On Saturday, June 24th, the PWC world lost such an amazing young woman who played a huge part in the PWC community. It is with very heavy hearts that we here at The Watercraft Journal sadly announce the passing of Beatriz Curtinhal at the age of 22 following a fatal car accident in Spain. Beatriz was a two-time National Champion and former UIM (Union Internationale Motonautique) Continental Aquabike Class Pro Ski Women’s GP1 Champion. It’s truly a showcase of her exceptional talent on a ski that she was able to achieve these championships at such a young age.
“I am deeply saddened by this tragedy, which has taken away from us a promising young driver. On behalf of the UIM and the entire Aquabike community, I would like to extend to Beatriz’s family and her many friends our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences” said UIM President Raffaele Chiulli in a recent release. With the news spreading about the loss of Beatriz, competing riders in the Aquabike Continental Series that was scheduled that weekend in Penafiel, Portugal asked the organization to suspend the race as a tribute to their friend and fellow competitor.
We ask our readers to share a moment of silence and join us in sending thoughts, prayers and love to her family and friends. You will be missed Beatriz.