Take the PWIA Safe Rider Pledge!

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Have you taken the PWIA Safe Rider Pledge? The waterways are here for us all to enjoy and be safe on the water. The Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA) has developed a Safe Rider Pledge that outlines important safety features to ensure that everyone is able to be safe and enjoy the waterways together. Take the pledge today!

Click here to Take the Pledge! 

 

Beat the end-of-summer chill with riding gear designed to keep you warm from Sea-Doo

Summer is not over yet! The weather is starting to get a bit cooler in many of our northernmost cities but it’s not over yet! Now is the time to extend your summer and spend as much time as you can on the water. To help you keep warm during these cooler weeks, we’ve got sportswear and technical gear designed to help you beat the end-of-summer chill!

Neoprene Riding JacketA favorite of many racers and racing enthusiasts, the Men’s X-Team Neoprene Riding Jacket keeps you warm both off and on the water. Designed to fit over your PFD (or wear as a traditional jacket), this jacket will keep you warm and ward off the cool wind as you glide across the water. The jacket has a slit at the back waist so that it is comfortable, and not binding, when riding your Sea-Doo watercraft. It zips closed and includes a lined hood to keep your ears warm.

 

Ladies and Mens Deluxe wetsuit jacketsAs the air temperatures cool down so does the water! Our full suits are designed for mens and ladies Deluxe wetsuitssafety, comfort and warmth. The full coverage helps keep your legs warm from the spray as you carve those sharp corners! The Deluxe Wetsuits (men and ladies) have full-length legs and are sleeveless. They are made of 3/2 mm neoprene and have velcro closures so they are easy to get in and out of. To compliment the full suit you will want to also purchase a Deluxe Jacket (men and ladies). These are lightweight (1 mm neoprene) and can be worn with the Deluxe Wetsuit or separately with neoprene shorts for days that are not cool enough for a full suit. These jackets zip closed and are comfortable, functional and provide that added layer when riding in cooler weather.

 

In cool weather the first thing that the air hits are your hands! Holding down the throttle or brake with cold fingers can be a attitude full finger gloveschallenge! Our full-finger Attitude or Vehicle gloves are comfortable, provide coverage from the cool air and include rubberized Pro-Grip on the thumb and palm to ensure a solid grip on the throttle or the brake! The gloves are specifically manufactured to allow Vehicle glovesoperation of your smart device (phone or other touch screen gadget) while they are on your hands. No need to remove, just touch and go. These are adjustable and can help ensure that you are warm head to toe.

After a full day on the water slipping into a warm, soft chill hoodysweatshirt is the perfect way to end the day. Our Chill Hoody is comfortable and even includes a sleeve cuff with a hole for your hand to ensure no wind blows up inside the jacket. This sporty jacket comes in three fun colors: Blue, Charcoal Gray and Heather Gray.

Take advantage of the last of the long summer days on your Sea-Doo watercraft…before you know it we will be winterizing and dreaming of these summer days!

Visit your local dealer to purchase directly or shop online at: http://store.sea-doo.com

Sea-Doo Summer Family Fun!

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Summer is the perfect time for high quality family fun and spending the summer on the water is something that everyone from the kids to the grandparents enjoy!

Labor Day is just around the corner and this marks the end of the summer for most locations in North America. Once Labor Day rolls around most of us are getting the kids ready to go back to school, starting to think about warmer clothes and get back into the groove of school. The next big break will be over Thanksgiving and most Sea-Doo watercraft owners will have finished winterizing their beloved Sea-Doo and plan to spend this holiday with family and friends enjoying the cool weather and eating (of course).

Not so fast, we’ve still got a few weeks left to enjoy the Sea-Doo! We asked our Facebook fans where they’ve been spending time on their Sea-Doo watercraft… use this as inspiration for YOUR end-of-summer get away!

