About Us

img_3558Welcome to The Watercraft Journal, my name is Kevin Shaw, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher (and you can reach me directly at kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com). Together with my wife and daughters, I wanted to pursue my love for personal watercraft, those who encompass the industry and accompanying sport, and create something unique – something that matters.

Here you will find a daily supply of uniquely-written industry news, honest product and personal watercraft reviews (and at times, they might be a little too honest), timely event coverage across around the globe, informative technical how-to articles, shop tours, interviews, gorgeous pictures and some pretty cool videos.

You can count on us to publish new articles every single day, Monday-through-Friday. No other magazine compares and since launching in 2013, have become the single-largest, most popular PWC in the world. Best of all, The Watercraft Journal is for you to share with your friends and families. That’s why it’s 100-percent online and it’s 100-percent free to you.

The Watercraft Journal Staff

avatar for Kevin ShawKevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com
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.

Contributors

avatar for JD BrusselsJD Brussels

A true Florida native, JD bought his first boat before he was old enough to drive. You can usually find him tinkering on one of his many projects, tearing up the ocean on his Ultra 310, or spending time out on the boat with his wife and 3 kids.

avatar for Joshua DowlingJoshua Dowling

Based in Sydney, AUS, Joshua Dowling has been riding PWC since 2014. He's clocked hundreds of hours of ocean riding along the east coast of Australia – and away from the vast number of PWC-restricted areas in Sydney's waterways – but doesn't mind burning fuel in flat water from time to time.

avatar for Ally EmigAlly Emig

A mom and avid jet ski lover, Ally has become one of the most recognized fixtures on the shoreline capturing heat-of-the-moment action of your favorite PWC races.

avatar for Greg GaddisGreg Gaddis

Greg Gaddis is a die-hard PWC enthusiast. Son of the founder of the worlds largest PWC forum and performance parts store, skis play a major part of his life seven days a week. While his first love are PWCs, his passion for mechanics does not stop there. He has a knack for anything with an engine and can’t help but tinker.

avatar for Ashley HaudeAshley Haude

Ashley "chixwithtrix" Haude is an avid motorsports enthusiast who loves to share the stoke with fellow riders. After years of riding sport bikes, drift cars and dirt bikes - stand up jet skis became a life passion from racing to freeride in 2015. You can find Ashley on the water most weekends, or in the garage during the week working on her skis.

avatar for DJ MiddletonDJ Middleton

DJ Middleton is an irredeemable hoon who retired from motorcycle racing only to find that life in the fast lane still beckons. He has a particular affinity for modified cars, sports bikes and PWC. He can often be found at speed on the sparkling blue waters of tropical Queensland, Australia.

avatar for Ocean PriselacOcean Priselac

An avid mountain and bodyboarder who lives by "if you don't go, you'll never know," with an affinity for wildlife and animal rescue; surf forecasting is a huge part of Ocean's life and was a winner in Red Bull's Project Swell several years ago. The 2014 LB2CAT was her first jet ski competition and can't wait to do it again!

avatar for Julian RamirezJulian Ramirez

Julian Ramirez is an avid PWC enthusiast. He grew up in the desert of west Texas riding dirt bikes from his youth and old school VW sand rails. Until one day during A family camping trip. Julian convinces his dad that they should get a pair of JetSki‘s just to have fun with. After those first JetSki‘s it was over for Julian, he fell in love with the watercraft industry and the camaraderie and support that the community brings.

avatar for Jessica WatersJessica Waters

A working photojournalist and reporter living in Florida, Jessica Waters has covered competition stock car racing, downhill skiing, motocross, horse racing and hydroplane races for more than 30 years, and added jet ski races and freestyle competitions in 2010, covering many competitions for local media outlets.

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