‘Ruff Ryders’ roar onto SPI

first_img RelatedRide for Rotary cruises into townBy ALEXA RAY Special to the PRESS If you were in town this past Sunday, chances are you noticed the sea of brightly-colored bike riders that made their way steadily through Laguna Vista and Port Isabel, and then all at once across the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. The Rotary Club…October 19, 2018In “News”City recognizes motorcycle safety, policeBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] The City of Port Isabel recognized Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month and Police Officer Week during a regular meeting Tuesday, May 9. The City joined South Padre Island and Laguna Vista leaders in recognizing Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month by presenting a proclamation…May 12, 2017In “News”Raising the Ruff: Animal Rescue fundraiser a successBy WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the PRESS   The fifth annual Raise the Ruff fundraiser took place Saturday June 15 at Laguna Bobs. This popular fundraiser was held, as it has been in the past, to benefit the Friends of Animal Rescue Capital Campaign Fund. With a packed…June 28, 2019In “News” By PAMELA CODYSpecial to the PRESSResidents and visitors of South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Laguna Heights were treated to an impromptu motorcycle parade late Saturday, as a large contingent of a global motorcycle riding group, the Ruff Ryders, began its Memorial Day ride from the SPI Convention Center to the Mad Boar motorcycle shop in San Benito.The rumble and roar of hundreds of motorcycles with 515 registered participants in attendance drew attention as they made their way through South Padre Island, escorted by two motorcycle police officers and other official vehicles. The Ruff Ryders cruised across the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway and through the communities of Port Isabel and Laguna Heights, with traffic lights and intersections diverted to accommodate their safe passage. Townsfolk, tourists and fellow motorists waved and honked as the group made its way out to Highway 100 toward its destination.Organizers for this event included “Shrek,” the president of the Killeen, Texas Ruff Ryders chapter; “Lady Rock,” a police officer out of Chicago, and “Big Sip” from San Antonio. Lady Rock spoke about the group and their members, and described their organization and its focus. “We are a group of professional people – we have a lot of police officers and retired military in our group. We are community-based. Everything we do is about family, community, and kids.” They decided to come to South Padre Island for this year’s Memorial Day celebration, rather than the popular Atlantic Beach Bikefest, also known as Black Bike Week. (Black Bike Week is a yearly event that brings in thousands of African American motorcycle riders and clubs.)  Lady Rock continued, “We got tired of the craziness of Myrtle Beach, so we decided to come to South Padre Island. They really opened up their doors to us. Everyone has been so friendly, and the food is the bomb!” She specifically mentioned Chief Randy Smith and Assistant Chief Javier Garza of the SPI Police Department for assisting them during their visit.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img