Thunder On Cocoa Beach

2019 APBA Offshore Championship Begins With Thunder On Cocoa Beach

The 2019 APBA Offshore Championship kicks off with the 10th Annual Thunder On Cocoa Beach (May 16-19). Two leading race sanctioning organizations, Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) and Powerboat P1, have formed a partnership as joint promoters to deliver outstanding sporting action and entertainment at six race venues.

Powerboat P1 CEO, Azam Rangoonwala, indicated the aim of the new partnership is to strengthen the future of offshore racing in the United States by uniting the race teams in a way that has been missed for a long time to deliver an expanded, cohesive, world class race series split equally between northern and southern states. “We want to stage events that excite and entertain, ensuring enjoyment for spectators and TV audiences with sponsor value and a real economic impact for the host venues”, stated Rangoonwala.

Tourist Development Council Chairman, Tim Deratany, shared his enthusiasm stating “Race teams come from all over the world to compete. Both visitors and residents love to watch the Parade of Boats come down A1A, attend the high octane kick-off parties, and seize the opportunity to see the powerboats up close.” All the race teams will be on display at Race Village located on Flounder Drive and festivities leading up to race day include a Kick- off-Party, Downtown Block Party, VIP “Meet The Racers” event, a “Race The Racers” remote control race at Tower Pond, and much more. Travis Pastrana, one of the world’s most influential extreme sports athletes, is planning to drive a 40′ Fountain race boat at the upcoming offshore competition in Cocoa Beach.


In 2017 it was estimated that the race brought in nearly $2 Million to the Space Coast with an attendance of 100,000. Newly appointed Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism, Peter Cranis, added “We are so excited to welcome back the Super Boat Grand Prix, known as Thunder on Cocoa Beach. This year they are stepping up their game in hopes to grow the event even more with national televised coverage on CBS Sports Network. This spells good news for the economy and great exposure for the Space Coast.”

The official charity partner for Thunder on Cocoa Beach is “Freedom Fighter” who will receive a portion of all VIP ticket and merchandise sales. This partnership is led by Jenny Pruett, a local business owner & wife of racer and Director Kevin Pruett. The Freedom Fighter organization supports activities that focus on abolishment of human trafficking locally and throughout the world. “We certainly have heard a lot in the news lately on human traffick- ing and Central Florida is a big area for it. We wanted a charity partner that was going to make an impact locally and also one that would provide volunteer support for the event,”said Race Chairman Kerry Bartlett.

All the racing action takes place on Sunday, May 19. Best spectator viewing areas include Minuteman Causeway, Lori Wilson Park, and Cocoa Beach Pier. To purchase a VIP race viewing ticket or more information about the Space Coast Grand Prix visit:

2019 APBA Offshore Championship Race Calendar

May 17-19 Cocoa Beach, FL

May 31-June 2 Lake of the Ozarks, MO

July 5-7 Sarasota, FL July 26-28 St. Clair, MI

August 2-4 Michigan City, IN

Oct. 10-12 Fort Myers Beach, FL


While you are watching the race, it’s nice to be able to tell who’s winning the race. Sometimes that can be difficult as several classes of boats race at the same time. They may not be racing against each other, yet they may appear to be if you’re not paying attention. Each class runs ONLY against the ones running within their class.

Scoring: Each turn of the race or race buoy has a “Turn Boat” with Race Officials on board keeping track of the racers and their performance, as well as on the Start/Finish boat. As each race boat passes a “Turn Boat” and “Start/Finish” boat, the official marks their sheets according to the rules. When the event is done all times, speeds and distances traveled are calculated to determine the winner.


An official start time begins when the bow of the boat crosses the start line.

The boat is then scored by completed laps/ distance.

A completed lap is when a boat crosses the start line, and continues around the marks of the course and back to the finish line. The start and finish line are at the same point on the course. When the green flag drops the race begins, but the first completed lap is scored when the boat passes the start/finish and then comes around again to complete the lap.

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