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Minocqua Hosts Aqua Bowl Competition Submitted: 08/09/2014
Minocqua Hosts Aqua Bowl Competition
Story By Nolan Blair

MINOCQUA - Racers hit the water on Jet Skis for the Great Lakes Watercross Racing Series in Minocqua on Saturday.
The event was sanctioned by the International Jet Sports Boating Association.
The people who partake in watersports start because of their love for water.
"It's just cause they like playing out on the water," said Scott Hyke, the event producer for the Great Lakes Watercross Racing Series. "You got that natural attraction to swimming and everything. I liked water and I liked motor cross. As I got older I could wipe out on a jet ski and I didn't get hurt so this was a big attraction to me."
With all the lakes in this region of the country, to spend some time on a jet ski and enjoy the water is a great idea.


"There's nothing like being on the beach and in the water on a great sunny day, especially here in the Midwest," said Gary Burtka, a professional Jet Ski freestyler and racer. "We get so many cold days in the winter, you really look forward to these hot sunny days here in the summer time."
It takes more than just cruising water to be an achieving athlete in water sports.
"These guys are quite the athletes," Hyke said. "It's comparable to motorcross. I've done that in my life. It's a lot of work. You fight the waves and water conditions constantly."
"It's harder than people think," said Steve King, a vintage Jet Ski racer. "People think you are just riding around in a jet ski, but actually it's pretty taxing"
Everyone who entered Saturday's races qualified for the International Jet Sports Boating Association World Finals in Lake Havasu, Arizona in October. Some of the participants have already had success in the World Final.
"I've raced at World Finals a couple times," King said. "That's the real deal. There's the best people in the whole world there. The best I've ever finished there is third."
"We'll be representing the Midwest there," Burtka said. "Hopefully do well. Last year a little problem with the electrical. I was able to do a no-hander lander back flip for the first time, which was the world's no hander lander backhander."
The Aqua Bowl Open displayed how exciting watersports can be.



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