Pro Watercross National Championships Return to Lake Charles This Weekend, Aug. 20-21 


The 2022 Pro Watercross National Championships returns to Lake Charles this weekend, Aug. 20-21 at North Beach, which is located along Interstate I-10. This action-packed competition gives spectators an opportunity to witness the opponents’ athletic talents on their personal watercraft or jet skis, as well as enjoy food trucks. Pro-Am races will take place on Saturday, and amateur races will take place on Sunday. Here is a schedule of events: 


Saturday, Aug. 20 

  • 9:15 a.m. - Practice begins for all racers 

  • 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. - Pro Show  

  • The Pro-Am Championship Award Ceremony will take place 45 minutes after racing. 

Sunday, Aug. 21 

  • 10:30 a.m. - Amateur racing begins 

  • The Amateur National Championship Award Ceremony will take place 30 minutes after racing. 


“Southwest Louisiana is the prime location to have an event like this. Our beach area is situated next to downtown Lake Charles and the interstate,” said Eric Zartler, senior vice president of sales at Visit Lake Charles. “This gives competitors and spectators an opportunity to revel in the high-energy watercross race, a quick commute to their next destination, and the chance to celebrate in the heart of the city. We’re grateful to be the hosting city again this year.” 

Watercross is a motocross competition on the open water using personal watercraft or jet skis. Athletes compete on unpredictable liquid tracks varying from oceans to rivers to lakes. They challenge the notion of possibility by utilizing the most advanced watercraft equipment that reaches speeds over 85 mph, which radiates adrenaline from the water currents to the witnessing crowds. Spectators can indulge in food, soft drinks, and beer from Big Daddy’s Sports Grill and cool off with frozen treats from Kona Ice. Covered seating is available, but lawn chairs and beach towels are permitted as well.  

To view the full schedule of events and registration details for the 2022 Pro Watercross National Championships, visit For more information about things to do and explore in the Lake Charles area, go to, or follow @VisitLakeCharles on social media.