2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Bob McCord Nickname: Big Mac Bob was born in September 1947 in Portsmouth New Hampshire. He grew up in San Diego area and went to school at Oceanside High. He played all the usual sports, Football, Baseball and Track. He took up scuba diving, free dive and of course Surfing. He worked on fishing boats going out of O Side Harbor for 7 years. While on vacation at Carlsbad lagoon in 1972 he was bothered by some little item that was creating chop as he was looking for glassy waters. He finally decided he’d had it and was going to have a talk with the two guys tearing up the good water. As he stood at the water’s edge waiting, one of the guys came to shore. Bob stepped towards the guy, who extended his hand and said “Hello, you want to try this?” Well that’s how he met Norm Harris, Fred Tunstall and Gordy Garant, the original Jet Ski Team. Bob took his demo ride and the rest, as they say, is History. Bob joined the Kawasaki test team. He was an aggressive rider with a big personality. As he rode the skis he “Infected” many with his passion for the sport. Kawasaki was struggling with the product in early months of testing trying to figure out if it fit a market. The “Big Wigs” and engineers from Japan came to the U.S. to make a decision on whether to “Pull the plug” on the project or not. The Testers met with them at Carlsbad Lagoon and Bob hit the water. He showed them how “We” saw the use of the skis. He jumped wakes, raced around buoys and threw giant slides for their viewing. He showed them the vision shared by the Test team and taught them to ride in a different manner than they had thought about. The result being that Kawasaki proceeded with the project. During his promotional work with KMC, Bob traveled and did advertisement for Canadian Club Whiskey, he taught “Ponch and John” from the TV show CHiPs, how to ride. He appeared on the Mike Douglas show teaching several women to ride. When Racing started in 1977, Bob was a major competitor. He won every Freestyle event he ever entered which was 3 years worth of events. He had moves he performed on the ski named after him. The long slide into a tail spin was called the “McCord turn”. In Slalom and Tri-oval he was always a front runner. He now lived in Beaverton, Oregon with Kelly Jo. They have been together for 20 years. Together they share 1 son and 7 daughters and 4 grand children. Shortly after receiving his Wake of Fame Induction Bob sadly passed away. We miss him very much. His legacy lives on.
  • Virgil Chambers



    2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Nickname: Bad Brad Brad was born in Huntington Park, California May 1949. He grew up in Orange County. He attended Excelsior High School in Norwalk, CA. and graduated in 1966. He was a surfer and loved the beach. In July of 1969 he entered the Army and spent 14 months in Vietnam. He actually got to surf while doing duty in Asia. He got involved with jet skiing through Bob Phares. Brad had met Bob in 1966 through other friends. Brad was a water junkie and so he went to the Colorado River in Thanksgiving 1974 with Bob. Brad fought with the v hulled ski for a day and a half off and on. He asked if Sunday morning he could get up early and grab a ride on the green ski. Bob agreed and at dawn Brad headed up river from the campsite. An hour later he was seen on the horizon carving turns like he was on a board in Huntington Beach. He was so excited talking over and over again about the “Endless wave” he had discovered. Mighty Fine is what he said. Mighty Fine!! Brad skied with the group at the river for a few years and in 1978 Brad was hired onto the Tropical Blend Jet Ski promotional tour. He was assigned to cover the west coast of the U.S. He learned basic ground school and safety for working with demo days. He worked with Radio station media for each location. Upon returning from the tour he got together Dave Severson who was running the USJSBA and set up to do be a course marshal. In 1982 he was sent out on tour with the IJSBA race organization. In Lake City Minnesota Brad suggested he actually be “On course” during the racing. He stationed himself right outside the first turn. He had to scramble for his life as ski after ski got wider in the corner. As time went by brad adopted a “Wedge” to attach to the Jet Ski to add more stability. He had the best seat in the house for all the races for a couple of years. He worked the Gold Cup series in Florida with Chris and Mark Lauber. Brad started training with W.A.S.P., Water Awareness Safety Program with Shawn Alladio in 1990. He did stunt work in Canada with Jet Skis and after that he went to work at Universal Studios in L.A. doing the Miami Vice stunt show for 7 years. His job was training stunt people how to ride Jet Skis. He also organized a Wild West themed stunt show and traveled Asia. Returning home he went to work again for Kawasaki. He did part time testing on products for a few years and worked with the watercraft safety program. He is a member of The IJSBA Hall of Fame. He is a previous award winner for Wake of Fame. He currently lives with his Wife Cathy and their 3 children, Daughters, Whitney and Tabitha and son Christian in Helena Montana. He works with the Sheriffs’ Water Rescue teams.

