It was recently brought to our attention that ProWatercross Tour promoter AJ Handler and team have made some very serious changes to their freestyle program in efforts to elevate competition and the show. The two biggest changes that will immediately effect riders includes increasing the overall CC cap from 1200 to 1400. That is right, if you thought that your favorite pros went big before, just wait until you see these guys tearing up the water on 1400 CC powered ultra light freestyle engines. BRAAP!
If making the premier jet ski class bigger and better wasn’t just enough, the new tour is also boasting the first ever Pro-Am 800 CC class aimed to bring back some of that old school freestyle magic that has been missing in recent years This new class will utilize a small power-plant and OEM hull in efforts to expand freestyle and offer a place for those still passionate about freestyling on those Super Jets and Kawasaki SX’s. See below for the latest complete set of rules for all 3 classes: Pro Freestyle 1400, Am Freestyle 900, and Pr-Am Freestyle 800.
1. TECHNICAL RULES – FREESTYLE CLASSES note: numbering of rules will change
(FROM THE TECHNICAL RULES SECTION OF THE RULE BOOK)
1.1 PRO FREESTYLE and AMATEUR FREESTYLE
1.1.1 Freestyle watercraft may include additional modifications as listed below. In the case of discrepancies of Modified class, this section will be used by the Race Director to determine his or her ruling.
1.1.2 Both Pro Freestyle and Amateur Freestyle shall be allowed identical hull modifications.
1.1.3 Pro Freestyle and Amateur Freestyle watercraft hulls may be modified or aftermarket, providing the following: the length of the top deck must be no less than 72 inches (182.9 cm), the width of top deck must be at least 27 inches (68.6 cm) wide. The hull may be no smaller than the minimum measurements of the top deck. The front bumper may add no more than 1.25 inches (31.75 mm) to the overall length of the Top Deck for the purposes of meeting the minimum measurements.
1.1.4 Pro Freestyle engine displacements shall be limited to 1400cc; Amateur Freestyle engine displacements shall be limited to 900cc.
1.1.5 Footholds may be installed into the tray area. Footholds may be straps, pockets, or protrusions provided they do not cause a hazard to Competitor.
1.1.6 The watercraft must function as originally intended by similar homologated watercraft.
1.1.7 Fuel fillers may be relocated internally.
1.1.8 The fuel tank may be modified or aftermarket, providing the watercraft must not vent or spill fuel in any position with or without the engine running. The tank must be securely fastened to the hull.1.1.9 OEM crankcases may be substituted with eligible replicas of homologated Two Stroke crankcases. For a crankcase to be an eligible replica, it must reasonably resemble the look of the OEM crankcases and provide for some amount of OEM components (i.e. cylinders, starters, crankshaft, etc.) to still be utilized. 1.1.10 Lanyard must be worn at all times. Tether engine stop switch must function as intended and may not be disabled. Competitor’s request to disable tether engine stop switch must be approved by Race Director prior to competition on a case by case basis.
1.2.1 Amateur Freestyle is intended to be the entry level class, while Pro Freestyle is the premier class showcasing the latest tricks and combinations. Pro-Am Freestyle 800 cc is available for both Pro and Amateur level competitors, and is intended to showcase “old school” tricks as well as newer tricks.
1.2.2 Watercraft hull and top deck shall be OEM only. No aftermarket or replica hulls and/or top decks allowed.
1.2.3 Hull may be modified as desired. Top Deck shall be OEM dimensions. Aftermarket hood kit is allowed.
1.2.4 Freestyle engine displacements shall be limited to 800cc.
1.2.5 Footholds may be installed into the tray area. Footholds may be straps, pockets, or protrusions provided they do not cause a hazard to Competitor.
1.2.6 Internal flotation foam in tray area may be removed.
1.2.7 The watercraft must function as originally intended by similar homologated watercraft.
1.2.8 Fuel fillers may be relocated internally.
1.2.9 The fuel tank may be modified or aftermarket, providing the watercraft must not vent or spill fuel in any position with or without the engine running. The tank must be securely fastened to the hull.
1.2.11 OEM jet pump shall be utilized.
1.2.12 Lanyard use is optional.1.3 FREESTYLE (FROM THE GENERAL REGULATIONS SECTION OF THE RULE BOOK)
1.3.1 GENERAL REGULATIONS
1.3.2 The standard time for a Freestyle routine is a two-minute time limit. A horn (2 shorts blasts) and/or rolled up flag held in the air will be used to notify a competitor when there is 15 seconds left in their routine. A horn (1 long blast and/or waived red flag will be used to notify competitor that time is over and their routine is over.
1.3.3 Freestyle competitions that require qualifying for the final event will compete using a one minute routine.
1.3.4 Tricks, stunts, or other maneuvers that may create a hazard to the competitor, spectators, pit crew or officials must be approved in advance by the Race Director. All props must also be approved by the Race Director and any prop that could create a hazard to the competitor, spectators, pit crew or officials is not allowed in competition.
1.3.5 Buoys, inflatables/hotdogs cannot be used during competition.
1.3.6 Freestyle is a single person competition and only one watercraft may be used during competition.
1.3.7 Competitors competing in freestyle will draw for their starting order prior to the event. Competitors that are not in attendance at the time positions are drawn will go first. Starting order may be picked by computer.
1.3.8 Each freestyle competitor must signify the start of his or her routine with a wave of the hand over his or her head or his or her first trick.
1.4.1 Freestyle will be judged by three to seven persons scoring on a scale of “1 to 10,” with “10” being best, decimals of each number may be used. For example 8.5, 8.6, 8.7 etc…
1.4.2 A freestyle routine of greater difficulty with minimal mistakes will be scored higher than a routine of lesser difficulty with fewer or no mistakes.
1.4.3 No score or points will be awarded to freestyle routines that are less than one minute in length.
1.4.4 The judges will award a score of at least “5” if the full two-minute freestyle routine has been completed.
1.4.5 Should an event result in a tie for first place, each competitor in the tie will perform a one-minute routine. Ties for all other positions will be broken by re-adding the high and low scores that may have been thrown out to calculate their original total score. If no high and low scores were thrown out to calculate the original total score, the highest single score will be used to break the tie. If still tied, the next highest individual score will be used and so on.