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Thousand Islands, Gilles Thériault

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My PX and my friends HO Sparks. Lake Hartwell, by Anthony But

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Craig R. Ahal Duck key, Florida Sunset on Toms harbor

Britt Bogaerts Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Britt Bogaerts Nieuwpoort, Belgium

 



Blake Alexander Lake Martin, AL

Blake Alexander Lake Martin, AL



Kathleen Cano Sebastian Inlet

Kathleen Cano Sebastian Inlet

Vemun Waksvik, Norway

Vemun Waksvik, Norway

Dave Waters Rode over to Block Island, Rhode Island from CT

Dave Waters Rode over to Block Island, Rhode Island from CT



Kevin Robinson La Ronge , Saskatchewan

Kevin Robinson La Ronge , Saskatchewan

Rick Iverson Apache lake, AZ

Rick Iverson Apache lake, AZ

Edward Massey Sunset Beach tarpon Springs Florida

Edward Massey Sunset Beach Tarpon Springs Florida



Nick Pirovolidis Peace River, FL...

Nick Pirovolidis Peace River, FL…



 

Chris Farnsworth Pyramid Lake.

Chris Farnsworth Pyramid Lake.

X-TEAM TUESDAY – Sea-Doo Racers Winning Championships and in the Hunt for More

With the second half of the watercraft racing season upon us Sea-Doo racers continue to collect championships in Europe and top X-TEAM riders are in the hunt for US National Championships.

JAMES BUSHELL - EUROPEAN PRO STOCK CHAMPION ON HIS SEA-DOO RXP-X

JAMES BUSHELL – EUROPEAN PRO STOCK CHAMPION

James Bushell has added another Pro Stock European championship to his resume aboard his 158Performance backed Sea-Doo RXP-X and is targeted to win the UK Championship in the Superstock 1000 class on the new Sea-Doo Spark and PRO GP classes on his Open class RXP-X. Bushell is proving his Sea-Doo RXP-X is still the watercraft to beat with solid wins amongst strong opposition all in the effort to prepare to defend his three year string of winning double world championships at the IJSBA World Finals, taking place in early October in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Erminio Iantosca has his eyes set on the US National Title aboard his Sea-Doo RXP-X.  Photo Proridermag.com

Erminio Iantosca on his Sea-Doo RXP-X is in the hunt for the US National Title.
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On the Hydroturf US National Tour, both Sea-Doo X-TEAM riders Erminio Iantosca and defending PRO OPEN world champion Jared Moore from South Africa are in the hunt for the PRO OPEN US National Championship with Aero Aswar. Iantosca has been busy preparing for the last two rounds which begin this weekend in Lake Hartwell, Georgia followed by the Governor’s Cup final in Charleston, West Virginia the following weekend, by stepping up his practice sessions on his RIVA supported Sea-Doo RXP-X and riding for the upcoming 2015 Sea-Doo catalogs and videos. Moore is balancing time between South Africa and the Kommander Industries shop in Arizona as he attempts to find consistency in his finishes to claim another championship aboard his Sea-Doo RXP-X.

Following the conclusion of the US National Tour, the forth round of the AQUAX US tour will take place in the surf of Cocoa Beach, Florida where the newest watercraft racing series is attracting more and more new and old riders alike. 2013 Cocoa Beach 300 class winner Cody Hawkins will be back in action to defend his title aboard his Sea-Doo RXP-X. In the 250 class Sea-Doo X-TEAM rider Eric Lagopolous will look to continue to build on his points lead after claiming eight of the past nine possible moto wins aboard his Sea-Doo GTR 215.

For more information on Sea-Doo performance models visit the performance section at sea-doo.com.

For more information on watercraft racing visit IJSBA.com.

 

 

 

The Sea-Doo #SPARKSOMEFUN Test Ride Tour introduced the Sea-Doo life to nearly 3000 new boaters.

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DSC00783The #SPARKSOMEFUN Test Ride Tour that played an integral part in the historic launch of the Sea-Doo Spark watercraft is now complete. After 33 weekend events across North America the excitement for the new Sea-Doo Spark is peaking as the heart of summer has arrived. The #SPARKSOMEFUN events provided nearly 3000 watersports fans the first hand experience of test riding a new Sea-Doo watercraft to see what model best fits their needs.

