Pro Watercross returns to Hartwell
For the fun and excitement of speeding jet skis and breathtaking water tricks, the Pro Watercross Tour, presented by Broward Motorsports, returns to Lake Hartwell again for the annual Wet ‘N’ Wild event, Aug. 11-12.
The water-fueled festivities will take place at Longpoint Recreational Area on Old 29 Highway in Hartwell.
The Pro Watercross Tour is the largest of its kind in the world and makes stops all throughout the United States.
It features the Triple Crown of Watercross racing. The best athletes in the world of personal watercraft racing will be competing for the top spot as well as prizes and prize money.
The opening to the competition will include a suspenseful gate start, where racers will blast off of the starting line on their jet skis to reach the first buoy.
Events will consist of closed course racing, where competitors could reach speeds of up to 90 mph, as well as freestyle runs that will feature flips and all sorts of tricks.
This marks the ninth time Pro Watercross Tour events have been held on Lake Hartwell.
Previously, it has been held at Big Oaks Recreation Area, Sadler’s Creek near Anderson, South Carolina, Tugaloo State Park in Lavonia, the Hartwell Marina, and for the past two years, at Long Point Recreation Area.
The National Championship event will take place the following week in Charleston, West Virginia.
On Saturday, Aug. 11, racing begins after a 9:15 a.m. practice. The Pro Show will start at 11 a.m. and run until 2 p.m.
The Pro Show will run at the same time on Sunday and be followed by an awards ceremony.
Last year, there was a crowd of about 1,300 who participated in family fun activities, which includes food vendors and inflatable slides.
Admission to the family-friendly event costs $5 per person, which grants access to both days of activities. Children 6 and under are admitted free.
Sponsors of Wet ‘N’ Wild include the Hart County Chamber of Commerce and Watercrafters PWC service and sales center in Anderson, South Carolina.
To learn more about Wet N’ Wild, call the Hart County Chamber of Commerce at 706-376-8590 or visit hart-chamber.org. For more information on Pro Watercross, visit prowatercross.com.
This story comes from our free publication, Lake Living Magazine.