THE UK's top jet ski racers will be in Colwyn Bay today.

The town is hosting the P1 Aquax National Championships.

Racers will head to Porth Eirias later today for the opening round of the 2019 season

This is the first time that Colwyn Bay has hosted the P1 AquaX event.

Running over the weekend (June 8 and 9), the two-day event will kick off the national series which will see more than 30 racers competing in England and Wales across the summer to become the P1 AquaX UK champion.

Lisa Barsby, Global Head of P1 AquaX and herself a former world champion jet skier, said: “We launched P1 AquaX here in the UK in 2011 and have now established successful race series in the United States and mainland Europe as well. Partnerships are at the heart of our business and we have enjoyed working with the local community in Colwyn Bay to progress plans for our very first visit to North Wales.

"We are aware that visitors have been enjoying the area since the Victorian era and we hope that our high-speed AquaX racing will attract both residents and tourists to the transformed seafront.”

P1’s 2019 race calendar, which sees the international marine motorsport promoter staging more than 20 events on three continents through to November, includes some of Britain’s leading jet ski riders competing twice in Wales with Porthcawl staging the UK season finale.

Councillor Louise Emery, former Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development (now adult and community social care), said: “We’re thrilled to have the P1 AquaX UK series in Conwy County, reinforcing once again that we have the right environment for great events.

"To be part of the fast-growing and exciting personal watercraft championships highlights commitments and developments within our 2018-2022 Events Strategy."

Supporting the race weekend will be Colwyn Bay Watersports, a community interest company founded in 2012.

Director Taffy Osborne said: “We can’t wait to be involved with this exciting event, along with our friends in Colwyn Jetski Club and at Porth Eirias.

"The racing will look great from the beach, the promenade or on the water, and national events like this help to put the town on the map.”

Racing will start at midday on both days (Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9).

This is the schedule:


1pm to 1.30pm AM SPRINT - PRACTICE & RACE 1

1.30pm to 2pm PRO/AM SPRINT SE - PRACTICE & RACE 1

2pm to 2.30pm PRO SPRINT - PRACTICE & RACE 1

3pm to 3.15pm AM SPRINT - RACE 2

3.15 to 3.30pm PRO/AM SPRINT SE - RACE 2

3.30pm to 3.45pm PRO SPRINT -RACE 2

3.45pm to 4.30pm PRO & AM ENDURO RACE 2