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“We live a fast-paced life…getting out on the Sea-Doos is our stress relief”

The Cabreras are one of many families that now devote the entire weekend to exploring their hometown’s tributaries, lakes and deserted islands using a Sea-Doo watercraft. The global watercraft market has increased by 10 percent since 2015, and the popular Sea-Doo SPARK model has been a strong contributor to industry growth since it was introduced in 2013.

Randy and Becky are now so committed to the sport, they have built one of Tampa’s fastest growing watercraft communities, the Florida Ski Riders. “Being on the water, there’s no left turn or right turn, there’s no limitations,” Randy said. “The trails are endless. The playground goes on forever.”

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The Cabreras bought two Sea-Doo watercraft two years ago, and within days the whole family was on the water. They had considered getting a boat but Randy liked that the PWCs allowed the family to be independent while hanging out together.

“You’re kind of creating your own adventure within everybody else’s adventure,” Randy said. “We might be riding side by side, but the wave you hit is not the wave I hit. Everybody is in their individual space at all times.”

Perhaps this is why, when the weekend rolls around, the entire family can agree to leave their screens behind and go out on the Sea-Doos.

“Riding is the one thing that we can do as a family where everybody’s happy, from the youngest to the oldest”

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At Lake Tarpon, the Cabreras are joined by their friend, Ron Weeks, who has helped Randy and Becky build the Florida Ski Riders. The club organizes big group watercraft rides, and connects the local community.

“We had an opportunity in front of us to bring other riders together and create a family atmosphere,” Randy explained.  

Launched a year ago, Florida Ski Riders, is now one of the fastest growing watercraft groups in the Tampa area. They have drawn as many as 200 riders from across Georgia and Florida and thousands of people follow the group on Facebook. There are similar groups in Miami, Long Island, Canada and even as far away as Australia.

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