Pro Watercross Tour brings ‘NASCAR on the water’ to southern Utah

Posted at 8:17 PM, Jun 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-27 00:01:39-04

HURRICANE, Utah - Typically jet skis are known for family recreation, but an event this weekend at Sand Hollow State Park will show off just how fast they can go.

More than 150 amateur and professional racers are signed up to compete in the Pro Watercross championships. This is the fourth stop on a tour across the country where pro riders put jet skis to the limit. Organizers call it NASCAR on the water.

“65 to 70 miles per hour,” said pro rider Ian Robertson. “Which is pretty intense on water. You’re standing up, the only thing you have to hold on is a handle pull, which pivots and moves.”

Robertson says he does it for the adrenaline. He’s been racing for eight years on jet skis and says most people are surprised they can go that fast. Pro Watercross started doing events 20 year ago, and they’ve gotten bigger over time--bringing in athletes from all over the world.

This is the first time racers will be in Utah. They say it’s what you might expect from a competitive race, just with a lot more splashing.

“It’s pretty intense, especially in the first corner,” says pro rider Shante Bukes. “It’s just spray everywhere, so you struggle to see where you’re going.”

The public is welcome and encouraged to watch and cheer on the racers. Admission to the Pro Watercross Tour is free; however, normal entrance fees apply for Sand Hollow State Park. Beach activities for children and families are also being provided free of charge.

For more information about the Pro Watercross Tour, visit their website.