Inaugural Superior Watercross Expected to Draw Extreme Sport Enthusiasts

By KBJR News 1

August 15, 2013 Updated May 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - On Saturday, extreme sports in the Twin Ports will be taken to a whole new level through a competition unlike any other, where the winter meets the water. It's the inaugural IWA Superior Watercross Shootout.

For Mike Simmons snowmobiling runs deep in his veins and during the dog days of summer he's found a way to feed his need.

"Winters haven't been the best over the past couple of years so I have a lot of time and money invested in my equipment, so I figure I'm going to race it one way or another," said Mike Simmons, Watercross competitor.

It's Watercross, an extreme sport that pairs the power of snowmobiles with the waves and the water and this weekend it's taking over the bay at Barker's Island for the IWA Watercross Shootout.

"When I tell them I race Watercross, they have no idea what it is," said Simmons.

Simmons says the technique of snowmobile skipping is simple it's all in balance, and maintaining speed and if competitors haven't mastered that...

"Well obviously when you slow down in the water too much you go to the bottom," Simmons said.

"It really does send some adrenaline chills up your spine when you watch them race."

Watercross organizer Merry Wallin says after a few sled modifications including removing the oil injection tank, and in many cases stripping the snowmobiles of all non-essential parts-including the seat.

The competitors will be ready to hit the water this weekend.

"It is environmentally sound, and all the tests, all the litmus tests are that it's safe it's sound for the environment and that we'll bring an extreme sport to the folks in the Northland," said Merry Wallin, V.P. Townsquare Media Duluth and Watercross organizer.

Wallin says the mix of the adrenaline of the sport and curiosity from the crowds means spectators will be in for a unique experience.

"I think part of this is that it is such an extreme and different sport that not only will we get the pure racing fan, but we'll get the people who are looking for the experience, of watching this watercross," said Wallin.

Come this weekend racers like Simmons and 100 other competitors will be ready to showcase their skills in what's been called the fastest show on H20.

The event kicks off Saturday morning at Barkers Island bay and rolls through Sunday with the championship series.

For more information on the IWA Superior Watercross Shootout click here.

Jeremy Brickley
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