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Making Waves: Behind the Wheel with Stephen Kildahl

My name is Stephen Kildahl and I race offshore power boats in the Super Boat International Circuit. Growing up, I watched my dad race and always knew I wanted to be a racer someday. I began racing in the junior division when I was 10-years-old and moved my way up the ranks. I joined the professional circuit when I was 16-years-old and fulfilled my dream of joining my dad inside the cockpit of an offshore race boat. I’m currently in my twelfth season on the circuit and I’ve accomplished multiple world and national titles as well as 22 career wins.

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The dream team!

Back in 2013 I was fortunate enough to become a part of #TeamChampion, it has been a great partnership. The support received from all the other racers really makes you feel like part of one big family. Champion also provides a great opportunity through #ChampionLive for racers to interact with fans on social media throughout their race weekend.

Prepping the boat before the race!

On June 2, 2018, I had the opportunity to participate in a #ChampionLive takeover at our race in Lake of the Ozarks, MO. This race has a very unique course compared to the bodies of water we normally run in. Since the lake is fresh water instead of salt water, we have to adjust to the elevation change compared to racing at sea level. Most of the day Friday was spent prepping the boat and going through safety and technical inspection for the race on Saturday. Once everything was complete, the pits were open allowing fans to walk around and meet with the teams and look at the boats up-close.

Great conditions after all at Lake of the Ozarks.

Saturday was Race Day, the weather was very windy and rainy in the morning, which had our team on edge. We wondered if we should pick a different propeller due to the choppy conditions on the lake. Luckily the storm passed and the conditions calmed down. We were scheduled to compete in the third race and drew starting lane three. As my dad and I completed the parade lap, we felt very confident about our setup and looked forward to the green flag. Once it dropped, we took the lead and never looked back. The conditions on the lake were as we predicted and the boat ran flawlessly. After completing our 10 laps (43 total miles), second place was 17 seconds behind us.

Another victory for Scott Free Racing!

This was our fourth consecutive win at Lake of the Ozarks, we’ve had a great record on the lake and look forward to returning. This was great start to our season and we hope to keep the momentum going for the rest of the 2018 season!

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Champion would like to congratulate our 2017 Search for A Champion Grand Prize Winners: On the Track Grand Prize Winner Blake Brown and Off the Track Grand Prize Winner Derek Fetter.





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