Current Record:

Shortest Time To Complete 1000km on a Personal Watercraft (Aquabike) (Jetski)

Jeremy BurfootWho: 
Jeremy Burfoot

Lake Karapiro, New Zealand

February 8th 2012

9 hours 48 minutes 01 seconds

Current holder:
Jeremy Burfoot of New Zealand. Set at Lake Karapiro, New Zealand on February 8th 2012 on a Yamaha Wave Runner VXR1800.

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Previous Holder:

10 hours 9 minutes set by Juan Felix Bravo Aguilar (Spain), at the San Juan marsh, San Martin de Valdeiglesias, Spain, on 3 July 2009.


Description of Record:

A record requiring high levels of concentration and fitness in keeping the average speed high, good machine reliability and excellent teamwork, especially on refueling.



Requirements for attempting the record:

Only one rider is allowed for the attempt.

The time taken is to be rounded up to the nearest second.

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 may be attempted around a lap of any suitable distance or between two or more points. Any change of direction in a lap must be marked by a stationary buoy or a physical feature. A straight line attempt between two points 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 in the case of a lap circuit, measured by two independent means, (separate GPS systems qualify using the most conservative distance) and plotted on a map or chart. The distance of the lap circuit will be used along with the lap tally to compare with the onboard GPS distance total and the Satellite tracking total. In the case of a one way ride between points, 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. One way 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 must not be modified except for the addition of lights for night riding and navigational aids as required.

Extra fuel may be carried in independent containers as long as they are not plumbed into the PWC fuel system.

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. 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 continuous. Participants may take as many breaks as they like but the clock does not stop.

The record must be witnessed by a person deemed to be an expert in the field of PWC racing or PWC adventure riding.

The record must be witnessed by a Civil Law Notary or an independent witness as described below.

As many people (observers/team members) as possible 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’ and lap tally details including the time at which each lap was completed and the time taken to complete each lap.

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 hour 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. An accurate and easily seen electronic clock displaying GMT or local time accurate to a second must be available and in sight in the fore ground of the video footage.

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 and at least hourly 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 minute. 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.


Independent Witnesses:

A PWC World Records Official Adjudicator may be available to witness your attempt. Contact us well in advance to see if one is available. There will be a cost involved limited to the reasonable expenses of attending your attempt. Having an Official Adjudicator present means that expert and other independent witnesses are not required.

Otherwise witnesses should be independent of the attempt and may not be part of the supporting team. ‘Independent’ means that they are not associated with, or related to the record organisers or participants, nor should they have anything to gain from the final outcome of the attempt.

Witnesses must be in attendance throughout the record attempt.

Witnesses required:

1 x Expert Witness

1 x Civil Law Notary or 1 of the list below:

  1. Audit company or professional services firm contracted by the organisers to independently verify the outcome of the record and following of the guidelines.
  2. Two police officers representing one police department.
  3. If unable to find the above witnesses contact us to get prior approval of a proposed witness that you believe would be acceptable.