Published on September 30th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple12
Ron Ripple Makes a Big Splash
Last weekend was incredible for both Offshore Powerboat Racing and RonRipple.com. It was the Offshore Super Series’ National Championships, so this past Thursday I loaded the cooler with a few cases of beer and headed to good ol Lake Ozark, Missouri.
I was so excited to see my new race team out there representing my website as well as the best sport in the world… NASCAR. I couldn’t wait to see my boat out on the water and watch MY team “Ron Ripple Racing”… (sounds good doesn’t it?) prepare for Sunday’s big race.
So I rolled in on Thursday evening at Lake Ozark, MO, checked into my hotel, and headed to the bar where I met up with my new team and competitors. Thursday night seemed to be the night where all the teams, drivers and fan’s met at the local bar and threw down as many beers as they could. Offshore Racing has their fair share of drinkers but they don’t call me Beer Drinking Ron Ripple for nothing… I showed the boys how it’s done!!!!
Thursday and Friday the teams started rolling in with their semi tractor trailers and equipment. Friday was a day of rest… a.k.a…. a day to nurse my hangover.
Before I go any further I want to thank all of the teams and fans for welcoming me with open arms and with a cold fresh beer as I entered into the pits. Steve Page (driver) and Joey Gratton (throttleman) of the Ron Ripple Race Team were incredible and instantly made me feel at home. The fans and spectators of Lake Ozark are huge race fans and I enjoyed meeting all of you!
Ok… back to my weekend! So Friday was a day of nursing my hangover and socializing with the teams. I met so many incredible people this past weekend… the rumors are true… Offshore racing is like one big family. I’m glad I am officially a part of it.
Saturday was the start of the horse power and rooster tails!!! (A Rooster Tail is the water that shoots out the back of the boat when a boat is hauling ass) My team worked on preparing the boat for Sunday’s race and made a number of laps around the course testing propellers and set ups. After timing the competiting it looked like we were the fastest so it was a great feeling going into Sunday’s race.
Take a look below at a photo my new buddy Pete Boden was able to grab as the Ron Ripple boat was screaming at 140mph down the lake during testing on Saturday!!
(unfortunately Pete Boden Does not have a website to show off his other photos)
Sunday finally came, and I woke up with butterflies in my stomach and had a bad case of what I liked to call my own “Rooster Tails.” There were thousands and thousands of spectators and fans that lined the course… I was shocked as to how many race fans were out… I figured everyone would be at the NASCAR race which was only 3 hours away in Kansas City.
It was finally race day… and the day started with 5 different classes of racing which lead to the biggest race of the day (The Ron Ripple Team Debut). I was vibrating with anticipation and in order to control myself like I do for NASCAR racing, I shotgunned 2 quick beers which calmed my nerves.
The start of the race was intense as 6 of the fastest boats in the world were all racing to the first turn. The CRC boat shot passed all the boats on the start, with Ron Ripple and WHM fighting for second place. The first lap was crazy with the WHM boat almost flipping in the first turn allowing for the Ron Ripple boat to slide underneith them securing their spot in second place. The 5 mile course seemed like a 1 mile course and before I knew it, the boats were back around and somehow Ron Ripple was out in front. It was only the second lap when the Ron Ripple boat had a HUGE splash that went like this….
My team ended up hooking in turn 6 which caused the boat to spin out violently. The skegs ripped off, the motor mounts broke, and the boat was a mess. My heart skipped a few beats when I saw a HUGE splash!!!! It was a sad moment for both the team and myself but I was just excited to experience what most call NASCAR on the water.
Both the driver and throttleman were unsure of exactly how the boat hooked but we’re all fortunate they were okay with only a few bumps and bruises. In total the boat suffered about $100,000 in damages. One thing is for sure the crowd got an incredible show as you can see on the video above.
Congratulations to all the racers this weekend for putting on a GREAT Show and I look forward to many more races. A special thanks to all the OSS staff and racers. I’ll be heading to the World Championships in November hosted every year in Key West, FL. I’m not sure if my team will be getting the boat together in time but with or without them I will be down there supporting my second favorite sport of Offshore Racing.
It’s pretty hard to admit but for once in my lifetime I chose to miss a NASCAR race for an Offshore Powerboat Race. It probably will never happen again… but this weekend Offshore’s finest were competing for the National Championship, and I guess I was OKAY with that!
Take a look at some of the photos below and let me know if any of you guys have ever seen this sport in action? If so what have been your experiences and who’s heading to the World Championships in Key West?