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Quiet Waters Park – Pompano Beach, Florida

Three Sea-Doo event teams produced weekend events at popular boating areas, working with local BRP dealers to build an experience that gave consumers a taste of what the watercraft lifestyle is all about. Guests were treated to festive events with expert instruction from passionate and knowledgeable Sea-Doo watercraft specialist. The Sea-Doo staff supplied all the riding gear to ensure guests were safe and comfortable during their time on the water. The #SPARKSOMEFUN course was designed with inspiration from video games with large oversized inflatables to build a course that was fun and easy to follow.

Folsom Lake - Sacramento, California

Folsom Lake – Sacramento, California

The Sea-Doo Test Ride Tour began in April in South Florida on the heels of the Miami #SPARKSOMEFUN event with deadmau5 and David Garibaldi. That momentum carried through to the Miami Test Ride event, taking place at historic Miami Marine Stadium. Following successful events in Pompano Beach and Tampa, the Miami event proved to be the season’s most popular in terms of participation with over 240 guests test riding the new Sea-Doo Spark. As Spring weather made its way north, the tour teams followed with events in Texas and Arizona before heading up the east and west coasts and into the great lakes regions.

The event venues varied from small private lakes, to large lakes, to rivers and bays. No matter the venue the goal was the same and that was to give guests a full taste of the fun they can have by owning and riding a Sea-Doo watercraft. BRP believes the best manner to pick the right watercraft for your needs is to, “try before you buy.” With the #SPARKSOMEFUN tour visiting new markets such as San Francisco, Seattle, and Quebec City to name a few, the sport of watercraft riding was exposed to an entirely new generation of boaters.

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

For images of the 2014 Sea-Doo #SPARKSOMEFUN Test Ride Tour visit the Sea-Doo Facebook page and look at the #SPARKSOMEFUN tour album. If you attended an event your picture might be there.

Sea-Doo Spark Accessories – Making your day on the water the best it can be!

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Spending the summer is on the water, playing in the sun and spending time with friends and family is the ultimate summer activity. We want to help you make the most of your time on the water and so we developed Sea-Doo Spark accessories designed with busy families in mind.

Two of our best sellers are the Sea-Doo Spark Front Storage Bin Kit and the Sea-Doo Step.

front storage bin kitPFD, sunscreen, tow rope and more fit perfectly in the Sea-Doo Spark Front Storage Bin Kit. This soft-sided storage bin perfectly matches the contours of the Sea-Doo Spark to maximize storage capacity. It is constructed of polyurethane and protects your valuables from rough waves. The Storage Bin is not waterproof and includes drain holes at the bottom and is sealed with a lid. The maximum storage capacity of the bin is 7.4 gallons (28 liters).

Boarding a Sea-Doo watercraft after stopping to take a break or watch the wildlife in deep water can be cumbersome ReBoarding 5092_cb_smaller for blogwithout a reboarding step. This is also convenient following a swim or wake session or any time you need to reboard your Sea-Doo Spark. The convenient Sea-Doo Step, with a knee-friendly surface, can hold up to 250 lbs. (113 kg) and stows upright when underway. The Sea-Doo Step mounts easily to the transom and can be quickly installed on the right side of your watercraft by an authorized Sea-Doo dealer.

Visit your local dealer to purchase directly or shop online at: http://store.sea-doo.com

Express your Style with a Personalized Sea-Doo Spark Graphic Kit

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The Sea-Doo Spark is the hot summer watercraft gracing waterways all over the world. The Spark is fun, easy to ride and can easily be personalized to express your own style and attitude.

Sea-Doo Attitude Graphic Kits offer a multitude different options and levels of personalization. Choose from 11 different Graphic kits in different coverage options – light, medium or fully wrapped.SunShade-Gray

In addition to wrap format options you can choose from multiple color options for a total of 60 different color combinations. The digital prints are UV resistant and are designed to bond to your Sea-Doo Spark.

