Wakeboard competition at Tahoe
Several local sponsors joined a number of local and visiting wakeboarders Saturday at Baron Lake for a competition to leave all others in its wake.
The third annual Wake-Tahoe Open drew hordes of boardriders to Baron Lake’s surface – and above – for high-flying wakeboard action. Competitors from age 5 to 60 seized the opportunity from event sponsors like The Baordinghouse, the Lake Tahoe Waterski School, Hyperlite and Heavenly to push their tricks to the maximum during the day-long competition.
“It was great,” said event organizer and Boardinghouse manager Marcelle Linkous. “It was an excellent turnout. Definitely, we had a lot of local people, people from the Sacramento area, all ability levels, all ages.”
Mike Coprthorne took top honors in the outlaw professional class, edging second-place Justin Evans and third-place Ryan Fraser. In the advanced class, Casey Adams needed every point he earned to edge second-place Jason Tarr, 22-21.5. Danny Denton was third with 19 points.
In the novice class, Danny Tobin took first place with 85 points, to finish ahead of Tom Goldenburg and Anthony Demetre, who had 70 and 60 points, respectively. Pat Plaskett scored a victory for local boarders, finishing on top of the 26-rider intermediate division, ahead of Ryan Zebo and John Paul Maggee.
“There was a lot of competition,” said Plaskett, who works at the Boardinghouse. “It was fun.”
Plaskett took advantage of the expression session format – where riders demonstrate their smoothest, most fluid runs in front of the judges – to just go out and ride. Apparently, it made a positive impression as he won his first competition by three and a half points.
“I just got a chance to go ride in it, so I just went out there – didn’t have a game plan, just kind of rode,” Plaskett said.
While it was Plaskett’s first win, this year’s Wake-Tahoe Open will not mark his last competition.
“I’ll ride in next year’s, just because we put it on at the shop,” Plaskett said. “I’ll be out there anyway.”
Indeed, the future looks secure for boardriders who want to fly into the end of the summer.
“Now that we have the Lake Baron site, it’s the perfect venue,” Linkous said.
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