You may ride a PWC a handful of times every season, but how much do you really know about the history of the personal watercraft? There have been many different alterations to the PWC throughout the past several decades, with new technology continuing to enhance the riding experience.
Not only do people ride jet skis for fun, but people also race them in competition. Overall, this fun and competitive past time has a colorful history.
PWCs may be popular around the world today, but there was a time when we had no such watercraft. The original concept of a PWC can be traced back to a man by the name of Clayton Jacobsen. His simple craft was designed to let people ski across water without the need to use a larger boat. The Jet Ski didn’t come into the spotlight until Kawasaki decided to mass produce them, giving it the name we know today. At the time the company was known for its motorcycles, and they hoped to strike the same success for thrill seekers on the water.
While most jet skis allow you to sit down today, and some even have room for multiple passengers, this was not the case with the original models. You had to stand up to ride the first jet skis until advances in the 1980s changed the way they were designed. The ability to sit down on a jet ski is one of the factors that contributed to their popularity. Sitting down on a jet ski offers the rider more control and stability, and can offer an overall safer experience.