EVENT: 2015 Tige Wake Up Wakeboard Comp and Lifestyle Festival & Inaugural Pre Wake Up Wakesurf Demo
With some serious competitors registered for the all-day Wakeboard Competition on Saturday and tickets moving fast for the pre wake up demo opportunity to ride behind the best wakesurf boats and boards on the market Friday, the organizers of the 6th annual wake up are stoked to announce the now two day event’s schedule, sponsors and detailed offering.
New this year for The Saturday Wakeboard Competition and Festival, Tige boats and Petersen Marine have stepped up as title sponsor and exclusive tow boat for the all day event that will feature competitors from Grom (youth), beginner, intermediate, advanced, womens and outlaw division culminating in a double up or kicker (big trick) contest toward days end. Event organizer and presenter James Kleinshnitz of wakeutah.com stated, “The magnitude and diversity of the Wake Up event pushes beginner to regional pro riders to continually improve their riding so that they can compete at their highest abilities. I want my kids coming up in this sport, which is what propels us into our sixth year.”
Launching this year in advance of the Wakeboard competition is the Friday “Pre Wake UP Sunset Surf Session Demo Event” which not only features Tige boats from Petersen Marine but also brings BoardCo with their Centurion boat offerings, Marine Products with their Supra and Moomba lines, Croft Marine with Nautique, and Utah Watersports with MasterCraft. All these dealerships will have their full offering of pro shop wakesurf board brands to sample and rounding it off as a legacy sponsor Liquid Force will have their entire quiver of 2015 wakesurf boards to try out. All going down in an exclusive “no wake zone” where only participating boats can operate. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the active enthusiast looking for their next boat or board to get a session behind these elite tow boats and try several boards. The rising tide floats all the boats. That is why we tried to get all the boat brands and retailers involved in this. Our motivation in growing these events is building the family culture and community around it in the region.” Said Paul Avner, event organizer and principal partner at ClubRecUtah.com.
Along with those previously shared, legacy sponsors Triple S Polaris are back onboard this year offering demos and rides around the event on their Rzr’s and other offerings. As new additions to the presenting entities, Maryanne Ballard, Managing Partner at Rentals at Wolf Creek, A Valley Escapes Company added this. “As a local company in an area with many natural assets, participating in area events promotes the local economy and helps introduce our area to people who might not otherwise be reached creating community cohesiveness which hopefully will build year after year in order to help share the burden of putting on these types of events in the valley.” Wasatch Peaks Credit Union is also a new presenting sponsor this year as part of their ongoing mandate to support local businesses and enterprises. Maverik has also partnered in this year providing marketing support and a perfect fit as “adventures first stop”. Media partners this year include Standard Examiner and Alliance Wakeboard Magazine helping get the word out to wake sports enthusiasts and the general public alike.
Tony Duffy, Principal at All-Actionsports.com and new to the presenting organizer group had this to say. “ We were honored to be asked to get involved this year and our efforts to gain support and bring in more sponsors, vendors and partners was met with such enthusiasm, we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.” Rounding out this year’s sponsors and vendors are the U.S. Forrest Service supporting the event annually along with Fred’s Marine, Red Robin providing food and beverage, Epic Wake Sports: an enthusiasts outlet, SheShreds.co: apparel and gear for females in action sports, DiodeOptics.com: affordable, fashionable eyewear, JacketRackit.com, environmentally focused brands Goal Zero and Xhaxhi Shoes and last but not least Powder Mountain Resort.
Expect two days of music, food, fun and raffles on top of the wakesurf demo Friday (2p-8p) and fierce wakeboard competition Saturday (9a-5p). For more info and to register to participate Friday or compete on Saturday go to www.wakeutah.com or just come on out and watch all the action.