For the fourth consecutive year the RIVA Racing HydroDrag World Finals was at Lake Grew, in Polk City, FL, right behind the USA Water Ski Hall of Fame. Held over the first weekend in November, the event welcomed some of the world’s fastest personal watercraft – with many inching closer to toppling the standing World Record of over 106 miles per hour (current held by Rayge Sanchez)!
The winter weather was setting in early for November in Florida, causing many to scramble to re-tune their engine’s computers. Others found the temperatures favorable for their setups. Thankfully, the air might’ve been crisp but the rain stayed clear, giving racers a weekend of clear blue skies.
Classes were broken into Hydro Stock, Hydro Superstock, Hydro N/A (Naturally Aspirated), Hydro Spec, and Hydro Unlimited. In addition to the bracket races, the HydroDrags featured a Speed Alley as well as the Blowsion Flatwater Freestyle event and the Waterfrontoo Slalom Competition.
Featured below is a fantastic 30-minute video Manuel Valdes. Recapping the weekend’s festivities, Manuel does a great job of capturing all of the fun, the excitement and fervor of the fastest growing series of PWC racing in the United States.