For all of his watercraft racing prowess, Roshad Goff had humble ambitions on the world stage.
Goff, 25, would outdo his expectations to nab a world jet ski championship. The West Bay native returned from the US last Thursday and states his new accolade is still sinking in.
“I started racing jetskis in 2006 and I feel great to be the 2012 amateur world champion and fourth in the world in the pro stock class,” Goff said. “My goal going to the International Jet Sport Boating Association World Finals was to at least come in top five in the world, which is not easy.”
The son of Gwendolee and Richard Goff recently competed in Lake Havasu, Arizona. He placed first overall in the Amateur Stock class and fourth in the Pro Stock division. Goff is the second Caymanian to earn a world title, following Jordan ‘JJ’ McLean’s historic effort in 2011. Interestingly, Goff also competed last year, placing sixth in the Expert Open category.
McLean joined Goff in Arizona this year along with a crew of local racers. McLean, 23, would compete in the Expert Limited and Pro-Am Limited and place in the top 10.
Goff’s achievement is a welcome feat for McLean, who stated in the past that he wanted more locals to reach world title success.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Caymanians excel in this sport each year,” McLean said previously. “We all grew up close to the water, dealing with all sorts of water conditions and I know us Caymanians are passionate about anything to do with the water. It definitely gives our racers a competitive advantage.”
Joining Goff and McLean in Arizona were Javier Medina, 2012 Jet Around Cayman winner Gary ‘GJ’ Whittaker and Vanjae ‘VJ’ Ramgeet. Medina rode in the Expert Limited, Pro-Am Limited and Novice Limited categories, placing in the top 10. Whittaker placed fourth in the Expert Limited division and Ramgeet finished fifth in the Novice Stock class and seventh in the Amateur Stock segment.
According to Team Good 2 Go, squad members McLean and Medina “were both unfortunate to have some mechanical failures and errors with their crafts, which cost them podium finishes at this year’s meets.”
It should be noted that most of the riders excelled in the Cayman Islands Watercraft Association 2012 National Championship Series. Goff won the expert class ahead of Whittaker, Medina is the national amateur champion and Ramgeet was second in the novice category.
Goff credits his recent run of success to the support of many people.
“First of all I would like to thank God for making this all possible. I would also like to say a big thanks to my sponsors: Tony’s Toys Car Boutique, Antonio and Glennis Smith, Eric Burton and Michael at Jet Tech Solutions, Farthing Racing, Mountain Motorsports, Monster Energy, the Cayman Islands Watercraft Association, the Cayman Islands Government and Sign Solutions.
“I would also like to thank the watercraft association officials for putting on three great seasons of racing. I also want to thank my team, Tony’s Toys Racing, my fans and supporters. This wouldn’t be possible without all of you.”