California City, CA - BP MotorSports (BPMS) and POPRA (Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association) entered an agreement to combine their huge WaterCross events during the 19th Annual Sea Food Festival, Pittsburg, California, September 6-7, 2003. This will be POPRA's 11th Annual Powerboat event at the Festival which has seen its attendance grow from about 10,000 the first year to last year's record crowd of 100,000 people over the weekend, according the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce.

Performance Jet Crafts (PJC), will have the opportunity to share center stage with the extremely popular Off-shore Powerboats and although the event has featured these monsters of the waterways in action in the past--thrilling the crowd to a frenzy, this year, everyone is just as excited about bringing Jet Crafts into the fold for an even bigger and better show. The entire event is sanctioned by APBA Offshore, the world Offshore sanctioning body.

The BP MotorSports Jet Craft GP event is part of the 12-round BPMS/APBA All-Around Offshore/Endurance Series for Performance Jet Crafts (jetskis to some) and will feature a 2-hour Gran Prix on Saturday afternoon, and a 50-minute Sprint on Sunday afternoon. The date is September 6-7, 2003.

Both the Gran Prix and Sprint racecourses will be laid out and will pass directly in front of the huge throngs of people who line up near the shoreline. The course will be between 4 to 6 miles in length, with a number of buoys to be negotiated directly in front of the crowd at the finish. It's anticipated that between 20 to 30 laps will be normal for a Gran Prix event and about 10 to 15 for a Sprint event. Non-stop action as it were!

Each event will feature Pro and Amateur Classes, ranging from Factory, Pros, to Experts, Novices, Beginners, Amateur Women, Veterans, Masters, Vintage Amateurs; riding in Open Jet Crafts, Bone Stock, Open Stock, and the newest classes for four-stroke normally aspirated and turbo-charged jet crafts.

Since this event is part of the year-long fight for the Overall and Class National Championships in the Series, the top endurance and off-shore racers will be there racing at wide-open speeds. In fact, some of the speeds currently reached in the sport range between 75 m.p.h. to near 80 m.p.h. (depending on water conditions). But don't let the high speeds fool you, most racers prefer rough and challenging water to the all-out, glass-like water conditions, because in off-shore/endurance, that's where the racer can prove his/her capabilities, performance-stamina, and the performance of his/her jet craft. Most racers will tell you, "the rougher the water, the better." Unlike most sports, when the weather turns bad and action has to be halted, Performance Jet Crafts come to life and put on the greatest acrobatic show in the water.

The event will be covered by FXF Productions for Fox and ESPN, and the Outdoor Network. A massive publicity campaign is about to be launched on a Regional and National level. The Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce and POPRA have indicated that they will pull all the stops to make this year's event the biggest ever--certainly the biggest festival of its kind in the nation--and they were equally excited about featuring for the first time, performance jet crafts as part of the Festival and racing program. Lou Peralta of BP MotorSports agrees, and said, "let the games begin! We also know that there are thousands of enthusiasts in Northern California who love to race endurance and off-shore--we invite them too." Cash prizes and huge awards will be presented during Sunday's awards ceremonies.

Meet the racers: Jet Craft racers will be anchored near or at the marina where the general public can meet them and look over their high-performance jet crafts. They are eager to bring new people into the sport and willing to share some of the speed secrets of the day. All factories of Jet Crafts are represented, including Kawasaki, Polaris, Yamaha, SeaDoo and Honda models. The who's who of the sport of Offshore/Endurance Performance Jet Craft will be there.

Even if you are not part of the Series, but want to participate, everyone is invited to join this great event. Contact BPMS at 760-373-2198 or 760-578-6258. E-mail to: [email protected] or [email protected] and/or visit BP's web site at: There you will find entry information and more details about the event.