    2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Steve Stricklin Nickname: Stricknine. Born: 1951 in Lynwood, California to parents Dale and Barbara Stricklin He lived his childhood in Norwalk and graduated in 1969 from Excelsior High School. While in school he played little league and also played baseball in his Freshman year. He was on the Varsity Basketball team his Junior and Senior years. At a young age he started racing motorcycles in TT/Scrambles events and by the age of 16 he was an AMA Pro rider. His senior year he worked part time at Norm Reeves Honda in Lakewood/Bellflower area. He spent winter and spring on Motorcycles and summers waterskiing. Following graduation he started work at Kawasaki Motors Corp. in Santa Ana, Calif. Steve got married to Linda Losinski in 1972. That same year Linda graduated from High School. They are still married today, 43 years later. They had 2 wonderful children, Troy and Cori. Troy lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident in spring 2015. Cori still lives in southern California. His first work was in the Parts Department at KMC. But he had his eye on a position that was opening in the Public Relations Department. His duties there included preparation of Units to be used in ads and Magazine testing. He worked for Paul Collins, Bo Derek’s Father, and worked with the Advertising Department setting up ads. He was the star of the Kawasaki commercials for T.V. He did hair raising shots in Hawaii on steep hill sides next to waterfalls and also commercials for the introduction of the Triple cylinder road bikes in 1971-72. One day while at work he spied a new product through a cracked door and the Research and Development Building. He could tell it was some type of watercraft, but was told to forget what he saw. That was Steve’s first look at a ”WaterJet”. That was 1972. Later in Summer, he and Bob Phares took a test unit to Pine Flat Dam, just south of Fresno. The ski only ran part of the day. It had cracked an exhaust pipe, but that was plenty to make this new item a priority in his life. In 1973 Steve was hired for a 4 month demonstration plan that took place in Texas. Kawasaki was launching the Test market of the Jet Ski and they wanted an inland area with lots of lakes. Based out of Arlington, Texas, Steve and crew started advertising free test rides and doing the demo days. Linda Stricklin went to Texas during that time and did demonstration rides and also gave instruction to the new riders. She was pregnant at that time with baby Troy. They traveled around Texas and ended up in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Steve returned to the California area and again worked with the PR Departments and Advertising. In 1977 Racing officially started in Mission Bay San Diego and Steve and Linda were in the thick of it. The month following Mission Bay, the first Pro Event was held in Nebraska. It was a Team event and Jerry Richardson, fresh off the San Diego win, teamed with Stricklin for the 100 mile event and came back to California with the win and the cash. The first Jet Ski National was held in November of 1978 at Newport Dunes in Newport Beach, California. Steve left that event with that Heavyweight National Title. In 1977-78 Steve went to work for his Father- in- law Ed in construction. But in 1979 the Jet Ski Sales and Marketing group took on a national promotion, The Tropical Blend Jet Ski Tour. The Team was headed up by Bob Phares and the team members were offered $1000 a month plus expenses for a 4 month commitment to travel the USA and visit 52 major markets to put people on the water. There were no guarantees of returning to a job. During that summer approximately 5000 people rode demo skis receiving instruction from a talented bunch of Skiers. In 1980 the first Hawaiian Invitational was held on Oahu’s north shore. The 10 best riders in the world were brought to Hawaii to race on stock 440 skis. Steve Stricklin won that inaugural event. Back to duties at KMC Steve was moved to the position of Race Director which he did 1980-1986. Photo by Chris Lauber In 1986 Steve partnered up with Ed to form L&S Jet Ski (Losinski & Stricklin). They were a strong contender in the race scene sponsoring some top names in racing. "Haulin" Harry Goatcher and Stacy "Deva" Hawkins, Art “Ace” Chambers along with a young Shawn Alladio were sporting the bright yellow rides with their hood Steve once again returned to KMC in 1996 for some intermittent jobs and finally back full time in 2006 and continues there today. He has attended every Finals race held at Lake Havasu starting with the Nationals in 82 and now the World Jet Ski Finals. That’s 34 years of Championship Races. In 2006 he was inducted with the first group into the IJSBA Jacobsen-Stjernstrom Jet Ski Hall of Fame. When asked what he thought about his Jet Ski adventure, Steve says, “To be with a product through testing, marketing and sales and watch it grow into the sport it is today is amazing!” “It’s been a Damn good Ride!”


    2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT John Silverstein Nickname: Johnny O, Yano John Silverstein, the eldest of the 4 Silverstein brothers, was born August 1953 in New Jersey to parents Erv and Mildred Silverstein. He moved to Garden Grove, California and attended and graduated Rancho Alamitos High School. He played football, surfed and was a member of the Surf Team. He received the Presidents Physical fitness award. John was into music and took up bass Guitar. He played in several bands while in school. He got involved with Jet Skis in 1973, the first year of the Jet Ski. He and his brother bought a WSAB hull ski in 1974 when they became available for sale to employees. He started work for Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA in 1974. He worked in product testing with the crew based in Carlsbad, California. He moved with the Research and Development crew to Shakopee, Minnesota and worked testing skis in Daytona Beach Florida during winter and Minnetonka, Minnesota during summers through 1980. He moved to Las Vegas with his parents and later moved to Austin, Texas. While in Austin he and Dan Baker started Butch’s West Jet Ski and built skis for many well known racers. In 1987 he started his own Jet Ski business and named it Johnny O’s. That store remained in business until 1993 when Yano moved it to Ormand Beach, Florida and remained there until 1995. At that time Johnny was enticed to go to work for Bombardier, Seadoo. He was hired to work on calibration on pumps and engines. He moved his brother, Doug to Florida and they worked together until John left in 2003. John continued on with Jet Skis, taking Johnny O’s on the road as a mobile service to rental Dealers in the South Florida area, from Daytona though the Keys until 2004. He is still involved with Jet Skis and other PWC’s at a dealer in the Melbourne area. He still plays bass guitar in a band. John was inducted into the IJSBA Jacobsen- Stjernstrom Jet Ski hall of Fame in 2009.

