Reef Madness 2015 – The Madness Continues!

by Nancy Soares on June 22, 2015

by Tsunami Ranger Commander Michael Powers

Editor’s note: Thanks to TRs Michael Powers and Jim Kakuk for the great photos!

The Invitation

The Invitation

Winter storms pretty much destroyed our beloved kayak ramp and access to Miramar Beach out front – so for a while a race this year seemed impossible…

Half of this ramp was wiped out in the winter storms

Half of this ramp was wiped out in the winter storms

But by popular demand, the ramp was rebuilt and the race went on! Here is John Dixon getting the Advanced Elements SUP he won for placing first in the Tsunami Rangers race on Sunday. He paddled the 7 mile course in an Epic V7 (an incredibly fast surf ski-type kayak made in South Africa), in a record time of 1 hour and 2 minutes.

TR John Dison picks up his first place prize

TR John Dixon picks up his first place prize

As TR John Lull’s band The South City Blues Band was AWOL (the drummer was out of town) we had a great new band this year, King Cajon & The Country Gentlemen (www.kingcajonband.com)  to play for the after party.

The pre-race talk and warning

The pre-race talk and warning

Another exciting development – NBC TV filmed the race with their dronesEveryone was excited to see  footage of the kayaks charging together into the Miramar surf on television. Then after the race, the drone cameras documented the party (next year be sure to wave, you might be on national TV!) The award ceremony was climactic when a $1200 Advanced Elements “Stiffy” SUP wwas be presented to the winner of the race.

TR Steven King arrives in his Tsunami X-15 as TR Michael Powers and the NBC drone look on.
TR Steven King arrives in his Tsunami X-15 as TR Michael Powers and the NBC drone look on.

Here are some photos to give you a sense of how this year’s event shaped up:

Gentlemen (and ladies) start your engines!

Start your engines!

The arrivals:

Neptune's Ranger Bill Vonnegut represents

Neptune’s Ranger Bill Vonnegut represents

We’d never had one of these before:

WTF???

WTF???

Tsunami Rangers, as always, represented!

Commander Powers and his paddling partner the intrepid Bob Stender land smoothly

Commander Powers and his paddling partner the intrepid Bob Stender land smoothly

And of course, TR John Dixon in his epic Epic:

TR Dixon wins!

TR Dixon wins!

Next year I hope you’ll join us at the best kayak race and party on the planet (okay, I’m biased, but you know what I mean!)

Sea Gypsy joy

Sea Gypsy joy

 

 

 

 

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Jim Kakuk June 23, 2015 at 9:42 am

Great time as always, thirty years on. Thank you Michael for hosting the event.

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Nancy Soares June 26, 2015 at 7:10 am

It’s amazing, isn’t it? Almost twenty years for me. Surely this must be one of the longest-running kayak races around. It’s certainly unique! Good to see everyone, and I second the thanks to Michael for hosting and also for his wonderful potato salad 🙂

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