January 13th, 2012

On September 17, IcyWakes Surf Shop and SouthTown Riders present “Wake the Lake” 2011 at Vinnie’s Raw Bar on Lake Norman. Lake Norman’s premier annual wakeboard and wakeskate competition, is switching things up this year and going back to “for locals by locals.”

All monies collected through sponsorships and/or registration fees will go back into making this event successful. The competition will bring approximately 60 riders and over 1,500 spectators from all around NC and surrounding states to vie for trophies, prizes and cash. Riders practice the whole season just to be ready for Wake the Lake, but attracting some of the best local riders is only part of the reason for this tournament’s success. Add to the mix a great venue (Vinnie’s Raw Bar and Grill), committed riders, crowd participation, and an organized contest and you get the greatest annual wakeboard and wakeskate event ever! Be sure not to miss!

  • Where: Vinnie’s Raw Bar on LKN, Mooresville, NC
  • When: September 17th, 2011
  • 1 day competition
  • Spectators can watch the competition from land or water
  • Admission is Free for spectators
  • Rider Registration: $45
  • Pre-register atwww.icywakessurfshop.com andwww.southtownriders.com
  • All riders receive a free official “Wake the Lake” event tee with registration
  • Family Friendly
  • Giveaways
  • Riders of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to come out and compete, we are all about just having fun
  • 6 Competitive Divisions (Grom, Wakeskate, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Open)

Need Additional information?

IcyWakes Surf Shop / www.icywakessurfshop.com / 704-895-7873

Southtown Riders / www.southtownriders.com / 704-837-0950

And, for the uninitiated:

Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snow-boarding and surfing techniques. The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat, typically at speeds of 17-24 miles per hour, depending on the water conditions, board size, rider’s weight, type of tricks, and rider’s comfort speed.

Using edging techniques, the rider can move outside of the wake or cut rapidly in toward the wake. Jumps are performed by hitting the wake and launching into the air. This can also be done by hitting a kicker (a jump). There is also the slider (a rail bar) in which a rider approaches and rides along keeping his balance. Once a rider improves in the sport, he or she can progress to tricks high in the air. As the rope tightens, the rider gains speed and momentum toward the wake. When the rider goes airborne, the tightened rope launches him. While in the air the rider attempts to do tricks. Tricks vary from beginner to intermediate.

Wake-skating is a relatively new concept to the world of water sports. It is similar to both water skiing and wake boarding. One of the biggest differences is that wake skating boards have no bindings to hold feet to the board. People with experience wake boarding or water skiing may be able to adapt their skills to wake skating. Experienced wake skaters can perform many of the same tricks as skateboarders.