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Ibiza Jetski Festival 2013

Published on February 11, 2013 by   ·   1 Comment

The dates for Europe’s premier jetski festival, JetBou, are already inked into the diaries of personal watercraft (PWC) enthusiasts across the Med.  From Friday 4 to Monday 14 October, the waters of Ibiza’s San Antonio Bay will be teeming with the bright sight and throaty roar of a hundred or more jetskis as they round off another Balearic summer season in style.

Inaugurated in 2004, JetBou was created by a group of Ibizan business people who wanted to extend the peak summer season and take advantage of temperatures still averaging in the early 20sºc but with quieter beaches.  Inception year saw a small gathering of 25 committed jetskiers making the trip to San Antonio; by 2011 JetBou had evolved into a full-blown jetski festival with global logistics operator DSV shifting 100 PWCs on four large trucks   The organisers have equally high hopes for year nine as JetBou (or “BouJet” as the Ibizans prefer) continues to grow in size and stature.

Organised by Xtreme Action, with support from Yamaha and other enterprises, JetBou allows people to take their treasured PWC on holiday with them without it costing a fortune.  Running over ten days, but with participants able to dip in for just a few days or a week as they wish, the festival is more than just an on-the-water posturing competition with plenty of excursions on offer to create a personalised JetBou experience.

Although the 2013 calendar is yet to be finalised, JetBou-ers can expect to sample some of the following:  How about a Big Boat Trip to Portinax where over 200 people can board a glass-bottom boat to this paradisiacal resort on the extreme north of the Island.  With on-board DJ, bar and sunbathing, it’s fun for the family with jetskiers of course allowed to join the flotilla.  Another option is the Big Pacha Night, a visit to Ibiza’s authentic house nightclub that opened back in 1973 for those who like to party as much as they frown upon sleep.

The Hippy Market in the grounds of Punta Arabí in Es Cana on the east of the Island is also pencilled in the calendar.  Established in 1973, this spectacle has over 500 stalls huddled under the shade of the pine trees each Wednesday and in excess of 12,000 visitors seeking out jewellery, fashion and handcrafted goods to the background noise of live music from groups across Spain.  Rounding off JetBou events is a trip into Ibiza’s Old Town, the culturally rich capital with its spectacular Dalt Villa (Upper Town) resplendent with cobbled alleyways and romantic restaurants.  The views are spectacular, the nightlife lively and the fashion boutiques enough for the most avid shopaholic.

To transport your jetski from the UK to this promised sunshine land, organisers ask that your PWC is dropped off in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, on Saturday 28 September with another loading/unloading point available at Fareham in Hampshire for a small additional cost.  Flights and accommodation are booked individually to taste although JetBou highlights the need to attend a riders’ safety briefing on Friday 4 October at 7.30pm – and don’t forget your RYA Certificate and insurance documentation to cover you and your jetski.  A number of studio, one and two bedroom apartments are pre-booked at the beachfront Playa Bella resort in San Antonio – but remember as JetBou leaps up in the popularity stakes, you must nab your place fast.

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