Upstate Watercraft Promotions, in conjunction with the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce that the City of Syracuse will be the host site of the 2008 Toyota US Open of Watercross; May 31 – June 1, 2008.

The Toyota US Open of Watercross is expected to draw one of the largest gatherings of competitors in the country; participants are expected to travel from all over the country in pursuit of the champion title and a cash purse of over $10,000 dollars. The Toyota US Open is probably personal watertcraft racing’s most prestigious event and winning here means earning a place in watercross history.The Toyota US Open of Watercross has been identified as a National Watercross Event by the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) and acknowledged by the American Power Boat Association (APBA) - this nationally recognized event will be one of the highest paid events in the country.

In addition to the $10,000 in prize money being offered there will also be the standard 50% of the line contingency money. Competitors will be vying for the prestigious title of the Toyota US Open of Watercross Champion, two classes will be designated as premier classes and will be the highlight of the event, giving these two classes additional payout – these classes will be announced at a later date.

UWP is pleased to announce that nationally renowned Clear Channel Communication has signed on with the Toyota US Open of Watercross and will be providing over $50,000 in advertising for this event – we are very excited about the amount of advertising and the recognition it will bring to the event – watercross racing will be getting the recognition that it deserves. This event will be filmed for airing on TV later this year.

The Toyota US Open of Watercross will be held on the northern-end of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse NY – this lake has not been without its controversy. Once considered a “dead” lake, Onondaga Lake is a water success story – Onondaga Lake now hosts high school crew team practice and Pro Bass fishermen competitions. UWP has had the opportunity to sit in on numerous meetings with professionals since November, and we have been assured that this is a safe place to compete.

To quote from Onondaga County’s reports:
“Recreational Status

Syracuse University’s men’s and women’ s crew teams, the sold out Onondaga Lake Park marina (90 slips), Salt City Bassmasters Fishing Club, and the sailing focused Onondaga Yacht Club are long time, regular users. The Syracuse Chargers Community Rowing Club and high school crew teams are emerging higher level users, with the addition of boat rentals and expansion to the marina high priority agenda items for Onondaga County Parks. The top fishermen in the world competing in the 2007 Bassmaster Memorial raved about fishing and compared the water to lakes in Florida, and the North American Fishing Club is now touting the lake as one of the country’s top ten hotspots for bass.”

Any questions about the water quality can be directed to:
Jon Cooley, Onondaga County Parks Department
PO Box 146
Liverpool NY 13088
(315) 451-7275 ext. 107

If you would like additional information, please check out these links:

Onondaga Lake Park Website:

Onondaga County’s Office of the Environment

Onondaga Lake Improvement Project

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

For more information or anyone interested in becoming involved with personal watercraft racing can visit UWP’s website at www.uwpinc.com