I've been working behind the scenes at PersonalWatercraft.com since before it launched more than seven years ago, but never had the opportunity to really get out and ride. That all changed recently when Kawasaki sent out an invitation to ride its 2015 Jet Ski lineup in San Diego and our regular field editor/test rider couldn't go. I jumped at this very rare opportunity.
Prior to Kawasaki's invitation, the only time I'd spent on a PWC was on the back of a rental when I was barely a teenager, a five-minute demo ride at the 2008 IJSBA World Finals, and a guided tour around Turks and Caicos aboard a neutered craft that topped out around 15-20 mph with my wife and three-year-old daughter on the back. Hopping aboard a 310-horsepower Jet Ski was going to be a whole new experience.
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