Sea-Doo® watercraft supplied the power while Red Bull® brought the energy during the Red Bull Tow-At Surfing competition at the Sebastian Inlet Pro. The Globe® Sebastian Inlet Pro took place January 5-12 and is the largest pro surfing contest on the east coast of North America. The $75,000 purse and chance to win a all-new Sea Doo GTI™ watercraft drew many of the best surfers from around the world. The Tow-At was an invitation-only event comprised of nine of surfing’s elite wave riders being pulled by a Red Bull branded Sea Doo WAKE™ watercraft.
Utilizing the towing capabilities of the Sea-Doo WAKE, professional surfers were pulled into the waves at up to twenty miles-per hour leading to dramatic aerial and carving maneuvers. The introduction of the 2005 Red Bull Tow-At marked the first professional surfing tow-at event in history, and set the tone for an exciting run in 2006. The capabilities of the Sea-Doo WAKE watercraft allowed these athletes to access more waves at the perfect break than they would by simply paddling.
The result of the Tow-At event is a high-energy, fast-paced contest with tricks and maneuvers being attempted that would be nearly impossible with out the use of a Sea-Doo watercraft. Each competitor was allowed 20 minutes to be towed in the Sebastian Inlet surf for the 1500 spectators lining the beach. This particular day generated waves waist to head high providing the ideal conditions for “sick” heats.
The competitors pushed their limits in attempts to gain the high score that would give them the win and the DESS™ lanyard to a new Sea-Doo GTI watercraft. Geoff Brack of California, Cheyne Magnussen of Hawaii, and Josh Kerr of Australia earned the top three scores in the first heat allowing them to compete in a ten minute or ten pull (which ever came first) final. Brack and Magnussen surfed well and filled their ten minutes with innovative and aggressive maneuvers, but it wasn’t enough. The Tow-At victory would go to current world aerial trick surfing champion Josh Kerr who utilized his time snapping turns off of the wave lips, landing big floaters, and finishing with a huge aerial 360.
Calling all racers! Get ready to rev your engines for the 9th Annual Sea Doo Surf and Turf Championships, starting with the first two stops at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama on March 25th and 26th. This Spring Break event will be a double points series, featuring a surf race and the opportunity to bring your totes and ATVs. The schedule includes two motos on Saturday and an extra-long moto on Sunday. The Perdido Beach Resort is a top-notch resort with all the amenities, and everyone is encouraged to stay there by calling (251) 981-9811 and mentioning the "Surf and Turf" racing group for a racer discount of $120-$135 oceanfront. Make sure to reserve your spot early as the hotel is expected to sell out! Plus, there will be a BIG SEASON OPENING RACER PARTY you won't want to miss.
Next, head to Macon, Georgia for the second stop on May 13th and 14th at Lake Tobesofkee. This round was brought back by popular demand and offers camping and motor home options. Along with PWC racing, there will be pit bike racing, a barbecue, a bikini contest, and "The Hill of Thrills" for the whole family to enjoy.
For the first time in history, the tour will go to Myrtle Beach, SC, for rounds 5 & 6 on June 1st – 3rd, running with the Sun Fun Festival that attracts over 500,000 people! The event will include the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Bikini Contest, an air show, Freestyle Motocross, and plenty of fun for the whole family! This event will also be the 1st round of the East Coast Cup Series and be televised.
The tour will then head to Mooresville, North Carolina for the APBA Nationals on June 16th-18th, where Stutts Marina on Lake Norman will be the event site for this extravaganza. Racers are encouraged to bring water stands, and there will be a riverboat on hand for spectators. The event will feature the largest cash payout in the USA, along with a welcome party at CS Performance on Friday, a Racer Party on Saturday Night, and a bikini contest on Sunday. However, there will be no RVs on site this year due to limited space.
Finally, the Sea Doo Surf and Turf Championships will conclude on August 12th and 13th at the luxurious Edgewater Beach Resort, where the white sandy beaches and emerald green water will create a picturesque setting. This event will be held with "X-treme Fest" produced by the Surf and Turf Crew, featuring PWC Racing, a band, Street bike Freestyle, Freestyle Motocross, and racer parties, as well as a bikini contest. The season will wrap up with a sit-down awards ceremony on Sunday evening. Please note that no RVs are allowed on site.
This season is action-packed with something for everyone, so bring a friend and join the PWC Racing FAMILY! For any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you're interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Mike at (850) 376-5495. Thank you for your support!
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