AquaX is the fastest growing personal watercraft championship in the world. Its rapid growth is owed to a simple, yet challenging race format that appeals to todays personal watercraft users.
This year the program will include the unveiling of a professional level race series and expansion of two further championships in the Great Lakes region of the USA and in Southeast Asia.
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Raised in South Florida, Amanda LeCheminant is a high-flying lawyer with a high-speed hobby. The 29-year-old, soon to (reluctantly) turn 30, spends her weekends on the water as an amateur rider in the biggest and baddest jetski race on the planet, P1 AquaX.
Owned by leading marine motorsport promoter, Powerboat P1, P1 AquaX sees both amateurs and professionals take on Enduro (30-minute race) and Sprint courses (10-minute race).
Amanda will be competing in the Enduro 200hp class throughout the Florida series of P1 AquaX racing, which will get underway at the Miami Marine Stadium this later this month and finish in Ft Lauderdale in November.
Amanda first started riding in P1 AquaX in 2016, but that was not her first experience of personal watercrafts (PWCs). She actually credits her affinity with the water to her uncle and says: "He owned a PWC and when I was around eight years old he, my aunt and I would ride that thing all over Florida, even taking it to New Jersey. From that moment on, I always knew I would have my own one day. It was never about saving for a house or a car, it was always a PWC that was top of my wish list."
After graduating from the University of Miami School of Law, Amanda took a job at automobile marketing company, City Twist. It was there that she met George Holmquist who, after purchasing his own PWC in 2015, brought the joy of riding back into her life with frequent weekend trips to the Florida Keys. It was through their shared passion for PWCs that he eventually became her partner both in life and in sport, and it wasn't long after they began riding together that the pair began racing in the P1 AquaX amateur series.
Her transition into competitive racing was quicker than most though. "Myself and George learned about P1 AquaX on social media" explains Amanda "and we went along to watch the first pro race of the 2016 season in Daytona. We watched the action from the shore and then visited the wet pits where we got talking to pro rider Eric Gabriel who explained how accessible the event is and encouraged us to sign up. That was April and by May we had bought all the gear and entered ourselves into the amateur series in St Cloud. We raced with limited experience and absolutely fell in love with the sport. We have been competing ever since!"
After their second race it was clear that Amanda and George had firmly cemented their position in the sport, attracting sponsorship from Riva Racing. Amanda has since gone on to take several titles in her class, including first place in the P1 AquaX 200 AM in Daytona Beach in 2017, a feat she achieved with a broken nose and broken ribs!
Now, with the Miami event just weeks away, Amanda and George are preparing for an even bigger and better season this year. Speaking about the upcoming Florida season and what she is going to bring to the class this year, Amanda said:
"Last season was great for me personally, but this year the team is going to be coming back stronger and more professional than ever before and I am hoping to take my racing to a whole new level. We are really excited to be taking part in the opening event at the Miami Marine Stadium. Both George and I grew up in south Florida with myself having gone to law school in the city, and we have heard so many great stories about how the stadium used to be. I can't wait for the fans to get to witness the rebirth of marine motorsports at the stadium and to see what challenges and thrills the venue and the season as a whole throws at me."
Those catching the action at Miami's Marine Stadium and the rest of the Florida series of P1 AquaX can distinguish Amanda and George by their Yamaha WaveRunners which are customized with IPD Graphics and branded with their Phuckit Racing team logos.