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Thursday, 30 July 2009 15:06

Texas Independent Auto Assn. Tube Float

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Braving several whitewater chutes and Comal River currents, members of the Texas Independent Automotive Association and their families floated together here today during the first annual Tubing in Texas trip.

“The river was cool and the weather was hot, perfect conditions for our group,” said Wayne Van Den Berghe, president of the TIAA Alamo Chapter. “Everyone seemed to enjoy tubing! My kids had a lot of fun, and it was a nice break for everyone from the day to day rigors of business.”

The group met in mid morning at Felger’s Tube Rentals where David Foran of Foran Consulting in Austin, Texas provided free water and koozies to the group. At noon the group bused to the edge of the Comal and within minutes was in the river floating toward the first whitewater chute.

Louie and Amy Sirianni of Sirianni Automotive in San Antonio were familiar with the river and kept everyone informed on what to expect around each turn.

“The river was flowing and everyone had a good time chilling out,” Louie said. “There were kids of all ages floating with us so it was a family trip. We did not talk about business; we talked a little about TIAA but mainly we just enjoyed the day.”

Foran, who brought his entire family, said his family was unanimous that the tubing was well worth the trip. “We all had a blast! What a great bunch of people, too,” he said.

Gary Pundt, TIAA state president, also invited kids from his church to come because it was a great event to get the youth involved in.

“We piggy backed on the Tubing in Texas event and I think all who came are looking forward to next year’s trip,” Pundt said. “With the heat we’re currently experiencing this was the perfect way of cooling off.”

The group left the river after spending several hours together and getting to know each other better. Several members didn’t get enough of the social networking, and went back to the starting point for another run.

Van Den Berghe added his appreciation for Louie and Amy’s willingness to organize the event. 

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