The National PWC Jamboree is back at Nashville Shores, Tennessee, for the weekend of May 21-23, 2004, following a successful event in 2003 that saw a turnout of over 275 participants. This three-day recreational event is designed to showcase the social and lifestyle aspects of PWC riding. The Jamboree offers a variety of games and challenges both on the shore and on the water, including the King of the Beach, Super Slalom Challenge, and Radar Gun Shootout. These competitions provide an opportunity for riders to test their skills and compete for the fastest slalom times and the chance to back up boasts about their PWCs' speed.
Additionally, family-friendly contests such as Wamilton's Sickest Trick competition, a freestyle event, and the Watercraft Olympics will be available for participants of all ages. The Watercraft Olympics will give families the chance to demonstrate their skills by navigating obstacles and performing tasks on the water.
The highlight of the weekend will be the PWC Poker Run, where participants will have a chance to explore the scenic J. Percy Priest Lake while collecting poker cards that could lead to some significant prizes.
If you're interested in being a part of the National PWC Jamboree, visit www.pwcfun.com, or contact PM Sports Marketing at (586) 598-2856 for more information.
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KENNESAW, GA — Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. has announced that, after 34 years of distinguished service, Rick Johnson has retired. Rick Johnson’s longtime service to Yamaha will be remembered for both his dedication and successful undertaking of a broad range of strategic initiatives and product launches.
Joining Yamaha in 1969, Johnson began a wide range of sales and management positions involving virtually every product line that Yamaha Motors has sold in the past 35 years. In 1969, Johnson was the first employee of the newly formed Yamaha snowmobile division. Johnson then became Motorsports District Manager for the Southeast, and, following a move to Cypress, CA, became the sales and marketing manager for new products, Power Products, Race Karts, Riva Scooters and Golf Cars. After successfully launching those products, Johnson became Motorsports District Manager in the Northwest.
In 1991, Johnson moved to Mexico as the only American to hold a position of General Manager and New Business Development Manager of a foreign company working for Yamaha Motor Mexico, Ltd. After his assignment in Mexico, Johnson moved back to the U.S. to start the Yamaha LakeRunner project. He subsequently served as WaterCraft Division interim Marketing Manager and Government Relations / Education Manager. After launching the original Yamaha Boat project, he then served as Regional Manager for Yamaha’s Century and Cobia Boat brands, developing and expanding the original dealer network for all three product lines. Johnson has been most recently the Senior District Manager for the Southwest for Yamaha WaterCraft in LaQuinta, CA.
“Rick Johnson is a man who has lived a life that anyone interested in motorized recreational products would consider a dream come true,” said Mark Speaks, Yamaha WaterCraft Group president. “He has always performed at the highest level, being named District Manager of the Year multiple times, and earning a room full of awards. He is truly one of a kind, and it has been a privilege to know him and to work with him.”
Being a personal watercraft (PWC) enthusiast can be an expensive hobby, and not just because of the cost of the PWC itself, which can range from $8,000 to $10,000. The additional gear required for a safe and comfortable ride, such as wetsuits, personal flotation devices (PFDs), gloves, and booties, can add another $500 to the total cost. However, the Jet Gladiator line from Overton's offers a cost-effective solution without sacrificing style.
Overton's, known for its marine catalog offering everything from spark plugs to fiberglass, has developed a line of PWC parts and accessories over the years, including stylish and budget-friendly riding gear. The Jet Gladiator line offers a mix of form, function, and affordability that is hard to ignore. The 3mm thick Farmer John with Jacket is the most versatile suit across the line, available for both men and women. The two-piece suit allows the user to wear only the bottom "john" during milder weather conditions, and add the front-zip jacket when it gets colder. The comfortable flatlock stitching and reinforced kneepads make the suit durable and comfortable, while the "fineskin" chest panel reduces heat loss in the critical torso area. The short length of the jacket won't bunch up when sitting on a PWC for extended periods.
The Jet Gladiator John/Jacket combo is offered for only $139, which is about $30 cheaper than other brand names, making it an affordable option. Overton's also offers additional gear, such as PFDs, gloves, and booties, at great prices. The three-color neoprene Coast Guard-approved PFD is available for as low as $59 on sale, while a pull-over style 100MPH rated nylon vest costs only $49.99. Neoprene booties are available for $21.99, and gloves for a mere $10.99. These are high-quality items at great prices, making it easier for families to outfit themselves for this exciting pastime.
Overall, Overton's Jet Gladiator line offers a cost-effective alternative to higher-end brands without sacrificing style or quality. Check out all the gear on their website at www.overtons.com.
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