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Wake up your summer

The country’s “wettest and wildest” super sport will be “waking” up the South Shore of Lake Tahoe on Aug. 7. The Boardinghouse _ in conjunction with Hyperlite, the country’s leading manufacturer of wakeboards – and the Lake Tahoe Waterski School, will host the third annual Wake-Tahoe Open. The amateur competition is open to riders of all ages and abilities.

“Wakeboarding’s popularity has grown tremendously over the past few years and will continue to do so as riders from other boarding sports cross over,” said John Wagnon, Heavenly’s vice president of marketing. “Cross training is the latest trend in sport conditioning and wakeboarding is one of the best cross-training tools snowboarders have available to them. Heavenly and the Boardinghouse have always been, and will continue to be, leaders in both sports.”

Wakeboarding is a combination of “surfing” the wakes behind the boat, while being towed by the boat … similar to waterskiing. But like surfing and snowboarding, it uses a single, wider board. The sport has evolved into a high-flying combination of skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing all rolled into one of the hottest summer extreme sports. Riders take each trick one step closer to the edge, pushing their limits as they launch off the boat’s wake doing inverts, spins, and grabs from as high as 15 feet in the air at 20 mph. The Wake-Tahoe Open is sure to provide spectators and competitors with extreme action and thrilling spills.

“In just three years, the Wake-Tahoe Open has grown into one of Northern California’s and Northern Nevada’s most anticipated events, drawing spectators and competitors from around the state,” said Marcelle Linkous, Wake-Tahoe Open event organizer and Boardinghouse manager. “We’re seeing top competitors from around the region of all ages and abilities, not to mention hundreds of spectators, participating in the event because the Wake-Tahoe Open is the area’s top wakeboarding competition.”

The Wake-Tahoe Open will take place on Lake Baron at the Tahoe Paradise Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7. Factory reps and team riders will be on hand to answer questions and give special performances. Competition is open to all ages and ability levels. Preregistration is $25 at the Boardinghouse or $30 the day of the event. Competition prizes include a Heavenly Midweek Season Pass, a wakeboard, and thousands of dollars in other prizes including boat detailing and tune-up coupons, clothing, sunglasses and more. Spectator seating and viewing is free. For details, call the Boardinghouse, at (530) 542-5228.

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