    2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Tony Corry Jr. Nickname Torch, TC Tony Corry Jr. was born a 3rd Generation Farmer to Tony & Lorna Corry July 10TH 1957 in Sacramento, Ca. The Corry Ranch established 1916 at the mouth of the Sacramento & American River’s is now called Discovery Park after the Government using Eminent Domain stole it from my family. He has 4 Beautiful Sisters Alice, Audrey, Laura and Karin which he describes as the best sisters anyone could hope for. Along with Nephews Shawn and Peter there are Nieces Chantelle, Nicole, Harmoni, Emily and Grace his family also has 5 Great Nieces and Nephews with 3rd Cousin 4th removed from Famous Outlaw Jesse James. 1972- Tony was taken to Hangtown Motocross event by my future Brother in-law Larry. They watched Tom Rapp and Brad Lackey Win that day. After the race Evil Knievel jumped a pit of rattlesnakes. This changed his life forever…. 1974- Tony rode his first Motocross Race- Argil Cycle Park in Dixon with friends Mark and Alan Barnard on a Honda 125 Elsinore he got for Christmas. 1975- First saw a Jet Ski when he was working at John D’s Kawasaki when Bob Phares and John Silverstein pulled up at the of the shop with their custom Van pulling a trailer with 2 Jet Ski’s with girls in Bikini’s emerging from the Van. 1975-Tony graduated from Rio Linda Senior High - one year after Larry Rippenkroeger. 1975- First rode a Jet Ski at the Elkhorn Boat Launch. 1978- Retired from Motocross racing after Curt Crosbie broke his back at Hangtown on the Plymouth Track in a crash that he and most of the pack of 57 125 Experts were involved. 1979 T.C. bought his first Jet Ski 1980- Entered his first Jet Race July 4th, Argil Cycle Park in Dixon, Ca. The race was promoted by the N.C.J.S.A (Northern California Jet Ski Association) which is credited with being the First Jet Ski Club established in the World. Tony won 2- 3rd place trophies. 1981- Tony got his first Jet Ski Win –The event Sponsored by Jetco was held at Merits Landing and was a 56 Mile Enduro style event. 1981- He attended the First Jet Ski National Finals promoted by the U.S.J.S.A. held in Lincoln, Nebraska. 1982- At the I.J.S.B.A. National Finals held in Lake Havasu, AZ. he became World Pro Super Stock Champion, and took an impressive 2nd in Pro Modified. 1981 thru 1983- Tony raced for Jetco. He left Jetco for a different sponsor after feeling that his ski was not competitive on the ’83 tour. The competitor skis running in his class that year were 3 to 4 MPH faster that his. So he felt it was time to make a change. He finished 1983 as National #4, 1984 National #8, 1985 National #7 and 1986 National #8. 1983 thru 1986- Tony was an I.J.S.B.A. Rider Representative. 1984 thru 1987- The “Torch” was Racing the Iconic “Aggression” Jet Ski. Dickinson Design out of Garden Grove, California with Mark Dickinson, owner and Super Tech Wes Ishi providing Tony with sponsorship backing. Photo by Chris Lauber Photo by Chris Lauber 1986- T.C. retired from the full I.J.S.B.A. National Tour after an injury at the Oceanside race that sidelined him. He required 16 Stitches in his shin that had been sliced to the bone. 1987 Tony made the cover of the JetSkier Magazine and 1989, the Centerfold of Splash Magazine. January 28, 1988. Tony and friend Larry Rippenkroeger, formed a partnership and opened Championship Jet Sports in Sacramento. He became a Yamaha Dealer in 1990. 1988 -1994 C.J.S. was a Stand up Jet Ski Service Center. They had a race team with several riders over the 7 years of the shop including Larry Rippenkroeger, Ross Troughton, Jill Orton, Regan Cole and Daron Rahlves, who won 1993 Novice Modified World Champion and later went on to become a 4 times Alpine Ski Olympian and World Cup winner and gathered several snow ski titles. **1988 Torch won the I.J.S.B.A. World Legends Championship until disqualified for jumping the Log Jump at the Finish Line.  1989 He finished 2nd Place at I.J.S.B.A. World Finals Legends Race. The format was changed that year from main event to moto style scoring. He won the last moto on that day and then retired from Jet Ski Racing. 1989 thru 1994 he was acting President of the N.C.J.S.A. 1989 thru 1993 Tony promoted I.J.S.B.A. Jet Ski races & World Finals Qualifiers in Northern California with the help of the Members of the Northern California Jet Ski Association. He was an I.J.S.B.A. World Finals Vendor 1988 thru 1994 1994 His dealership sponsored Pro Women World Champion Jill Orton, winning Yamaha’s First Pro Watercraft Title. 2003- He won the award as #1 Bombardier Seadoo Top Salesman in North America May and June. 1981 thru 2015 attended all U.S.J.S.A. & I.J.S.B.A. National/World Final Events. Steve Stricklin is the only other person in the World that has been to all Finals without missing any. 2008 Tony was honored with Induction into the I.J.S.B.A. Hall of Fame


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    2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Robert Montgomery Nickname: Monty Born in 1948 in Baton Rouge Louisiana, Bob’s family soon moved to Lakewood California. He Father worked for McDonald Douglas on Lakewood Blvd. in Long Beach. He went to Grade school at St. Pancratious and grew up loving skateboards and may have been the first to add rubber wheels to the wooden planks we were using in the late 1950’s. His Father passed away when Bob was 8 years old leaving his Mother to care for him and his older brother. He went to St. John Bosco High School for a year until he decided he needed a school with girls attending. Sophomore year he went to school in Paramount. He was not very comfortable there either as many students were involved in gang activity. While still in High School he moved away from home and lived behind a surfboard shop at the beach. He had early on been involve in the Orange County Surf Club and entered many competitions along the SoCal coast. Monty became a Jet Ski Dealer in Newport Beach California in 1977. He also opened Jet Ski Hawaii during that time. Bob was and is an avid surfer. He developed a product called power Ski Jet Board. His location directly on Pacific Coast hwy was named TWR. Trans World Recreation. Many of the crew working at TWR are well known in the Jet Ski community. They included Doug Silverstein, Jerry Richardson, Peter Bothwell, Sheldon Messick, David Sammons and Vello Lippand to name a few. In 1978 he convinced the City of Newport Beach to allow Kawasaki to use the waters of Newport Dunes to hold the First National Jet Ski Championship. He also got permission for Jet Ski to be used at the Hang Ten Surf Championship at Huntington Beach Pier as safety patrol. A surf demo was also put on by the Jet Ski Riders during the break period between competitions. Not the first time skis had been used in the surf, BUT the first time at a surf event. Great exposure for the product and gave surfers a good look at a fresh way to ride waves. It was also the first Safety event for PWC usage. Robert later started holding race events at Fox’s Snug Harbor in Carlsbad California. For a year and a half many formats of races were put on monthly and sometimes weekly all year long. Dubbed Speedway on water, fast action short closed course events offered 5-6 rider heats run in rapid succession as with Motorcycle Speedway. The pace was awesome. Other events were dual slalom some even using pole gates instead of buoys and Freestyle were also held in the lagoon. By then TWR had purchased the site that was well know as the first Jet Ski Dealer location and home to the testing efforts for Kawasaki Jet Ski. He also sponsored a TWR team of racers and had Rusty Sharman as tuner and designer. As champions became legends Montgomery Brought together an invitational event held in Hawaii. Using his surf and Jet Ski connections he got promoters Hang Ten and 12 to 20 plus to cover costs and brought the top riders in the world to the Islands to race on identical prepped 440’s and later 550’s through the surf line. Bruce Jenner was brought in with Sports TV networks to be the announcer personality. Many HoF members rode those races. Using Hawaii as a base Robert got movies interested in the product for a major production named “Water World”. Robert brought in famed champion rider Larry Rippenkroeger to perform as a “Smoker” and Robert himself rode his jet Powered surf board as another cast member. Doug Silverstein was brought in as technical advisor and mechanical technician. To wrap up, this Surfer, Jet Skier, Dealer, Race Sponsor and Promoter had a profound impact to our sport. Robert Montgomery has much for the Jet Ski sport. He is a welcome addition to the Wake of Fame.



