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Naples, Fla. (October 25, 2018) – The Pro Watercross World Championship, the biggest and best watercross racing show in the world, returns to Sugden Regional Park in Naples this weekend for the fourth year.
First up on Saturday and Sunday October 27-28 is the thrilling HydroFlight World Championship – including the visually spectacular Nightflight exhibition Saturday night at 7 p.m. The inaugural SupXross (SUP-cross) World Championship paddleboard races and the fast and furious Powerboat Nationals Formula 4 World Championship also fill out the wild weekend action.
The watercross week continues October 30-31 with the Hydro Expo. Athletes and beach lifestyle enthusiasts from all over the world will be in the Naples area as part of the Pro Watercross World Championship week. The public expo gives both athletes and the public the chance to meet with watersports manufacturers, distributors and dealers to try out the latest equipment.
The MotoSurf motorized surfboard competition takes place November 2-4 with the thrilling, season-ending Pro Watercross personal watercraft competition November 1-4. All events take place on Lake Avalon at Sugden Regional Park in Naples and are free for spectators.
For detailed event information go to www.prowatercross.com/wc
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:Pro Watercross World Championship – Including HydroFlight World Championship, SupXross, Powerboat Nationals Formula 4 World Championship; MotoSurf; Hydro Expo
WHEN:October 26 – November 4.
Friday, October 26: Early Photo and Video Opportunity: HydroFlight qualifying rounds take place 11am-6pm
Saturday, October 27: Hydroflight 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Hydroflight Nightlight show 7 p.m. (weather permitting); Powerboat Nationals 10-11 a.m. & 2-3 p.m; SupXross 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 28:Hydroflight men’s and women’s championship finals 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Powerboat Nationals 10-11 a.m. & 2- p.m.
Tuesday/Wednesday, October 30-31:‘Try Before You Buy’ watersports craft and equipment at the Hydro Expo throughout both days. Hydro Expo vendor exhibits remain in place through November 4.
Thursday, November 1:Pro Watercross personal watercraft racing begins. Schedule TBA.
Friday/Saturday/Sunday, November 2-4:MotoSurf World Cup motorized surfboard racing and Pro Watercross World Championship personal watercraft racing. Schedule TBA.
WHERE: Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples, FL 34112
WHY:Naples and Collier County are part of an emerging sports 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 in December 2018. 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 additional information visit www.prowatercross.com/wc
Hydroflight:HydroFlight is an exciting new extreme sport that is taking the water sports industry by storm. It's exactly what it sounds like. It uses the power of water to send a rider flying through the air at extreme speeds, soaring heights and even diving through the water as effortlessly as a dolphin.
Nightflight: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
Powerboat Nationals Formula 4:Experience the thrills of breath-taking and heart pounding Championship Powerboat Racing. Tunnel Boats are the fastest turning and most nimble race boats in the world! These water rockets reach top speeds over 100 mph.
SupXross:SupXross 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.
MotoSurf:Pro Watercross welcomes back the MotoSurf World Cup. After traveling the globe these motorized surf boards produced by JETSURF will enhance the watercross weekend with motor surfing, 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, Florida is the climax of the 2018 Tour.
Watercross: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 utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology to help their watercrafts reach speeds of over 85 miles-per-hour. Riders will engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology and innovation. Many relate this to supercross on water.
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 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.
Ed Caum,[email protected], 239-465-1288