Fifth Wake Tahoe Open includes performance by Lavish Green |

Fifth Wake Tahoe Open includes performance by Lavish Green

The Wake Tahoe Open almost closed after a rousing fourth year of acrobatics at Lake Baron.

The event lost is major sponsor after last year’s open when Heavenly Ski Resort decided the timing of the event wasn’t compatible with planning.

“Ninety-nine percent of the issue was timing,” said Brad Jones, vice president of rental and retail for American Ski Company. “We had an August date and with that date we built in plans, not only financially, but people-wise to handle that particular project.

“If anything, we look forward to redoing our sponsorship next year, but they need to meet us halfway on the dates.”

However, fifth-year race director Marcelle Linkous received enough pleas from the community that she couldn’t let Sunday’s fifth annual wakeboarding competition die.

“People kept calling me,” Linkous said. “All the people asking me to do it made me want to do it.”

Linkous’ devotion and sponsorships from Hyperlite, Lakeside Floors, Subliminal Clothing and Lake Tahoe Waterski School promise to make the Wake Tahoe Open a Kodak day for spectators and competitors.

“It’s such a grassroots event,” Linkous said. “Everyone comes out and has such a great time.”

And why not?

This year, Linkous has invited four bands, including Lavish Green, Bionic Gorilla Project, Original Sin and Pound to perform from noon to 6 p.m. Better yet, admission is free.

As for the competitors, they better register before Sunday if the want to get their boards in the water. Entry forms are available at the Pet Supermarket at the “Y,” or Linkous can fax you a form if you call her at (530) 318-0726. Anyone taking their chances by registering before the 8 a.m. Sunday start will be entered on a first-come, first-served basis until the 70-competitor allotment is reached.

“Next year will go to two days,” Linkous said. “There are so many people we can’t facilitate and usually have to turn away.”

Divisions include novice, intermediate, advanced, outlaw and women’s. Anyone sandbagging by entering a division lower than their ability will be bumped up to a higher class.

Entry fees are $35. Rules stipulate that dogs aren’t allowed in the park area. Overflow parking is available at Meyers Elementary School.

Lakeside Floors team riders Thomas Horrel, Jim Leatherman and Myles Zickers will perform during the competition’s down time.

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