Jettribe Mid America Jetski Race Home Town Racer
Last weekend marked the final round of the Jettribe Mid America Jetski racing series, held in El Dorado, Kansas. It was the last stop of the IJSBA tour in the region.
This series of races brought together the best jet ski racers from Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico.
It was a long season that started in Lincoln, Nebraska (June 5 – 6), Lawrence, Kansas (July 17 – 18), Pomona, Kansas (August 14 – 15) and ended in El Dorado, Kansas (28 – August 29)). Your Sulfur Springs Jetski runners were Brian Snyder and Andrew Vo, a 12 year old junior runner. Andrew and Brian have both moved out of California in recent years and now reside in our great city of Sulfur Springs. Andrew and Brian were rookie jetski racers this summer who both took first place overall in the Jettribe Texas Jetski racing season. They were favored for the podium in the last round of the final race in El Dorado, Kansas. But racing is racing and luck, of course, plays a huge role in winning or losing.
Saturday, Moto 1, race 1, Brian Snyder had his work cut out for him, he went from the Beginner class to the Amateur 4 stroke class. It’s a tough class, with a stacked queue. The other runners have raced in this class for years with the only higher level of advancement being the Pro class. In the first race of the day, Brian was on the line with his original Kawasaki stand-up 1500cc jetski, among a wide range of experienced racers, with fast and refined skis. The next 30 seconds seemed like hours. When the elastic at the start line closed, all runners immediately shot with the slingshot. Brian got caught behind the other riders’ pump wash and his ski intake was mostly sucking air and pump wash, much like a washing machine, as well as heavy wakes. Brian was thrown from his ski, but he stubbornly applied the grip of death and clung to his jet ski weighing over 500 pounds, going at 60 MPH. It painfully caused her shoulder
to separate and instantly ripped certain muscles. After his run, we took Brian to the Butler County EMT on site. They
says “No more racing for you”! Brian was unfortunately away the rest of the weekend. Tony de Jettribe has always insisted that we run for fun, not for a cash prize, and since we all have to work on Mondays, so stay safe. The
will be other races.
Andrew Vo, entered the final race of the Jettribe Mid America Jetski Series with a sense of confidence. He narrowly won first place overall in the junior beginner ski class of the Texas series and two podiums in the Mid America series. For this weekend, at the last minute, Andrew asked the race organizer (Terry
Hebert) if he could also participate in the men’s beginner standing ski class, just to gain experience. Terry
reluctantly approved of Andrew running with the adults, but Andrew was advised not to try to pull the hole and stay behind for safety’s sake. The men’s ski class consisted of 1500cc Kawasaki SXR standing jet skis. These are the fastest, most powerful jet skis you can buy right out of the box! Andrew lined up with this Yamaha Super Jet 2021, with a 1050cc engine, a disadvantage of 450cc but it only weighs 80 Lbs!
His running class all season was the junior rookie class, and we knew that next season Andrew will have to graduate.
to the next class. Andrew will have his hands full next season, so training early was what he wanted to do.
Since the previous laps this season, all of Andrew’s junior teammates had gotten faster (really fast), and a lot
were equipped with more powerful jet skis. Andrew fought hard on the race track all weekend throughout his four races. He managed to steal three firsts when one of the bike’s leaders, Noah (an aspiring young racer from Kansas), fell off his ski in the back straights. Andrew was in a comfortable and solid second place and managed to overtake the downcast runner and snatch the checkered flag! The last day of racing on Sunday counted for double the points, and it all played out in this race. Tristan, an experienced junior rider also from Kansas, got the shot on his Kawasaki SXR 1500cc. Andrew pushed back the field and followed the first lap in second, charging hard and pushing Tristan for a mistake. But Tristan had a solid race until the last lap. Andrew took to the split indoor track and caught up with his teammate, as the two fought to get their ski to come to the corner of the next red buoy. Both runners arrived warm, and both runners
ejected from their skis almost at the same time, just like the scene from the movie Hot Waters! Andrew and Tristan swam to their skis like it was the Olympics, frantically trying to restart their skis to rush to the finish line. Luckily Andrew’s friend and teammate was a faster swimmer and restarted his skiing and deservedly won the last race. In total the points accumulated on Sunday and surprisingly Andrew won another “first” weekend in the junior beginner ski class !!! Congratulations to all the junior riders, it was a tight and narrow points weekend, and luck has had
a huge factor in this regard.
Again, luck must watch over Andrew. In the men’s ski class, Andrew rode his trusty Yamaha Super Jet 1050cc which was slightly underpowered. Andrew would swap positions all weekend with the top 3 adult riders on their Kawasaki 1500cc jet skis. In the last race of the weekend, Andrew was doing what he was supposed to, staying safe, while chasing the adults for experience. As the extra long race progressed, Andrew was in the middle of the field and then found himself gaining one spot after another as the adult runners fell or fatigue set in, slowing them down. We suspect playing Andrew’s football in the Sulfur Spring Soccer Association helped his stamina. To the amazement of the crowd on the last lap, Andrew, a junior rider in the men’s ski class, found himself in the lead of the race! For some reason, the current race leader fell hard at full speed in the back straights, ejecting himself more than 100 feet from this upright jet ski. Andrew clinging to a far second place jumped up and rounded the course
marshal trying to fish the leader of the runners. Andrew crossed the finish line by winning the men’s ski category!
We are proud of Andrew for completing a long and difficult first season of racing in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. We saw Andrew grow emotionally and physically as he always remained humble in this exciting power sport. Next season will be very difficult as Andrew moves into a higher class and will face a group of more experienced riders.
Jet ski racing is half luck and timing and the rest is skill. For our next race site, we will be heading to Lake Havasu City, Arizona for the IJSBA Jet Ski World Finals, where Andrew will join hundreds of junior racers from around the world in a training camp with the racers. professionals. We are looking forward to the next race!
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