Chad Hudgins has had a passion for jet skis for many years. At a young age, Chad remembers going to his grandparent’s lake house and wanting to ride a jet ski. Waving down passing riders, he could not wait to ride himself. As Chad got older his passion did not die down. In 1994, he started to race jet skis (SeaDoo HX). During this time, he gained valuable personal watercraft high performance and modification experience. Chad was named the 1998 Southeastern Division Champion and went on to race in the world finals at Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Chad soon realized that if he was going to race, he needed to know how to work on his machine. In 1998, Chad also attended the American Marine Institute (AMI) in Daytona Beach Florida to become a certified marine technician.