East Coast Watercross Racer Info:


To be eligible to race:


Racers must join the International Jet Sports Boating Association to compete. While this can be done at the venue, it is encouraged to join at http://www.ijsba.com/join-ijsba/  . Membership is $60 per year, if your card does not arrive prior to the first race, this is ok, we will have a master list.

Racers must have a machine that is legal for a class according to the IJSBA rule book. This can be found here: http://www.ijsba.com/rulebook/     Every racer both new and seasoned should be familiar with the class rules, and modifications allowed. Tech inspections may occur at any race, any time during the event weekend prior to final awards. Racers found to be violating any modification rules will forfeit their points for that round and scored as DQ’d. This is regional racing, don’t cheat, race to the front.


Typical ECW Classes:

Sport Spec

Sport GP

Ski Stock

Ski GP

Beginner Ski

Vintage Ski

Runabout 800 Open

Runabout 4 stroke Open

Spark Open

X2 Open

Super Chicken

Beginner classes are designed to give a new racer a taste of racing, Race Director may require a proven podium finisher to move to the next class.

 Below are the IJSBA Class structure. Additional classes from this list may be created provided participation occurs

IJSBA Class structure:

Beginner Ski

Women Ski

Veterans Ski (Age 35 beginning January 1, 2015)

Masters Ski (Age 45 beginning January 1, 2015)

Ski Lites

Ski Stock

Ski Limited

Ski Open

Ski Modified /GP

Vintage Ski (JS type hulls only. 550cc maximum displacement. Modified Rules for all engine provisions. Superstock rules for all other allowances to the watercraft.

Sport Spec

Sport GP

Beginner Runabout

Women Runabout (Stock Class Rules for Runabouts equipped with a supercharger or turbocharger plus the allowance of an aftermarket seat; Limited Rules for Runabouts equipped with normally aspirated engines).

Veterans Runabout (Limited Class Rules for Runabouts equipped with a supercharger or turbocharger; Open Class Rules for Runabouts equipped with normally aspirated engines).

Masters Runabout

Runabout Rec Lites (Stock Class Rules. Normally aspirated four stroke Runabouts up to 950cc/1100cc and two stroke Runabouts up to 735cc).

Runabout Stock

Runabout Limited

Runabout Open

Runabout 1000 Superstock (Superstock Rules. 800cc maximum displacement for Two Stroke powered Runababout. 1000cc maximum displacement for Four Stroke powered Runabouts. Four Stroke powered runabouts may add a supercharger or turbocharger).

Runabout Modified /GP (Popular Additional Runabout Distinctions: 800cc, 1300cc, Normally Aspirated, Classic)


Contact IJSBA for additional class suggestions and to obtain a list of current alternative classes.

Classes should be further distributed by skill designation (i.e. Novice, Expert, Pro or combined skills such as Amateur and Pro-Am.



In all 800cc Ski Classes, all normally aspirated two-stroke watercraft may increase engine displacement to 850cc maximum displacement.


In an effort to preserve the grassroots nature of regional racing, East Coast Watercross, may with approval of the IJSBA run unique classes such as our “Super Chicken” races with SC650 watercraft. If you have a watercraft that does not fit the above list and have at least 2 others who will register, please contact us prior to the event to develop a custom class. Our email is info@eastcoastwatercross.com

Safety equipment is required. Please refer to the IJSBA handbook for required gear.


Race Day:


Each day is its own round of racing. Points will be totaled for each day, trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers. Minimum class size to receive a trophy: 3. Points carry forward for the season overall.  A series champion will be awarded based on points.

Entry fee: $65 cash or credit card, no checks allowed. Trophies will be awarded for regular classes with 3+ Participants, and 6+ entrants

Preregistration will open 1 week prior to race day on www.EastCoastWatercross.com , preregistration is encouraged

Racers can begin setting up at the venue at daybreak. Many racers elect to bring EZup tents; space is limited to first come first serve. No vending allowed at race site without writing approval by the Race Director.

Onsite registration will be open from 8:00am-9:00am, please see ECW Enclosed trailer

Racers Meeting is mandatory and will occur promptly at 9:30 am, racers not attending will not be assigned a starting position and must have a dead engine start. Do not leave the riders meeting until you have been assigned a starting position.

Practice Starts at 10am

Racing will occur throughout the day; all competition classes will run 1 practice, and 2 motos. Scores will be average for an overall finish for the Round of racing.

Racers are expected to secure two holders for each racer. We understand you may not be able to bring them from home; in this case you must make arrangements to find them on site. Make friends on the beach; ask them if they can help for both motos, it will help you to have regular holders. Races will not be held late due to racers not finding their own holders

Races are started with the snap of a band, line flagger will go do the line pointing at each racer, and you must nod to acknowledge you are ready for the start, if you are not ready due to engine failure or other issue, raise a hand. Once flagger has gone down the entire line, the starting gate operator has between 1 and 5 seconds to snap the band. If a racer jumps the starting band 1x or more they will be forced to start the race dead engine, throttle hand on helmet and lanyard disconnected. False starts delay completion, destroy the equipment and delay the day. Please be responsible.

Trophies will be awarded on the day of racing, if you are unable to attend, trophies will be held until the next race


Race Site Guidelines:

No off pit bikes allowed at the race venue or official grounds. ATV’s or Side by Side’s may be used as a tool to move watercraft to and from the pit areas only and owner must provide valid proof of Liability insurance prior to riding. Race Director or ECW staff will place a colored circle sticker on the front of the ATV to show it is insured. This will happen each competition weekend and will have its own unique decal. Golf carts can be used without proof of insurance in the 2016 Season, at the discretion of the race director.  Licensed, and Insured on road vehicles will be allowed on the race site. No motorized vehicles allowed to be used after sundown on race venue or official areas. These vehicles are to be used as tools and no joy riding will be permitted. Each venue may have specific guidelines, if you have questions please contact us prior to arrival at the venue. Golden rule: any no race vehicle is to be used as a tool to move watercraft, gear or racers only.

Fueling of watercraft must be done responsibly. Many locations have requested the use of an official fueling area do to spillage. Due to this ECW will designate a refueling area off the shore for this purpose. Please see Race Director for site specific information.

Racers are expected to leave the race venue in the shape it was found or better. Trash must be removed, grass should not be torn up, spills cleaned up etc. These venues are public places and in order to continue being allowed to use them we must use them with respect to the community.



Still have a question? Please contact us at info@eastcoastwatercross.com !