Toronto PWC Beach Party & Ride For Dad Fundraiser 2016
Two weeks out, the morning of Sunday May 22 was calling for cooler temperatures and a day full of rain. There was no plan B! We asked our members to do the "rain dance" and pray for sunshine! With over a hundred riders longing for a favourable forecast on this fun filled day, the heavens must have listened! We awoke to sunshine, warm weather and glassy waters; a promising start to what would become one of Canada's largest PWC enthusiast meet ups ever!
8:00AM @ Port Credit's Lakefront Promenade
The boat launch was packed solid with eager participants who were ready to ride! Smiles beaming from everyone and positive excitement set the tone for the day ahead. After registration, riders launched their PWC's into Lake Ontario meeting the balmy +9C / 49F water & awaited the start of a perfect ride. Peel Regional Police was nice enough to keep an eye on the Boat launch area to ensure everything went smoothly and safely.
9:30AM Commenced riding
With a couple Pace boats leading the pack we set off towards the city, pausing at the Toronto Inner harbor western gap. With a background filled with Toronto's downtown Skyline, Billy Bishop Airport, Hanlan's Point & Ontario Place it was a natural scene to take some great group photo's. On any other day, it is a requirement to obtain a Powered Vessel Operator's Permit to ride within Toronto's Inner Harbour. Thanks to Toronto Port Authority, TorontoPWC was able to obtain a 1 hour permit allowing our group of participating riders to enter. For the first time in Canadian history, about 100 PWC's entered the Inner harbor at the same time with the Toronto Police Marine Unit present to ensure everyone was on their best behavior.
"We cannot express how thankful we are to receive support from the Toronto Marine Police Unit, Toronto Port Authority & Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation."
With the sun shining, the jets pumping, & the city of Toronto looking spectacular we proceeded responsibly through the harbour. After 20 minutes of NO-WAKE zone's the riders were quick and eager to get back to ripping through the water in unison en route to the Scarborough Bluffs. It was quite a sight to be seen- a brigade of enthusiasts whose wake mimicked rolling whitecaps decorated the water like a synchronized swim team.
With toes in the best sand of the best beach in the city , TorontoPWC riders proceeded to fill the waterline with their beloved BRP, Yamaha,Honda, Kawasaki water-crafts! It was time to enjoy the line up of activities, including: Ski Wake Foot School Parasailing, FlyOntario, Flyboard/905 Rentals and Jetovator Tricks. Thanks to @ghotsriderto, Got Ass Girls Canada showed up to support the cause! Alex from Big Boys With Cool Toys provided some awesome remote control boat demonstrations. DJ Twister was pumpin' out the tunes as participants shred the water, exchanged jet ski banter and made new friends.
Our only hiccup was with the food truck. The rough terrain of the path made it impossible for the food truck to get to the beach, which meant a 5 minute walk for food, however, it proved worth the walk! Our monster truck thankfully was able to haul the gear for all the sponsors to the beach with no issues. TorontoPWC will be sure to make up for the food situation next time!
The support from the Community, Sponsors, City of Toronto, & RideforDad.ca was mind blowing to say the least. TorontoPWC thanks every single person that participated; from permits providers to jetski riders. Thanks to our sponsors, we had much more to offer to our devoted attendees. T shirts, decals, a raffle including Blue Jays tickets, hundreds of dollars worth of Jet Tribe apparel and even trophies. Trophies ranged from farthest traveled to best in show & were announced on the beach at the end of the day.
Awards were presented to the following:
Loudest Sound System – @GHOSTRIDERTO ( SEADOO RXP-X 260 + JL AUDIO SYSTEM )
Farthest Distance Traveled - Courtney Guido SEADOO GTR215 ( MARYLAND, USA )
Most Modified - Justin Taylor ( Seadoo RXP-X TURBO - ( MARYLAND USA )
Cleanest Classic - Scott Mancer ( Seadoo XP )
Best in Show – Ski-Mazing Ski Wake Foot School ( Parasailing)
Most Dedicated – Kyrill ( Honda Aquatrax )
Our focus was not only to grow the jet ski community but to raise money for the Ride for Dad foundation to fight prostate cancer. Toronto PWC managed to raise over $8250.00 with the help of our generous sponsors- St. Onge Recreation, Northstar Marine Insurance, EZ Dock, Rocket Fireworks, 2 B Wired, 905 Rentals, GTA Motorcars, Big Boys With Cool Toys, Para Rescue, Jet Tribe Racing and Big Butcher BBQ. All proceeds from raffle, T shirt and food sales were also donated towards Ride for Dad.
With growing interest Toronto PWC has successfully advanced to be the GTA’s leading provider for all things PWC. We are now official Riva Racing dealers and sponsored by Jettribe apparel. Apart from our one of kind Toronto Based Seadoo Rentals & Guided Tours we have been getting members ready for the summer season providing performance modifications, repairs, vinyl wraps, stereo's, lighting and anything else their hearts desire!
Another year another annual Toronto PWC season opener- A huge thank you to everyone who came out and the riders that keep our growing community alive! Summer, here we come!
Being a part of the community has benefits beyond our events check out the perks below:
- St Onge Recreation will provide all TorontoPWC members exclusive pricing on Parts, Accessories & New Vehicles. Contact Sean Ward from St Onge Recreation to get your V.I.P Experience today!
- Contact Ben from www.2bwired.com for one of the highest quality electrical contractors in the GTA
- Big Boys With Cool Toys offers NO TAX on all parts for Toronto PWC members and NO tax on everything in the store for member’s kids - http://www.bigboyswithcooltoys.ca/
- Tom from Rocket Fireworks offers discounts for all Toronto PWC members - www.rocketfireworks.ca
- Kipling Tire offers discounts to Toronto PWC members on all available tire brands - www.kiplingtire.ca/
- Northstar Marine Insurance offers the best possible prices on PWC insurance for members - http://www.northstarinsurance.ca/
- All TorontoPWC vehicles supplied from Richard Car at GTA Motor Cars. Contact GTA MOTORCARS to receive special pricing for all Toronto PWC members http://www.gtamotorcars.com/
- Contact Ed from Eclipse roofing for Special TorontoPWC Pricing - www.eclipseroofing.ca/
- Over 1000x HD images from the event, Check to see if you made the cut https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rhp2ifuuosrwf1w/AABMDpG37FBKqU592a-NrJN_a?dl=0
- Contact Craig from Boaterskills to obtain your Ontario's Boating License/Toronto Harbor License, - http://boaterskills.ca/boating-courses/toronto-harbour-license/
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Some services TorontoPWC.com offers are:
ECM tuning & flashing - Key programing & Maintenance code clearing - Impeller & Supercharger maintenance/upgrades - Audio & Vinyl Wrapping - Fiberglass & gelcoat repairs - We are your one stop shop for everything related to PWC.
The TorontoPWC are proud Canadian Authorized RivaRacing, Worx Racing Components, Engine-Tech, Hydroturf, Savephace, Ruroc, Jet Tribe Racing Dealers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries today!
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