreeride.com. Rip’N Ride Results Sickest Trick — Pete McGloughlin Backflip Champion of Champions — Chris Campbell Cherry Popper — Joel Ryan/Justin Donahue Biggest Air Run About — Clint Debner Biggest Air Stand-Up — Pete McGloughlin Most Effort Award — Keiren/David Azzi First to Sink — Jayden Robson Best Presented Ski — Ronnie Hill Furthest Travelled — Norm, NZ First to Enter — Daniel Hounslow Forum Award — Cambo & Braidz


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