    2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Dave Sammons Nickname: Tuner Dave Born in 1960 and raised in Carlsbad, California, Dave and his brothers were in the water at an early age. His father made sure that all the family vacations were centered around boating and waterskiing. Fortunately, the family didn’t need to go far, because one of Southern California’s top water sports destinations was located in their hometown. The Agua Hedionda lagoon was like a second home for the family. Dave, along with many of his friends, was an avid water skier. They were even pulling each other with their father’s flatbottoms at 12 and 13 years of age. Then one day, down the hill into Snug Harbor, came these strange snowmobile-like machines. The Lagoon was picked by Kawasaki to do the prototype testing. The Test team was lead by the now legendary Bob McCord. It wasn’t long before Dave and his pals were out “putting hours” on these cool new machines, known as a Jet Ski and they worked pretty cheap too…a soda and Pizzarino from the Snack Bar usually covered their time served. Many boats were broken or crashed, with some even finding their way into “Private hands”. One went to Dave’s friend, Rusty Sharman. Over the next few years Dave and Rusty built a few boats and of course, tried to figure out ways to make them run faster. At the same time Dave was attending High School, where he was a three sport athlete and had even already competed in the National Drag Boat Association driving his father’s boat at age 15. When the first ever Jet Ski race was held in San Diego in 1977, the Snug Harbor Racing Team was ready to go. Dave shared his ski with his brother Rolf, who rode in the Lightweight Division while Dave rode in Heavyweight. When the weight divisions were eliminated, Dave turned his efforts toward making Jet Skis run faster and handle better. Dave began building high performance engines for San Diego Kawasaki and Oceanside Kawasaki and then built racing skis for Orange County Jet Ski. In 1979, he was hired by Bob Montgomery, owner of Trans World Recreation, the largest Jet Ski dealer in the country. Based in Newport Beach, he oversaw the shop and was in charge of building the racing skis that would compete for the National High Points Championship. And compete they did! Over the next 3 years 1979-81 Doug Silverstein riding Sammons prepared skis won the High Points Championship all three years. Other Riders on the TWR/Banzai Team included Billy Silverstein in 80, 81 and 1982. Also joining the team in 1982 was Brian Bendix. Rounding out the Team in the West Coast events was Dave’s brother Rolf. In December 1980, Kawasaki Jet Ski got its first National Event television coverage, the top ten riders were invited to compete on the North Shore of Hawaii in an open water race. The event was to be shown on NBC’s SportsWorld. “Tuner Dave”, as he was nicknamed, was asked to prepare 18 identical 440cc skis for the race through the surf. Dave also was the “on air” technical expert for the event that was won by Steve Stricklin. He also performed these same duties the following year in 1981. In 1980 Dave spent an extended period of time in Hawaii at TWR’s Oahu based rental operation, Jet Ski Hawaii. There he built the first high performance Jet Skis in the islands, bringing much needed performance to the early big surf riders. As luck would have it, in 1981, the opportunity arose for TWR to move into Dave’s hometown hangout…the Carlsbad Lagoon. The TWR team quickly converted the property to an authorized Jet Ski dealer with a repair shop and rental operation. With water within walking distance, the opportunity to test parts and ideas became a daily event. Dave also served as Race Director for the Carlsbad “Winter Series” in 1982. Along with the standard closed course racing, the Series also included the first and only time that a Speedway Motorcycle style event was held as well as side –by- side slalom races with jumps in the middle of the course. Dave ended his full time career in the industry in 1983. Over the years, he designed, developed, built and raced many parts to try and improve the performance of the Kawasaki Jet Ski such as…the first hand operated adjustable ride plate (1979), Mechanical Fuel Injection (1981), first aftermarket aluminum barrel and head (featuring a KX chamber) and many other parts that have been lost to the Jet Ski history books. He also served as a Race Director for all the major associations and was the first to stage a race on foreign water (Puerto Rico). In 1983, Dave turned his mechanical endeavors to Boat and Car Racing. He drove an inboard hydroplane in the American Power Boat Association and competed in the Formula Ford class in the SCCA, even racing dirt karts as well. In 1985, Yamaha contracted Dave to help them with final development of their new water vehicles, the Waverunner and Wavejammer. After working with them in the U.S. and Japan on the new machines, he was asked to stay on contract with the R&D division and work on ‘Special” projects. During this time he built, from plans, a scaled down Jet Ski type machine designed for children. It was powered by a single cylinder 200cc engine and performed very well. Soon after testing, legal age minimums were put in place and the project was shelved. He also built and developed the first Yamaha Standup style machine that featured a handle pole similar to a Jet Ski using the WaveJammer as a platform. This was later developed into the Super Jet. In 1988, he returned to his first waterborne passion...V Drive Flatbottoms. Dave has competed in Circle and Drag boats for many years, winning multiple championships as a Driver, Engine Builder and Rigger. Dave also drove a blown alcohol front engine dragster on the NHRA Nostalgia Series for 3 years. He semi-retired from boat racing 5 years ago, after a crash that nearly took his life. He continues to restore old v drive race and nostalgia boats, as well as the occasional car/hot rod project. For over 30 years Dave has made a career in the beer business. He currently works for Anheuser Busch. He still lives in Carlsbad with Julie, his wife of 36 years. They also own a home in Parker, Arizona and spend as many days as possible there. He has 3 grown children and 7(soon to be eight) grand children all of whom live within 4 miles of the family home. When asked about his memories of his years in the personal watercraft industry and racing, he says…“It is just great to think back on the life, times and great friends I made in the early days of the Jet Ski. I am honored to be included with the pioneers of our industry. It is nice for all of us to be remembered for what we did so many years ago. “


