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Celebrate the Sea on a Jet-Ski

August 11, 1994|LAURIE K. SCHENDEN

He's known as "Rad Brad" on the Jet-Ski racing circuit. "Freestyle is my favorite event; there's jumping, tailspin and submarining, where you submerge the Jet-Ski completely under water," says Brad, nearly breathless at just the thought of it.

The Jet-Ski Nationals will take place Sunday at Long Beach Marine Stadium as part of the monthlong 62nd annual International Sea Festival. Anyone can enter the racing competition up until 9 a.m. race morning. There are beginner, novice, expert and pro divisions.

The nonstop action goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with closed-course racing held simultaneously with the slalom time trials and obstacle course. When those events take a break at 1:30 p.m., the freestylers get two minutes each on the water to dazzle the judges. (And don't worry about having to go ski-to-ski with Rad Brad: He won't be competing because he's promoting the event, and he says he can't do both.

The first five places will get trophies in the amateur divisions; the pros will take home the entry purse. About 200 entries are expected.

Spectator admission is $6 for bleacher seating; children under 10 get in free. For information, call (714) 493-4669. For information on other Sea Festival events this weekend, including the Oar and Paddle Regatta, women's volleyball and the Catalina Ski Race (8 a.m. Sunday), call the festival hot line at (310) 421-9431, Ext. 4103.

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