Let’s face it, riding a personal watercraft can be one of the most exciting things you will ever do. When it comes to getting the most thrill and enjoyment out of your ride, what better place to get advice than from the Pro’s! RIVA Racing recently published an article by pro racer Amanda LeCheminant. In it, she gives some helpful tips on how to get the most out of your performance watercraft.
The first and foremost advice is to get to know your machine. This not only means getting to know the controls but also knowing how your particular watercraft responds to rider input. Take some time to learn what lean angles and body positions work best for you when cornering. You will eventually learn to shift your body weight to maintain control. “One thing you’ll notice from watching the pro’s is that they are constantly moving.” LeCheminant also recommends to play around with adjustable sponsons and trim (if equipped) based on the riding conditions.
Next you want to invest in the proper parts for your watercraft. Whether its sponsons, adjustable steering kits, or aftermarket intake grates and ride plates, the correct parts will give you ideal handling and stability as well as give you full control of the ski for a more confident ride. Check out rivaracing.com for your parts needs.
One of the most important aspects is to wear the proper gear. Not only will it keep you safer, but will also allow better control and visibility. For the racer, this includes a wetsuit, PFD (personal flotation device), gloves, goggles, and shoes. She also recommends a helmet and back protector if you are doing any aggressive riding.
If you remember our pro riding tips last year from Anthony Antees, you will see that many of these same tips are being echoed. This indicates that there is some recipe to this madness and that it works. For more detailed information on how you too can ride like a pro or simply get the most excitement out of your watercraft, check out the links above.