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The Sea-Doo Ultimate Fan, Kevin Wassum, and his Tampa crew, continued on their journey from Miami to the Bahamas. This video chronicles their expedition into the beautiful Exuma Islands….Kevin commented “Paradise is exploring the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen and not having to share that place with anyone…”
Sea-Doo’s Ultimate Fan, Kevin Wassum, and his Tampa crew continue their adventure to the Bahamas. In this volume they arrive at Allen Cay and enjoy snorkeling, feeding the Iguanas and enjoying the scenery. Then they head to Norman’s Cay for a little down time and continued adventures!
The Sea-Doo Ultimate Fan, Kevin Wassum, continues to chronicle his journey from Miami to Exuma Bahamas in volume three. This video begins with their arrival in Nassau after crossing the Tongue of the Ocean from Chub Cay. They travel through Atlantis and this edition ends with their arrival at Allan Cay in Exuma Bahamas.
Sea-Doo Ultimate Fan Kevin Wassum and his Tampa Crew continue their journey from Miami to the Bahamas on Sea-Doo watercraft and a Sea-Doo boa. On day 2 the video starts at the arrival to Chub Cay in the Bahamas, not exactly the resort they were expecting. The next morning they departed Chub Cay for Nassau, the last stop before reaching their destination, the Exuma Island chain.
In 2011, Sea-Doo’sUltimate Fan, Kevin Wassum, and his crew, embarked on an on-water trip to the Bahamas. He chronicled the trip in a series of videos that we will share with you over the next few weeks.
This video is part 1 of the voyage to Exuma Islands in the Bahamas.
With the return of warm waters and daylight savings time, I’ve been able to get back on the water, take some solo rides after work during the week, and do a few family oriented outings.
Entertaining some friends as they departed Tampa on a Carnival Cruise ship.
Some of my favorite days on the water are the rides up around Clearwater Beach with my wife, Corrie. This past month we were able to do our first ride together of the season. We like to launch at Seminole Boat Ramp, head North up past Caladesi Island State Park, and then continue on to our secret spot on Anclote Key. After exploring Anclote and watching some dolphins, we headed back down South and docked for lunch at Frenchy’s Seafood. A great ride and a great lunch make for a relaxing and fun day for both of us.
We also had our summer kickoff at Egmont Key this past Saturday. In all, ten Sea-Doo water craft braved the 5-8 foot waves around the island. It was a rough ride to get out there, but once we were able to get anchored and setup, it turned into another perfect day on the water. We had friends come from all over Florida as well as some family members from Michigan.
Later this month some friends and I will be attending the 2012 Jetski Spring Bash and Sea-Doo Test Ride Tour in St. Petersburg. The event will be taking place at my favorite local riding spot and includes a poker run around many of the local islands. It should be a great time and a great place to meet new people. Also coming up on the schedule is another Bahamas trip in May. This year I’m particularly excited to be crossing the Atlantic on the RXP-X 260. I can’t wait to get some photos of the new ride sitting in turquoise waters!
After the initial shock of coming home from a long day at work and finding the 2012 Sea-Doo RXP-X in my garage, it didn’t take long before I was heading out on the water to break in the new watercraft. In the short amount of time that I’ve had the new RXP-X, it’s already been on four different Florida Rivers, explored most of Tampa Bay, and been out in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Ultimate Fan, Kevin Wassum's, first ride on his new RXP-X 260
I was overly anxious to take my first ride so I took Friday off from work, after receiving the RXP-X, and headed east to the St John’s River in Florida. Highwinds, thick clouds, and cold rain weren’t enough to stop me and several others from enjoying the ride. The twisties provided by the winding contour of the SJR make for a perfect location to really test out the turning capabilities of the RXP-X.
Back home in Tampa, it was time to show off the RXP-X at my regular riding locations. During the winter our most frequent ride goes from the Alafia
Back in July, near the birthplace of BRP over 4000 “fans” of BRP congregated in Montreal for CLUB BRP. One of these guests was Kevin Wassum who would be named the Ultimate Sea-Doo Fan contest winner. Kevin and his wife Corrie would get a unique look into the heart of where his beloved Sea-Doo was spawned. Wassum would also win a prize package that would make the most “interesting man” jealous.
Wassum would travel to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to lead the Ultimate Sea-Doo Owner’s Ride up the Colorado river and spend the weekend watching the IJSBA World Finals and see James Bushell win two of the most prestigious PWC racing world championships aboard the new Sea-Doo RXP-X’s T3 hull. This was a great primer as Wassum’s grand prize was a new 2012 Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 watercraft and a new BRP MOVE PWC trailer. Well, that was back in October and Wassum has been chomping at the bit waiting for his RXP-X.
Little did Wassum know his Sea-Doo was planned to arrive on December 23rd. The perfect holiday gift if there ever was one for the Ultimate Sea-Doo fan. But fate was to continue to build the suspense as the delivery truck it was on making it’s way from the BRP factory in Valcourt, Quebec suffered an accident in Vermont…This caused a delay. Regardless, the shinny new Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 designated for the Ultimate Sea-Doo Fan contest winner arrived at Barney’s Motorcycle and Marine in Brandon (Tampa), Florida last week. The promotions team quickly put a plan together to make Kevin’s long wait that much more memorable. In comes Corrie…Thanks Corrie. See how it went down through this video.
