Gallery: Family Rides WaveRunners to Christ Of The Abyss in Florida Keys


We recently shared videos by Dean Banyon setting up his Yamaha VX Deluxe and a brand new 2018 Yamaha FXHO all for offshore PWC fishing. The rigging and towers are reminiscent of Brian Lockwood’s setups, which we’ve featured on The Watercraft Journal before as well. Banyon’s a South Florida resident and gets in quite a bit of riding (and fishing, obviously), and has done a fantastic job documenting his setups and rigs respectively.

Recently, Banyon was joined by his daughter, Kasey and a friend, Destiny as they explored the Christ of The Abyss statue fixed off of Key Largo in the Florida Keys. Besides some astoundingly clear blue waters, Banyon and crew took in some snorkeling and swam through the wildlife teaming around a coral reef. The bronze statue was, according to Wikipedia, “presented to the Underwater Society of America in New York in 1962 (…) On August 25, 1965, it was placed approximately in 25 feet (7.6 m) of water off the coast of Key Largo, Florida, near Dry Rocks, approximately six miles east of Key Largo in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The statue weighs around 260 kg, and the concrete base to which it is attached weighs approximately 9 tons.”

If you haven’t already, now is the time to start planning your next big ride. Seriously, if this video doesn’t get you stirring to load up and get in a big ride, we don’t know what will.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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