Image of the Week: Dr. Gabe’s Wild Ride

Dr. Gabe Jasper, a spinal surgeon and pain management specialist from New Jersey, is not particularly tall. On a good day, he tops out around 5’10”. So why is he towering above of the rest of the people in this photo of Speed Racer, a 44’ Marine Technology, Inc., which was taken by Jay Nichols during the 2012 Miami Boat Show/Islamorada Poker run in February?

Just two months after this photo was taken, Dr. Gabe Jasper—standing tall in the cockpit—got a catamaran of his own. Photo copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image.Just two months after this photo was taken, Dr. Gabe Jasper—standing tall in the cockpit—got a catamaran of his own. Photo copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image.

“I’ve always owned V-bottoms,” Jasper told the boat’s owner Bob Christie, his wife, Madeline, Joe Nasso and I—the crew of Speed Racer for the run—when we reached our lunch stop at Gilbert’s in Key Largo. “I’m used to standing up. I can’t see ahead as much when I’m sitting down. I don’t like it as much.”

No doubt he’ll learn to, as Jasper is the owner of the new Frisini Motorsports SCX 43 catamaran (Read the complete story)—dubbed Pain Killer—from Frisini Motorsports. But in the event he doesn’t, he can always go back to his current ride Outerlimits V-bottom.

Image of the Week: DCB Cats Take Topock Gorge

With this image from ace photographer Jay Nichols of Naples Image, we kick off our new Photo of the Week feature on speedonthewater.com. Each week, we’ll present one remarkable image from Nichols and other outstanding photographers.

The picture was taken by Nichols on Lake Havasu at the southern end of Topock Gorge during the annual Desert Storm event in late April. Nichols captured the two Dave’s Custom Boats catamarans (one can be seen in the distant background of the image) returning from the Manufacturers’ Poker Run to Pirate Cove Resort early in the week.

Jay Nichols captured two DCB catamarans exiting Topock Gorge during the Desert Storm Manufacturers' Poker RunJay Nichols captured two DCB catamarans exiting Topock Gorge during the Desert Storm Manufacturers' Poker Run

For Nichols, who lives and does most of his work in South Florida but spent the week shooting the events in and around Desert Storm for the popular website River Dave’s Place, it was yet another spectacular day on the Colorado River-fed waterway in Arizona.

“Any time I can get backdrops like that, I’m happy,” said Nichols, who took the photograph from a stationary boat on the river. “With boats like the DCBs as the subject and that backdrop, it’s kind of like a one-two punch. You can plan it as a ‘shot,’ and that’s what we did as we waited for the boats to come out of the gorge, but you can’t predict it. The combination turned out to be amazing.”