WARP speed boat racing makes a splash in Burley

Published: Aug. 5, 2017 at 11:53 PM MDT
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WARP speed boat racing is a sport that originated in Australia and New Zealand but has been making it's way to the United States. I attended the races in Burley, ID earlier today to see the muddy action myself.

The Burley track is currently hosting their third race of the year hoping to increase attendance to the events across the board, from spectators; as well as encourage thrill seekers to consider becoming racers themselves.

When the clock starts the only thing on in the minds of warp racers is going fast; and then going faster.

Steven Noriyuki’s father owns the track and assists with races by supervising track activities and helping in any way he can, but he just enjoys the atmosphere that goes into racing.

"We are having spring boat racing!” Noiyuki says, “it's racing in a ditch. I mean it's fun, high speed, with adrenaline."

The track is muddy and a good time. If the speed, water and hair pin turns don't excite you from inside the boat you can enjoy watching from the stands.

Venturing from Australia is the Whalan racing family. Sandi Whalan came to the United States to enjoy more warp racing but once she was near the track she had to become more involved, regardless of the distance from home.

“We came to race over here in the 2014 world championships, made an enormous amount of friends over here, the people are fantastic and so we came back.” Whalan said. “We thought we would spectate, then we thought we might borrow a boat and that was just too hard so then we bought a boat over here and then though, oh well why not so we will race. So yeah we are racing over here!"

Warp racing has no age restriction and is continuously growing in popularity.

Steven Noiyuki stressed the new comer aspect of this sport.

"There's only about 30 running boats in the United States. It's a relatively new sport here, it all started in New Zealand and Australia, down there it's very, very popular, but up here it's still growing.”

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