THE see and be seen event in the boating industry! Named "One of the Top Five Poker Runs in the Nation" by Performance Boats Magazine, the 17th Annual Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout is a world-class collection of the most prestigious performance boats from across the nation! All performance boaters are invited to participate! The air will be buzzing with the racers' helicopter teams flying above the boats right above the water.
EVENT SCHEDULE & TIMES (OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC)
|11:30am-1:30pm||Meet & Greet||Pirate Cove Resort|
|12pm-9:30pm||Desert Storm Street Party||McCulloch Bl. (Downtown District from Capri Bl. to Acoma Bl.)|
|10am||Poker Run Channel Parade||Starting in Thompson Bay through Bridgewater Channel|
|10am||Power in the Park** Party||Rotary Community Park|
|10:45am-2:30pm||Poker Run card stations open||The Island to the Parker Dam and back|
|1pm-2:30pm||Drivers Aerial Photo Shoot||Near Havasu Landing|
|3:30-9:30pm||Power in the Park** Concert||Rotary Community Park|
|9am-2:30pm||Desert Storm Shootout||Site Six Launch Ramp to Spectator Point (approx. 2 mi.)|
|10am||Power in the Park** Beach Party continues||Rotary Community Park|
2015's King of the Desert Storm Shootout: 182 MPH -- by Win Farnsworth's boat "Low Altitude", a 50 ft Mystic C5000R, powered by twin 1850 hp T53 turbine motors. 2015 brought 177 boats registered, up 25% over 2014.
TUESDAY EVENT DETAILS
Informally kicks off the Desert Storm event with a meet and great luncheon at Pirate Cove Resort in Park Moab. You can drive, boat, or fly to this great venue and check out the new 2016 updates to the great resort.
THURSDAY EVENT DETAILS
Desert Storm Street Party: Located in Lake Havasu's Downtown District is ELECTRIC -- and last year's turnout was over 10,000 people! Many of the boats racing will be on display up and down the boulevard and will take your breath away with their massiveness. Whether you enjoy viewing extreme sport boats or just want to speculate on who will win this year, you do not want to miss out on the excitement of the Desert Storm Street Party.
FRIDAY EVENT DETAILS
Desert Storm "Parade of Power": Over 150 boats participated in last year's event and more are expected for 2016! Drivers will be displaying their boats on parade from Thompson Bay and through the Bridgewater Channel. The best views will be along London Bridge Beach and along the Bridgewater Channel. The event master of ceremonies will be announcing the participants and describing their incredible boats as they pass the park. Live radio broadcast of the event will be on Radio Central as well. Other viewing locations include The Nautical Beachfront Resort, The English Village, and Rotary Beach.
Desert Storm Poker Run: After the parade, the drivers will be taking off for the Poker Run, picking up cards at various card stops on the lake. Poker stops: #1 Havasu Springs (Wozencraft Insurance), #2 Steamboat Cove (TBD), #3 Chemehuevi Station (Pirate Cove promo boat), #4 Havasupai Station (Nordic Boats), #5 Thompson Bay (Swoop Motorsports). Card stops are open from 10:45am-2pm. A helicopter photo station will be up and running from 1-2:30pm near Havasu Landing. Card turn-in at 6pm in the Power in the Park VIP tent (wristbands will be required, VIP open only to Desert Storm participants).
Spectre Powerboats Desert Storm & Power in the Park Presented by Shugrues: Rotary Community Park, open 10am daily. The beach party will extend the Thursday Street Party as vendors and displays can/will move to Rotary Community Park. Boat displays, vendors, live music, beer garden, food vendors, Fly Board demos, Big O Burnout Contest (with cash purse), Havasu Hundred Hot Vehicle Show, Skyboard Rider show, two days of live action on the KJJJ/Flying X Stage, an outlaw Grand National Boat Race right off of the beach, an IJSBA Freestyle Exhibition, motorcycle jump and more! This event is free to all spectators thanks to Shugrue's presenting sponsorship!
SATURDAY EVENT DETAILS
Desert Storm Shootout: Drivers run a two-mile course starting near the Site Six Launch Ramp south along the California side of the lake. 30 different classes will be competing with over 67 runs, and the speeds are breathtaking! Best viewing for the Shootout will be on the surrounding bluffs on the Island near Site Six to Spectator Point.
All spectator events are free! Event dates, times and/or details are subject to change.