Video: Flashback Friday, Kawasaki JetSki Story 1975


Spending a couple of days with Yamaha’s Scott “Hollywood” Watkins has a way of getting standup skis on your mind. That’s how this week started for us at The Watercraft Journal, so when we stumbled across this restored vintage reel from Kawasaki’s “Good Times Theater,” we had to share it for this edition of Flashback Friday.

According to the video’s description, “This is one segment from the restored video player ‘Kawasaki Good Times Theater.’ The Good Times Theater video players were used at Kawasaki dealerships in the 1970’s for customer viewing on the showrooms. This restored video features great Kawasaki moments from the mid to late 1970’s. Audio quality on the restored video is fair, but clearly understandable. This is a great piece of Motorcycle History. Hope you enjoy it.”

This was just one of several promotional videos that helped introduce boaters and powersports enthusiasts to the all-new 400cc Kawasaki JetSki. A completely unique and innovative machine, the JetSki was unlike anything seen before, and by 1975, Kawasaki truly owned the water all the way until 1988 when both Sea-Doo and Yamaha introduced their sitdown entries.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin 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.

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    Faxon 26 April, 2016 at 21:56 Reply

    Really wish Kawasaki would release a new “FUN” ski and not another huge boring Barge sit down. Them out of the stand up business is like Coke not selling soda. Truly a waste of an iconic name.

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