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Surf City Racing
06-12-2012, 04:32 PM
A good portion of the Surf City Media Team rolled into South Padre Island today around noon, and was instantly greeted with some good 'ol Texas hospitality...delicious food and a rum punch! The beach here is gorgeous! White sand, warm water, and a warm 15 knot breeze, which offsets the 95 degree temperature and high humidity. It's quite pleasant actually.

Many teams spent the day rigging their boats and double checking their safety kit. Each team had a scheduled stint with Safety Officer Trey Garrison, who makes sure that each team has the proper safety gear as specified in the rules. This evening, a Coastguard Representative will be speaking to the fleet in an effort to keep everyone safe. This first leg from South Padre Island to Mustang Beach stretches across 90 miles of open water, and there isn't much civilization in between. If anyone has to pull out, it's not the easiest place to get to.

http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Boats/GT-300-2012/i-cLcvk4F/0/X2/Screen-Shot-2012-06-12-at-X2.png

It looks like the wind will be from 12 to 18, with wind chop developing every day, and a very minimal ground swell for pretty much the entire duration of the race.

We'll be broadcasting tomorrow at 9:30 am to catch the start at 10 on The GT300 Justin.tv Channel (http://www.justin.tv/greattexas300) . Hope to see you there!

Live on the beach right now!
http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Boats/GT-300-2012/i-69nTV4R/1/X2/IMG4464-X2.jpg

Surf City Racing
06-12-2012, 10:28 PM
See y'all at 9:30am Central.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRMnVkG3nY0

Dirty Sanchez
06-12-2012, 11:43 PM
Looks like some wild ass fun!

Surf City Racing
06-13-2012, 10:07 PM
Wild ass, indeed!

Epic day of racing here in Texas! Tomko and Billings claim the first spot...but not without a fight from Casey and Tebow, who finished just 1:30 behind! An incredible finish after almost 100 miles open ocean racing!

John Tomko and Ian Billings
http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Boats/GT-300-2012/i-XR6shnR/0/XL/IMG0013-XL.jpg

Tomko and Billings didn't finish without damage, they broke a rudder on the way in to Mustang Island.

http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Boats/GT-300-2012/i-hL3vmRn/0/XL/IMG0017-XL.jpg

Casey and Tebow smolder onto the beach!

http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Boats/GT-300-2012/i-FF6Xmmx/0/XL/IMG0032-XL.jpg






There was some drama on the beach!
Team Chums came in hot, spun up and almost lost it. If it weren't for the quick thinking of their beach crew, they might have gone over.

http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Boats/GT-300-2012/i-4ws7dKT/0/XL/IMG4604-XL.jpg

http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Boats/GT-300-2012/i-NSX7bRs/0/XL/IMG0069-XL.jpg

http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Boats/GT-300-2012/i-mCjk3NZ/0/XL/IMG0072-XL.jpg

Surf City Racing
06-13-2012, 10:16 PM
...that's not all.

Steve Piche fell off of his boat just in the surf line, and his crew had to manage a powered up spin on his own with marginal success!


http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Boats/GT-300-2012/i-XsgW8Fd/0/XL/IMG0043-XL.jpg

http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Boats/GT-300-2012/i-6vvsvkw/0/XL/IMG0052-XL.jpg

Tequila Bob
06-14-2012, 02:52 PM
Good shots Jeremy. You cat guys.. wow!

Surf City Racing
06-14-2012, 10:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLPs6AXN-us