ABOUT JUNIOR STARS: In 2010, Chris Hagest, Nedra Atwood and Mike Pipes came together to create the Junior Stars Program. Initially, the program began as a way to gather and educate young and aspiring jetski racers on the west coast of the United States — but has since grown into a much bigger program.
The goal of the Junior Stars Program is to assist, educate and provide resources to junior level jetski riders ages 10-15. Each year, the Junior Stars Program puts on “Junior Stars Day” at the IJSBA World Finals. At this event, kids from around the world learn alongside World Champions and legends.
In 2020, the Junior Stars Program lost one of its pillars, the “crazy cowbell lady” and PWCs #1 Fan — Nedra Atwood. Nedra carried the torch of the Junior Stars Program proudly for ten years. Making a point to spread awareness throughout the sport for both safety and fun.
In light of her passing, we have renamed the Junior Stars Program to the #1 Fan Junior Stars Program, and in Nedra’s honor we will continue to carry the torch (or cowbell) and make sure it’s all about the kids.
HOW TO HELP: The #1 Fan Junior Stars Program is operated with donations from PWC enthusiasts and businesses. Donations go toward hosting the Junior Stars Day event at the IJSBA World Finals each year, as well as going toward prizes for the junior riders. Donations can be made to the #1 Fan Junior Stars Program GoFundMe, proceeds from Junior Stars merchandise purchases will go toward the #1 Fan Junior Stars Program fund, to donate product, please contact us directly.