Look at British Champion Davey - he is flying

Davey Herridge, 17, recently won the British title for freestyle Jet Ski in the 800cc class.
Davey Herridge, 17, recently won the British title for freestyle Jet Ski in the 800cc class.
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A thrill-seeking teenager from Outwood has become a British champion in Jet Skiing.

Davey Herridge, 17, won the British title for freestyle Jet Ski in the 800cc class.

Davey Herridge, 17, recently won the British title for freestyle Jet Ski in the 800cc class.

Davey Herridge, 17, recently won the British title for freestyle Jet Ski in the 800cc class.

The ambitious youngster manages to juggle a gruelling training schedule alongside his college work in vehicle body repair at Wakefield College in Castleford.

Davey said: “I train as much as possible to keep on top form and always push myself to learn more.

“Training for me can be tough, both mentally and physically, many hours are spent on the water learning new tricks and making new routines for the competitions.”

He added that he also has to “tune” the Jet Ski itself to push it to its limits.

Davey Herridge, 17, recently won the British title for freestyle Jet Ski in the 800cc class.

Davey Herridge, 17, recently won the British title for freestyle Jet Ski in the 800cc class.

Davey’s dad Dave trains the youngster to make sure he is constantly progressing in the sport.

Davey said: “It can be hard to find free time when working and going to college.

“But a competition normally lands on a weekend so I can work around it but finding time to train can be the hardest part.”

Most weekdays the teenager has college in the day followed by work and then has to train at various lakes until late. He said: “It’s hard having to come home from work and set straight off to a lake to train but we try our best to squeeze in as much as possible.”

But his hard work has paid off by achieving his goal as a national champion.

He said: “I used to watch other freestyle Jet Ski riders before I started to compete, all earning their titles and achievements, and I wanted to be stood there holding the title trophy.

“So I joined the competitions trained hard and met some good people along the way. It was a tough year of training and, taking part in all the competitions, but the memories of being part of it all makes up for it. You had to give every round your all and put on a good show to impress the judges and gain top scores.”