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Chaldeans in Michigan Quake on the Lake
By Sam Yousif :: Sunday, July 13, 2008 :: 10619 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA - In a few more days Chaldeans will be able to enjoy a unique, high-energy water sports festival for the Summer of 2008.  Chaldeans in southeast Michigan are eagerly looking forward to the APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races in Oakland County.  “My whole family is going to be there,” says Abraham Sandeha of Novi.  The 15 year old teenager has been on water skis since the age of nine says his mother.  The event will take place between White Lake and Waterford townships at the Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area. 

Chaldeans attending the event will be treated to high-speed excitement of professional hydroplane boat races, the 2008 event will also feature one of the premier international waterski and wakeboard competitions…the Malibu Open. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Malibu Open features the top slalom skiers, jumpers and wakeboarders in the world. The Malibu Open has traditionally been the event where major world records have been set in seven of the nine years.

Over the past 8 years, “Quake on the Lake” has gained a reputation as one of the premier summertime events in/around Oakland County, Michigan.  It has become a “must attend” national event for North American Inboard Hydroplane owners and drivers and since its inception; over 250,000 people have witnessed world-record racing performances from the top teams in the business.  In the last 8 years, there have been 15 American Power Boat Association (APBA) records set in 5 different racing classes on Pontiac Lake, making it one of the fastest one-mile race courses in the country.

The 9th Annual “Quake on the Lake” APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races featuring the 10th Annual “Malibu Open” will begin on July 18 and run until July 20.  The schedule is listed below:

Friday, July 18 (Cost is FREE)
7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Malibu Open Men's/Women's Slalom
Men's Jump Qualifying Rounds
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. APBA Inboard Hydroplane "Hot Lap" Challenge
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Women's Wakeboard Preliminaries
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Men's Wakeboard Preliminaries

Saturday, July 19
Admission - $8 / Children (5-12) - $4 / 4 and under- FREE
Special Weekend Pass - $15 / Special Children's Weekend Pass - $7

7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mens/Womens Slalom/Mens Jump Elimination
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races 
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. WWA Mens/Womens Wakeboard Final
Dusk Fireworks

Sunday, July 20
7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mens/Womens Slalom Finals / Mens Jump Finals Noon - 5 p.m. APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races 

Pit Passes $10
Witness all the "behind scenes" action firsthand.  See the inboard race boats close up and personally meet race teams.  Guests are reminded that they must have closed-toed shoes to access pits.

Discount coupons are available at: 
Local Budweiser retailers
Kowalski Kowality Markets
Suburban Ford of Waterford
T&C Federal Credit Union
Joe Lunghamer Chevrolet/Buick/GMC
Szott Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge
Skier’s Pier
Guido’s Premium Pizza (in Waterford and Independence Township)
REMINDER:

Guests are reminded:
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets
Absolutely NO alcohol allowed in
Coolers will be inspected

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