Hydrocross jets back in style

Beach lovers and jet ski fans alike are relishing the return of jet ski competition this weekend. 

Royal Palms Beach Club on Seven Mile Beach sees the action on Saturday.  

The 2014 Hydrocross competition is organized by businessman Pablo Rosseau in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Watercraft Association.  

With the assistance of the many corporate sponsors supporting this event, the Hydrocross organizers have ensured that spectators can expect a tremendous tournament. 

It starts at 10 a.m., runs until 4 p.m., and features 21 riders in three divisions – Beginners, Amateur and Pro.  

The riders in the Beginners division are Anthony Logan, Ryan van der Bol, Matt Panton, Nathan Ebanks, Shemaiah Grant, Justin Rankin, Cline Gidden and Kelsey Rae-Smith.  

The largest division is the Amateurs whose riders are Kaleb Ebanks, Mark Rae-Smith, Ryan Harding, Frank Watler, Nicholas Hydes, Javier Medina, James Foster, Jeremy Thompson, Darren McLean and Jordan “JJ” Mclaughlin.  

The Expert division features Seth Watler, Paul Rousseau and Gary “GJ” Whittaker. 

Rousseau, of Wet ‘n Wild Water Sports, said, “We’re very excited about the 2014 Hydrocross Jet Ski Race. Cayman has a rich watercraft culture and we decided to organize the event this year to give some of the youngsters the ability to compete and demonstrate their talents.  

“We are catering the event to the fans and spectators across the island, with jet pack demonstrations, prizes and parasailing throughout the day,” he said. 

Rousseau thanked the numerous sponsors supporting the event including Sea Farer Adventurers, Comfort Suites, Royal Palms, A.L. Thompson, Wet n Wild Watersports, Fat Fish Adventures, Paddleboard Cayman Style, CIREBA, Mobile Tire Services, Tony’s Toys, Vibe 98.9 FM, Spin 94.9 FM and Monster Media. 

Vincent Ramgeet, spokesman for the Cayman Islands Watercraft Association, said, “This approach to the Hydrocross event is exactly what the association mandates were formed around. We are fully on board and will be sanctioning, governing and providing race day management support of the race.  

“We are hoping to see more local race promoters emerging and CIWA can take its rightful place as the sanctioning and governing body of powered water craft racing within the Cayman Islands and step back from race promoting.  

“This was started with Jet Around Cayman and the East End Surf Challenge, which were the legacy races.”  

For more information on the 2014 Hydrocross event, contact event coordinator Pablo Rousseau on 938-9751. 

Gary-Whittaker

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