WAKESKATING WITH NICK TAYLOR

    We’re thrilled to share our Q & A session with elite, world-class wake sport athlete and Sea-Doo ambassador Nick Taylor. Read on to get a glimpse into his adventure-filled life and at the end of the article check out his pro-tips on successfully executing wakeskate moves. 

    Nick Taylor on Wakeskating

    Where does your passion for water sports come from?

    I grew up on Anna Maria Island (Florida) and spent most of my childhood playing in the clear, glassy waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

    You started out as a surfer and over time moved into wakeskating. How did this happen?

    Mostly through the generosity of the Webb family. Joe Webb gave me my first surfboard when I was 10 years-old and learning how to surf changed my life. JD Webb moved away from the island at a young age and became a professional wakeboarder, and through what he sent back by means of videos and magazines, he introduced me to that side of watersports and it went off from there.

    What does wakeskating mean to you?

    Wakeskating is a creative outlet for me that never gets old. It’s a place where I can do things exactly how I want to and there’s no coach on the sidelines blowing a whistle at me. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible on a wakeskate and that’s exciting to me also.   Simply riding a wakeskate across the water is an amazing feeling for sure.

    You have a Sea-Doo WAKE 155, how has it influenced your performance in the sport?

    Having a Sea-Doo WAKE watercraft has been a crucial part of my personal progression and has allowed me to stay on point over the last few years.

    As a Sea-Doo X-Team member and ambassador, you’ve been able to offer suggestions that have made their way into future WAKE model designs. How does that feel?

    With all the improvements on the Wake Edition every year, it’s been amazing to see my feedback turned into new technologies and features.

    Coolest wakeskating you’ve done behind a Sea-Doo is?

    Whether it’s putting on a demo for hundreds of kids, or full-moon riding in some salty backwater lagoon, riding through volcanic islands in the South Pacific, or just a normal day at home wakeskating with my friends. It’s all part of the same ride and I’ll never take it for granted.

    Nick Taylor on Adventure, Living on the Water and Off-time

    Nick has been wakeskating behind a Sea-Doo WAKE for nearly a decade. This watercraft model designed specifically to address the needs of wake and tow sport athletes and enthusiasts - is the watercraft of choice for the globe-trotting, Anna Maria Island, Florida native.  (photo: Nick Taylor IG-- https://www.instagram.com/p/BkP7-nZni4j/?taken-by=nicktaylor941)

    Where’s your favorite riding location and where is your dream ride?

    Anywhere with crystal clear water, lots of plant and animal life, and no civilization in sight.

    What are some of the adventurous rides you have done?

    Six of seven continents in one year:  bullshark rivers in Australia, rice paddies in the Philippines, pulling into big waves in California and Hawaii, and board-sliding the deck of my houseboat.

    You’ve had a houseboat, how did that come to be?

    The houseboat was my answer to living on my own, not wanting to pay rent, and wanting to stay close to the water. With my close circle of friends and our collective backgrounds in boatbuilding, carpentry, and “that should work” - we made the dream a reality.

    What do you do when you’re not on the water?

    My idea of “away from the water” is the time I must sleep at night!

    Guide to Sea-Doo Performance Models

    For those who crave power and acceleration, Sea-Doo has five high-performance watercraft ranging from 230-hp to 300-hp that will satisfy those looking for adrenaline-pumping fun on the water.

     

    RXP-X 300 – The Ultimate Racing Watercraft
     

    “Sea-Doo's RXP-X 300 is a bullet bike for the water. And its power-to-weight ratio is even better than a Bugatti Chiron. – Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics

     

    With a pedigree firmly established in racing performance, the Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 boasts a thrilling acceleration that will get you from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.8 seconds. The heart of the RXP-X 300 is a 300 horsepower Rotax 1630 ACE engine that powers its rocket-like performance. The RXP-X 300 is designed on the deep-v shaped T3 hull offering control and precision when cutting through the waves quickly. Created with racing in mind, the RXP-X 300 has a narrow racing seat and angled footwell wedges (the Ergolock System) to offer riders ultimate control and handling as they rapidly slice through the water.

     

    RXP-X 300 in Neon Yellow and Lava Grey.

    For 2019, the Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 also comes in a head-turning coloration of Eclipse Black and Lava Red which is offered as a premium option.

    Sea-Doo Santa’s Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas

    1- Don’t let being hangry ruin your day on the water. With the quick, easy-to-attach and roomy Sea-Doo LinQ Cooler you’ll have plenty of space for snacks and drinks to keep those hunger pains at bay and enjoy a day of play



    Sea-Doo 4.2 Gal (16 L) LinQ Cooler

    FOUR U.S. STATES, 12 SEA-DOO ADVENTURES

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there is nearly 100,000 miles of coastline (saltwater and freshwater) in the United States. Having all these waterways and coastal regions in our backyard means more places for us Sea-Doo owners to ride, explore, fish, play outdoors or just lay back, relax and enjoy all of nature’s beauty.

    There are so many incredible coastal areas, rivers and lakes to plan a Sea-Doo riding, and we would love to share them all, but for now we’ll start with top must-see destinations in four U.S. states: Florida, Arizona, Georgia and Michigan that offer experiences unlike any other. 

     

    Florida

    Marco Island

    Explore surreal structures in the Gulf of Mexico. The famed Dome House of Cape Romano was built in the 1980s by an eccentric millionaire and was completely self-sustaining and solar-powered. The home was constructed on beachfront land, but after several hurricanes the sea reclaimed the beach and the domed structures with it. The eerily, beautiful structures are a popular destination to visit, and can only be accessed by boat or PWC. Photo credit: Andy Morffew

    Sea-Doo SPARK – A Watercraft Dream Come True

    SPARKING A NEW BEGINNING

    It was small. It was nimble. It was colorful. It was surprisingly affordable. And it was so bold, it stirred up a revolution that sent a seismic wave through the personal watercraft (PWC) market and reinvigorated a sluggish PWC industry.  The way we would all look at personal watercraft would forever be changed by a watercraft that was half the size, and nearly half the price of a regular PWC that was available on the market at the time. This industry-innovating watercraft designed by BRP Sea-Doo was aptly named SPARK and spark a new way to play on the water, that was accessible to so many, was born. 

    The 2014 Sea-Doo SPARK – infusing the personal watercraft market with vibrant style and its lightweight design adapted to the rider’s  every move.