Jetpilot was born in 1986 when it made a name for itself by creating the most technically advanced wetsuits, vests and apparel for the sport of personal watercraft racing.
The inspiration came from 4 Californians with a strong passion for Moto X and Watercraft. As Scott, Jeff, Eric and Phil got heavily into Watercraft they saw that no one was focusing on Rider apparel in this growing sport. Their MX background gave them the vision and design concepts that changed the industry to what we are today. The Jetpilot brand name was chosen from the guys from their experience of racing Moto X at a Pro level in America and Europe. They were called Moto pilots if you rode Moto X bikes in Europe. They didn’t want to call the brand Jet Ski Pilot racing apparel as Jet Ski was a Kawasaki trademark name for their watercraft products, so the brand Jetpilot was the title of the new direction in watersports gear.
The watercraft market was getting very exciting on the racing side and Jetpilot created the personalities in the sport that we still know today, such as Jammer, Fish, Mac, Slasher, Haulin Harry, Hollywood Watkins, Rick Roy and Christy Carlson. These riders captured the youth globally and made us see through Jetpilots marketing how exciting the sport can be. The JP marketing made you see beneath the helmet of the athlete and got you involved with the rider’s lifestyle. Jetpilot still today sponsors Jeff “JAMMER” Jacobs as he has won 10 World titles on stand up watercraft. He started with JP when he was 15. All the greats in this sport have experienced Jetpilots active movement to growing the sport and them as individuals.
In the late 90’s, Jetpilot and Rick Roy started the Freeride Watercraft Tour, which has changed freeriding all over the world. Rick Roy, Clay Cullen and Aussie, Mark Tearle were assembled to do a world tour on surf riding over 2 years. Jetpilot traveled with the team to South Africa, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Hawaii and Canada, just to name a few. This created images that were outstanding and pushed the boys to develop the Rickter Back Flip! The first back Flip on a stand up watercraft.
This made way for Jetpilot to create a surf contest for watercraft called The Red Bull Wave Challenge. This pushed the established stars and created a new audience for the sport. Freeriding in the surf was now in a competition format. This format is still used all over the world today. The beauty of this side of the sport is that the athlete needed more ability over budget to showcase their skills. We have seen new stars like Joe Kenney emerge from this new side of watercraft riding.
For the first 5 years Jetpilot got the PWC watersports products moving and decided it was time to grow again and set out to conquer the international market. They brought in an International company to take over ownership and help drive it to be one of the leading lifestyle brands in the watersports market. This company still owns the Brand and sees a huge future as they point themselves towards 25 years of JP Business. Since then Jetpilot has evolved and developed to offer a complete line of clothing, vest and wetsuits for the wakeboard and surfing markets in addition to the expanding watercraft line. The company is very focused on becoming a Global leader in watersports and Clothing.