Going into this weekend, Dylan from OzTec racing and I had no idea what to expect. Speaking for both of us, we were pleasantly surprised! The Pro Watercross Tour put on a great event, especially for the first time at a new race site. In my opinion, the Atlantic City Boardwalk is one of the best things that has happened to Watercraft Racing since the lanyard! So much fun and entertainment…
Although the drive was a little brutal to make in a day and a half from Florida on Thursday night and back on Sunday night, I will be going again next year! The combination of the surf, the pier and the excitement of AC Boardwalk backdrop is a one of a kind location in PWC Racing tour stops. During the day the beach is packed with spectators and at night it is bustling with a plethora of entertainment for everyone. The beach, the food, the general atmosphere, and the inviting nature of the Atlantic City people is a unique kind combination I have not experienced before at any of our races. I want to give credit where it is due to the Pro Watercross staff for putting on a great race for us!
Atlantic City was my first race back at closed course racing since 2015, and also my first closed course race back on a Sea-Doo RXP-X since late 2013. I can’t thank Sea-Doo/BRP’s Allen Walker for all the performance parts, and Cody Hawkins for arranging the Sea-Doo X-Team support enough! My 2016 Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 performs like a beast! It is precise in it’s handling at every buoy and torquey down the straights. I can not wait to get it dialed in, and make a couple podium runs at the remainder 2016 racing season.
One of the most impressive things about the PX 300 is it’s agility. Being met at the starting line with chest high breaking surf, and met at numerous corners with a four foot rollers, Atlantic City is undoubtedly a surf race. The ability to scrub waves and set up for the turn while in mid air on the PX is an amazing feeling that I can only equate to riding motocross. The Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 is an impressive and agile turning machine. It feels good to be back on a Doo!
I am however a little squirrly given my late arrival to the 2016 season, and am still working out the “details” so to speak. A little tweaking to my setup, better starts and a little less of the “swim or win” mentality on my part, and I will be able produce the results I expect of myself for the rest of the 2016 season.
The next race on the schedule is the Pro Watercross Tour stop in Lake Hartwel, GA. where I will be staying with one of my dear friends Clay “Claya the Slaya” Barbee. Lake Hartwell will be followed up by a visit close to my home town with P1 Aqua X in Chicago.
I want to give thanks to Rich “Tattoo Rich” Maley at Action Kawasaki/Sea-Doo Bradenton for prepping my RXP-X 300 for racing… Rich, John Havell, Allen Walker and Cody Hawkins are a huge part of my successful racing adventures for the 2016 season! I also want to thank Blacktip Jetsports and Watercraft Superstore for being one of my longest running sponsors with the best support, seat covers and traction mats in the biz, RIVA Racing, Dylan Osborn as my privateer cohort in crime, Jessica Waters of Water’s Edge Photography for the action photos, and last but not least… Trisha King for continuing to support me doing what I love!
Ride it Like You Stole It!