    2016 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Larry Rippenkroeger Nickname - The Ripper Larry Rippenkroeger was born in 1956 in Sacramento, California. He attended school in Rio Linda and participated in the usual “Ball” sports but his first love was racing motocross. He dreamed of one day being a Factory sponsored Champion. He also dreamed of someday working in movies. After high school, Larry continued to race successfully on motocross tracks in Northern California and worked as a motorcycle mechanic at a local Kawasaki Dealership in his home town, John D’s Kawasaki. While working there in 1975 a new District Manager for Kawasaki came by and met all the employees. He was Bob Phares who also raced motocross and had a new product from KHI that was yet to be released, the Jet Ski. On Mother’s day that year many of the employees went to Folsom late and Bob took 2 Jet Skis, a former test boat and a 1973 WSAB hull. John D talked Bob into selling him the preproduction flat bottom ski. And that got Larry started in riding and he grew to love the sport. In 1976 a new club started in Sacramento for Jet Ski riders. It was called The Northern California Jet Ski Boating Association (NCJSBA). In late 1977 they started putting on races in the local area. Larry quickly picked up the new sport and as racing started, he got involved. He developed many new freestyle stunts to use in competition showing great style and originality. In 1982 he took the title in first National Finals competition in Lake Havasu, Arizona, fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a World Champion. Over the course of Larry’s career he accumulated 4 World Titles in racing and freestyle as well as numerous other international championships. One of Larry’s favorite competitions was the Hawaiian Invitational Jet Ski Event which brought together the top rated riders in the world to do battle in the big waves off the north shore of Oahu. Larry won the event in 1981. Two years later, while sidelined with a broken wrist, he capitalized on his personality and worked as the color commentator for the NBC Sports World telecast of the event. This set the stage for many years later when Larry eventually retired from racing and became the color commentator for ESPN’s weekly IJSBA tour coverage. During that same time, Larry partnered with Tony Corry in a business named Championship Jet Sports. Then Hollywood called. Another early Jet Ski pioneer, Robert Montgomery, had been contracted to bring his Powerskis to Hawaii for the filming of the Kevin Costner movie, Waterworld. The stunt coordinator asked Bob if he knew a pro Jet Skier that could do Jet Ski stunts in the movie and Bob recommended Larry. This was just the break that Larry had been hoping for. After an amazing experience performing many of his signature freestyle moves dressed as a “Smoker” in the movie, Larry was hired by Universal Studios Hollywood to help workout the Jet Ski stunts and eventually perform as the Kevin Costner character, “The Mariner” in the Waterworld Live theme park show. Larry’s dream of working in Hollywood was coming true as he continued to gain skills used for all types of film and TV stunts. Today, his resume of credits is quite impressive, having appeared in over 100 films and TV shows. Just a few of the highlights are; Titanic, Matrix Reloaded, Iron Man & Iron Man 2, Fast and Furious & Fast 5, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Avengers, Die Hard 4 & Die Hard 5, Transformers 4, Batman vs Superman. Larry has been the personal stunt double for numerous film legends including Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, James Caan, and Robert Duvall as well as television stars like Bryan Cranston on his hit series Breaking Bad. He and his stunt group have received several industry awards for their work. He has been involved with Jet Skis for 40 years. Larry currently lives in Lake Havasu City, Arizona with his wife Paula. He has one daughter. He remains a great ambassador of our sport.

    2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Bob Phares Nick name: Phamous Born 1947 Downey, California Bob grew up in Lakewood California and graduated from Mayfair High School in 1965. He worked for Lakewood Recreation Department while in School, but his first job after a paper route was as a Ballroom Dancer and instructor. He worked in this capacity from 7th grade on through High School. He lettered in Football, Wrestling and Baseball. In college Bob studied math and Recreation and later took Electronics Engineering Classes while at Cerritos College. Upon college Graduation he worked for IBM as a repair Technician. He worked for Uncle Sam during the Vietnam Era with an A4 squadron in the Navy. He rode motorcycles and surfed since his early teens, Racing Moto almost every weekend. In 1969 Bob went to work for Kawasaki Motors Corp. KMC. He worked in the Parts Department and became the first Accessory Salesman for the company. In 1976 he became a District Manager in sales covering Northern California. In the summer of 1972 while partying at the Colorado River Bob saw a Jet Ski for the first time. He followed that craft in his boat one morning, back to where it had launched. He met Gordy Garant, Bob McCord and Norm Harris at Fox’s landing and learned that it was KMC that was testing these skis. The next weekend he was allowed to borrow a ski from the test team and he and Steve Stricklin went to Pine Flat Dam in Central California. They only got a few hours out of the ski when it broke an exhaust pipe, but that’s all it took for him to be hooked for life. In 1974 he bought a 1973 AB (V) hull. He worked on outside service doing testing on weekends and when he learned a sales and marketing Division for Jet Ski he moved back to Southern California to be in place in 1976 when Bill Gray started the new division. Hired as a Jet Ski Marketing Specialist, Bob traveled all over the US. He helped with rental agencies, did Demos, did boat show, taught celebrities how to ride and worked with the start up of race organizations. He was in the Film used for Dealers to use in the GoodTimes Theaters. In 1978 and was selected to be on the posters and advertizing materials for the next 4 years. He became the face associated with the product. He raced a few early events including the 1st ever Jet Ski Race in Mission Bay, San Diego and trophied. He raced and finished 2nd in his class at the 1978 Newport National and second at the 1980 Lincoln Nation Finals in slalom. He also announced the Oklahoma National in 1979, the Lincoln National finals in 1980 and finally the Nation Championships in 1983 at Lake Havasu. Bob was inducted into the IJSBA Hall of Fame in 2014. He has ridden since 1972 and still has 3 Jet Skis. A JS440 SS replica of his 77 race ski and a JS550 SX reed motor. The 3rd ski is a JS400 1974 with 10 hours on it in completely original Mint Unrestored condition. He claims his greatest accomplishment was being lucky enough to get to do all these wonderful things and be able to meet and become friends with some of the best people that have helped to grow this sport. “I’ve skied with the Best riders our sport has known and have enjoyed every minute” Bob Lives in Folsom California with his wife of 33 years. They have 2 wonderful sons Matt and Bryan. Matt now 44 manages a couple bicycle shops in Humbolt County, Ca. and Bryan now 32 is in Solar Energy.



