Like they say all things are BIGGER in Texas and The Texas Outlaw Challenge was no exception as it was BIG. Powerboat Nation took part in the Texas Outlaw Challenge this past weekend with 180 registered boats from all over the country experiencing this four day boating sensation and display of thousands of horsepower!

Starting out in Baton Rouge I was very very lucky to join Team Maxed Out for the journey to Kemah. These guys roll like rock stars rolling in a FreightLiner hauler towing a one of a kind CIGARETTE MAXIMUS plus their very our own limo for the girls set the bar even higher. The trip started out as a usual boating adventure with blown trailer tires and then a completely unexpected Limo tire failure. A quick onsite tire change and we all loaded back up for the hard charge on into Kemah, TX.

Thursday nights street party was a sight with boats, cars, and bikes on display at the Kemah, Boardwalk and a few crazy Outlaw parties around town. Friday’s shootout gave everyone who wanted to the opportunity to show just how fast they could run. Vern Gilbert and Gary Smith took the win with the 176 MPH pass in the 1991 SKATER“Predator”. Outlaw Win

TEAM MAXED OUT hosting PBN aboard took off for Kenny Armstrong’s home for an extraordinary pool party. I would estimate 120 boats, 100 cars, 2 helicopters and too many people to count took over the place and enjoyed the over the top hospitality of a true fun loving powerboating enthusiasts and all around great guy. I am not sure we can thank Kenny enough for opening his home to so many. I probably don’t have to mention this because it is so obvious but the girls on this run…. This has to be the best gathering of the most beautiful girls at one boating event anywhere!

Fridays run was another great showing of on water performance with a open start to run to all the cards stops and enjoy yet another pool party at the lunch stop.

The Texas Outlaw Challenge is certainly an event to put on your list. The effort led by Paul and Arlette is truly remarkable as they have put together something very special. Boats, cars, bikes, fireworks, logistics for trailers, motor coaches, docking, hotels, and the support of the local community. We had nothing but great help from law enforcement, local business owners and other event supporters. They even provided a police escort to bring the boat into the parking lot.

Another great event with great people!

I cant thank our Poker Run Hosts enough, TEAM MAXED OUT Michael and Niki Pierce, Nate and Robin Michel along with Heidi Esquivel, Jessica Lynn Sullivan and Peanut Butter! Thank you guys so much for supporting Powerboat Nation and helping us bring this event to those who couldn’t make the trip.