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Gallery Of The Week: Crashing Cocoa Beach

Complete coverage of today’s American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla., will go live tomorrow morning on speedonthewater.com, but we couldn’t resist providing a quick a look at some of the rougher racing action. Specifically, that means the rollover of the Shadow Pirate/Your Storage Units Doug Wright raceboat in the Super Stock-class contest.

Today’s crash left the Shadow Pirate/Your Storage Units raceboat with windshield damage and more. Photo by Cole McGowan copyright speedonthewater.com

Team owner/throttleman Nick Scafidi and driver Brad Wade were running hot in the 32-footer when it appeared to launch off a solid wave, land at the wrong angle and roll. The crash was violent, but neither Scafidi nor Wade was seriously injured in the solo-boat wreck.

“We’re not sure yet what happened,” said Wade. “I’m just a little beat up”

On assignment for speedonthewater.com to cover the event, Cole McGowan watched the accident happen in real time.

The Shadow Pirate/Your Storage Units team is off to a rough start in the 2021 season, but neither its driver nor copilot sustained serious injuries in the crash.

“They were running hard and loose,” he said. “But that wave had their name on it, too.”

Team Allen Lawncare and Landscaping went on to take the checkered flag in the Super Stock rank. That story, plus all the other drama from Thunder On Cocoa Beach 2021, is coming tomorrow.

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