    Ron Lathrop getting crowned by Brenda Burns Chambers Our wonderful MC is Mr. Bob Phares Lifetime Achievement induction 2016 in Morro Bay

    2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Cindy Lathrop Nickname: Mascot Cindy was born in November of 1963 to Fred and Lee Lathrop. She grew up in Carlsbad California. Her parents bought a waterfront business on a lagoon there. They had a launch ramp and beach with cabanas and people paid entry to the facility to use the water for the day. She went to Carlsbad High School and graduated in 1981. She lived on the water skiing and riding in boats. People would come with flat bottom boats and practice speed skiing at their location. One day a group from Kawasaki Motors Corp. stopped by and talked with her Father to see if they could use the location on a regular basis for testing a new product. Cindy’s Mom Lee, who managed the business, opened up the lagoon for the American and Japanese testers of the Jet Ski to use. Cindy was about 9 and quickly became the Teams “Mascot”. She often rode the skis and soon became a regular to see onboard the red and yellow units. The Lathrop’s’ were the very first in a group of dealers to be set up as a Jet Ski Dealers in 1973. And they were the only Dealer in California until the release of the 1976 units. When the very first Jet Ski promotional film was made she played the part of the young daughter to Norm Harris. This film was shot at Lake Havasu Arizona in 1973. Her famous line,” Hurry back so I can ride it” rang true for all that got a chance to experience the new product. Her experience with the ski continued into the racing events as they started in 1977. Many events were, again held in her backyard playground of Carlsbad Lagoon. In 1978 she was Women’s National Champion. After graduating from High School she and her parents moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona in 1982. She joined the United States Air Force in 1983 and after 20 years of service retired as a Master Sergeant in 2003. Cindy returned to Lake Havasu Arizona to care for her parents and be with her family. Her mother Lee passed away in June of 2007. Her Father, Fred Lathrop is still very active and in fact participates in Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) were he and Cindy have quite a time target shoot with six shooters. (update our beloved Fred Lathrop passed away in early 2018)

    2015 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT CLAYTON JACOBSON II (CJ2) THE MODERN INVENTOR OF THE PERSONAL WATER CRAFT About Clayton The Jacobson family had mostly moved to the American West Coast by the early 1930s after having originally immigrated to Northfield, Minnesota from Norway. Clayton Junior Jacobson or Clayton Jacobson II was born in Multnomah County Hospital, Portland, OR on October 12, 1933 to Clayton Jacobson and Sarah Fauntelle Shrock. By the mid-1940s, Jacobson, his parents and his sister Carmen had made their way to what they referred to as the Promised Land, Southern California. In addition to his studies in physics and engineering while at Manual Arts High School and Los Angeles City College, Jacobson spent much of his time bodybuilding, street racing and working at an automotive garage. Before the Jet Ski Jacobson went to work in wholesale food for a short while, and while doing so met his would be wife Dianne, with whom he'd have four children: Karen, Margo, Clayton 3 (CJ3) and Tava. Jacobson left the food business to begin working with Diane's father at his savings and loan. He moved the family to Palos Verdes, CA and became heavily involved in motocross racing. Having had a strong fascination with airplanes and flying while growing up, Jacobson joined the Marine Corps Reserve (Air Corps) in an effort to work closely with the jets at Los Alamitos Army Airfield (formerly Los Alamitos Naval Air Station) and to learn drafting and jet engine technology. In his book, “Jet Ski Inventor Autobiography Clayton Jacobson II,” Jacobson had a footnote: “Raised in the introduction, ego is defined as ‘appropriate self worth.’ This is a good thing, mine is about the size of my Ford F250 pickup truck.” Inventing the Jet Ski During the early 1960s Jacobson had become a very serious motorcycle racer and frequently found himself in the Mojave Desert heat while riding. One somewhat dangerous way to beat the heat and gain some psychological advantage was to ride with no padded leather jumper or sleeves. One day on the way home after a minor yet painful crash on the racetrack, Jacobson found himself taking a break in an irrigation ditch to have a beer with a friend while picking the gravel out of his wounds and lamenting that there had to be a way to enjoy the exhilaration and excitement of a motorcycle without the inherent danger of falling onto hard ground at high speeds. That night Jacobson sketched his "motorcycle for the water"; which, at the time, looked like a sort of powered water ski. Jacobson applied for a patent on the sit-down personal watercraft Feb. 19, 1968 and nearly one year later was issued the patent. Jacobson Engineering continued into the joint work of Sea-Doo. He was not happy with the partnership. He had given his patent to the company and when problems arose in development Jacobson’s input was ignored. The licensing contract ended in 1971 and Kawasaki signed an agreement to license his invention. In a published report Jacobson stated, “My agreement with Kawasaki was to give them an option period at which time they could study what I had done and what I had built.” According to his autobiography book; regarding the design of the Jet Ski he stated, “I built it with the materials, which I was familiar with in aerospace, and from aluminum. The first Jet ski in was made in my garage in Rolling Hills. My first engine was a Yamaha motorcycle engine that I adapted by sawing off the transmission, putting a propeller in a tube in the back. Nothing worked well; eventually I got it so it operated.” It was the first stand-up PWC. “The first sit-down personal watercraft I built in my studio in Los Angeles. Because of the size, the 320cc Rotax engine that Dauoust (president of Bombardier’s Sea-Doo company) sent me required that the hull have a large planing surface than my prototype. The air-cooled engine also needed sufficient air induction; these were the two primary factors that contributed to me developing the first sit-down model.” Personal Watercraft Development • Stand-up: By the mid 1960s Jacobson had quit his work in finance to pursue developing his Jet Ski concept full-time. The first prototype was up and running by 1965. This fixed-handle pole, stand-up design was constructed out of aluminum and powered by a Westbend two-stroke driving a Berkeley jet pump and was to be designed for one person to operate. A second prototype, built in 1966, caught the attention of what was, at the time, primarily a snow-mobile manufacturer, Bombardier Recreational Products; and prompted the licensing of Jacobson's patents for the sit-down version of his jet-propelled personal watercraft that would become the Sea-Doo. Jacobson and Kawasaki created six different prototypes in 1972, before bringing two to market in 1973, the WSAA and the WSAB. In all, Jacobson would eventually build 12 different stand-up prototypes. His development of the stand-up models continued through the late 1960s and early 1970s resulting in additional patents for a pivoting handle pole and a self-righting function. • Sit-down: A 320cc Rotax engine was used for development. The Rotax engine required a larger planing surface and sufficient induction for its air cooling, so Jacobson developed an entirely new sit-down model to adapt. Jacobson applied for a patent on the sit-down model in February 1968 and received the patent a year later in February 1969. Licensing • Bombardier: Bombardier entered a licensing agreement with Jacobson for his sit-down personal watercraft patents in order to produce their first model of Sea-Doo, which was produced from 1968 to 1970. • Kawasaki: Jacobson's agreement with Bombardier prevented him from entering into any other licensing agreement until 1971, at which point he entered into an exclusive agreement to license his patents and development on the stand-up models to Kawasaki. The day after the patent was up he went into a partnership with Kawasaki and sold off his patent rights to them. By this point Jacobson was on his 7th prototype stand-up model. Kawasaki introduced the first production stand-up Jet Ski in 1973 and was referred to as a ‘Power Ski’. In 1976 Kawasaki sent a letter of intent to end their agreement with Jacobson, which resulted in legal dispute and the loss of Kawasaki's licenses' exclusivity. Yamaha: In 1986 Jacobson entered a decade-long contract with Yamaha Motor Company, signing as a consultant to their water vehicle division. This agreement included royalties on Yamaha's Super Jet a stand up watercraft. He has enjoyed living on the Parker Strip in Arizona and in Australia. Jacobson and wife, LeeAnne, have been married for 30 years; both are pilots

