In early April, I was flown out to Australia by Jon Cooke Entertainment to perform in a jet ski stunt show in the small town of Toowoomba. The show was called “Jet Ski Pirates” and the video of the show is available to view by clicking the link above. The show was performed by Jon Cooke Entertainment riders Cayle Beauchamp, Brodie Edwards, Mitchell Brady, Captain 2-Stroke performed by actor Dan Stewart. I performed as myself being an American tourist audience member who gets recruited to be a fellow jet ski pirate with some choreographed riding, audience interaction, and ultimately being set on fire at the end of the show. We performed this show 3 times a day for 3 days during the Toowoomba show festival.
After we wrapped up the pirates gig, we drove back to Surfers Paradise where I met up with world champion pro freestyle rider Lee Stone
, Jon “Wire” Cooke, and the rest of the Jet Stunt Extreme crew at Sea World, Australia. I spent the next few days training/trying out for the Rickter role in the show. Jon has a few Rickter XFS hulls with DASA 950 Power valve engines in them. A video from my training is featured Here
Jon ended up extending my original 2 week stay for another 3 weeks as we discussed the possibility of further training. However the next day after my trip was extended, things at the show began to fall apart. The ramps suddenly needed large quick repairs, 4 Rickter engines blew up within a week due to a series of horrible quality engine rods, and me personally almost going through and over one of the ramps as it broke during practice. Between all the madness of repairing skis and ramps I slowly began training to perform as one of the superjet roles in the show. This required me to learn how to nose stabs and subs off the big 15 ft super kicker ramp, ride over the slider, a flat water freestyle routine, tons of other choreographed riding patterns, and drive one of the outboard boats to create the “V” wake for the Rickter riders at the end of the show. Training and performing this role was an absolute BLAST. I had the best time of my life performing this role. Nothing but fist pumps and yelling at the crowd getting them all to feel how we felt.. which was just stupid excited and stoked to ride jet skis while getting paid. But in all seriousness this show is hands down the most entertaining and action packed Stand up jet ski show available in the world. Jon Cooke has created a great show and assembled a great team of riders who all do their part to come together and keep the show going when problems show up. Click here to watch footage from one of the jet stunt shows that I performed in.
Between it all, I was staying at Lee Stone’s apartment. It was really cool to get to know Lee, he has a ton of goals and is working really hard to make big things happen at the 2012 World Finals. He helped me get around and provided a kick ass little scooter for me to romp around on when our schedules pulled apart. We hit up the local casino a few nights to win some cash we ended up using to buy dinner at Sushi Train almost every night. I was also introduced to a kick ass Mexican place to eat called Guzman Y Gomez! Toward the end of the trip Jon had also flown out his engine builder and provider Kyle Kennedy of DASA, to come check out the show and Australia jet ski titles race that was going on that last weekend of the trip. The day before we left Jon took Kyle and I to see his friend Luke who is Australia’s best helicopter pilot and go for one of the most bitchin helicopter rides I have ever been on. It was the best way to have seen the Gold coast and wrap up the adventure.
There is a possibility that I may go back sometime next year when things come back together and get busier for the Jet stunt extreme crew. Until then I cannot thank Jon “Wire” Cooke enough for making it all happen for me, it was an incredible experience.
Check out the full photo Gallery from the trip here
Next stop Parker, AZ for the first closed course race of 2012.