HERE IS THE 411

WHAT IS WATERCROSS?  

Watercross can be simply put as motocross on Personal Watercrafts (PWCs or jetskis). The exception being, these athletes compete on unpredictable liquid track varying from oceans, lakes and rivers. Competitors challenge the notion of what is possible on a PWC; utilizing the most advanced equipment reaching speeds of over 85 mph against a full line of competitors to the extreme freestylist landing a double back-flip in surf. This sport is driven by their passion, creating a lifestyle that combines adrenaline and pure enjoyment of being on the water.


Each race begins with one of the most gut-wrenching experiences in motorsports the side-by-side gated start.  Similar to horse racing, a watercross racing start features 20 riders exploding off the line, each thinking to themselves “I’m going to be the first one to that buoy.”  Surviving the first-turn is just the beginning.  Speed, technique and racing ability will all come into play over the next 20 minutes, as the riders begin to negotiate a series of left and right hand turns. Check out the CBS Sports opening segment... it says it all!

CBS SPORTS SPECTATULAR OPENING SEGMENT FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BEAUTIFUL NAPLES, FL

Runabout class

Ski class

Freestyle


CLOSED COURSE  

Similar to motocross on the water, closed course racing is handle bar-to-handle bar competition that pits rider and machine in a personal watercraft battlefield.  Reaching top speeds of over 90 mph; closed course racing features a buoy-marked, 1/2- to 3/4-mile track that is designed to keep the competition tight and fans close to the action.


FREESTYLE

Each event features a Freestyle segment that highlights the acrobatical abilities of these highly specialized athletes and their watercraft.  One of the truly “extreme sports,” freestyle features some of the most gifted athletes on the beach, performing two-minute routines in an Olympic-style format for a panel of judges. Competitors’ routines are made-up from a series of choreographed tricks. Freestyle is the crowd favorite, as spectators get a chance to interact with the competitors before, during and after the competition.  


FREERIDE

A freeride event is more or less of recreational event with a little bit of competition here and there. Freerides typically take place on a body of water that has surf, this is not for people who perfer the flat water... personal watercraft enthusiest aka Freeriders get together and have fun jumping the surf... seeing who can take the most air or do the sickest trick(s).


HYDRODRAG

Do you have the need for speed? Unlike Freerides, HydroDrag racing needs smooth water and it is just like it sounds. Two competitors come out of the gate racing each other and the clock for the fastest speed of the day and always looking to set a new world record...


CLOSED COURSE TRACK WITH BUOY MARKERS 

Huge colorful buoys are used to indicate turns in the racecourse.  The Pro Watercross Tour also uses long hot-dog inflatables to mark the merge lane from the split course.

Red Buoy: 

A red buoy indicates a left turn.  Two or more red buoys may be put in a line to form a large sweeping left-hand turn. 


Yellow Buoy: 

A yellow buoy indicates a right turn.  Two or more yellow buoys may be put in a line to form a large sweeping right-hand turn. 


Checkered Buoys: 

Checkered buoys indicate the Start/Finish line.  A rider must pass through these buoys for a lap to be counted.


Penalty Buoy:

The penalty buoy is to be used in the case of a missed buoy. The penalty buoy may be any color buoy that is designated by the Race Director and stands out and away from all other buoys on the race course. If a rider fails to properly negotiate, or misses a buoy, that rider must properly negotiate the penalty buoy instead of reattempting the missed buoy.


White/Other Color Buoys: 

White buoys are used to mark the outside lane of a racecourse utilizing a two-lane split start.  White buoys are also used to mark turns on the Slalom event and to mark the merge lane in the case of a “split” type racecourse.   


“Hot-dog” inflatables are also used to establish a merge lane on a split-type racecourse. Other Color buoys are often used on the outside of the racecourse to control boat traffic from entering the racecourse. 


Buoy colors direct the racer to turn.  RED signifies a left turn, YELLOW is for right.

WHO IS PRO WATERCROSS? 

Pro Watercross is the world leader in professional watercross events for both professional and amateur athletes. Pro Watercross events are the proving grounds for the world's greatest watercross competitors; United Kingdom, Indonesia and South Africa just to name a few. These titles are the most coveted National and World titles in watercross racing.