A new jet ski racing event was created at Royal Palms Beach Club and provided some thrilling action throughout the day.
The inaugural Monster Media-Hydrocross races were organized by Monster Media in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Watercraft Association on Saturday and featured 22 riders competing in three divisions, Beginner, Amateur and Expert level.
The nine podium winners included in the Beginner Class: Matt Panton 1st place, Justin Rankin 2nd and Ryan Vanderbol 3rd. Amateur Class: Nicholas Hydes 1st, Daron McLean 2nd, and Kaleb Ebanks 3rd. Expert Class: Gary “GJ” Whittaker 1st, Paul Rousseau 2nd and Kaleb Ebanks 3rd.
Hydes said, “To date, it was one of the best events I have participated in. The venue was excellent and the races were well organized. I am really looking forward to the next one.”
Monster Media-Hydrocross event coordinator Pablo Rousseau was delighted with how it all went and hopes it will quickly become jet ski racing’s premier event.
“I was extremely impressed with the overwhelming support by the riders, parents, sponsors and volunteers for the event,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to the next event and hoping to have some overseas riders participate so our local riders can show their real potential.
“We have some extremely talented riders in Cayman, and I know they will make us proud.”
Rousseau thanked the numerous sponsors who supported the event including, title sponsor Monster Media, Sea Farer Adventurers, Comfort Suites, Royal Palms, A.L. Thompson, Wet n Wild Watersports, Fat Fish Adventures, Paddleboard Cayman Style, C.I.R.E.B.A, Mobile Tire Services, Tony’s Toys, Paramount Media, Vibe 98.9 FM and Spin 94.9 FM.
Ria Ghai of Yabsta Digital, a first-time spectator of a Cayman Islands jet ski event thoroughly enjoyed it all. “I had a really good time,” she said. “The organizers and sponsors put on an excellent show. Aside from the action of the racing, the sponsors offered fun games and prizes for the crowd to participate in.”
Ghai added that she liked the way Hype man Mike and the local deejays kept the event running smoothly with great music and tons of giveaways.
“There was a great vibe throughout the day and you could feel the energy as soon as you touched the sand,” she said. “The spectators were cheering on their favorite riders and gripping their seats throughout every turn. It was truly an awesome experience and I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to attend this event. I’m looking forward to the next one.”
Vincent Ramgeet is spokesman for the Cayman Islands Watercraft Association. “This approach to the Monster Media-Hydrocross event, is exactly what the association mandates were formed around,” he said. “We are hoping to see more local race promoters emerging and CIWA can take its rightful place as the sanctioning and governing body of PWC racing within the Cayman Islands and step back from race promoting.”
Ramgeet said it was started with Jet Around Cayman and the East End Surf challenge which were the legacy races.
Rousseau revealed afterwards that plans for another series of races are already under way for this year, with his hopes of the Monster Media-Hydrocross event growing in size and stature with possible international riders participating.
For more information on the Monster Media-Hydrocross event, contact event coordinator Pablo Rousseau at 938-9751.