What is Watercross?
Watercross is the most exciting,
fan friendly type of boat racing you will find! Closed course
Personal Watercraft (PWC) racing and freestyle competition make
for a great day at the beach! It combines the big-air jumps and
stunts with exciting race action on the water with world class
athletes and fans cheering them on to all the fun, family venues
across the country.
The UWP-IJSBA National tour
consists of closed course racing which is a
contest of speed and riding ability featuring several
competitors negotiating multiple laps of a course approximately
1/2 mile consisting of left and/or right hand turns.
Freestyle held at noon each day on event weekend and is
intended to show a rider’s skill and expertise in executing
difficult, challenging and creative maneuvers within a set
period of time. There is a two minute time limit and the winner
is determined by a panel of judges.
Do I have to be an IJSBA member
In order to race an IJSBA event,
National or Regional, you must be a competition member. The
IJSBA offer an annual competition membership for anyone
competing in national event and a weekend membership at some
regional events. You can become an IJSBA member by either
online at the IJSBA or at the race site.
How do I sign up for a
competition membership and what do I get with the membership?
As an IJSBA competition member,
you will be allowed to race in any IJSBA sanctioned event,
National and Regional. You can become an IJSBA member by either
online at the IJSBA or at the race site. If you register
online, please print out the confirmation and bring it with you
to your first race! Individual Memberships are $45.00 per year.
You will also receive an
IJSBA membership benefits (excluding weekend members)
~IJSBA Competition Rule
~Two IJSBA Decals
~A rider /racer profile on
the IJSBA Social Networking website (launching summer
to the American Watercraft Association
~10% discount on parts and
accessories at Riva Motorsports
~Subscription to Ride
Magazine, the official community publication of the
~Special discounts pricing
for Hertz Rental
~Discount travel packages
with Southwest Airlines
~Discount on Motel 6 stays
~10% discount on part and
accessories at Walt's Motorsports
famous IJSBA Membership Card, the symbol of organized
PWC use for more than 32 years.
How do I know
which competition class to run?
The competition classes are
related to age, competition level of the competitor, and the
type of personal watercraft you are racing. Check the
2013 Race Classes page to see what classes are offered.
I’m under 18 years old. Is
there anything special I need to know or bring with me?
All racers under the age of 18
MUST have a provided a copy of their birth certificate and
MUST be accompanied with a legal guardian. The minor and
guardian will be asked to sign the minor waiver and release
form, agreeing that the information they are providing in true.
How do I register to race on
the UWP-IJSBA National Tour?
The quickest way is to sign up
online by going through the
race registration page.
We also have made available
printable entry forms that can be faxed or mailed (they can be
found at the bottom of the registration page).
There are registration deadlines
and a lot of pre-race prep work needs to be done. Be sure to get
your entries in early. Once you have registered online you will
receive an email confirmation, it is a good idea to print this
out and bring it with you.
What kind of equipment do I
need to race?
Safety is a critical part of
racing and should be taken very seriously. Prepare to have a
“Snell approved” helmet, life vest and footwear, which are
required. Wet suit or motocross pants, goggles, body armor,
gloves and shin guards are some of the equipment you should
highly consider. Stay away from the “watercraft” helmets that
incorporate the hard Styrofoam for the lining. If you can
afford it, Kevlar/Carbon Fiber helmets can make a big
What kind of rules do I need to know?
You can find the
IJSBA rulebook here. You will need to download the rulebook
and follow all the rules set forth in the IJSBA rulebook. If
you have any further questions, please contact the IJSBA by