All About Jet Jam Racing
Welcome to the exciting and family-friendly world of Jet Jam Racing. World Champion Riders at Jet Jam compete for titles and personal glory while amateur riders finds a proving ground to test their abilities.
Jet Jam creates the most entertaining family-fun you can find on a beach. World-class Pro Riders showcase amazing speed and technical abilities while amateur riders have a place to strut their stuff and learn from the best. Jet Jam is a family participation event with both kid and adult events on the water and on the beach. Come on out, spend the day, watch some great competition and hang out with the Jet Jam Family.
What is a Personal Watercraft?
Personal Watercraft come either stock or custom depending on the rider and the event. The skis are transported to each event with some racers having more than one ski as they ride throughout the world. The dry weights of these machines can be over 900 pounds of power and thrust. Professional racers either transport their machines to each race or, when racing throughout the world, ship their skis in large containers to the destination. Races are worldwide with the best riders travelling to the Middle East, Thailand, Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia. Personal Watercraft Racing is world wide and growing.
The “Stand-Up” Professional Riders race in excess of 70 mph and the long distance “Run-About” Professional Riders” exceed 90 mph making for exciting and adrenaline fueled racing. Each rider chooses the brand of machine to ride and there are mechanics who specialize in certain brands. Professional riders are often sponsored by a certain brand of machine and mechanics. A few of the professional riders choose to work on their own machines, so they know what to expect as they ride.
Jet Jam Glossary
Hole Shot: When a rider gets to the first turn in front of all the other racers.
Jet Ski: Is actually the brand name of all Kawasaki personal watercrafts. Kawasaki had a patent on it for years and that is why the term Jet Ski became the household name. It’s like all sodas are called “Coke” by some people. Wave Runners are made by Yamaha and the Yamaha Standup is called a Super Jet. There are also other Stand-up companies like Bullett, Trinity, Kommander and Perforce Composites that make aftermarket hulls. The riders call their machines either racing boats or racing skis.
Run-about: The term for a long distance ski with a seat
Closed Course: A contest of speed and riding ability featuring several competitors, negotiating multiple laps of a course approximately ½ mile long and consisting of left and/or right turns.
Slalom: A timed event requiring a competitor to complete multiple zigzag right and left turns around stationary markers.
At the Jet Jam Series Tour there will be over 20 professional riders at different events. This is the place to see the best of the best, right here on your local beach. The racing classes begin at Age 10 and go up to Senior Divisions. If you ride, if you have wanted to race, Jet Jam is for your whole family!
Safety is important. All riders must adhere to Jet Jam Safety Standards.
All Stand-Up riders must wear SNELL approved helmets, back protection, US Coast guard approved life jacket and footwear.
All Run-About riders must wear SNELL approved helmets, leg protection and the US Coast guard approved life jacket and footwear.
What should a person expect to do when they go to Jet Jam?
When not racing, the racers get ready for their next race by eating, drinking, relaxing and fixing their skis, if needed, while they stay loose and comfortable on the beach. They hang out with their friends and watch the races because the Jet Jam community of racers love to watch each other race and they keep track of which races are going on. Spectators can watch the races from either the bleachers or from the beach, There are a few things keep an eye on, like who gets the ‘hole shot” who is riding the best and who is moving up from behind. There are certain riders who set themselves apart from the pack due to their incredible skill and they are the ones to watch!