Watercraft enthusiasts take Easter egg hunt to new depths

April 10, 2012

By Staff

Nearly 50 personal watercraft enthusiasts hit the 45-degree water of Lake Sammamish in a search of the lake for Easter eggs on April 8.

“I can’t feel my toes,” Danya Simpson, of Ocean Shores, said after returning to shore with three eggs in hand at the conclusion of the third annual On-Water Easter Egg Hunt Fundraiser.

The event began at 10 a.m., with personal watercraft riders departing from the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch area.

Northwest Freeride owner Dayton Fedak, of Issaquah, “hid” approximately 80 prize eggs on the lake for the event benefiting Friends of Youth, a King County-based agency that provides shelter for homeless youths as well as family-related programs.

Fedak called the event a success, and a good beginning to the 2012 watercraft season that will include a Jet Ski ride-in, at least three races and freestyle events and more.

“If this turnout is an indicator of the season, we’re going to have a great year,” said Jet Skier Nick Foster, of Kent, who helps organize several of the events.

Cold-water egg hunters came from all over the Pacific Northwest including Moscow, Idaho; Bend, Ore.; and Spokane, Omak and the Tri-Cities in Washington.

They collected prizes from numerous business sponsors, including I-90 Motorsports, Confetti Cupcakes and Northwest Freeride, all of Issaquah; as well as Hydro-Turf, Cascade Construction, Blowsion and Jet Pilot.

At the same time, Jet Skiers raised money for Friends of Youth through donations.

The amount raised was not available at press time.

Jet Skiers will return June 9-10 for Tastin’ N Racin’ and Oct. 6-7 for the Tyler Clements Memorial Exhibition/Issaquah Salmon Days Festival.

Tastin’ N Racin’ features a full weekend of PWC racing and freestyle in conjunction with world-class hydroplane racing, concerts and more.

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