First Watercross Competition Held in Superior

By KBJR News 1

August 17, 2013 Updated Aug 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - What happens when people with snowmobiles get bored during the summer? A new sport is born.

"The sport of watercross got started back in the early 70s. Some people just got board during the summer and they decided to see if they could make it across the water. Back then they could maybe go only 10 feet and slowly as machines got better and people got better, it progressed into what it is today," said Derek Mcpheeters, vice president of International Watercross Association.

This is the first time a watercross competition has been held in Superior, and organizers are excited to bring the competition to the twin ports.

"You take your snowmobile that you ride in the winter time, you do a couple simple modifications and you can come out and race on the water," said Mcpheeters.

Watercross was created in Grantsburg Wisconsin, and for some it has become a big family tradition.

"My dad used to do the grass drags and the ice drags and we used to go to Grantsburg every year since I could remember and we always watched it. My brother and I said we are going to do it," said Eric Keith, a competitor.

Keith has been competing in watercross for the past five years and says the feeling is unlike any other.

"You try to explain to someone how it feels to be out there on the water racing...it's a rush, your adrenaline gets pumping," said Keith.

Others prefer to just watch.

"He loves to watch the race video with his dad after the races it's one of his absolute favorite things to do," said Jayme Mitchell, a spectator.

Fostering a new generation of water cross racers.

The competition finishes up on Sunday with the championship races.

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