Stand-up Solo Craft and Major Players

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Stand-up solo craft, the original incarnation of the "jetski", kick-started the PWC phenomenon worldwide back in the '70s. Mark Bracks checks out the latest offerings from the major players, and finds they've jumped light years ahead of their anti-social reputations

Personal watercraft have been around for about three decades, but it was arguably Kawasaki that got the wave rolling. The Japanese company's initial stand-up proved so popular that the title for its craft, "Jet Ski", has become the PWC identifying tag to aficionados and Joe Public alike. Mention the term "personal watercraft" to anyone and you're more than likely to be met with a bemused look. But say "jetski" and the recognition switch is invariably switched on. Stand-ups are aimed purely at the mega-adrenaline side of the sport, and this is amply demonstrated with the worldwide interest in racing. In the realm of racing, you'll see these tricked-up marine missiles reach speeds over 120kmh, which takes the art of hanging on to a whole new level! That's not to disregard the production beasts, however, as they also pack a punch like Kostya Tszyu for the unwary and will reach over 100kmh. They are certainly raw and rugged, but the latest models are far more refined and user–friendly than the early-1970s originals. So for the uninitiated, they are nowhere near as daunting as they once were. While the actions of a few irresponsible bastards almost ruined PWCs for everyone a few years back, the stand-up craft of the 21st century are beasts like no other. But they are very dissimilar to the out-of-control individuals who sometimes "control" them. TAKE A STAND

Many people are put off stand-ups by the mere thought of riding them (particularly just getting on the plane), but patience and tenacity are required. It's just a case of learning the right technique to get going. Admittedly, they can't be ridden as easily as the newer sit-down versions; but a novice can easily pick up enough to be able to motor...
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