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Thunder on the Gulf, Orange Beach, AlabamaWith only a few days left until the kick off of to this year’s Thunder on the Gulf powerboat races, the excitement has already started to build up around the area.

What started as the brainchild of Live Bait owner, Gary Nichols, the inaugural Thunder on the Gulf powerboat race was held in late August of 2003, only months after he and some friends had founded the Gulf Coast Powerboat Association.

With a turnout described as, “The second largest gathering of people in the state,” according to then Governor Fob James, the board of the GCPA was quickly contacted to have a World Championship race, in November of 2003.

The extremely strong beginnings of Thunder on the Gulf are perhaps the reason for its longevity and its cultural significance to the area. The 32 miles of sandy coastline located within [Read more...]