It’s easy to design and configure your own personal Attitude Graphic Kit, visit our partner SCS Unlimited and browse through the myriad of options for designs and colors and order the wrap directly from the website.

deadmau5You also have the option of developing a custom personalized wrap based on your colors or design. This features is proving to be popular with many celebrities such as music producer deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) and Red  Bull athlete Aaron Colton. SCS now offers custom registration numbers that Aaron Colton Spark Standingcan be ordered as an integral part of your Attitude Graphic Kits, or they can be customized and manufactured separately.

Custom or customizable, the Sea-Doo Spark can help you express your personal style and even provides you with the opportunity to develop your own one-of-a-kind Sea-Doo Spark.

SUMMER VACATION – The Sea-Doo Road Trip

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2014 SEA-DOO SPARK MOVE II_2It’s summer time and is the season for the family vacation. This means packing the suitcases, and loading them into trunk or roof racks and piling into the car and heading to a destination that will hopefully provide a lifetime worth of fond memories. Summer time also means cooling off in a distant water hole and this is why planning your vacation around a Sea-Doo Road Trip offers the best of everything for watersport lovers.

In this blog we’re going to provide you five tips to make your Sea-Doo Road Trip a fun and safe one and provide you with five fabulous destinations across North America.

SEA-DOO ROAD TRIP TIPS:

  1. FULL POWER. Your fun can only start if your Sea-Doo does and giving your watercraft a simple test start can check this. If your battery is weak, put it on an automatic battery charger (available from a BRP dealer – BRP part # 529 035 773) overnight and by sunrise you should be at full power.
  1. Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 5.11.09 PMCLEAN IT AND COVER IT. The last thing you want is for your riding gear to get all dirty because your watercraft is dirty. Clean your Sea-Doo with proper detergent and water and wipe the vinyl with quality cleaning products (such as XPS PWC cleaning and detailing kit – BRP part # 219 701 709). After you clean it cover it with a custom fitted Sea-Doo cover to help keep road grime off of it during the trip.
  1. Kids pacCHECK YOUR RIDING GEAR. Kids grow fast and the Sea-Doo PFD that they wore last summer might be difficult to buckle this summer. Or if your newfound exercise program helped you lose the extra 20 pounds you have wanted to lose, you may consider purchasing a new Sea-Doo PFD in your new size. Your Sea-Doo PFD should be snug but also allow comfortable movement while riding and proper buoyancy while in the water.
  1. FILL’ER UP. Be sure to fill your Sea-Doo watercraft with quality fuel at your local filling station specifically if you are travelling to a remote area where the fuel may not be as fresh. This will also aid in towing as your trailer will tow smoother from the slight increase in trailer tongue weight. (Refer to the trailer manufacturer’s suggested weight distribution for optimal towing)
  1. 2014 SEA-DOO ADV TEC iCATCH PWC TRAILER - Action 1TRAILER CHECKUP. Consider your trailer the cradle for your Sea-Doo watercraft as they most likely spend more time on the trailer than in the water. The trailer is what ultimately allows you to take your Sea-Doo watercraft from point A to point B.

Check your tires tread wear and air pressure to ensure they are ready for the trip and to ensure maximum fuel efficiency while towing. Also check your wheel bearings to ensure they are tight and lubricated. This is an element you should have a professional check as a bearing failure can cause problems put a major delay on your vacation plans. Last, check that all of your trailer lights work properly including; running lights, turn signals and brake lights. If you have an issue in this area check the vehicle-to-trailer connection and your vehicles fuses and trailer light bulbs.

Now that you are ready go, where are you going to go? Here are five of our favorite destinations for all-around Sea-Doo family fun.

  1. LAKE KEOWEE, SOUTH CAROLINA
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LAKE KEOWEE SUNSET

This gem of a lake offers a touch of the Smokey Mountains in the midst of southern hospitality as it sits on the western side of South Carolina close to Clemson University. The mornings will offer banks of water-level clouds and glass calm waters with vistas of the foothills of the nearby mountain ranges. With dozens of coves, don’t forget your wakeboard or wakeskate as the lake never gets very busy and you can escape for hours of water shred sessions.

