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Image of the Week: Sponson Surfing

Powerboat racing delivers some killer photo opps, sometimes even before the race begins. Take this Pete Boden image from The Lake Race a little more than a week ago on the Lake of the Ozarks. Boden was shooting from the pace boat on Sunday shortly before the green flag flew when he spied the FJ Propeller Stock-class 32-foot Doug Wright catamaran piloted by Gary Ballough and Nicholas Dorcich getting out of his photo platform’s wake.

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That low-speed moment when your catamaran wants to behave like a V-bottom—photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix(Click image to enlarge.)

“They got into the wake of the (pace) boat and at a certain the ride isn’t too good, “ said Boden. “They just wanted to get out of it, and I happened to snap a picture when he went over the wake.

“It’s kind of a ‘B’ shot—it’s not as crisp as I would have liked,” he added. “But sometimes when you’re shooting from a moving boat there’s not much you can do.”

Of course, we think Boden is being a bit hard on himself but professional photographers tend to be that way. Despite the minor blur in focus, his image caught one of those classic little moments that can happen in powerboat racing before the contest even begins.

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