Video: Jet Skiers Ride Through Flooded Park, Grand River

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Two years ago, Michigan experienced some torrential flooding, with nearly every river spilling over its banks throughout the Great Lakes region. Of that, the Grand Rapids area saw excessive flooding swelling the Grand River over its Army Corp. of Engineers’ man-made berms and pouring over into roadways, neighborhoods and municipal parks. While the damage to personal and government property was extensive, there were a few intrepid jet skiers who chose to see the silver lining in an otherwise dark situation.

In a bit of a “wayback Wednesday” we picked up on a fun video filmed in April of 2013 of three friends riding a trio of standups – a 10-year-old Yamaha SuperJet, a 20-year-old Yamaha squarenose and a really old school Kawasaki 550 – who roll out of the corner of Belmont, Michigan’s Jupiter and West River Drive before braap’ing through a nearby playground, sports park and even a few remnants of a skate park complex. Shooting through barren trees and around a kids’ jungle gym, it makes for some new riding scenery.

Interestingly enough, it appears that these riders were given a pass by local police as at the beginning of the video, you’ll see a local sheriff waving on the three as they pull away from their trailers. Normally being in Michigan, we’d think these riders would be sitting on the ground lined up in a row with their hands cuffed behind their backs, but somehow they manage to ride away from a friendly officer and come back to their trucks without a single patrol car in sight.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – 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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