Just a few clarifications
To my knowledge,the first race in Orange Beach, was the APBA worlds in 2003. And no one was there from OPA, Except some teams that ran APBA primarily and OPA.
OPA showed big SBI support in Deerfield Beach 2003, when the APBA worlds were moved to OB. I think we brought 12 boats down.
OPA also had a big presence in OB 2004, when SBI raced there, and had 2 races that year, in may and august, I believe.
Kurt Burger was running OPA those years. Smitty took the helm in 2005.
I also think many OPA teams will finish their season in Chattanooga, and others will try and race in KW.