If you’re into jet ski racing, we really sincerely hope you love Florida. The panhandle state has quickly become the go-to state for personal watercraft and watersports competition in the last year and it’s only building up to be even bigger for 2014. Even as last week’s Pro Hydro-X Tour announced its reduced and redesigned format and we all eagerly anticipate the dates and locations for this year’s AquaX series, AJ Handler and the family at UWP have made a pretty big announcement:
The Pro Watercross Tour is foregoing last year’s Lake Charles, LA location and has opted for the far more touristy Pensacola Beach for the first round of the UWP-IJSBA National Tour. Kicking off May 10th and 11th, the Grand Prix of Watercross weekend promises plenty of non-stop family-friendly action. Scheduled to be held just east of the Pensacola Beach Pier (one of the longest piers in the Gulf of Mexico), the event hopes to pack the pier and shoreline with plenty of spectators and racers alike.
What’s most interesting about the announcement is that the Pensacola Beach, Florida event is only one week before the Panama City Beach’s Super Cup of Watercross on the following weekend, May 16-17. This purposeful scheduling of two consecutive weekends of racing only one hour from each other ensures that racers, crews and manufacturers will be present for the whole week. The Watercraft Journal intends to attend all week as well, so if at Santa Rosa Island or on the beach in Panama, we’ll see you there!