APBA releases Waterfest details

The American Power Boat Association (APBA) and American Watercraft Association (AWA) have released official details on Waterfest 2004, a four-day event in Nashville, Tennessee that will feature the 2004 APBA Watercross National Championships as well as the AWA’s Summer Jam PWC rally.
Scheduled for August 12-15th at Nashville Shores Park, the same site which recently hosted the National PWC Jamboree, Waterfest will combine the APBA National Championships with a collection of family-targeted recreational opportunities, all of which, according to organizers, are designed to showcase the positive aspects of PWC as a “lifestyle” sport.
Events taking place over the four-day span on the 14,000-acre J. Percy Priest Lake will include a poker run, slalom challenge, radar gun shootout, ramp jump competition, custom watercraft judging, and a multitude of parties and entertainment designed to satisfy the family. The centerpiece will be the APBA National Championship, an event that will crown national champions in 33 closed course divisions. The APBA also plans to crown an amateur freestyle national champion in Nashville, as well as encourage some regional camaraderie with a
special award going to the region with the best overall finish in the national championship race.
In addition to the racing and activities, event organizers also plan to have opening and closing ceremonies to the four-day extravaganza.
“Nashville is the perfect location to host this event,” explained the APBA’s Patrick Mell. “The whole atmosphere of the City of Nashville is friendly and family-oriented. Nashville is a montage of continuous events from music, to the arts, to sports and to shopping. With warm weather, ample lodging to support the event, many nearby attractions, and a central location to most of the APBA membership, Nashville is perfect.”
The American Power Boat Association (APBA) is a governing body for power boat racing and personal watercraft racing in the United States. The APBA is the oldest racing organization in the United States and in 2003 APBA celebrated its 100-year anniversary.  With more than 6,000 racing members, APBA sanctions over 250 events each year for just about any motorized watercraft imaginable from Unlimited Hydroplanes to rough riding Stock Outboard boats, to maneuverable Super Light Tunnel Boats and Personal Watercraft. The APBA is an international affiliate for the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) representing the United States.
The American Watercraft Association is the nation’s largest PWC owner’s organization. A membership organization dedicated to protecting and preserving PWC owners’ rights to access and use public waterways, the AWA leads the boating community, on behalf of its members, in advocating responsible use and safe boating laws. The AWA also serves as the sanctioning body for recreational PWC events throughout the United States, offering PWC riders’ opportunities to enjoy their PWC with like-minded enthusiasts in a safe and fun manner.
More information on Waterfest 2004 is available at www.pwcfun.com, www.apbaracing.com, or by contacting Patrick Mell at 586/773-9700. psb

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