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Inside SOTW Mag: Off the Deep End

From first-timers to veteran poker-run lovers who have attended every event, nobody—at least among the many folks we spoke to—left disappointed in the eighth annual Texas Outlaw Challenge in the welcoming waterfront communities of Clear Lake, Dickinson, Galveston, Kemah, Seabrook and more.

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That’s because the five-day event in June featured Texas-sized hospitality, incredible food, a record-breaking 200-plus-mph run in the Outlaw Shootout, a couple of memorable pool parties (well maybe not for some) and nightly social gatherings ranging from bikini contests and dock parties to live entertainment and car and boat displays at the Kemah Boardwalk.

“I’ve been to all eight of the runs and it seems to get bigger and better every year,” said AJ Phillip, the well-traveled performance boater from Waggaman, La., who has brought his 40-foot Skater No Plans to the last five Texas Outlaw Challenge runs. “I like everything about the event, it’s one of my favorites. The run is just long enough, there are some fun stops and I never feel rushed. It’s pretty relaxed. Plus you can’t beat Kenny Armstrong’s house—Kenny throws a great party.”

The primary organizer of the event, Paul Robinson is quick to point out that the Texas Outlaw Challenge has much more to offer than pool parties. That’s not to say he isn’t deeply grateful that his neighbor and good friend, Kenny Armstrong, the well-known owner of the 48-foot MTI Phantom catamaran, who opens his home and grandiose pool on Friday to hundreds of poker run participants, which allows the event to lay claim to what’s arguably the coolest party at any poker run, ever. Robinson is appreciative, but he also is grateful that HarborWalk makes its bar, restaurant and pool facilities available for the poker run on Saturday.

To enjoy the complete feature on the 2015 Texas Outlaw Challenge and more photos like the one above from Jay Nichols of Naples Image, download the May/June 2015 issue issue of Speed On The Water Digital Magazine at no charge by clicking here.