SEA-DOO X-TEAM TUESDAY – September 20, 2011
NAME: Brian Baldwin
SPORT: PWC Racing
AGE: 32 years old
PORT: Denver, North Carolina
FAMILY: Two children, Portia and Kayden, Wife, Maranda
Brian Baldwin is a veteran of PWC closed course racing around the south eastern United States and feeds his competitive hunger by racing Sea-Doo watercraft. Baldwin may not have the funding and may not be as well known as many pro racers but insiders say his talent may about to peak. He has been a front runner and is awaiting the few little breaks to happen that sets you a part from the top of the podium and looking up to the top. With the IJSBA World Finals around the corner, this could possibly be the year Baldwin breaks into the elite group of Sea-Doo watercraft racers.
Brian, where did you grow up and how was your competitive spirit developed?
I grew up in a small town in North Carolina mountains called Mills River, I can remember from an early age always feeling I had to be faster than anyone else and that desire has always been there. If competition is involved I like being involved, it really gets my blood pumping.
What do you do away from the water to stay on the water? What’s your profession?
I try to never be off the water but when it’s too cold I like to ride dirt bikes it really helps me stay fit. I’m not a big workout guy so I try to ride dirtbikes and snowmobiles during the winter to stay in shape. I work at a powersports repair shop to keep my slew of pwc running.
Brian, How were you introduced to watersports?
I grew up on a small lake up in North Carolina, Lake James and I have been in and around the water my entire life. I got into jet skis at a very early age and my love for the sport continues to grow with age.
Since you began competing what are some of your accolades?
I am a four time National PWC racing Champion; Pro 1200 stock , and 3x Pro Runabout 800 open, I am also the current and reigning Pro Runabout 800 Open World Champion.
Brian, Where is your favorite PWC race site?
I have to say the Lake Norman North Carolina race, because I was able to ride my race Sea-Doo from my house to the race site!
What is it about PWC racing that keeps you coming back?
I have been asked this question multiple times and the only answer I can come up with is I grew up on PWC and competition is a huge part of who I am! The love of Sea-Doo racing …its in my blood !!!
Brian, where is your favorite non-racing, riding location? Or what is your dream ride?
My favorite riding location is right in my own back yard, Lake Norman, Denver, NC. Lake Norman is a large lake where we can take extended rides, set up buoys and practice and it has beautiful clean water and great scenery. My dream ride would be a long distance, adventure ride from Florida to the Bahamas with my wife.
What are you racing right now and what are looking forward to?
I currently race a 1997 Sea-Doo XP 800 and a Sea-Doo GTX. I really, really look forward to racing the new 2012 RXP-X. I think that new model alone is going to give pwc racing a new face.
BRP thanks Brian Baldwin for his time and dedication to the pursuit of PWC racing glory aboard Sea-Doo. You can follow Brian’s results at the coming IJSBA World Finals event at http://www.ijsba.com.