One of the select lakeshore beaches in the United States to be certified a Blue Wave Clean Beach, and selected by USA Today as one of America’s greatest beaches, Racine’s North Beach is tucked in between Milwaukee and Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan, and provides an optimal configuration for the second-most attended race of the tour - falling only behind Georgia’s Lake Hartwell Wet & Wild weekend.
Crystal-clear, bright blue waters, a sizeable parking and dry pit area adjacent to the wide, golden-sand beach, and with Lake Michigan’s unpredictable surf could give riders a flat water or surf race... On-site amenities such as nearby restrooms, a children’s playground, and a concession stand with live music, makes Racine’s North Beach a top race site, and a favorite destination for race families, fans and PWC enthusiasts alike.
“Racine, Wisconsin offers lots to do within the city and surrounding area, great hotels and restaurants and not to mention the beer and brats and cheese curds. Racine is a truly great destination, and the city goes above and beyond to welcome the tour and our racers. Our relationship with city officials is a key component to the success of the weekend event,” Handler said. “There is a large PWC enthusiasts base in the region, and the local convention and visitor’s bureau, Real Racine, does a great job of helping to promote the event.”
Cari Greving, Events Manager with Real Racine, is equally as enthusiastic about the 2019 return of the Pro Watercross Tour, and is optimistic about the continued success of the partnership and the event in the upcoming three years.
“I am ecstatic that Pro Watercross and Real Racine are making it official and partnering for three years! The success of the event in 2018 really made me excited for what we can do to grow this event every year. I’m even more thrilled that Pro Watercross and it’s racing teams enjoyed their time here and saw the opportunity for what’s to come,” Greving said soon after the contract was signed.
Greving said the 2018 Pro Watercross brought $300,000 in economic benefit to the city over the two-day event, and accounted for roughly 200 room nights at the city’s hotels. Between the Pro Watercross races, and the EVP Volleyball tournament, held during the same weekend as the Pro Watercross race, there were “at least 3,000 to 3,500 people on North Beach,” Greving said.