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Flip out, at Devils Lake

Published on May 16, 2017 4:46PM

Vacations at the lake have long been a time to take it easy, enjoy a break and, most importantly, slow down.

Not this weekend in Lincoln City, when the sixth annual Devils Lake Dash will see competitors from beginner to professional push their personal watercraft to the limit.

The event puts Devils Lake’s reputation as the “world’s fastest lake” to the test with high-octane racing, hairpin turns and gravity defying acrobatics throughout Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21.

The race course will start at the boat dock at Regatta Park and be marked with buoys color-coded to indicate whether riders should turn left or right. Some buoys give riders the option to chose between an inside track, which is shorter with more turns, or outside track, which is longer but straighter — allowing each racer to play to their strengths.

The contest offers different classes for watercraft depending on the amount of modifications they have undergone.

During breaks in the racing action on both days, there will be demonstrations along with the opportunity to buy lessons from industry professionals.

The racing begins at 9 am on Saturday, May 20, at Regatta Park, located on NE 14th Street, and continues throughout the weekend. After Saturday’s races are done, competitors will be on hand at a meet and greet starting at 6 pm at New Mexico Restaurant, 266 SW Hwy. 101.

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