For the very first time in U.S. history, inflatable boats have officially raced offshore at the Point Pleasant Beach Grand Prix.
Although small in comparison to Miss Geico, the speedy inflatables lead the start of the race, taking off right at noon.
Thousands of spectators lined the shore and filled the boardwalk restaurants and bars to see the powerboats race the Grand Prix. With 7 classes all in two races, the ocean was full of revving engines and excitement!
Roy Ball — a South African inflatables champion — lead the first Northeast Thundercat inflatable across the finish line with co-pilot Maria Murphy. In second finished driver Bob Mountain with his son Robert as co-pilot. And due to unfortunate engine trouble, driver Deon Victor with co-pilot Arryan Murphy didn’t quite finish but we’re proud and thrilled to run the first race offshore!