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 for the brand came from 4 Californians with a strong passion for Moto X and Personal Watercraft. As Scott, Jeff, Eric, and Phil got heavily into Personal Watercraft they noticed that no one was focusing on Rider apparel in this growing sport. Their motocross background gave them the vision and design concepts that changed the industry to what we are today. The Jetpilot brand name was chosen by the friends 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 water sports gear.
The racing side of the watercraft market was getting very exciting and Jetpilot helped build the hype by developing the personalities 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 followers see through Jetpilot's marketing how exciting the sport could be. The Jetpilot marketing viewed the riders beneath the helmet and provided a vision of an exciting, hardcore lifestyle.
In the late '90s, Jetpilot and Rick Roy started the Freeride Watercraft Tour, which revolutionized freeriding worldwide. Rick Roy, Clay Cullen, and Aussie Mark Tearle were assembled for a 2-year world tough showcasing surf riding. Jetpilot traveled with the team to South Africa, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Hawaii, and Canada, just to name a few. The tour created images that were outstanding and pushed the riders to develop the Rickter Back Flip, the first back Flip on a stand-up watercraft.
Jetpilot made its debut in the wakeboard industry in 1995 right before the sport began growing rapidly. As the wakeboard market was still in its infancy the team at Jetpilot saw major opportunities for improvements in the product available to riders. They focused on quality, innovation, and durability and the vests and wetsuits quickly caught fire.
To help gain brand exposure Jetpilot partnered with the World Sports and Marketing crew as the official watersports and clothing sponsor of 1996, 1997, and 1998 Wakeboard tour. Through this sponsorship, the brand received tremendous exposure and began selling products and promoting the latest Jetpilot gear and accessories at every tour stop around the USA, including the Mastercraft US Masters and the Wakeboard World Finals.
By the mid-2000s, Jetpilot had become one of the leading global watersports brands supporting top global athletes and continuing to push the boundaries on product innovation.
Today, after 34 years in business we are proud to support several of the world's top Wakeboarders, PWC race/free riders, and wake surfers. Our drive to provide the best possible gear to people that love spending their free time on the water is the driving force in our continual search for innovative discoveries.