MICHIGAN’S BRAVE THE WAVE
JOINS PRO WATERCROSS
Pro Watercross, in the midst of the most active expansion campaign for personal watercraft events has seen in several decades, announced this morning that Michigan Wave Maker’s has joined the Pro Watercross family with its Brave the Wave event held in August on Lake Orion in Michigan.
Ryan and Terri, co-owners of Michigan Wave Makers LLC, have brought a surge in interest and participation in competitive personal watercrafts in the Great Lakes region over the past two years with the popularity of the Brave the Wave race and freestyle competition.
“We are excited about Michigan Wave Makers joining with us in our mission to grow the sport and the PWC community in 2019,” said Pro Watercross CIO Jennifer Handler. “Ryan, along with his business partner Terri Nallamothu, will be bringing the annual Brave the Wave under the Pro Watercross banner in 2019, and we are proud to be a part of this great event.”
“We started Michigan Wave Makers LLC to help promote the jet ski sport in the state of Michigan,” Terri said. “Since we are the ‘Great Lakes state,’ we figured what better place to promote people using jet skis to enjoy their lake life a little more each year.”
Boasting not only a perfectly-situated venue and well-organized competition for freestylers and ski-class racers, but some of the largest prize money in the region, Brave the Wave continues to gain attention, and Ryan is expecting 2019 to be the largest turnout yet. The Third Annual Brave the Wave will take place on August 10, 2019 on beautiful Lake Orion in Michigan.
“One cannot stand alone to be great, but with community, greatness is unlimited,” Ryan said. “Brave the Waves will be teaming up with Pro Watercross, because we felt our event fits the professionalism and growth that Pro Watercross provides our industry! We will continue to carry the slalom courses and freestyle like we did in 2018, and we are adding a few more categories, which we will announce soon.”
Like many other PWC events throughout the country, Brave the Wave is about fun, adrenalin, and good-natured, but fierce competition, but it is also about family and community, and Michigan Wave Makers donates a portion of the proceeds from Brave the Wave each year – adding more than $1,600 in support to local charities since the event’s inception in 2017. In 2018, Brave the Wave supported the McLaren Oakland Foundation – an organization established in 2004 to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, race and financial status has access to state-of-the-art health care services. In 2019, the Brave the Wave official charities will be McLaren Charity and Rainbow Connection Children’s Cancer Wish List.
“With three classes of freestyle competition, including the Stock Hull 800 Class, and five slalom race classes, including a vintage class, open class and 4-stroke class, Brave the Wave has something for every stand-up rider and fan”, Ryan said.
As Pro Watercross continues to increase its promotion of the PWC lifestyle across a wider range of activities, and a larger region, the Brave the Wave event is a perfect addition to the Pro Watercross family, Handler said.
“Grassroots racing is the true backbone of racing and without it there would be no consistent support for any kind of racing,” she explained, saying that regional events are vital to the national Pro Watercross tour, and to the sport, as not only a low-barrier entry into the sport, but as a means of bringing the PWC lifestyle to the attention of a whole new sector of people that may not have known of the sport before – and especially bringing the next generation of racers into the sport.