Fundraiser for PWC Racer Chris Leo; Bring Back His Smile


The sport of PWC is full of adrenaline, racers traveling at fast speeds in tight buoy courses. While this is what fuels every racer with energy, collisions can occur and leave devastating impacts. In October 2015, Chris Leo was racing in a AquaX 300 PWC Race in Tavares, Florida. During the race, a boat entered the area causing a wake to come through the course and knock Chris off into the water. After being in the water for only a matter of seconds, a fellow racer who was traveling at 80+mph crashed into Chris. The result was a fractured face and broken jaw.

The result of the crash came with a lot of therapy and surgeries, medical bills and a long recovery. Chris’s parents struggled with insurance as they submitted claims but continued to get denied. They even had full coverage for Chris and his PWC. In August of 2019, Chris and his family received good news about a doctor in Maitland, Florida who could perform a reconstructive surgery to replace his teeth and bring back his smile. The family submitted another claim for insurance but were denied again.

Chris’s mother, Theresa Zorn has since started a fundraiser on Facebook to help fund the surgery. The family has had multiple medical bills over the last four years which forced them to shut down their repair shop which Chris was the foreman of. Chris is now working as a mechanic in Brevard County while raising four children.

Dear PWC community, this is a terrible accident that happened to someone in our community. Please donate whatever you can, even donating a few dollars makes a huge difference. Feel free to share the link with anyone because the more people who read about Chris’s story, the higher the chance of reaching their final goal will be. Here is the link to the fundraiser along with a description written by Chris’s mother.

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Blake Ellestad

Blake Ellestad

Blake decided to buy a jet ski before a car and it was the greatest decision of his life. He was able to start reading on the forums and absolutely fell in love with the information and the sport. Blake says he will be riding jet skis for a very long time.

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