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
  • #80 Fat Buddy 

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

    Class: Super Modified
    Driver: Amanda Vestal
    Navigator: Nichole Heaton
    Engine: Chevy 350ci
  • 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
  • #01 Wicked Racing

    Class: Group A-400
    Driver: Doug Hendrickson
    Navigator: Hannah Macke
    Engine: Chevy 406 CID
  • 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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