By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD
Special to the Press
Multiple tents lined the beach just outside of Clayton’s Beach Bar this past Saturday, June 1, where hundreds gathered to watch, as well as participate, in the first Pro Watercross event held on South Padre Island.
This was not your average day at the beach. With the sound of motors revving, coupled along with
the waves crashing, it made for the perfect setting for those partaking in the spectacle.
Among those was 13year-old Taylor Skellett, of Port Charlotte, Florida, who happened to be the youngest competitor on the beach that day.
Skellett has been competing in watercross for three years now following the footsteps of her older brother. Competing in over 30 competitions a year, Taylor does this “because it’s so fun to do it.”
Accompanied by her family and crew, the Skellett tent was one of many filled with jet skis, ATVs and excitement. Skellet finished fourth in the Amateur Ski Stock (race 3) as well as fourth in the Sport Stock (race 5) that day.
With well over 70-plus participants from all over the nation, Saturday’s stop on the Island qualified many for the national tour.
“Pro Watercross has become the largest and most popular watercross series in the country, and this seasons schedule will continue to bring growth to the sports, thanks to a great group of tour partners and host cities with fans all looking forward tour watercross race events,” said Jennifer Handler, CIO of Pro Watercross.
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