#61 Tom Dark, #26 Tom Miller, #53 Harry Robinson
#22 Cameron Green
#111 Aaron Cantwell
#36 Rob Long
#27 Lee Wheeler #61 Tom Dark
Rookie Steve Combstock
Since its launch in 2013 the AquaX Ski Championship has grown from strength to strength and now boasts a full line up of young and up coming racers.
Similar to the AquaX format, the racing takes place mainly on coastal waters so the ability of the racer is what makes the difference. The technical tracks and challenging conditions provide a great show for the spectators as they get to watch the skill of riders up close and personal. “We started developing the Ski class in 2013. Initially we ran two promotional events and then in 2014 we launched it as a championship class,” explained Lisa Barsby, AquaX Championship Manager. “This year competition has really stepped up attracting a good mix of both Elite and Rookie racers, so whoever lifts the title will be thoroughly deserving.”
The class is designed around the original stand on Jet Ski and offers two categories – the Ski Elite for the experienced racer and the Ski Amateur, for the beginner racer. The Elite riders can modify their craft, but modifications are strictly controlled to keep the costs low. Rookies race box stock craft, but they are allowed to modify the handling components.
The AquaX Ski season started in Scarborough at the end of May, where 15 years old Aaron Cantwell held off a strong charge from Cameron Green and Rob Long to take the lead in Championship. Despite his younger year’s Cantwell showed he had all the makings of a future champion, just like fourteen-year-old Harry Robinson who led the Rookies home with a decisive wins over Nick Brockbanks and Tom Dark.
Next stop was Gosport, where conditions would test the most skillful racer. Reigning Champion, Lewis Goodchild, used his experience to ride through the gnarly waters of the Solent to take back to back wins on Saturday. However, Cameron Green came back strong on Sunday morning to pip Goodchild to the post. Wild card racer Kane Brown put on an impressive display of skill and determination to ride through the pack and win final race of the day.
When the waters settled it was Goodchild, over Rob Long with Green taking third in the Elite class. Tom Dark riding a smart and consistent race headed up the Rookie division and brand new racer Steve Combstock achieved his first podium finishing in second ahead of Harry Robinson.
The tour then headed north to Kingston Upon Hull, a long-standing venue for the P1 Grand Prix of the Sea, but a first for the AquaX Ski Championships. Racing took place immediately outside the Marina entrance where the crowds gathered on the banks of the fast flowing River Humber to catch all the action.
First to stand out was first time AquaX racer Tom Miller. Miller is not new to racing Jet Skis and used all his skill and experience to negotiate the 6-knot current and choppy waters to ride to victory in all four races. Miller took the overall win ahead of Cameron Green and Rob Long.
It looked like Tom Dark was going to do a similar white wash of the Rookie class, except a spill in Race 4 gave local favourite Harry Robinson the final win much to the delight of the home crowd.
Seventeen year old Cameron Green now leads the pack going into the penultimate round in Cardiff in just two weeks time. Yet despite his young years Cameron is already a british closed circuit champion, but this in his first year taking part in the P1 AquaX series. “I’m thrilled to be leading the championship, and hope to continue with further podium finishes I would love to win, however there is strong competition out there,” explained Cameron. And he’s not wrong there. The organisers are expecting to attract bumper entry in Cardiff as the conditions are more akin to lake racing and will favour those with closed circuit experience.
Actions starts from 12.00 on Sunday and 11.00 on Monday. Best viewing id from the Barrage.
Sunday 30 August
11:00 Official Superstock Practice
12:00 Freestyle Displays - Barrage
12:15 Official Practice AQX Ski & Race 1
12:45 Official Practice & AQX 200/250/300 Race 1
13:45 Freestyle Displays – Pier Head
14:00 Superstock Heats – Round 1
15:15 AQX Ski Race 2
15:30 Superstock Heats – Round 2
16:45 Freestyle Displays - Barrage
17.00 AQX 200/250/300 Race 2
17.30 Freestyle - Barrage
Monday 31 August
10:30 Superstock Practice
11:00 Freestyle Displays – Pier Head
11:10 AQX Ski Race 3
11:30 Superstock Heats – Round 3
12:45 Freestyle Display - Barrage
13:00 AQX 200/250/300 Race 3
13:45 Freestyle Displays - Barrage
14:15 AQX Ski Race 4
14:30 Superstock Heats – Finals
15.30 Freestyle Podium Display - Barrage
15:30 Podium Presentations