After chatting with Skaterfest organizer Ron Szolack this morning, I’m more than a little jealous of everyone heading to the ninth annual event in Harrison Township, Mich. And I’m wishing I could be in two places at once. It’s going to be another all-out celebration of the brand by owners who are more than a little committed to it.
For these folks, owning a Skater Powerboats catamaran isn’t a passion. It’s a religion. They’re like a cult, only benign (mostly, at least).
Szolack, who will spend most of today helping his guests get their catamarans squared away at Metropark on the shores of Lake St. Clair, is expecting 50 boats and at least two times as many people for the weekend. He’s particularly stoked to be hosting several Skaterfest first-timers such as the Louisiana-based crew of Nate Michel, Michael Pierce and Dave Branton, plus the likes of Skaterfest veterans Todd Fountain, Greg Harris, Chris LaMorte, Chris Ryder, Steve Gordon, Vinnie Riffice and many more.
“All the usual gang will be here,” said Szolack. “But you never really know who will show up.”