Gates & Wakes to attract some big names |

Gates & Wakes to attract some big names

The fifth annual Nautique/Alpine Meadows Gates & Wakes Fun Day and Pro Challenge, a unique California-style event held on the slopes and in the water on the same day, returns to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on Lake Tahoe.

Competitors may be surprised to see professional waterskiers and snow skiers Helena Kjellander, Daron Rahlves, Bruce Neville, Tamara McKinney, Janie Fausold and Glen Plake participate. But not to worry, these ringers and others will compete against each other in the Pro Challenge, which kicks off Friday, May 11.

Everyone is welcome to come and watch the best of the best go head-to- head.

The Gates & Wakes Fun Day was created by West Coast Correct Craft’s vice president, Bob Bense.

“What a great day – to be on both the slopes and the water within the same timeframe, especially when it’s 90 degrees in the valley, and most people have completely forgotten about snow skiing at Tahoe,” Bense said.

The contest has three combinations from which competitors may choose: Snow ski/Waterski Division, Snow ski/Wakeboard or Snowboard/Wakeboard Division.

New this year is the Disabled Challenge and Youth Division.

These competitions will begin the morning of May 12 at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, with snow skiers and snowboarders competing in the giant slalom format. The top three finishers in each division will win a variety of prizes supplied by event sponsors.

“Who gets a chance to snow ski and waterski in the same day,” said Scott Longoria, one of last year’s top Snow ski/Waterski Division finishers. “It was great to see some of the world’s best skiers to head-to-head in the event.”

The entry fee is $52 for adults and $42 for children 12 and under and includes lift tickets, lunch and boat tows. Event proceeds are donated to the Geoff Carrington Rehabilitation Fund and the Disabled Sports Association.

For details regarding the Gates & Wakes Fun Day and Pro Challenge, contact Bob Bense at (916) 985-4343.

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