BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) has recently redesigned the Sea-Doo GTI to incorporate BRP's 1503 series 4-Tec engine. The revamped GTI now includes an all-new hull and has been transformed into a completely new model that adheres to the latest EPA standards. The 4-Tec engine is a SOHC three-cylinder engine with four valves per cylinder and multi-port fuel injection that provides better control of emissions and fuel economy. The GTI model's 1494cc engine is tuned for torque and low-end power delivery, providing 130 peak horsepower. The GTI's new fiberglass composite hull is a modified 18.5-degree semi-V hull, unlike the deeper 22.5-degree design of the larger GTX. The hull design's primary goals were to increase the fun factor and ease of use.
The new GTI is slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, with a dry weight of 732 pounds. Sea-Doo's closed loop cooling system has been incorporated into the new model, eliminating the need to flush the motor after use. The base GTI and the SE both come equipped with reverse, but the SE model has additional features such as a speedometer, adjustable mirrors, footwell mats, a deck pad, and a fold-down reboarding step.
Sea-Doo's focus for 2006 was on the mid-range price point, and the rest of its new line, including the GTX, GTX SE, GTX Limited, RXT, RXP, Wake, and 3D, remain largely unchanged. The 3D now offers a Direct Injection version of the twin-cylinder two-stroke 782cc engine, increasing its output to 130 horses.
In the BRP jet boat line, Mercury components have been eliminated for 2006, and all Sea-Doo jet boats now feature varying combinations of the 155-hp and 185-hp four-stroke 4-Tec engines. However, two even more powerful models are available. The Wake, a tower-equipped 20-foot boat, is aimed at action sports enthusiasts and anyone with a preference for power. It offers a 310-horse model and an intercooled supercharged version with a whopping 430-hp output. Both versions of the Wake boast a range of standard features, including wakeboard racks, remote control ballast systems, Clarion AM/FM CD stereo systems with P.A., and PerfectPass speed control with eight pre-sets.
The 2005 Hydro-Turf Freeride Championships — an International Freeride Watercraft Association World Tour stop coming to Oceanside, California on October 1-2 — will feature the world's best watercraft freeride athletes competing for a cash purse and IFWA World Tour Points.
The event takes place over two days to ensure the best possible surf conditions. Athletes will compete in Sit Down and Stand Up classes and are judged equally between wave jumping and wave surfing skills by a panel of five judges.
The event is open to both professional and amateur competitors. All competitors will compete in the 1st round. Riders with current World Tour Points will automatically advance. The remaining spots will be filled with the top qualifiers from Round One. Competitors will battle for a cash purse and points towards the title of IFWA World Champion. The normal requirement to declare professional status will be waived to all competitors except those who receive 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the final results.
Schedule: Friday September 30th
9am-4pm Rider Registration on-site
11am-4pm Supervised practice sessions for all competitors
All competitors must register before practicing.
7:00pm Rider's meeting -location to be announced
Saturday October 1st
8:00am Rider's Meeting on site
8:30am - 9:00am Warm Up (Practice)
9:00am - 10:15am Qualifying Round One Stand Up (Group A)
10:15am - 10:30am Break
10:30am -12:00pm Qualifying Round One Stand Up (Group B)
12:15pm-1: 15pm Qualifying Round One Sit Down
1:15pm -2:30pm Lunch Break
3:00pm- 4:00pm Possible Round Two Sit Down
(If excellent wave conditions exist)
Sunday October 2nd
8:00am Rider's meeting on site
8:30am-9am Warm Up (Practice Stand Up)
9:00am - 11:00am Round Two Stand Up
World Tour Points and top qualifiers from Round 1
11:00am-11: 30am Warm Up (Practice Sit Down)
11:30am - 12:30pm Round Two or Three Sit Down
12:30pm- 1:30pm Lunch Break
2:00pm - 4:00pm Round Three Stand Up
4:00pm - 5:00pm Round Three Sit Down (if needed)
Awards immediately following last round
There is no entry fee for the event but all riders must be current members
of the IFWA. You may join the IFWA online at ifwa.com.br or at the event. The cost of the yearly IFWA membership is $50 US.
Registration is limited in the 1st qualification round. All riders must pre-register by September 10, 2005. After September 10th, interested riders will be put on the waiting list. Please contact CarolAnne Giustina at email@example.com for more information.
Purse: Stand-Up Class Sit-Down Class
1. $1,000 1. $1,000
2. $ 500 2. $ 500
3. $ 250 3. $ 250
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The Hydro-Turf Freeride Championships will feature the best Freeride watercraft pilots in the world competing for their share of the cash purse and points toward the title of IFWA World Champion.
