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New Speed On The Water Video: In The Lead With Steve Curtis

There has never been an offshore powerboat racing throttleman like Steve Curtis—and there never will be. The son of famed United Kingdom-based Cougar Powerboats founder Clive Curtis and the current throttleman for the Class 1 Huski Ice Spritz team, Curtis claimed his first Class 1 world championship in Key West, Fla., when he was just 21 years old. That made him the youngest racer to ever accomplish the feat, a record that stands today.

In the latest episode of the popular In The Lead video series produced by Speed On The Water and Scrapyard Media and now in its third season, the spotlight shines on renowned offshore racer Steve Curtis (right), captured here with Huski Ice Spritz driver Travis Pastrana. Photos by David Lando copyright WFO Productions.

Curtis would go on to earn 20-plus world titles, the most recent of which was that of the 2022 Class 1 World Championship Series with driver/motorsports legend Travis Pastrana and the Huski team. In 2014, Curtis tried his hand at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri and—alongside Sheik Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani—made a 244-mph pass on the mile-long course—a record unlikely to ever be approached, much less be broken.

The tip of the spear since the Powerboat P1-driven Class 1 resurgence began, Curtis brings endless charisma and positivity to his role as a leader in the sport. But the 59-year-old has faced and overcome his share of challenges and even tragedy along his way to becoming offshore racing’s GOAT in a career spanning 35-plus years.

This is his story. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. It’s time to watch In The Lead with Steve Curtis.

Steve Curtis in no stranger to Class 1 podium celebrations.

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