07-29-2011, 08:30 PM #1
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Wet Racer Magazine’s Interview with Jettribe: Part 1
WetRacer: Where did you grow up?
Tony: I grew up in Newbury Park, Southern California. It is about 40 minutes North of L.A. and we were very close to the beach so I rode the surf a lot.
WetRacer: When did you first get into watercraft?
Tony: Back when I was working at a grocery store in high school. A co-worker friend “Dave” had a 1989 Yamaha Waverunner 500! He brought me to Lake Pyramid to go riding. Once I idled past the No Wake Zone and pulled the Waverunner 500’s throttle past 20 MPH, I was truly in love! I didn’t realize at the time – that split moment would alter my future.
WetRacer: Wow! Waverunner 500, So how did this change your future?
Tony: Well, the next day, I begged my dad to go with me to our local power sport shop – I think it was Thousand Oaks Kawasaki. When we got to the shop, there it was. The fresh out of the crate, brand new, first three seater ever made! Yamaha 650 Waverunner III, it was like destiny. Since I was fresh out of high school and had little money or credit, I begged my dad to co-sign for me and we purchased my dream Waverunner. For the next 20 years, all of our family vacations revolved around a watercraft. And of course now it is how I make a living – the business of watercraft.
***More to come soon so stay tuned!***
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