Jet ski success

ACTION: Jason Bleasdale in action.
ACTION: Jason Bleasdale in action.

A THRILLSEEKER has blown the rest of the competition out of the water to become the first man in Britain to hold three national jet-ski titles.

Hartlepool daredevil Jason Bleasdale has only been riding four years, but that has not stopped him making a huge splash in the water sport world.

Jason Bleasdale

Jason Bleasdale

The 26-year-old long distance lorry driver holds the British Championship Expert and Pro Class titles in freestyle jet-ski and the UK National Pro Class title.

He is the first man to hold all three titles and the first to hold both British titles at the same time after impressing on his Loki Customs jet ski.

Jason, who lives on the Bishop Cuthbert estate with fiancée Kimberly Brown, also 26, said: “This is only the third year I have been taking part in competitions and I didn’t plan to be competing when I first took the sport up.

“I am the first man in Britain to hold all the titles at the same time and nobody has ever had the two British titles at the same time.

“I’m really proud and it is something I love doing.”

The British Championships involves six rounds of competition across the country, including Port Talbot, Oxford, Devon and Milton Keynes, while Jason had to compete over three rounds for the UK National title.

Riders are marked on the number and quality of tricks they can fit in, plus the style and way in which they link stunts together.

The competition season runs between May and September, but Jason admits he spends most of his weekends honing his skills and showcasing his barrels, nose dives and back flips.

Jason is sponsored by Loki Customs, a jet-ski engineering firm, Hartlepool Marina and XScream, an American jet-ski firm.

The thrillseeker has picked up tips from a number of professionals over the past four years including friend Ant Burgess, a former world champion, who he trains with at Hartlepool Marina and travels around the country doing displays.

Jason added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to my sponsors and my fiancee, who is really proud of me.

“Kimberly travels all over with me and she is a keen jet-skiier too.”

The former Manor College pupil and Hartlepool College of Further Education College student first got into jet-skiing on a water sports holiday in Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands.

He has been hooked ever since.

Jason recently got back from training in Dingle Bay, in the Republic of Ireland, and he has also been to Daytona, in America, this year.

Kimberly is a lecturer in beauty therapy at Middlesbrough College.

l Dozens of jet-skiiers from across the country will be coming to Hartlepool this weekend for the first UK Freeride Surf Shred, which has been organised by Jason.

The event takes place at Seaton Carew, opposite Seaton Lane, on Saturday, December 3, between 10am and 4pm.

Jason is expecting riders from London, Devon, Oxford, Scotland and Ireland, plus a few from Hartlepool to take part.