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Report: Miyako Island, Okinawa, Japan.Paradise island for PWC. From north latitude 24 degrees to 25 degrees, and the 125 east longitudes to 126 degrees. From metropolitan Tokyo in Japan, it takes 2.5 hours by air. The beautiful cobalt blue sea and fresh coral reef. Those who want to enjoy PWC with this background need to access below.
Jet Stream - http://kura.zone.ne.jp/
Scott is with the US Air Force and happens to be stuck on the Sub Tropical Island of Okinawa. Part of Japan, not to far from the Philippines and Guam. He says Sub Tropical because it does get chilly here 55 degrees. Go buy a shorty and you can ski year round. Nice beaches all the way around the island really warm water in the summer, and some nice waves too! And just think YOU GUYS PAY SCOTT TO BE HERE DOING THIS!
Cancun is Mexico's premiere turist destination and is located in Mexico's State of Quintana Roo in the Yucatán Peninsula (about 2 hrs flight from Miami or Atlanta) and has the most beautiful white sand and turquoise-colored clear waters of the Caribbean. The place is a 21-mile long 7-shaped island surrounded by the sea and the Nichupté lagoon, where you can ride to your hearts content. There are lots of flights from major US cities directly to Cancun and accomodations range from 1 star econo-hotels or bed and breakfast inns for students to 5 star, diamond award, mega-resorts. The water conditions is great almost everyday year-round, ranging from the mirror-like tranquility of the lagoon to 6-12 ft waves on the open sea side of the place. There are very little regulations and there is no fee to use the public beaches and the waterways. Except from a few minor "ecological-reserve" areas, you can ride anywere and, in my opinion, this place shure is one of the best places to ride anywhere in the world.
Report: Here is one for all Euro-skiers or all of you flying over:
What do you need? - Same as in most of northern Europe you will need a boating license for motor equipped vessels. One for rivers and lakes, and another for coastal waters. Fire extinguisher, paddle (sit-downs), and life jacket are mandatory and you have to have at least one part of the book: "Bootalmanach", a sort of map and regulations register. Also you have to register your PWC, which is easily and permanently done in any post office for the cost of Hfl. 57.50 (about 25$). When on the water, try to carry the boating license and the registration papers, and make sure to have the registered number on the hull. Cops can be a bitch!
Where may you go? - In general Jetskies may be used in any area where no speed limits apply, unless they are prohibited by local regulations. This sounds better than it is, because almost all lakes are restricted this way. Holland has a lot of coast, all beach, and the North Sea is free ride area. A good wetsuit however is recommended and during day it is always choppy. Stupidly it is forbidden to access the water by crossing the beach, and to get anywhere close to the shore. This is meant to avoid accidents with swimmers, but also means that wavejumping cannot be done legally and you always have to find a port to ski out of; and even this sounds easier than it is, since most ports are commercial and do not have public ramps. The large rivers are a good alternative, and you do not have to worry about salt in the engine. Be careful though not to run into partly submerged cables and rock "wake-breakers" close to the shores. This forces you to ride more in the middle of the river where in Europe there is a good deal of commercial traffic going on. Tugboats produce a good wake to jump, but are also extremely dangerous! If you fall, there is no way, those barges can avoid you or even see where you are. Also in strong current rivers, being separated from your ski can mean you just lost it. Side arms of rivers are mainly calm, no commercial traffic and some are free to speed. Holland also has an internal sea called "Ijsselmeer". It is brackish water, and not as cold as the North Sea.
It also ought to be 100% free ride area and due to a lot of marinas, access should be no problem. Another very good area to ride is in the south west of Holland, in the province of "Zeeland". Since the Dutch sealed off these scattered river outlets with dikes in their fight against constant flooding, the waters behind the dikes became excellent riding places: Brackish if not sweet water, no commercial traffic, warm water temperatures and wide open surfaces. To avoid accidents and in order to separate groups of different interest, the areas behind each dike are reserved for different sports: Brielse Maas, Haringvliet, Oosterschelde and Westerschelde are open to waterskiing and PWC; Grevelingermeer and others are absolute restricted to sailing, diving and very slow motoring. My personal favorite is the "Haringvliet" in Zeeland as it is the closest when coming from The Hague or Rotterdam. There is a public ramp where parking or even overnight camping is absolutely free of charge. That spot is on the map above to the left of Hellevoetsluis, in the corner just above the 41.
Get wet, but ride safe to grant us all the further access to these great riding areas.
