10-22-2007, 10:57 PM #1
2007 IJSBA World Finals Water Safety Director Update
The 2007 IJSBA World Finals event held in the City of Lake Havaus, Arizona USA have come to a close. On behalf of the K38 Water Safety Team we would like to thank each IJSBA representative nation and their participating athletes, teams, sponsors, managers and families for supporting this unique worldwide sporting event!
2007 proved to be one of the safest racing competitions in World Finals history. We had the fewest red flags and the split and variable course offered challenging opportunities for passing and technical skills of the riders. Our race director Blake Corning did an excellent job with support from Jacque Bryant and the IJSBA Executive Director Scott Frazier.
I would like to acknowledge the support we received from the following people: Jeremy Hoyland, Bob Crabtree, Carol Ann Gustina, Jim Russel, Brandon Callas, Shelly and all the tower scorekeepers who receive little to none recognition for their efforts, Mike, Carson, Robby, DuShawn, Evan and a host of others. We experienced perfect weather and water conditions for the venue, along with the staff efforts.
Jacque's Briefing to K38 Team
All of the IJSBA staff worked diligently on behalf of the 2007 World Champions and comeptitors, we are honored to have been of service to the race teams. Not everyone comes away with a positive experience, as racing is not a finite guarantee and true to life, some people left disappointed, while the greater majority had a positive experience.
However we believe that from our observation of the K38 Team watching from the water that attendance was up, the vendor displays had increased as we daily enjoyed the homemade ice cream vendor, and the grandstands were fuller than the past 3 years of competition. The Parade of Nations was a great boost and K38 hosted a rider memorbilia display with items from IJSBA Champions Tera Laho and Jeff Prieur.
Ray Wolfgramm brings in competitor
The K38 Water Safety team is comprised of Joe Barron, who has participated in the sport of Jet Skiing since 1982 and also was honored with an IJSBA commitment to Service Award, well deserved. Joe has dedicated over a decade of service to the IJSBA World Finals and is an anchor for the team.
Our Rookie Lieutenant is BJ, he is a seasoned and dedicated to making the races safe and efficient with his timely and honorable response. We are very fortunate to have his enthusiasm and youth to pull up the lead.
Jonathan Cahill has been a K38 Water Safety instructor for 5 years working under considerable workloads in the field in all sorts of dynamic water conditions. He proved himself as our lead Jet Ski driver for patient evacuations and is a seasoned jet ski rescue boat operator and works in the fire rescue field
Working alongside Jonathan on the patient evacuations was Reid Beveridge, and US Air Force SERE Specialist. Reid was instrumental working on the Lifesled attached to the stern of the Jet Ski and helped the athletes who had suffered injuries for transport.
Dave Hardenberger assisted on the water for the past several years now, and has been a maintstay with K38 working at the California Police and Fire Games PWC competition. He is also an IJSBA World Champion and is employed in the fire rescue service.
Shawn Alladio, I'm basically a boating safety instructor specializing in the use of small boats, such as Personal Watercraft. I am an (AWA) American Watercraft Association H2O Responder, a National Safe Boating Council Instructor and an IJSBA competitor. I have enjoyed working and participating in IJSBA related events since 1980.
Our shoreside assistants comprised of Alan Reitz a fireman and his son Shane who is a lifeguard, they helped us with the transport of injured athletes for the initial assessment and packaging. And a big thanks to the Havasu Ambulance Company and local hospital and fire emergency services and the City of Lake Havasu.
JC and Reid bring in downed competitor and craft
I can speak on behalf of our team that these men are proud of the work they do, which is demanding and requires professional dedication. We would like to extend an invitation to any potential course marshals interested in receiving training for the 2008 season to contact us as we are already planning an International Training Program with confirmation from representatives from the UK, Spain and Portugal for next year's World Finals.
K38 Water Safety has affiliates in the following regions: K38 Australia, K38 Spain, K38 Italy, K38 UK, K38 Portugal, K38 Poland, K38 South Africa, K38 Russia, and Kanalu K38 (Hawaii) with new affiliations coming soon.
K38 Water Safety would like to thank quakeysense for sponsoring the water patrol with the riding apparel for the second year in a row. Gath headgear from Australia for sponsoring our team helmets, and our Liquid Militia clothing company for donating our event promotional kits for the team and staff. K38 enjoys the support of Kawasaki Motors Corporation USA and employed 4 Kawasaki Jet Skis with 3 Wahoo lifesleds. We would also like to thank all of the event supporting sponsors for their participation.
Yours in PWC Water Safety
Note: This email does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the IJSBA.
THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN
AWA - K38 H2O Responders
Last edited by shawn alladio; 12-31-2007 at 03:17 AM.
10-23-2007, 02:33 AM #2
World Finals Water Safety Team K38
Here is a thread on another site with the rescue and officiating suggestions...good reads...
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