Skis set to surf their way along the east coast for the kids

Over 50 Personal Water Crafts (PWC) have already signed up to the 2014 'Ride the Tide' Yamaha Variety Jet Trek – an adrenalin packed adventure that kick starts next February. Positions are still available to join this once in a life time adventure!

Event organisers, Variety – the Children’s Charity of Queensland, is calling for any would-be PWC enthusiasts, long time ski experts or anyone in-between to contact the Variety Queensland office for more information about this 6 day, adrenalin packed adventure raising money for kids in need.

The Yamaha Variety Jet Trek is now in its 16th year, with the fun on the water, great locations travelled and meeting with the kids Variety is able to support through the ‘Trekkers’’ (as their affectionately known) fundraising efforts, listed as the reasons people keep coming back.

Every ski that is on the water is followed by a road crew tracing along the coast line, loading the skis on and off the water at each over-night stop, making this event a great chance to get a group of mates or the family together to share the time on the water and in the car.

The trek will commence in Port Macquarie on Monday 24 April, travel over 600km north over 6 days, to arrive in the Sunshine Coast for the finale on Saturday 1 March.

Participants will travel through towns and communities, visiting children and schools along the way and granting equipment, services and experiences to children who need it most. Towns include: Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Heads, Coffs Harbour, Wooli, Yamba, Ulmarra, Yamba, Ballina, Kingscliff, Jacobs Well, Brisbane, Bribie Island and the Sunshine Coast.

The 2013 Yamaha Variety Jet Trek, which started in Cooktown, battled against cyclonic conditions but was not enough to dampen the spirits of 60 Trekkers who collectively completed a cumulative total of 17,788 kilometres, becoming the first holders of the Longest Distance by a Group Riding for Charity on Personal Watercraft record and more importantly raised over $150,000 for kids in need.

The Yamaha Variety Jet Trek will again in 2014, raise thousands of dollars for Variety the Children’s Charity of Queensland and their mission to empower kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

Motoring Events Director, Rob Goodwin, said the 2014 ‘Ride the Tide’ Yamaha Variety Jet Trek is adrenalin packed and a unique adventure.

“The Yamaha Variety Jet Trek is an ideal event for like minded people to come together and enjoy the open water in areas that may be difficult to access independently, while raising money for a great cause.”

Every Trekker must raise a minimum, fully tax deductable donation of $2000 in order to participate in the event, as well as a $55 application fee and a provisions levy that is set closer to the date. Variety is on hand to offer advice and guidance to participants with their fundraising events that can vary from raffles, to barbeques, karaoke nights and bowls days.

For enquiries or to book a place on the adventure, please visit, call 07 3907 9300