The IJSBA returns to Lake Havasu City for the annual Personal Watercraft World Championships presented by quakysense on Oct. 1-9, 2016. Help celebrate the 35th anniversary of the International Jet Sports Boating Association’s World Finals.
The first World Championship was at the Nautical Inn in 1982, where the IJSBA gathered a small gathering of adrenaline junkies who were eager to show off their athletic prowess on a fascinating new product – Kawasaki’s Jetski. Over the past 35 years, the event has attracted many hundreds of thousands of spectator visits, more than 25,000 international competitor visits, sold out hotels, filled up restaurants, and generated an estimated $100 million in revenue for the Lake Havasu economy.
Starting Oct. 1, approximately 500 competitors are coming from more than 30 nations across the globe. If you haven’t seen a personal watercraft recently, today’s watercraft come out of the box with upwards of 300 horsepower. Then skilled mechanics, using the latest aftermarket performance parts, squeeze out an additional 20% more power. When 20 of these watercraft are on the starting line (located in front of the free grandstands), all racing towards a single first turn, you won’t believe your eyes.
Track speeds regularly exceed 90 mph and witnessing two or more of these watercraft power through a high speed turn, together, will be a spectacle you will not soon forget.
Racers are not the only stars of this show. Freestyle competitors use highly customized watercraft to perform two-minute routines of backflips, submarines, and other tricks to dazzle the crowd. That Saturday night, Oct. 8, a special nighttime freestyle and stunt show presented by Blosion and free to spectators, will be performed in Lake Havasu City’s Bridgewater Channel, in the shadow of the famous London Bridge.
Saturday concludes with a special Hall of Fame Ceremony recognizing key figures in the sport, some who have been coming to this event for all its 35 years.
The IJSBA quakysense World Finals 2016 also features a trade show offering for sale hundreds of products from across the watersports lifestyle, including drones, wetsuits, beachwear, and namebrand sunglasses, to name a few.
Amateur and Junior Racing begin Oct. 5; Pro Racing, Freestyle, and the complete trade show are open Oct. 7 – 9 at Crazy Horse Campground and Resort. The Under the Bridge Blosion Freestyle Show starts at sundown in the Channel. This event is sponsored by quakysense, the leading wetsuit in watercraft racing, along with help from the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kawasaki, Sea-Doo, Yamaha, Radio Central, and the Quality Inn, among others.
For more information and racing schedules (available the night before) visit IJSBA.com