It’s hard to believe the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run hosted by Blood River Landing in Springfield, La., is only 15 days away. The closer we get to the one-of-a-kind event, the more and more I want to be there. Unfortunately I’ve already committed to attending the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

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Shown running his 36-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran, Dirty Money, at the 2016 Tickfaw 200 Poker Run, Georgia's Beau Renfroe plans to show off his revamped boat at the event in May. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

I wasn’t happy about the decision by the Desert Storm organizers that left both events on the same weekend, but I couldn’t pass up the trip to Lake Havasu. Mainly because Desert Storm more than rivals Tickfaw in terms of stories to cover and it is pretty much a “hometown” event for us West Coast folks. It helps that I know the coverage for Tickfaw is in good hands thanks to Shoot 2 Thrill Pix’s Pete Boden, who is also the chief photographer for speedonthewater.com.

Either way, I’m still disappointed I won’t be able to see the unveiling of the “new” Windship, Georgia performance boater John Woodruff’s 48-foot MTI. Woodruff sent me a sneak peek photo and told me the new interior was done, but not installed yet since some exterior work was still being completed. Not only is Woodruff one of my favorite people to talk to in the performance boat community, he’s also one of the most genuine and generous person I’ve ever met. In fact, Team Windship is one of the event’s sponsors this year.

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