Challenger's Gekko GTR 22 Approved for Tournaments by AWSA & ABC

WASHINGTON, Mo., Feb 27 // -- Challenger Powerboats, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: CPWB) today announced its Gekko GTR 22 tow boat was one of only two boats approved for tournament use by both the American Water Skiing Association (AWSA) and by American Barefooting Club (ABC).

Challenger CEO Laurie Phillips stated, "We are extremely proud to announce that our Gekko was one of only two boats sanctioned by both AWSA and ABC. This honor is in keeping with our mission to provide the marketplace with best of breed products be it tow boats, high performance 'go fast' offshore racing, family sport or jet boats."

Members of AWSA's Towboat and Speed Control committees, technical experts, drivers and top water ski athletes conducted this year's evaluations for AWSA. In 1983, the AWSA established its first set of comprehensive technical evaluations of inboard and outboard water ski towboats. These procedures have been updated every year since then to take advantage of the most up-to-date technology available. To have a boat evaluated, a manufacturer must be a USA Water Ski Gold Corporate Member, and a member of the American Water Ski Educational Foundation (AWSEF) and Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA). Once a model successfully completes the evaluations, the manufacturer is encouraged to pull skiers at AWSA-sanctioned tournaments. By pulling a predetermined number of sanctioned tournaments at various levels of competition, a manufacturer's towboat model becomes eligible to participate in AWSA's regional and national championships.

About Challenger Powerboats, Inc.

Challenger Powerboats, Inc. designs and manufactures high performance 'go fast' offshore racing boats, family sport cruisers, jet boats and water ski tow boats under the brands 'Challenger Powerboats', 'Sugar Sand' and 'Gekko', which target the recreational boating market. Proven world-class technology is incorporated into the manufacturing of our award winning boats at the Company's 65,000 sq. ft. facility located on our 12 acre complex in Washington, Missouri and 80,000 sq. ft facility in Fargo, North Dakota. The Company's boats are sold through our dealer network in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Japan. In 2006, Gekko was selected as an official tow boat for the World Barefooting Championships, and the European Barefooting Championships in 2005.

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Source: Challenger Powerboats, Inc.

CONTACT: Michael Novielli, Chairman of Challenger Powerboats, Inc.,
+1-845-575-6770 ext. 202

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