Folks, this is 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 guaranteed to be a world-class collection of the most prestigious performance boats from across the nation! Running from the heart of Lake Havasu (starting at Site Six off of the island) to Spectator Point, top speeds upwards of 160+ MPH are not uncommon here. 2014's top speed -- a whopping 170 MPH by Gary Smith! 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.
Kicking off the event on Wednesday is the Annual "Krusin' for Kids" event. Under-privileged and special needs children and adults will be coming from all over the state to have their dreams come true, one 'Kruse' at a time. Volunteer participants will take guests out for a 'Kruse' around the lake, starting at the Nautical Beachfront Resort/Turtle Bar boat docks, and back again to the Nautical's pool area where they will enjoy a fun-filled day created just for them. 'Krusin' for Kids' is hosted by LakeRacer LLC, Teague Custom Marine, and New Horizons.
Wednesday night, LakeRacer LLC presents a silent and live auction at the Desert Storm Open House, hosted by Oregon Custom Marine (1515 Industrial Bl.) Beer and food provided. Proceeds from the auction will go to New Horizons to continue helping families in need. Come meet some of the best people in performance boating you could possibly meet!
The Thursday 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 Thursday night Desert Storm Street Party.
On Friday, see the boats in their full glory on the water at the Desert Storm "Parade of Power" & Poker Run. Over 150 boats participated in last year's event and more are expected for 2015! 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. 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 include Havasu Springs, Havasu Landing, Thompson Bay, Black Meadow Landing, and Crazy Horse Campground.
Saturday starts the famous and heart-rumbling Desert Storm Shootout, where 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.
NEW FOR 2015 - "POWER IN THE PARK" BEACH PARTY**
In years past, vendors set up at the Nautical Beachfront Resort for a few hours on Friday night. New this year, the event is going to enriched with a two-day "Power in the Park" Beach Party open to the public. Basically, the beach party will extend the Thursday Street Party as vendors and displays can/will move to the London Bridge Beach Park for both Friday and Saturday. A unique banquet will follow the shootout with awards and prizes being presented at the continuing Power Party. The London Bridge Park "Event Village" will feature several activities on Friday including Skyboard Rider shows and an afternoon concert (bands TBA).
EVENT SCHEDULE & TIMES
|9am||Driver Meeting||Nautical Beachfront Resort/Turtle Bar|
|10am-1pm||Krusin' for Kids Charity Rides||Nautical Beachfront Resort/Turtle Bar boat docks|
|1pm-4pm||Kids Pool Party & Lunch||Nautical Beachfront Resort pool "WET"|
|6:30-9:30pm||Open House & Welcome Party||Oregon Custom Marine (1515 Industrial Bl.)|
|9am-12pm||Desert Storm Street Party Setup||McCulloch Bl. (Downtown District from Capri Bl. to Acoma Bl.)|
|12pm-9:30pm||Desert Storm Street Party||McCulloch Bl. (Downtown District from Capri Bl. to Acoma Bl.)|
|5pm||Participant Registration & Check-in||Across from BJ's in Springberg-McAndrew Park|
|7am-8:30am||Poker Run registration/sign-in||Nautical Poker Run Village|
|8:30am-9am||Poker Run Captains meeting (mandatory)||Nautical Poker Run Village|
|9am-12pm||Poker Run Registration||Nautical Poker Run Village|
|10am||Poker Run Channel Parade||Starting in Thompson Bay through Bridgewater Channel|
|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|
|All Afternoon||Desert Storm Power in the Park Party **NEW (see ** below)||London Bridge Beach|
|4:30pm-9:30pm||Desert Storm Power in the Park Concert **NEW (see ** below)||London Bridge Beach|
|6pm-9pm||Poker Run Card Turn-In||London Bridge Beach @ VIP tent near stage|
|7am-8am||Final Shootout registration||Nautical Convention Center|
|8am||Drivers Meeting (mandatory)||Nautical Convention Center|
|8:30am||Tech Inspection||Site Six Docks|
|9am-2:30pm||Desert Storm Shootout||Site Six Launch Ramp to Spectator Point (approx. 2 mi.)|
|All Afternoon||Power in the Park Beach Party continues **NEW (see ** below)||London Bridge Beach|
|6:30pm-9:30pm||Desert Storm Awards Evening (participants only, wristbands required)||London Bridge Beach|
**Bridgewater Channel Beaches directly in front of London Bridge Beach will be closed to all boat parking except Desert Storm participants flying a green Desert Storm pennant during the Power in the Park Beach Party. The Bridgewater Channel walkway and beaches on the city side are open to the public. London Bridge Beach itself is open to the public (on land) as everyone is invited to the Power in the Park Beach Party; the only restriction is no boat parking in front of London Bridge Beach. Remember, it is illegal to swim across the channel.
Spectator boaters, please be extra careful if you're boating on the lake over the weekend as boat traffic will be unusually heavy - and fast. Personal watercraft drivers, if you plan on being on the water during the weekend's events, you are urged to peruse our Boating Safety section which provides specific laws pertaining to PWC's while on the water - Please don't jump wakes! Larger vessels have less control than smaller vessels.
Last year's donations raised $30,000 for the New Horizons Center! Event dates and times are subject to change. Please contact event coordinator to verify information.