PRO WATERCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS THIS WEEKEND IN NAPLES FLORIDA

WHO:The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Sports Council of Collier County present the Pro Watercross World Championship series of events.

WHAT:The Pro Watercross World Championship, the biggest, best watercross racing show in the world, returns to Sugden Regional Park in Naples this weekend for the third year. First up on Saturday and Sunday October 27-28 is the thrilling Hydroflight World Championships. After a few days break, the week continues on November 1 with paddleboard followed by wake board and MotoSurf competitions leading up to the thrilling season-ending Pro Watercross competition November 2-5. All events are free for spectators. On Wednesday, November 1 free wakeboard lessons are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive

WHEN: Here is a full list of events and times.

EVENT: Pro Watercross Hydroflight World Championships
DATE:  Saturday-Sunday October 28-29, 2017
TIMES: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. competition

Saturday, October 28, 6:30 p.m. SPECIAL EVENT: Nightflight Competition

H2RO magazine is the official magazine of Hydroflight sports. Here is a YouTube clip they produced of a previous Nightflight event.https://youtu.be/9LMSRRjq3zs

 THIS EVENT IS WEATHER PERMITTING

Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

INFO:    The Pro Watercross Hydroflight World Championship and the Flyboard National Championship, features the best Hydroflight riders from around the world displaying an exhilarating range of skills during their freestyle battles.

EVENT: Pro Watercross Heyday Wake Boat Amateur Wakeboard Competition
DATE:  Wednesday, November 1
TIMES:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
INFO:    Heyday Wake Boats have been on tour with Pro Watercross all season and have created quite the wake. Pro Watercross presents the Naples Heyday Wake Boat Amateur Wakeboard Contest Wednesday Nov 1st.

FREE FOR ATTENDEES: This event has teamed up with Kirby's School of Wake to give the public the awesome opportunity to get a practice ride and lesson from pro wakeboarder and instructor Kirby Liesmann. This is a great way to get a feel for the wake or just come out for a fun wakeboarding or wakesurfing lesson. Lessons will be available from 9am - 1pm. 

EVENT: Pro Watercross Paddleboard – SUP at Sugden
DATE:   Wednesday, November 1
TIMES:  3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
INFO:    Paddle Board changes the pace to man-power momentum, as stand-up paddleboards SUP) take to the water for closed course racing around Avalon Lake. SUP races typically are a long straight course, but during the championship week, paddlers will take to the buoys course, making the same turns and straightaways as watercross racers, just at a vigorous but calming speed.

EVENT: MotoSurf World Cup Championship
DATES: Thursday-Sunday, November 2-5, 2017
TIMES:   10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
INFO:    Pro Watercross welcomes MotoSurf World Cup for it grand finale for the 2017 season. After traveling the globe these motorized surf boards produced by JetSurf will enhance the watercross weekend with motorsurfing, an entirely new sport established in the Czech Republic. This new sport is making its own waves tearing up race courses all over the world. Naples, FL is the climax of the 2017 Tour!

EVENT: Pro Watercross World Championship
DATES: Thursday-Sunday, November 2-5
TIMES: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
INFO:    The Pro Watercross World Championship features the world's best powersports athletes as Well as the up and-coming men and women in the highly explosive and exciting sport of personal watercraft racing, also known as "Watercross".  These riders from all over the world will utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology to help their watercrafts reach speeds of over 85 miles-per-hour. Throughout the week, riders will engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology and innovation on and off the water, combining the electricity and appeal of traditional beach events with the high-speed thrills of competitive motor sports - many relate this to Supercross on water.

WHY:   Naples and Collier County are part of an emerging sport's leap from national recognition into the international spotlight. Pro Watercross has been producing personal watercraft racing since 1995 and over the years the tour has grown to include participants from five different continents competing in tour stops throughout the USA.

Pro Watercross World Championship's Pro finals will be aired on the CBS Sports Network December 18, 2017. The CBS production crew will be part of the weeklong personal watercraft racing event which will start with amateur racing and flow into the final Pro weekend. Pro Watercross draws international, national, regional and local media publicity for its events. In addition to CBS Sports, national print and online magazines such as Pro Rider and Watercraft Journal will cover the event with articles read by their 100,000 readers.

For more information visit ProWatercross.com or Facebook.com/ProWatercross.

Photos: https://www.cleanpix.com/cleanpix/portal/W1qn8-HSk-Bce

About Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the official tourism marketing and management agency for Collier County, Florida, known as Florida’s Paradise Coast. The CVB provides information and assistance for sports event organizers, group conference and meeting planners, travel journalists, tour operators and travel agents; hosts the destination’s website paradisecoast.com, and creates annual marketing programs for the destination. The CVB and its promotional efforts are funded entirely by the Collier County tourist development tax collected by hotels, short term vacation rentals and campgrounds. No local property taxes are used to fund the CVB or its marketing campaigns and tourism industry activities. For more information on sports tourism marketing call (239) 252-5703. Find more about the destination’s sports marketing activities at www.paradisecoast.com/sports

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