So you have not heard much from Kevin Wassum as of late, but now Kevin will be logging miles like…the Ultimate Sea-Doo Fan. Stay tuned for news on his adventures living the Sea-Doo Life!
With winter and the time-change closing in, I recently took my last weekday ride of the year. After-work rides in the middle of the week are my favorite method of stress relief. There’s no better way to take a break from the job than by enjoying a Wednesday evening ride on my Sea-Doo. Cruise ships often depart the Port of Tampa during the week and it’s always impressive to watch a 900-foot ship go by while sitting on an 11 foot Sea-Doo watercraft.
Although I keep riding all year long, the early sunsets will prevent most of us from making it out during the work week until Daylight Savings Time returns in March. Winter does come with some benefits. Aside from less crowded boat ramps, and slightly higher speeds on the Sea-Doo, the waves gradually begin to pick-up on Florida’s East coast which makes for some really fun riding. We recently did a trip over to Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach to try tow-in body boarding for the first time. It doesn’t get much more fun than that, for both the Sea-Doo rider, and the guy on the board. Ponce Inlet creates some excellent swells and is a well known Florida surfing spot.
My wife and I also recently attended the 2011 Riva HydroDrags held at the USA Water Ski Complex in Polk County, Florida. It was great to be able to attend an event like that so close to our own backyard. Race participants spend the entire year modifying and perfecting their watercrafts just for this event. Events included Speed Alley, a Slalom Competition, and the Drag Races. Sea-Doo sponsored the event and had a tent setup with the 2012 RXP-X 260 on display. The Sea-Doo tent was a popular spot to watch the races and the RXP-X attracted a lot of attention. For me, one of the main highlights of the races was watching the winning watercraft, a modified Sea-Doo RXT 215, the same model I’ve been riding for the past 3 years. To watch the old RXT hull hit speeds of 90+ mph was pretty exciting.
Looking ahead, I’m pretty excited about upcoming group rides on Thanksgiving weekend and New Year’s Day. Even in the middle of winter, we’re pretty fortunate in Florida to be able to throw on a light wetsuit or tour coat and still be able to enjoy our Sea-Doos while we wait for the return of the summer riding season.
It took me about a week but I’ve finally recovered from all the excitement of the Ultimate Sea-Doo Fan Havasu Experience with Sea-Doo where my wife and I attended the IJSBA World Finals and the Ultimate Sea-Doo Owners Ride. The entire event was an absolute blast and we are super grateful that we were able to attend! As usual, BRP delivered the VIP treatment and we got to meet and hang out with some amazing people including many important figures in the exciting world of watercraft.
The trip began with the Ultimate Sea-Doo Owners Ride that ran from the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, up the Colorado River, through the Topock Gorge, all the way to Pirate’s Cove near Needles, California. This was truly an amazing ride that I’ll never forget. It was incredible to be able to fly across the country and ride a new Sea-Doo RXP-X 260 in a place that I probably never would’ve had a chance to see otherwise. Experiencing the change of scenery from the ocean and swamps of Florida to the awe-inspiring canyons and pristine waters of the Colorado River was a real treat. If you ever get the chance to ride this river I definitely recommend making the most of it. Aside from the terrific scenery, the best part of the Owners Ride was definitely the great people who attended it. There were Sea-Doo owners from all across the U.S. and even some international riders on a wide variety of Sea-Doo watercraft. The ride featured plenty of WOT runs, slower sections for sightseeing, rock diving, and a lunch with several members of Sea-Doo’s marketing team. It was a ride that had something for everyone and it definitely ranks at the top of my list for all-time favorite group rides.
After the owner’s ride we spent several days watching the World Finals racing action. It was my first time attending a pro racing event and I was blown away by all of it. Watching all the racers lined up for the hole-shot at the start of each event was a huge adrenaline rush. The freestyle events were also very entertaining, especially if you’ve never seen back flips on a PWC. James Bushell won the Pro Runabout Open and GP classes, defeating all the other racers with a new T3 hull, which is big news for Sea-Doo and the watercraft industry. I have to say, of all the races, my favorite was probably the Sea-Doo Bounty competition. Pro-racers competed with one another for best lap time on the brand new 2012 RXP-X 260. Watching pro riders race around the buoy course on the same watercraft model I had rode just a couple days earlier was a very cool experience.
Back on land the World Finals featured a gathering of venders from all the major brand names in the watercraft industry. “Performance Alley” was the place to be to check out a wide variety of vendor tents and displays. Sea-Doo had a large display setup right at the entrance to the event site, which showcased several of their 2012 models including the RXP-X 260 and the RXT-X 260. With the amount of vendors in attendance there were plenty of things to see and plenty of interesting people to meet in between races.
As with the Montreal trip back in July, this was really the trip of a lifetime. From the races, to the Owners Ride, to the people and company that made it all possible, it was an all-around awesome event. My wife and I are so grateful for everything that BRP has done for us. The entire Ultimate Sea-Doo Fan experience has been incredible right from the start. Thanks BRP!