What do you get when you put an exciting young (24-year-old) racecar driver on a South Bay pontoon boat? We caught up with Bubba Wallace to find out.
Did you grow up boating in North Carolina?
No. The only time I ever went on a boat was when I visited my uncle in Mobile, Alabama. I remember riding his jet skis.
When did you start racing?
I started racing go-carts when I was nine. I just kept going and racing in every circuit as I got older and better, and now I’m with Richard Petty in the Cup Series.
How did you wind up with a pontoon boat?
South Bay is a partner of my racing team. I’d never had any desire to live by the water or own a boat, and then I went out on the lake [where I now live] and we found a rope swing in a cove where lots of boats raft up for the day. It was really cool.
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How does driving a ‘toon compare to your race car?
You go from 200 mph to 34 mph, so it’s a nice stress reliever. The first time I took it out, I cruised around all day at 20 mph and it was so relaxing.