Stand-Up Jet Skis Are Back, Still Totally Effing Radical

Your '90s nostalgia is about to get jacked up to 11

August 23, 2016 9:00 am

Details are few, but it appears fans of Kawasaki’s original Jet Ski (and/or Wave Racer 64) have cause to stand up and cheer.

The last version of Kawasaki’s stand-up Jet Ski (the “Final Edition” SX-R) was retired five years ago, but it looks like the company plans to revive its original model after the half-decade hiatus.

Kawasaki made the announcement via a teaser video that doesn’t reveal much in the way of specs, pricing or performance, but does indicate that the 2017 Jet Ski SX-R will be out this October.

In addition to that nugget of info, the 38-second clip says the stand-up model will be sleeker than its predecessor, pack a powerful four-stroke engine and be “competition ready.”

While it’ll be interesting to see if the single-passenger design sells — the watercraft market is currently flooded with larger models — it’s nice to see Kawasaki take a stand for a classic.

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