Freestylin on water

ImageThe world’s most accomplished freestyle jetski riders will make their way to the Gold Coast this February.


A handful of the world’s most accomplished freestyle jetski riders will make their way to the Gold Coast this February to contest the Yamaha Australian Freeride Championship, presented by Jet Pilot and the Australian Personal WaterCraft (PWC) Show.

Competitors will hit the water on Saturday February 21, attempting to pull off some of the biggest moves ever witnessed, including the legendary double backflip and double barrel-roll, amongst others. This is sure to attract the interest of local thrillseeksers, and will take place in waters at Phillip Park (opposite Sea World) in Main Beach. The championship will be run in conjunction with the first-ever Australian PWC Show at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) from February 20-22.

A complete range of the latest PWC models from all major manufacturers including Yamaha, Kawasaki and SeaDoo will be on show, as well as products and services from apparel, accessory and rider training exhibitors. Australian PWC Show Event Manager, Mark Petersen said the Australian Freeride Championship was an exciting addition to the lineup of feature-packed attractions to be held on the Gold Coast from February 20-22.


"The Gold Coast is world famous for its beaches and the waters adjacent to Phillip Park are a perfect location for the Freeride Championship showdown to be held," said Petersen. "Locals can check out some of the sport’s best putting on a display of the most captivating and progressive moves to decide an eventual winner. We’ve confirmed top-ranked stars including current world number one Ross Champion from the USA as well Pierre Maixent from France who is one of the most dynamic riders on the open water.

"There’s sure to be plenty of home-town support for Jon ‘Wire’ Cooke and ‘Freestyle Pete’, two Gold Coast-based talents ready to take it to the internationals."

Fans will be able to meet with the field of 16 invited riders, including the world’s top three and local Aussie stars, at the GCCEC on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon for the official presentation and again on Sunday.

"The action will be red-hot at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre too, with the Australian PWC Show providing enthusiasts and first-time riders alike with a range of performance and luxury craft to compare as well as a host of accessories and training services," Petersen said. "The show will feature the latest in PWC technology and industry rumours suggest we could see the unveiling of never-before-seen models. "

Visitors will be able to check out a unique flat water freestyle display in the river alongside the Convention Centre along with an awesome freestyle motocross display.

The Australian PWC Show will run alongside the Australian Motorcycle Expo and Australian Scooter Festival at the recently-expanded venue which is ideally located on the Gold Coast Highway at Broadbeach. Ticket options will provide entry to all three showcase events, with tickets starting at just $13. Families cannot go past the value pass for an affordable and entertaining day out this summer – $44 will admit two adults and two children. For further ticketing information and opening hours, please visit

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