Rain won’t slow IJSBA World Finals, but lightning will

October 2, 2018

The remnants of Hurricane Rosa may soak the region over the next few days, but it won’t slow down the International Jet Sports Boating Association World Finals.

While the weather is often unpredictable in the region, forecasts show showers and thunderstorms hitting in and around Lake Havasu City today, the second of seven days of competition set for the lake this week. However, high winds and heavy rains likely will slow times but it won’t stop the competition.

Lightning will.

“We’ll run them in rain and wind. We won’t run them in lightning,” IJSBA executive director Scott Frazier said.

“That’s what we’re watching. Everything looks reasonably calm right now. We’re hoping it’s going to stay this way.”

The organization has bumped two classes from today’s schedule to Wednesday to accomodate stoppage time should lightning roll through the area.

“I’ve been coming since 1992-93. I’ve been here for a big earthquake and a couple of giant winds,” Frazier said.

The weather seems a little bit more unpredictable the last few years. Maybe that’s just the cycle, maybe it’s because we’ve expected (the weather) to be the same so long, that it’s obviously never going to be the same forever. It’s not a bad deal.”

Wind and rain won’t faze the hundreds of riders in town for the event, but the group is hoping it won’t scare off spectators.

“The biggest thing is that people who live in the tri-state area, spectators may not come. That’s what I’m worried about more than the riding conditions. Our competitors are the best they can make it through anything.”

Today’s competition is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. for practices with races beginning at 7:45 a.m.

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