First jetski contest a success

Action from the jet ski event held at Seaton Carew on Saturday
Action from the jet ski event held at Seaton Carew on Saturday

DAREDEVIL jetskiers pulled off a dizzying array of stunts as Seaton Carew hosted the first competition of its kind in the UK.

A total of 22 thrill-seeking riders from all over the country travelled to Hartlepool for the first UK Freestyle Surf Shred.

The event was organised by Hartlepool champion jetskier Jason Bleasdale.

The event on Saturday was hailed a success despite one competitor, Ant Burgess, a former world champion, being taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder.

Ant, from Nantwich, Cheshire, did it when he tried to perform a move called a barrel role and landed badly.

Competitors battled it out to perform the most spectacular stunts on the water and prizes were awarded at the end of the day.

He was taken to casualty at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, but it was not believed to be any more serious.

Jason, 26, of Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, said: “It was very successful.

“We had people from London, Devon, Norfolk and one flew across from Northern Ireland.

“Everyone had fun. It is the first one to be held anywhere in the UK.

“Following the success we are looking at making it an annual event with two more rounds in different parts of the country.”