Racers ready for AquaX World Championship

The course is ready, the bleachers are up and the racers are here and ready to battle at the second P1 AquaX World Championship that gets underway today at Nassau Harbor, Paradise Island. The event will wrap up on Sunday, November 10.

Thirty riders will be battling it out on the water in two different divisions – Enduro and Sprint. The Enduro aspect uses the sit-down crafts. The Sprint uses the stand-up craft which is the original jet ski.

The Enduro course is 1.6 miles and the Sprint course is 0.6 miles.

Riders from the USA Series and the European Series will be competing to be crowned the world champion after qualifying for this event over the course of the year.

Some of the riders spoke about their expectations and what it was like to be in The Bahamas.

Brian Baldwin, the reigning world champion who races for Rivas Racing, said that he is coming here to win and it is breathtaking to be here.

“There is so much driving force from this season. We absolutely killed it this season and I don’t plan to stop here, I am coming here to win this thing,” Baldwin said. “Coming to The Bahamas for vacation is awesome. Coming here to race in my jet ski is breathtaking. I am super excited especially coming here on top.”

His choice of craft is the GP 1800 that was built for flat water. He joked about his craft being 2-3 miles per hour (mph) faster than the others. It can go up to 80-83 mph.

Baldwin is also the 2019 AquaX Pro Enduro USA Series Champion.

Christopher Landis is the top AquaX amateur rider having won the overall USA Series. As a result, he received a wildcard into the competition. Landis is looking to finish in the top 10.

“I hope the Top 10. I think my pace is really high. It is hard to tell sometimes with the amateur series being that you are racing a lot of newcomers,” Landis said.

He said he raced against pros before and he did well against them so he feels he can finish in the Top 10.

Tim Ducat, also of Team Rivas, finished 13th overall on the US series. The newlywed said after he found out that the World Championship will be here, he told his wife that they are going to have their honeymoon in The Bahamas.

“I’ll be hungry and motivated. I am going to ride my butt off and whatever happens happen. Whatever anybody else does not matter. It’s on me to do what I need to,” Ducat said.

Anthony Radetic is different from Baldwin, Landis and Ducat, but still competes. Radetic is bound to a wheelchair but fiercely competes like everyone else.

“I am looking at the course out here. It looks like a lot of fun. I think that the spectators will have an amazing front view of all the action. You guys are going to love it.”

The 15th ranked rider in the USA Series said P1 AquaX welcomed him with open arms.

“P1 AquaX has been very accommodating. You guys (P1 AquaX) welcomed me with opened arms. I am a disabled athlete and competing with Brian Baldwin, Chris Landis and Tim has been amazing. I am brought to an almost level playing field by adjusting the rules a little bit, but it’s amazing and I think that anyone can come and race here,” Radetic said.

Today will see the Pro Sprint and Enduro qualifying races that is set to start at 1:30 p.m.

Tomorrow’s races will get underway at 12.30 p.m. Sunday’s races will get started at 12.45 p.m.

The Bahamas will be the host of next year’s AquaX World Championship again.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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