In its first weekly update leading up to the World Finals; the IJSBA announced that the World Finals will take place in Lake Havasu, October 3-11. The event will be a scaled down version due COVID-19 precaution. Safety and a competent staff are the number one and number two priorities when it comes to delivering this event.
It’s bare bones right now and IJSBA will add amenities as the situation and finances allow. Updates will allow everyone to know what to expect as far as scheduling, venue, layout, prizes, safety precautions, provisions, and participating exhibitors.
Safety on and off the water is the biggest priority and will not be compromised. Furthermore, all attendees and participants will comply with all directives, restrictions, and requirements put in place at the time of the event. The event is supported by GoLakeHavasu and the Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Additionally, the event is subject to the jurisdictions of Lake Havasu City, Mohave County, the State of Arizona, and the United States Federal Government Everyone must adhere to the rules put forth by the city, the Federal Government, and the IJSBA. Keep in mind that your attendance and participation in World Finals is contingent on your compliance with the protocol placed on the IJSBA.
IJSBA believes that is in the best interest of the sport to keep the continuity of the World Finals going through 2020. Watercraft racing is resilient and has survived some tough times and this may be one of the toughest. IJSBA also believes that to overcome these difficult times, it’s important to focus on what everyone CAN do and make the best of the situation.
The next step is to plan the World Finals event. Competition is slated for Wednesday, October 7th through Sunday, October 11th. Check in will be spaced out and will take place October 3rd through October 5th. The initial practice and riders meeting will take place October 6. Awards will be given at the end of each day that categories are completed.
See the IJSBA website for the complete press release, categories, and changes made for this season. We at The Watercraft Journal are glad to see that some semblance of racing is taking place and hope that someday racing returns to what it was pre-pandemic times.