Lake Keowee is located with-in 500 miles of 50% of the US population making easy to get to with-in a days drive for many. The rental homes and/or waterfront condos are plentiful in the summer and the water is clean and warm. With several public launches and parks combined with numerous marinas with fuel and a few on-water restaurants, Lake Keowee offers a very fun and affordable family get-away.

  1. LAKE HAVASU CITY, ARIZONA
The London Bridge at Lake Havasu City, Arizona

The London Bridge at Lake Havasu City, Arizona

If there is one location worthy of a Sea-Doo pilgrimage, it’s Lake Havasu, Arizona. Longtime home to the annual International Jet Sports Boating Association World Finals, Havasu is the epicenter of the PWC universe every October as racers and their fans from countries far and wide descend upon its sunny shores to do battle in this picturesque lake on the Colorado River.

Havasu has a unique history. The city was developed by chainsaw magnate Robert McCulloch, who literally purchased the London Bridge and transported it, block by block, from England to Arizona to serve as the city’s focal point. Visitors can now visit the bridge above by road, or below by boat, navigating the canal McCulloch had dredged for this very purpose.

The fun, however, shouldn’t just be confined to the city limits. Bring your Sea-Doo, or rent one if you have to, and venture north along the Colorado River to the scenic cliffs of Topock Gorge.

OKANAGAN VALLEY, CANADA

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 5.18.41 PMWe’ll spare you the Great White North jokes. Canada would seemingly get more attention from the Ski-Doo crowd than their Sea-Doo counterparts. But those who dismiss the country based on its snowy rep are missing out on some truly beautiful watercraft riding. And perhaps no area epitomizes Canada’s watery beauty better than the Okanagan Valley, a picturesque setting located halfway between Vancouver and Calgary

Home to the massive Okanagan Lake, as well as 200 smaller lakes scattered throughout the region, the Okanagan Valley is found within the Interior Plateau of British Columbia. With the majestic Coast Mountains blocking the flow of moist air from the west, summers are — surprise! — actually warm and dry, the perfect weather for enjoying your Sea-Doo.

Looking for things to do off the water? The area features numerous hiking and biking trails. Those looking for a more relaxing pursuit will want to plan a visit to one of the countless wineries that occupy the bluffs bordering the lake

  1. THE FLORIDA KEYS
The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys offers the closest experience to being in the Caribbean with out actually leaving the US. Upon entering Key Largo you will officially be on island time as the string of “keys” stretches 120-miles into the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico with each surrounded by epic aqua colored water. It’s no coincidence so many boat companies including BRP conduct their product photo shoots in the keys as it is a true boaters paradise.

The bay side of the keys offers more protected waters perfect for the Sea-Doo Spark and GTI models and for wake sports but be sure to be considerate of the local fisherman hunting bonefish, tarpon and snook on the back waters. For trips on the ocean side, a Sea-Doo GTX or RXT model would be ideal for charging through the wind chop in comfort with a storage bin full of snorkel gear to dive the miles of living reefs that rest roughly 2-4 miles from the shoreline.

From Key Largo to Key West there are plenty of hotel, restaurants and shopping opportunities. There area also a plethora of rental homes for larger vacationing parties and for campers we suggest Long Key State Park at roughly the half way point down highway US 1 at mile-marker 67.5.

  1. TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN

On the eastern shores of Lake Michigan is the destination area of northern Michigan with the epicenter being Traverse City. Traverse City is a quant Great Lakes area lakeside town with a welcoming little downtown area filled with restaurants and shops while full-scale resorts lie with-in miles of the city center. Water is not in short demand in this area and is a haven for Sea-Doo owners looking to ride in new waters.

While Sea-Doo riding opportunities are plentiful near Traverse City, hundreds of lakes are with in an hour drive of the city. If you are looking for crystal clear aqua colored waters you don’t have to go to the Florida Keys to get it, visit popular Torch Lake, roughly 45 minutes from Traverse City. The lakes water is truly magical as the sun pierces the water and reflects off of the white sand bottom that could easily be mistaken for the waters of the Caribbean or Tahiti, but with out the salt and a bit cooler.