    Rick Silverstein's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Induction What a great time to see everyone and hear their life contributions to the sport of Jetskiing Bob Phares is our master of ceremonies




    Cliff was born in Gridley, California on October 14, 1950.when he was about 3 his family settled in “Gold Country”, Lincoln, Loomis, Penryn etc. His Uncle Richard taught him to water ski at an early age at Englebright Lake. His enthusiasm for this sport infected his Mom and Dad and soon they were spending 6 weeks a summer at Clear Lake, water skiing as much as they could afford. When he was 15 Cliff was bitten by the motorcycle bug and got his first bike. Soon he started racing and of course he went to work at a MC store right out of High School. He worked for several shops in the Sacramento area and finally at B&T Cycle City. He was injured in an accident and recovery was not a pleasant experience. When the first Jet Ski arrived at B&T he was smitten and because he loved the water and had enjoyed water skiing he decided to demo the unit. Saying he basically stole the thing so that he could try it out, justifying that he couldn’t sell them if he didn’t “Know” them. It was winter time and the accident had left him with a leg that did not bend. That and also wearing a 3/8” thick wet suit made it so he could not kneel on the ski to ride. He had been told that if you fell of the ski would circle and return to you. He didn’t believe that so he never let go. So he had to stand which is a touch way to learn in the cold winter water of the Sacramento River. He was totally hooked. The owners at B&T did not share the enthusiasm for the product. They were died in the wool dirt bike fans. He left their store early in 1980 and he and his partner Steve Young were a wholesale only Dealer and by 1983 they were a full on Kawasaki Jet Ski Dealer. They operated out of a small location on Albatross St. in an industrial area of town. Although his name may not ring a bell with many of you, if you have followed any race history of early years you most certainly recognize the Jetco name and Logo. A picture here shows Cliff as most people saw him, running all over the pits fueling, wrenching, and hauling skis. Events were fully supported by this Trademark. He designed and sold Heads, Manifolds, Pipes, Bulkhead Braces, Ride Plates, Intake grates and quick turn set ups in the 80’s and 90’s.He even designed TV’s to show promo films. Jetco sponsored the Western Regional Qualifier for the first Havasu race. They sponsored local races, supported the NCJSA for races at Comanche lake. They held The Great Pumpkin Enduro in the Sacramento Delta. At the First Havasu National Finals Jetco held the top 3 positions in the Modified race with Ripper, Corry and Peterson until with 2 buoys remaining Derek Peterson dropped out allowing Dr. Ron Lathrop the 3rd spot preventing a Jetco sweep. Cliff retired in 2009 at 59 years of age and is a gem cutter and lapidary artist living in Southern Oregon with his loving wife Vicki and 5 children. Cliff Jones helped build this sport as a Dealer, Sponsor, Promoter and Accessory Manufacturer and has earned a place in the history of this sport. He is a great addition to the Wake of Fame.

    Doug Silverstein Nickname: Dune Bug Time Riding: 1972-Present Type of Craft: Jet Ski Stand up Doug was born in New Jersey. His Father was a Navy man and so the family traveled. He went to school in Garden Grove, California and attended Rancho Alamitos high. He was into Surfing and motorcycles. He raced Motocross as a teen and met up with Bob Phares who was also racing Moto. As Doug’s parents could not always attend races, Doug started traveling with Bob to local events. In 1972 Bob took Doug to the Parker Strip at the Colorado River on Thanksgiving weekend. That’s when he was introduced to the Kawasaki Jet Ski. From that day on, Moto became less important and JS moved to the top of the list. Doug brought his brothers John, Rick and Bill intothe action too. Along with Father Irv, who also got involved in the sport with his sons. In late 1974 Doug went to work in the Accessory Division at KMC. He later worked in research and development and the Parts departments. He raced the first organized race in Mission bay, San Diego in 1977 and trophied in his class. He became a regular at races being held in California. In 1978 he was a member of the tropical Blend Jet Ski Team that traveled the country doing exhibition and demonstration rides in 52 major cities in the U.S. He was in the Kawasaki GoodTimes theater promotional film for the Jet Ski that was used in Kawasaki Dealerships. In 1979 he went to work for Robert Montgomery at TransWorld Recreation in Newport Beach. Transworld also then purchased Fox’s Snug Harbor in California, one of the original sights for Jet Ski Testing and the First dealership for Jet Ski. TWR started putting on regular events at their lagoon. Doug also traveled the National Tour in those early years. He raced the ’79 National Finals in Newport Beach, the National Finals in Oklahoma, The Finals in Alabama and the National Tour Finals in Lincoln Nebraska. He was National Jet Ski Champion for ’79, ’80 and ’81. There were No World Titles in those years. In 1083 he went to New Caledonia and Raced against the best the world had to offer and won the title of New Caledonia Champion. As the top riders in the world were selected each year, Doug received an invitation to the Hawaiian Invitational which took place on Oahu and the island of Hawaii and rode the surf event. He was invited for all years of the event. 1980, ’81,’82 and ’83. Lat in 1997 Doug moved to Florida and went to work for Bombardier, Seadoo in testing. Helping in developing new rides for Seadoo including the HX and the 3D. He now lives in Palm Bay, Florida with his wife Diane.

