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Wakeboard competion at the lake

Special to the Tribune

The fastest growing watersport in the country is coming to the South Shore of Lake Tahoe on Saturday. The Boardinghouse, in conjunction with Hyperlite, the country’s leading manufacturer of wakeboards, and the Lake Tahoe Waterski School, will host the first wakeboard competition at Tahoe – the Wake Tahoe Open.

“This is a first for Tahoe and we are extremely excited to help bring the newest sport of Speed Generation to the South Shore,” explained John Wagnon, Heavenly’s vice president of marketing and retail. “We are seeing similar growth in the sport of wakeboarding as we saw with snowboarding when it first hit the general population. Wakeboarding is the perfect crossover sport from snowboarding for summer fun and the Boardinghouse is a leader in both categories.”

Wakeboarding has its roots in both waterskiing and surfing. It is like waterskiing in that the rider is towed behind a ski boat. But like surfing, it uses a single board. The sport quickly evolved from a fledgling sport into a high-flying combination of skateboarding, snowboarding and trick waterskiing.

Riders take it to the extreme as they launch off the boat’s wake doing flips, spins and grabs before landing from as high as 15 feet in the air. The Wake Tahoe Open is sure to provide spectators and competitors with some high-flying action and thrilling spills.

The event will take place just off the shore at Reagan Beach on Tahoe’s South Shore from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Factory representatives and team riders will be on hand to answer questions and give special performances.

Competition is open to all ages and rider abilities. Entry fees are $20 with prior registration and $25 the day of the event. Spectator seating and viewing is free.


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