2nd Annual Spike ‘N’ Splash Returns to Racine

June 10, 2011 – Racine’s Blue Wave award-winning North Beach is the site for the 2nd annual Spike N’ Splash Festival on June 18th and 19th. Admission is free. Have a great day on the beach and see some of the best beach volleyball players and fastest jet boat racers in the the Country in action on the sand and in the surf.

The EVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour makes their annual June stop to Racine on Saturday, June 18th.  Action starts at 9 a.m. and wraps up with the mens’ and womens’ finals late in the afternoon as they compete for the $6,000 purse.  The strong womens’ bracket features Megan Wallace and Charra Harris of Sarasota, FL; Erin Grey and Jen Snyder of Team Chicago,  Aurora Skarra-Gallagher and Alicia Zamparelli of Los Angeles and Gretchen Duffner and Stacy Loyal of Naples, FL.

Racine’s 50-acre beach is enhanced by a downtown area with lakefront lodging and dining opportunities.  Beach volleyball and jet boating are longtime staples in the city’s summer culture.

“The EVP players and staff love the city of Racine, which is a five-time winner of the EVP Tour’s Best Host City Award,” said EVP Tour president Ross Balling, “Everyone is eager to return this June.”

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Chicago, Racine is the perfect combination of big city fun and small town charm. Downtown Racine boasts the award-winning North Beach—the location of several major sporting events including the Spike N Splash Festival, Ironman Racine 70.3, Iron Girl, and the Lighthouse Run. Visitors can also sample the local cuisine, which includes Racine’s world-famous Danish kringle, at many of the city’s unique and fine dining establishments.  To learn more, please visit www.realracine.com or  www.facebook.com/realracine.

The UWP/IJSBA Grand Prix of Watercross ($13,300 purse) events will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with the pro jet boat racing action scheduled to go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.  Don’t miss the exciting freestyle competition at noon each day.   This is the Midwest’s largest jet boat racing event with over 150 teams expected to participate.  Some of the notable entires include season points leader Chris MacClugage of Lake Havasu City, AZ; former World Champion, Rob Flores of Las Vegas, NV; last year’s winner, Jimmy Wilson of Hebron, OH; and up-and-comer Alac Hohnadell of Destin, FL.

The EVP® Tour and Upstate Watercraft Promotions have joined forces to create the Beach Sports Network.  They produce eight, 30 minute TV shows which reach 80 million households in over 40 states.

The event is brought to you by Real Racine, Rebootizer, and Sandy Bottom.  Food and beverage will be available.  There’s free parking and admission.  Please note that the annual Lighthouse Run route will limit automobile access to the beach from 8-10 a.m.  For more information, see www.realracine.com.

Calendar of events

Saturday, June 18
9 a.m.:  Waupaca Boatride EVP Triples – Sand & Grass Triples, Mens A & B, Womens  A & B Entry: $60/team.
To enter, call Tom at 920-843-2622
Prizes – entries into the Waupaca Boatride Volleyball Tournament

9 a.m.:  Spike N’ Splash Juniors Tournament – U12, U14, and U16 divisions (http://www.spikensplash.com)
9 a.m. -6 p.m.:  EVP Pro Beach Volleyball
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  Amateur Watercross racing
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.:  UWP/IJSBA Grand Prix of Watercross
Noon:  Freestyle competition

Sunday, June 19
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  Amateur watercross racing
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.:  IJSBA Pro Watercross Racing
Noon:  Freestyle competition