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See PTTOW they run

SCOPE hosts a unique group of business leaders.

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or the second year in a row, the boating

group SCOPE—short for the Southern California Offshore Powerboat Elite—hosted the exclusive, invite-only networking group known as PTTOW to a speedboat excursion off the coast of Long Beach, CA. Undoubtedly still buzzing from the trip last year, 32 members of PTTOW arrived for the opportunity to blast across the Pacific Ocean in some of the finest offshore boats the West Coast has to offer. PTTOW (it stands for Plan to Take on the World) invites the top CEOs, CMOs and other influential leaders from various industries to form a group designed to help “shape tomorrow’s culture.” Members include pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, music icons Quincy Jones and Will.i.am, Olympic gold medalist Shaun White and the Dalai Lama, to name a few of their notables. Some members that took part in the run this year included Randy Freer from the Fox Network, Derek Koenig from the Discovery Channel, Craig Brommers from Abercrombie & Fitch and Russell Wallach from Live Nation. SCOPE 2015 President “Junkyard Bill” Steiner organized the event, all in the name of charity. PTTOW’s own Fernando

Landeros donated $10,000 to the club for the offshore outing. But then SCOPE will again donate the entire amount to Operation Gratitude, an organization that assembles gifts and care packages for our troops deployed overseas. The captains for the day were Bill Steiner, Fred Inman Jr., Gary Smith, Tom Whitham, Jared and Eric Hardin, Sean Moore, Carl Goldsmith and Jeff Barrus, piloting boats that ranged from a 28' Nordic Heat to a 42' Outerlimits Legacy and everywhere in between. All owners volunteered their boats, fuel, time and skills for the worthy cause. The eight boats met up midday at the docks near Huntington Beach and then convoyed up to San Pedro to pick up the eager participants. The captains were all willing to provide the wildest rides possible for them and they were not disappointed. “This was way more intense than I thought it would be!” exclaimed one passenger. “We just went over 100 mph! I never knew boats could go that fast!” said another. The event was another success for both SCOPE and Operation Gratitude and there are already plans for another PTTOW run next year.

Story and Photos by Ray Lee

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