In the wake of a less than chart-topping IJSBA World Finals in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, there’s been a whole lot of chatter that PWC racing is dead or inconsequential. While the latter is the subject of its own year-long series of in-depth reports, the first is definitely untrue. In fact, the statement is so far off base that The Watercraft Journal has made it a point to help announce every new and exciting format for future PWC racing the first moment we learn of it.
Earlier we told you that it was our honor to participate in the coverage of the soon-to-launch PWC Arena Racing series happening in conjunction with Florida’s HydroCross and HydroDrag series. But many missed the message or even the implications of what Arena Racing means to the world of competitive PWC racing…so let us elaborate:
PWC Arena Racing is what it sounds like; personal watercraft racing held on the water of an outdoor arena setting. Arena racetracks are commonly used for high-speed boat races and are primed to be a PWC venue. The arena platform “creates a watercraft-racing format that is visually spectator friendly from the bleachers and easily understood by both the crowd attending the event and the racers competing,” as the official PWC Arena Racing website states. Unlike other shoreline-based events, watercraft racing in a closed arena setting provides an up-close racing experience unlike anywhere else, placing the spectators safely near the action.
Now with an all-new website for both PWC Arena Racing and HydroCross Racing, you can keep up-to-date on all the latest action. But until then, here’s a graph of the proposed 2015 events as well as a quick video on what to expect: