Current Record:

Longest Journey on a Personal Watercraft (Aquabike) (Jetski)

Adriaan Marais and Marinus du Plessis

North America

September 19th 2006

17,266.69 km or 10,729 Stat. miles

Current holder:
The longest ever journey on a PWC (aquabike)(Jetski)  is 17,266.69 km (10,729 miles), by Adriaan Marais and Marinus du Plessis (both South Africa), who followed the west coast of North America south to the Panama Canal. They arrived in Panama City, Panama, after 95 days of navigation, on 19 September 2006

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Previous Holder:

Alvaro de Marichalar of Spain crosses the Altantic on a Sea-Doo watercraft
In July, Alvaro de Marichalar of Spain sets a world record by crossing the Atlantic Ocean (a journey of more than 10,000 nautical miles) riding a Sea-Doo XP watercraft. 2002

OZ Trek 2000 Paul Fua, Lyndon Paramenter, Randall Jones, Brad Fraser from 20th August 2000 to December 3rd 2000 riding Seadoos. 10,000+ Miles

John Moffatt USA 7,000+ miles

Other interesting rides that weren’t records
Qantas jet Ski Around New Zealand
London to Sydney Attempt
Coast to Coast For Cancer


Description of Record:

A record requiring high levels of endurance and fitness in keeping the average speed high, good machine reliability, excellent teamwork, and excellent logistics planning.


Requirements for attempting the record:

Groups of riders may attempt this record but only riders who complete the whole distance will be eligible for the record.

The distance achieved is to be rounded down to the nearest kilometer.

There is no distinction between open water and lakes as conditions vary on both surfaces from day to day and in different geographical positions.

There is no distinction between ‘stand-up’ and ‘sit-down’ models.

The record must be attempted between two or more points. The idea is that this is a journey and an adventure. Covering the same ground more than once is not acceptable. It is acceptable to pass through the same ‘area’ twice as long as a different route is taken. An example of this would be northbound inside a reef or Islands and southbound outside the reef or islands. It is not acceptable to go two ways on a river or canal. Any two way leg should have a minimum length of 1000km each way. The craft may not be towed or carried over water, land or by air. The journey must be continuous by water with each leg of the journey beginning at where the previous leg ended. Permission for transits of canals and the like is usually forthcoming from authorities when a charity and the media are involved. 


The attempt must be able to be witnessed at all times.(Live satellite tracking is acceptable for this if able to be viewed by the public, online, and as long as the start, finish, any other pertinent points and all refueling points are witnessed with video and photography as mentioned below.)

The route of the attempt should be pre-planned and a large scale chart should be used to predict the distance between points prior to the attempt. This will then be compared to GPS and satellite distances after the attempt. Attempts must endeavor to stick to the planned route although subtle changes will be allowed for various reasons as long as the reasons are fully documented and valid.

The attempt must take place in a public place or in a venue open to public inspection.

The PWC used must be available for purchase from a dealer and may be modified to a certain extent. The main hull and super structure should not be modified except to add strength and durability where needed. Extra fuel tanks may be added and plumbed into the fuel system. Lights for night riding and navigational aids may be added as required. Extra storage capacity may be added. A dual switchable battery system may be installed. Permission for other modifications should be sought from PWC World Records prior to attempts being made.

A support vessel may be used for the attempt. There is no restriction on the degree of support given by the support vessel, however, the support vessel must be stationary or drifting freely whenever the challenger is physically in contact with it(for example, overnight or while refueling or taking on supplies). The support vessel may not be used to provide more favorable sea conditions than would otherwise be the case without it.

A backup machine may be available in case of mechanical failure but may not be used to avoid refueling downtime. Any swapping of machines must be fully documented along with the reason for the swap.

The attempt must be a continuous journey. Participants may take as many breaks as they like but must not stop making progress for more than 7 days unless for injury or other serious circumstances. In general, the attempt must average 5 days of travelling for every 7 days of time. Failure to comply may nullify your attempt.

Witnesses must sign a ‘Witness Register’ and include their contact details including email and mobile phones.

A log book must be kept with details of anything pertinent that happens. This log book should include the ‘witness register’.

Evidence must include photos and video of the event preparation and the start of the attempt and include video of at least 2 minutes per day after that including all stops and refuels, machine swaps, witnesses in attendance, the point at which the current record is broken and when the new record is confirmed. 

A loud start signal must be used.

Each PWC used must have a chart plotter GPS installed which has the capability of keeping a total of meters travelled to the nearest 10 meters. It must display GMT or local time, groundspeed and total distance travelled. This must be photographed at the appropriate times to provide a record of the attempt.

Each PWC used must carry a satellite tracking device capable of registering a position at least once per 10 minutes. The satellite readout must be available for public viewing online while the event is underway and details of all position reports must be collated and provided as evidence.

Applications must include:

Name of person attempting the record and head and shoulders electronic photograph.

Full contact details of person attempting the record.

Proposed date of attempt.

Place of attempt and electronic map of course area with proposed course marked on it.

Details of any charity involved.

Details of media coverage expected.

Details of satellite tracking website.

Details of the PWC make and type to be used in the attempt.

Link to attempt website and/or facebook page.

Provide a signed indemnity.(A tick in a box ‘I agree’ type thing)



Record attempts of this nature can be dangerous. It is the responsibility of the person attempting the record and their team to ensure the safety of all involved. PWC World Records is not responsible in any way for any damage or injury that occurs as a result of any record attempt. During the attempt all laws, maritime and other should be complied with. Evidence of laws being broken could nullify the attempt resulting in the record being denied.