As a destination location the area is very seasonal with hundreds of accommodation options and entertainment off of the water with go cart tracks, mini golf for the kids and countless 36-hole golf course for the adults. The areas geographic latitude provides long summer days that stretch sunsets to 10PM allowing maximum fun time on the water.

One of the many advantages of owning a Sea-Doo watercraft is the ease of use and they provide one more entertainment piece for your family to build many memories of a lifetime.

CAPITAL CITIES FEATURES COLORFUL SEA-DOO SPARK WATERCRAFT IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO, “ONE MINUTE MORE”

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Have you seen Capital Cities’ latest music video “One More Minute” featuring BRP’s new Sea-Doo Spark watercraft?  The Sea-Doo Spark is one of the  ‘stars’ of the video.

“The song is high-energy and musically colorful,” said Ryan Merchant, on half of the band Capital Cities with Sebu Simonian. “We wanted to create a visual escape using a dreamlike summer lake set with Sea-Doo Spark watercraft to provide the happy and upbeat contrast to the emotional storyline of the video. What’s more fun than Sea-Doo watercraft on the water in the sun? It epitomizes summer fun.”

You may recognize this song as the it is also the featured soundtrack for the Sea-Doo Spark broadcast commercial spot, “Spark Some Fun”. Through collaborating on the project, Capital Cities became enamoured with the watercraft’s colorful and spirited visual appeal, deciding to give Sea-Doo Spark models a leading role in this video.

“Capital Cities is one of the hottest up and coming bands and the Sea-Doo Spark is poised to be the biggest watersport hit of this summer. The opportunity to bring the two together in a summer fun themed new music video is a perfect combination.” said Chris Dawson, vice president and general manager, Global Sales and Consumer Experience division.

 

The Intrepid Cottager: Sea-Doo Fun at Watercraft Ride For Dad

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By Craig Nicholson, The Intrepid Cottager

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I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d never seen so many Sea-Doo watercraft together at one time. Many different models and model years were represented in that PWC fleet. Certainly their operators were a varied cross section of families, couples and solo riders of all ages and genders. Lots of kids too.

On the water, this armada stretched out for what seemed like miles, Sea-Doo’s as far as my eye could see. It reminded me a bit of some of the motorcycle ride-in events I’ve attended, bikes filling highways and camaraderie filling hearts. Other boaters gaped at our impressive watercraft parade as we cruised by on that bright, sunny morning, off to ride our designated route.

This was my first Watercraft Ride For Dad. When I’d arrived, Sea-Doo watercraft were moored at every dock and more were coming in from theP1110980 river. Riders milled about on land, socializing and joking as they waited to register and hand in their pledge sheets. For many, the Watercraft Ride For Dad is an annual event. It’s a fun PWC outing that raises money to battle prostate cancer, the most common form of that disease among men. As far as I know, these Ontario rides are the only annual PWC fundraising activities of their kind. It’s a worthy cause. What’s more, Watercraft Rid For Dad is also great fun for everyone.

PWC riders come from near and far to participate. They come for the poker run and prizes, but the bonus is some incredibly beautiful scenery on #ontariowaterways. Watercraft Ride For Dad also offers a unique opportunity to renew old acquaintances, make new PWC friends and connect with new riding buddies. Plus, it’s ideal for checking out other Sea-Doo models and owner opinions. I was able to cage a quick demo from the owners of several models I’d always wanted to try.

P1110911At the post-ride bar-b-que lunch, everyone was pumped by their experience – there were lots of laughs and some good-natured ribbing of one passenger who’d taken an unexpected and ungainly dunking. Many participants were already chatting about getting together soon for more rides of their own.

It’s not too late to hook up with a Watercraft Ride For Dad this summer for your own dose of Sea-Doo fun on the water. There’s one on the St. Lawrence River on Saturday, August 9 out of Morrisburg, and another at 1000 Islands on Saturday, August 23 out of Ed Huck Marine near Rockport. Take it from The Intrepid Cottager, you’ll really enjoy participating in a Watercraft Ride For Dad!

 

 

 

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