East Coast Watercross Racer Info:

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To be eligible to race:

Racers must join the International Jet Sports Boating Association to compete at any event. While this can be done at the venue, it is encouraged to join at http://www.ijsba.com/join-ijsba/  . Membership can be purchased online at any time, 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 -refer to our main menu for a comprehensive list for the given competition year 

Race Director may require a proven podium finisher to move to the next class.




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 4 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/Registration: Payable by cash or credit card, no checks allowed. Pre Registration is offered with discounted pricing. Each event will be open to pre registration 3 weeks prior to event, closing the Wednesday at 11:30 PM  prior to the event. As in all motorsports, all registrations are non refundable.

Awards: Trophies will be awarded for regular classes with 3+ Participants, and 6+ entrants. Tour Championship awards are only presented for competitors who compete in all tour stops. Trophies are presented on site only, no awards will be shipped for any circumstance. Awards ceremonies are held Saturday, and at some events Sunday. At normal tour stops, Sunday racing’s awards take place at the following event’s Saturday awards ceremony in order to get competitors on the road early.

Arriving at the Venue: We encourage competitors to arrive Friday prior to the event. This will allow you to become familiar with the layout prior to the chaos of a race day. You can set up you ez up Friday night, however no security is provided and this is strictly at your own risk. The race day begins at 7am or earlier on Saturday, arriving late could prevent you from being able to attend the mandatory racers meeting, or being able to participate in course orientation which immediately follows the meeting.

Mandatory Racers Meeting: Each day prior to racing there is a mandatory racers meeting conducted using a PA system by the race director. Specific event guidelines etc will be discussed at this meeting. Novice racers will asked to stay after the meeting for further instruction. These meetings typically occur at 9am, listen for 2 blows of the air horn and announcements on site for exact start time.

Parade Laps: Immediately following the mandatory racers meeting, our course marshals’ will escort racers through the course for orientation. This is not practice(there is no on site practice, just orientation), no passing is permitted. There will be many skill levels, age groups etc on the course at the same time. These groups are based on ski type, and everyone in that ski type will be on course together. Racers found to be in violation of these rules will be ejected from the event with no refund.

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.

Motos: Racing will occur throughout the day; all competition classes will run 1 course orientation, and 2 motos. Scores will be average for an overall finish for the Round of racing. East Coast Watercross uses the IJSBA moto scoring with the second moto weighing more heavily on overall score more than the first.

Holders:  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. Holders need to have a wrist band after signing the competition waiver at the registration trailer.

Starting Procedure: Races are started with a new LED light system, When racers are brought to stage the line the light will be flashing red while the line is being staged, the 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 line is staged, flashing red light turns solid to signify a staged line, the tower operator has between 1 and 5 seconds to turn the light green. (we are working on a system to snap a band with the light) 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.

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, 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 non 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.

Camping is available at some locations, depending on local rules and regulations. Violation of a no camping policy will result in a racer(s) being ejected from the event. East Coast Watercross is merely renting event locations and has no control over local rules and ordinances.  This is a zero tolerance rule.

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