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Photo Essay: SCOPE San Diego Poker Run by Jimmy Biro

The SCOPE club descended on San Diego last weekend for its annual poker run (click image to enlarge). All photos courtesy/copyright Jimmy Biro/Speedonthewater.com

A frequent contributor to speedonthewater.com and Speed On The Water digital magazine, Southern California-based Jimmy Biro headed to San Diego last weekend for the 19th annual Southern California Offshore Performance Elite Poker Run. Of course, Biro took his camera gear with him and brought back several fine images from the SCOPE event, which included a day of boat rides and fundraising for veterans as part of the Operation Gratitude program.

Among the 20-plus go-fast V-bottoms and catamarans in the event was Mad Props, a Shockwave Boats 35-foot Magnitude owned by Scott and Lisa Shank; Ragamuffin, a triple outboard-engine-powered 32-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran owned by Thaddeus Findley; Plan of Attack, a 38-foot Fountain Powerboats V-bottom owned by Chris Grayson; Hot for Teacher, a Cigarette Racing 38′ Top Gun owned by Tom Whitam; and Bada Boom, a 37-foot Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats V-bottom owned by Steve Wallace.

For a look at last weekend’s SCOPE Poker Run in San Diego, check out the slideshow above.

Biro and his wife, Laura, brought their 29-foot LaveyCraft NuEra to participate in the run, but were sidelined with mechanical issues for much of the run. And they still enjoyed the event.

“It was another great weekend running with SCOPE,” Biro said. “As always everyone was friendly and made us feel welcome. Bill Steiner, the president of the club, said they raised upward of $20,000 for Operation Gratitude. As I recall everyone gave back their poker run winnings toward the charity.”

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Northern California’s Rick Bowling brought Gone Again, his 37-foot Talon catamaran, to the SCOPE event to give rides to veterans as part of the Operation Gratitude program. Photo courtesy/copyright Rick Bowling/Speedonthewater.com

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