AquaX is the fastest growing personal watercraft championship in the world. Its rapid growth is owed to a simple, yet challenging race format that appeals to todays personal watercraft users.
This year the program will include the unveiling of a professional level race series and expansion of two further championships in the Great Lakes region of the USA and in Southeast Asia.
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The P1 race marshals have a dual role at AquaX events, making sure that riders stick to the rules and safety. Personal watercraft are pretty robust, but they take a lot of punishment. The marshals are given an area to cover and have to get to everywhere in their allotted zone within 20 seconds. In the amateur classes, the marshals have to keep an eye out for riders who are not used to the gruelling conditions and may fall off with exhaustion. This involves the marshal controlling that area and who will head to the rider plus a second one who will aim to be a few boat lengths ahead to yellow flag the incident, often using a whistle to attract the attention of other riders. The race doesn't stop in these circumstances but the yellow flag cautions all riders that they need to take extra care.
The professional riders are less likely to suffer fatigue, but their highly-tuned personal watercraft can break down and they can find themselves adrift in the race line. In this case, two marshals are needed; marshal number one moves behind the rider to protect them from oncoming riders by using a yellow flag and whistle whilst he second marshal is responsible for towing the ski off the race line as quickly and as safely as possible.
The race marshals do a difficult job very well across the season and our thanks go out to:
Glyn Ovens - Marshal Trainer / Instructor
Jimmy Reyes - Head Marshal
Johnny McEarchern - Lead Marshal - New racer instructor
Trevor Lewis - Lead Marshal
Zach James - Marshal
Justis James - Marshal
Joe Smith - Marshal
Justin Taylor - Marshal
Chase Bennett - Marshal
Trenton Smith - Marshal
Blake Porta - Marshal
Well done guys!
We would also like to thank four of the P1 sponsors who help tremendously with the marshal's equipment and who give them the ability to communicate quickly and reliably offshore: Icom America for superb radios, Gath helmets. Jet Pilot who provide our marshals with wet suits and Yamaha who provide the skis.