Thanks Dutch Dude
In Germany it´s not easy to find a good place to ride. There are no lakes or anything like that, it´s just allowed on a river like the "Rhein". So I often ride in Belgie or Dutchland, but even there it´s not so easy, because you must be member in any PWC Club if you wanna ride on Club lakes, where it is allowed. And then: if you're just a student like me, it´s gonna be more and more expensive.
Organized self drive jetski tours in tropical lagoon in Fiji visit jetski-safari.com
The lake shown is the smallest of three lakes all joined together by rivers. The three lakes are surrounded by 2 camping sites with full services (pool, tennis etc...) The local fishing club is where we go to put our PWC's to water. The fees range between $10 to $15 Canadian. It's not really a fishermen's paradise but for water related sports, three lakes joined together by rivers is a good thrill. When the water is high like on the photo the main supply of water goes up and we can ride a network of ¨S¨ type rivers. We are located about 2 hours from the US border (Derby Lanes Vermont) Photo and information sent in by David.
Lake Ontario, just outside of Wellington, Ontario, Canada
Report : The waves in the Great Lakes are killer to jump. The only thing you really have to do is jump one wave and hope to hell you clear the next one or not case the third one. They roll in one after the other with about 6 ft. in between. We also have some great surf riding. West Lake has about 5 miles of fresh water sand dunes, largest in the World, no kidding. -Jay
Report : Whether you love mad air or sick speed we have it all going on here! As I ride my 99' Yahama GP 1200, I have experienced some of my best riding here on Rochester's shores of Lake Ontario. Early spring, zip up the wetsuit and your set. See I really love riding so the cold doesn't really get to me. Plus at this time of the year boat traffic is at a minimum, so it's a perfect time to break your ski in for the crazy, off the hook summers we have here. This time of the year, you can really open up your PWC and really see what it's capabilities are. My personal best, well I broke 67 mph already this season, and let me just tell you it was one of the greatest rush's I've ever engaged! Well summer time really doesn't need much explination. Great people on the water, sunshine and great fun are the main ingredients. Boat traffic is at a peak this time of the year, so the wake's are up, sometimes pushing close to 5 to 10 feet. Depending on the boat of course! We get the cement and Huge cargo ships here too. That's when you bust out some sick manuvers! Rochester's waterfront is rocking from sun up till sundown, at least for us skiers, boaters I guess are lucky and can stay out past sundown. Me personally, I get my fill while the sun is shining! Numerous resturants, and hang-outs line the Gennesse River. Check out O'Laughlin's or the Pelican's Nest, those are my favorites! If you can deal with a little cold earlly and late in the season, your set. You can get a good 9 months of skiing out of the year. I can't resist that, Rochester's lakefront is simply irresistable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE N.Y -Geoffrey Rochester N.Y
Report: A great place to ride around San Diego is the Baja Coast. Head south to Mexico and stop at a drive thru insurance place. $20 a day insures your car and skis in Mexico up to $20000. Head down the coast on Route 1 past Tijuana about an hour ($12 in tolls) and take in the most beautiful views you can even comprehend. Start looking for campgrounds on the beach. It will cost you about $4 american a night. Do not pass Ensenada (too scary). The waves and the view are spectacular. Our weekend camp trip hailed 8-11 ft waves (also scary), crystal clear water and excellent crab dinners (about $7a plate). We slept on the beach to the sound of crashing breakers. Surf teams frequent these rural beaches. Bring your own gas because the highest octane we found in Mexico was 86. The greatest thing about Mexico is that it is a free for all down there. Very little regulations.
Darkside Guy likes Camboriu, Brazil. There are some awesome waves that you can jump. Another favorite is to race around the island. An enormous beach connected to 2 other beaches makes great water for rookies and pros!
Brussels, Belgium - Lac de l'eau D'heure jet ski lake is the best south of Charleroi and has a club where you can launch (best with 4wd because of a shingle beach with steep slope). A fee may be payable depending on the season; summer yes, winter no. Third party insurance is obligatory. A visible registration is also obligatory. A licence is or is not needed depending on what the laws in your country are (if you need one or not) to ride. In certain parts of flanders a special tax is needed to be paid (another way to soak the individual). Consequentl,y most people ride in Wallonia where it is free. Most ramps are free of charge and free access.
In the ocean, there are around 5 ports on the north sea coast. All have boat ramps and all are usable in almost all states of tide. All are free to use there. Their is a strict 5 knot limit in the ports and 500 meter band nearest the beach. You cannot beach launch. You cannot ride closer than 500 meters from the beach except in a channel to access the port.
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