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Super Boat National Championship draws thousands

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Thousands of spectators descended on Clearwater Beach for the annual Brighthouse Clearwater Super Boat National Championship. 35 super fast boats competed in two separate races. Organizers say 65,000 fans came out for last year's event, and they expect a larger turnout this year. "It looks like it's larger this year than last year." Said co-founder and Brighthouse executive Brian Aungst. "Last year the coast guard said we had 55 hundred boats with about 55-thousand people on them so we expect more with the beach and obviously out there. "

Aungst says this is a huge boost for the local economy. He says, traditionally, this is a sluggish time of year for Clearwater Beach. "We're putting the heads in beds as we call it." Said Aungst. "We're putting a lot of people in our resorts, and our restaurants, and they're given an excuse to enjoy beautiful clearwater beach and all the amenities that we have here. "

Local celebrity Hulk Hogan was the grand marshal for this year's race. "It's really cool to be out here and see all the families, see all the tourists come and get a dose of what we have every single day out here," Said Hogan. "So it's great for the economy, it's great family fun and the super boat races are really cool. The beaches are packed. "

Russ Clawson is one of many who witnessed the races for the first time. I want to see some fast boats. Said Clawson. "I want to see some big rooster tails of the back of them boats. "

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