In Detail: USSBA Sprint Boat Racing [PHOTOS]

You may have never heard of Sprint Boat racing, but its origins can be traced back nearly half a century, halfway across the globe. That according to the United States Sprint Boat Association (USSBA) website, which credits New Zealand for founding the sport. It all began with Marathon River Racing in the 1970s. These endurance races took place on New Zealand's naturally winding waterways, over the course of several days. Eventually a shorter format of river racing was developed known as Jetsprint, or Sprint Boat racing stateside.

  • #16 Sling Shot 

    Class: Super Modified
    Driver: Rick Hendersen
    Navigator: Larry Marxen
    Engine: Chevy 355 CID

  • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA
    • #16 Sling Shot 

      Class: Super Modified
      Driver: Rick Hendersen
      Navigator: Larry Marxen
      Engine: Chevy 355 CID

    • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA
    • #80 Fat Buddy 

      Class: Super Modified
      Driver: Dave Lowney
      Navigator: Trevor Lamour
      Engine: Chevy 358ci
    • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA
    • #99 Jeepers Creepers 

      Class: Super Modified
      Driver: Tim Cummings
      Navigator: Mike Fuller
      Engine: Chevy 358
    • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA
    • #00 Vindictive 

      Class: Super Modified
      Driver: Amanda Vestal
      Navigator: Nichole Heaton
      Engine: Chevy 350ci
    • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA
    • #71 Nut Deep

      Class: Super Modified
      Driver: Larry Hines
      Navigator: Jay Carreia
      Engine: Chevy 364ci
    • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA
    • #152 Psycho Racing 
      Featured on TRANSLOGIC

      Class: Group A-400
      Driver: Kyle Patrick
      Navigator: Alex Patrick
      Engine: Chevy 411 CID
    • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA
    • #18 Twisted Racing

      Class: Group A-400
      Driver: Wayne Brown
      Navigator: Nicole Brown
      Engine: Chevy 408ci
    • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA
    • #01 Wicked Racing

      Class: Group A-400
      Driver: Doug Hendrickson
      Navigator: Hannah Macke
      Engine: Chevy 406 CID
    • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA
    • #55 55m 

      Class: Superboat
      Driver: Cory Johnson
      Navigator: Gary McNiel
    • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA
    • #21 by Tsunami Racing

    • Image Credit: JIM DEFORD / USSBA


The USSBA was formed in the early 1990s, with races initially occurring on ponds or small lakes. The sport was revolutionized in the U.S. when the first in-ground track was excavated in 1997. Since then, manmade courses are popping up all over the Pacific Northwest, constructed to mimic the twisting tributaries upon which the sport was discovered.

There are 3 classes of Sprint Boat racing in the U.S.: Superboat, Group A-400 and Super Modified, based mostly on engine power and size. Complete class specifications can be found within the official USSBA race rules.

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