Sarasota News Leader

10/26/2012

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WORLD CHAMPS AGAIN Steve and Kim Kildahl are in their Scott Free Racing Team garb as they show off their world cham- pionship trophy and checkered flag. Son Steven was attending school. Photo by Stan Zimmerman LOCAL FATHER AND SON TAKE ANOTHER POWERBOAT TITLE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Offshore powerboat racers Steve and Stephen Kildahl are adding another offshore power- boat racing world championship to their tro- phy mantel. This one came in Jupiter under the auspices of OPRA, the Offshore Power- boat Association. Steve and Stephen are father and son. Steve runs a boat maintenance and repair facility on Central Avenue; Stephen is a college student. The younger Kildahl has been racing since he was 16, with his license granted under an exception; under normal circumstances, he would not be able to get it until he turned 18. Because there are two sanctioning agencies, there are actually two world championships each year. The second is held by Super Boat International, the group behind Sarasota's annual July Fourth Grand Prix. The Kildahls came in third in that race this year, their sec- ond outing in a new boat. The two organizations run separate slates of races. The final race of the year – independent of how the results were up to then – is consid- ered the world championship. In a field of six on Oct. 21, the Racing Kildahls racked up an- other world championship. It is the fourth for Steve and the second for 21-year-old Stephen. Both men have been racing since they were kids.

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