Spectators on the beach will witness this elite group of jet ski pilots performing amazing aerial tricks like back flips and supermans while also showcasing their surfing skills and expertise in the famous waves of Oceanside. A panel of professional judges will score riders half on surfing maneuvers and half on tricks.
The Hydro-Turf Freeride Championships are the 4th stop of the 2005 IFWA Freeride World Tour. Points accumulated on each stop will determine the World Champion at the fifth and final event in the series in Brazil in November. World-class events were held in Portugal, Spain and France in the month of April.
The International Freeride Watercraft Association (IFWA) sanctions the event. The IFWA is the sanctioning body of Freeride Watercraft events worldwide. The IFWA consists of representatives in 12 countries and a governing sanctioning body. The goal of the IFWA is to bring together athletes from all over and expose the sport of Watercraft Freeriding to the public and world at large.
Hydro-Turf is a leading manufacturer of performance traction products for land and sea. Hydro-Turf products cover a wide range of recreational and training equipment. These include traction pads, mats and upholstery kits for jet skis and personal watercraft, running board replacement pads for snowmobiles, personal watercraft accessories and apparel, Jet Boat Mats, Trailer accessories and more.
The Hydro-Turf Freeride Championships are produced by On Course Events. On Course Events is a nationally recognized event production company based in Lake Tahoe, California. On Course Events events include the Gravity Games, Jeep King of the Mountain, Vans Triple Crown Series, the IFWA World Freeride Tour and the Tahoe Games. For more information contact: email@example.com or visit ifwa.com.br
Although there have been rumors of a supercharged version of the STX-15F jet ski from Kawasaki, it has not yet been released with the 2006 model line. Instead, the returning SXR-800 stand-up and the "tuna boat" hull have been the focus of the lineup, as other models such as the Ultra and 1200STX-R have been removed. The Jet Ski 900 STX remains as the base three-seater, and the STX-12F and STX-15F have returned with no changes other than color options. The U.S. market will only have access to these four models, while a new sport class machine called the SX2-R has been released in limited quantities exclusively in the Japanese market. Although the masses may want a supercharged three-seater, Everyone is interested in the new model from Kawasaki, which is not yet available in the U.S. market.
At the September 7th dealer introduction of Honda's 2006 powersports products in Las Vegas, the company made few changes to its AquaTrax PWC lineup, sticking with its existing models from the previous year. While competitors like Kawasaki and Sea-Doo are expected to release more details soon, Honda chose to offer the three-seater F-12 in turbo, GPS-equipped turbo, and normally aspirated versions, as well as the two-seater R-12 in turbo and non-turbo options. The F-12 will be available with a white hull and either candy red or bright blue upper deck, while the F-12X turbo will remain black on the bottom with the blue upper deck reserved for the GPScape model. The R-12X will come in black on black, with silver access panels and seat, while the normally aspirated R-12 will be white with a bright blue top.
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Polaris has announced that it will no longer be manufacturing personal watercraft or boats effective September 2. This decision was made after the company's marine division had been unprofitable since it entered the personal watercraft market in 1992, losing over $120 million in the process. CEO Tom Tiller cited several factors that contributed to this, including the decline in industry sales since the mid-1990s, ongoing emissions regulations, rising costs associated with those regulations, and the decline in Polaris dealers carrying its marine products.
With the company's marine operations coming to a close, there are now only four personal watercraft manufacturers remaining: Sea-Doo, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Honda. Tiller said that less than 500 dealers carry Polaris marine products, down from more than 1,000 in the mid-1990s, and that fewer than 20 of the 105 employees in the marine division are expected to leave the company. The Spirit Lake, Iowa, manufacturing plant, which shared personal watercraft and ATV assembly lines, will be converted to assemble ATVs full time.
Polaris' personal watercraft business peaked in 1996 with sales of over $171 million but has steadily declined since then. By 2003, the marine division generated $53.5 million in sales and had a pretax loss of $13.2 million. Overall, Tiller said the Polaris marine division accounted for 3% of Polaris' total sales. As of early September, about 5,000 personal watercraft and boats are in dealer inventory worldwide. Polaris will continue to provide support to its dealers for selling the remaining inventory.
The Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA) expressed disappointment at the news and stated that the personal watercraft market is strong, with sales seeing their first annual increase since they peaked in 1995; current annual sales are over 80,000.
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