The IJSBA, along with Club Jet Marme De San Javier, is pleased to announce the dates and location for the IJSBA 2006 World Offshore Championships.
The event shall take place in Gandia, Spain on October 28 and 29. The coastal city of Gandia is renowned for its beautiful beach, restaurants, shopping, and producer of some of the most delicious oranges in the world. A palm tree lined city center adds to Gandia’s reputation as a European tourist destination. “The promenade is beautiful and full of famous shops and restaurants. People come and enjoy the beach during the day and the best nightlife in Spain.
IJSBA racers are sure to have a treat by competing in this venue,” said co promoter Esti Amatriain. Gandia is also known as the home of the French boat “Challenger” which competes in The America’s Cup Race in Valencia, California.
Taking full advantage of the renowned Mediterranean Sea, the racers will have to compete in a test of physical and mental endurance that takes them on a course of more than 120 KM. Competitors will have to endure the elements of the sea while navigating to specific points in order to make the most efficient times. “Last year, we had more than 100 competitors from various countries. This year, people are really talking about the event. Its going to be the biggest offshore race ever.”
Supported by the local community and other sponsors, there will be significant media coverage for this event. “Two helicopters will be following the race and pictures taken from the flight vantage points will be given to the international media,” continued Amatriain.
Club Jet Marme De San Javier will also be offering mini ATV races, live concerts, site exhibitors and vendors, and much more. The 11 KM beach of Gandia will be focused on PWC Offshore racing for this epic World Championship event as racers compete in four categories: F1/ PRO Open Runabout, F1/PRO Open Ski, F2/Limited Amateur Runabout and F2/Limited Amateur Ski. All participants will race at the same time.
“This is an excellent opportunity for IJSBA European Affiliates and their members as well as for competitors from all around the world,” said IJSBA Managing Director Scott Frazier. “Europeans have locally a prominent World Finals in a category of racing that truly demonstrates the potential of PWC athletes and their mechanics. Offshore racing on a PWC requires the special skill of being able to keep up top speeds while plotting the most efficient course during the race.
This will also mean a great fall and winter for IJSBA racing throughout the World: the IJSBA World Finals in the United States from September 30-October 8, the IJSBA Offshore World Championships in Spain on October 28-29, Thailand’s Kings Cup on December 9-10, and Australia’s Second Annual Motosurf World Championships in late February.
There is now no off season for PWC racing.” The IJSBA will immediately begin working on compiling information on how to assist US and other international racers who want to attend this prestigious event.
Plans are already underway to assist racers in sending equipment from the World Finals to the Kings Cup then on to Australia’s Motosurf World Finals.
For further information, please contact the 2006 Offshore World Championship Promoter:
CLUB JET MARME DE SAN JAVIER
C/ Enrique Granados, 2
30730 San Javier – Murcia
Club Jet Marme De San Javier is the IJSBA Affiliate for the country of Spain. The International Jet Sports Boating Association is the worldwide sanctioning body for personal watercraft competitive racing. The IJSBA is responsible for the rules which govern the sanction, organization and conduct of sanctioned events; the standards for eligibility and conduct of competition and officials; the regulations for eligibility and preparation of watercraft; and the rules for annual series of events around the world. The IJSBA has affiliated associations, organizations and members in more than 50 countries worldwide and its headquarters are located in Half Moon Bay, Calif. For more information, phone: (714) 751-8695 or www.ijsba.com