    Glenn Bothwell Nickname: GmB Born: November, 1953, Staten Island, New York Glenn spent much of his early years in Irvine, California. He attended University High School and played football as a strong safety on defense. Upon graduating High School in 1972, Glenn went to work for Kawasaki Motors Corporation in Santa Ana, California. He worked in the Parts Department and could always be found in the building by location boosting out the sounds of Jethro Tull or some other rocker of the time. When the Jet Ski was introduced in 1973, several units were put in loan pool for Kawasaki Employees to use. He first rode the 400cc Skis at Carlsbad lagoon in Southern California and also at the Colorado River. While at Kawasaki he bought his first Motorcycle, a 1972 750cc triple, the H2. He was either on that bike or a Plymouth Duster he purchased from his Mother which took him on many road trips to the River. Glenn was promoted from the Parts Department to District Sales Manager at age 26. He covered the State of Oregon and lived in Gresham. He purchased a Smokey and the Bandit Trans-Am Traditional black with the gold emblazed FireBird emblem covering the Shaker hood and 6.6 L big block motor. The city life and Oregon weather were not suited to Glenn and he returned to KMC Corporate in SoCal. In 1989 he went to work for the IJSBA, International Jet Ski Boating Association. Bruce Stjernstrom appointed him Race Director in 1991. His duties included writing the competition Rule Book, procure new race sites and officiate the 10 round National Tour plus the World Championship Finals held each year in Lake Havasu Arizona. In 1991, Glenn resigned as Race Director and is still employed by KMC. He organizes Motorcycle promotional events and product display shows around the country. GmB is married to Ruth Yarosz Bothwell for 30 years as of September 2015.

    Jerry Richardson was born in 1956 in Orange, California. Jet Skier 1974-1985, 2005-2015 His Nickname is “Jet” This is shortened from Mr. Jet Ski title from the first official Jet Ski Race in San Diego 1977. He attended Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove and graduated in 1974. His favorite class in school was wood shop. He Played Golf in school and was on the varsity team as Freshman, Sophomore and Junior. He quit golf as a Senior so that he could spend more time surfing. In college he changed his major 5 times and went to 5 Jr. Colleges before getting his BA degree in Industrial Arts from CSULB. While attending Santa Monica College he learned pattern making (mold making for metal castings) and started making parts for his Jet Ski instead of class projects. They were fairly new items for the Jet Ski and soon his friends and their friends wanted them and so he started Jet Enterprises. He learned a lot from running his own business and it was a great way to write off all of his Jet Ski expenses and race his way through college. When he would run out of funds he would get another student loan. He never worked at Kawasaki, but had many friends that did, many from his school Rancho Alamitos, a school that was an epicenter for the sport of Jet Skiing. In High School Jet met John Silverstein and his brother Doug who also attended “Rancho.” John was dating Jerry’s sister Debra. On occasion they would allow jerry to go along on trips to the beach surfing, some motorcycle races and some parties. Eventually he rode a jet Ski at Marine Stadium in Long Beach and from that day on, he was “Hooked” He borrowed some money from his dad and bought a 400 “V” bottom ski from Al Goslee, a Manager at Kawasaki. He tells a story that the next thing he remembers he was being tortured at Pine Flat Dam south for Fresno, trying to keep up with John, Doug and some” Jet Ski God”, named Bob Phares. They helped him get tuned up, both on the beach and on his ski but then he was on his own. At the back of the pack all day he was wondering why he would just crash for no good reason on this V bottom ski he had just bought. Life was never again the same. His body had never hurt as much as it did at the end of that day. But, he loved this new sport and had every intention of sticking with it at least until he could keep up with these three guys ahead of him. He worked a summer at TWR. Vello Lippand worked there along with Bob Zantos. Zantos was Jerry’s roommate and Jerry was attending OCC. Vello went on to Kawasaki R&D and Zantos started Westcoast with Ed Miller. His work/career: 1982-2005 Mattel inc. - Model Maker 2005-2008 VA Healthcare System- Prosthetic Practitioner 2008 – 2015 Mattel Inc. – Model Maker / Digital Modeler 2015- Present Multiple Industries- Industrial Artist, 3D Digital Modeler, Product Developer Looking forward to a second run as a Jet Ski Professional Married 28 years, Wife Dina, Son Preston-23 – Videographer, Son Parker-17-Student Aggressive Inline Competitor/Artist His accomplishments were many including: 1st aftermarket Jet Ski Accessory business 1st Jet Ski Race winner San Diego 1977 put on by San Diego Kawasaki 1st pro Jet Ski race winner, Lake Ogalala, Nebraska 100 mile team race with Steve Stricklin. Winning $700. Numerous other races with wins and losses. Best Ever Race, “Put your Money Where Your Mouth Race” Santa Cruz, CA against Clayton Jacobson 3, put on by Leo Riley, Santa Cruz Kawasaki Lists his Greatest Accomplishment as: Having ridden with the Greatest Riders the sport has ever seen on the Best water there ever was.