Powerboat P1 and MotoSurf to partner in the United States
· Two UIM disciplines join forces to grow motorized surfboard racing in the USA.
· Targeting St. Petersburg to host multi-discipline event in September with TV coverage (to be confirmed).
International marine motorsport promoter Powerboat P1 and MotoSurf, the leading brand in motorized surfboard racing, have jointly announced that they will be partnering in the United States this season. The principal aim will be to showcase the UIM MotoSurf World Cup in the American market and to launch a USA national championship.
MotoSurf became a member of the Union Internationale Motonautique in 2019 but the sport has a long history dating back to the 1960s when surfing enthusiasts sought to find an alternative if there were no wind or waves. The first commercially available motorized surfboards became available some thirty years later, but it wasn’t until the JetSurf company was founded in the Czech Republic in 2008 that the sport of racing seriously emerged.
Martin Jancalek, MotoSurf World Cup Director & UIM MotoSurf Committee Member explained: “MotoSurf Racing series was established in 2013 and the sport has grown into a global discipline organized on a continental level. We will be returning to action in the United States after the year-long Covid break as our new partnership with P1 sees two UIM disciplines driven by the same passion coming together. It will be a great adventure with exciting, new opportunities for motorized surfboard racing.”
Powerboat P1 CEO, Azam Rangoonwala said: “Partnerships are at the heart of our business and we look forward to working with MotoSurf to explore event possibilities and help grow their sport which requires a combination of speed and endurance. This new discipline will enhance our event offering nationally and also internationally in the future.”
MotoSurf will kick off its US schedule in July in Sebring, Central Florida when Lake Jackson will be the race venue. In early September the action will move to Florida’s west coast when St. Petersburg will host a multi-discipline event as part of the P1 Offshore race programme, with both the powerboat and surfboard racing receiving television coverage. MotoSurf riders will compete in categories ranging from juniors aged under 15 to professional level racers and electric surfboards. “Joining forces with a world-class promoter such as Powerboat P1 will give us the opportunity to showcase the MotoSurf World Cup as an affordable and environmentally friendly motorsport,” added Jancalek.