The 2011 Sea-Doo PWC Nationals were held last weekend at Sydney’s home of PWC racing, Sans Souci beach. In front of enthusiastic crowds, Sea-Doo racers put on a show dominating the competition, including a clean sweep of the podium in the premier Pro Open Runabout class.
The championships organized by the AJSBA (Australia Jet Sports & Boating Association) marked the return of top level racing to our shores with an international field of world class competitors. Amongst the starters were Sam Harvey (2009 World Champion and current New-Zealand National Champion), Anthony Antees (former world number two and seven times national Australian national champion), James Masterton (2007 World Champion) along with Jared Moore of South Africa and defending Pro Open Ski Champion Trent Brown.
Heavyweight support came from the world’s number one PWC manufacturer in Sea-Doo, backing the event as naming rights sponsor. “The Championships is just another example of BRP and Sea-Doo giving back to the Australian community” said Kym Pardey, BRP Australia’s Marketing Manager. “Whether it is helping our Surf Lifesavers reduce drowning’s on Aussie beaches or supporting the core PWC race community, at BRP we are all about growing all sectors of the PWC industry and enabling the Sea-Doo brand to make a positive contribution”.
Sea-Doo reinforced its standing as not just the most innovative watercraft, but also the best in terms of power and performance by dominating the results sheet. All up Sea-Doo racers won over 10 podiums across the weekend from classes including the Pro Runabout, Amateur Runabout, Pro Stock, and Amateur Stock.
Special congratulations to James Masterton, winner of the premier Pro Open Runabout class. Interviewed after the race, Masterton commented, “We worked really hard in our preparation for the event, and considering the calibre of the field to come away with the victory is a huge achievement for the team. My Sea-Doo watercraft performed faultlessly and I would like to thank my team from Sydney Sea-Doo, along with the organising committee who have put on a great event.”
With a consistent performance across the five rounds Masterton narrowly edged out Jared Moore, who in turn was only a whisker ahead of Anthony Antees at the end of the final points tally. All three on the podium were aboard ROTAX powered Sea-Doo watercraft. Masterton’s smaller GTI provided lightening fast acceleration whilst the new s3 hull on Moore and Antees GTX models enabled the boys to attack the challenging choppy water conditions with confidence.
The championships were a great boost to the PWC industry. The great camaraderie shown by the competitors and the support of the organizing committee gave the event a great community atmosphere. The BRP team would like to congratulate Darren Williams from the AJSBA for his efforts, and assure that Sea-Doo will continue with its community support in a drive to further grow the industry