Action Ride Co. made sure to reserve Two Cow Cove for our event which is secluded from the rest of the lake so we didn’t get any interruptions from other boats during the contest. The day started in the morning with the juniors up first. It is so amazing seeing these young kids get out there and compete. We moved on to the rest of the divisions and it all ran very smoothly.
It was a scorching 105 degrees in Two Cow Cove on Lake Pleasant! Action Ride Co. provided tents for shade along with chairs and lots of water and food. The wind did start to pick up in the afternoon but did not discourage anyone! Action Ride Co. also provided a water mat for everyone to play on in the water which was a huge hit! If you haven’t seen one of those, they are floating mats that you can anchor or tie to a dock. It doesn’t sink and is great for kids and adults!
Some participants stuck around for the duration of the day cheering and supporting every rider while others took advantage of the nice weather and got some extra riding in.
The main thing I love most about the wake surfing community is the willingness of everyone who attends the event to help out. From volunteering to judge and scribe, to the boat driver, to the pontoon driver shuttling people to and from the marina to the cove where the event was held, to emceeing, to organizing riders, to jet ski drivers, everyone (too many to name) is always so willing to lend a hand without complaint and that is really something to be grateful for.
The day ended a little bit later than planned and we all met back at the Marina for the podium announcements. Our favorite emcee, Sean Cummings (aka DollaDollaBill), did a phenomenal job announcing. He adds personal stories to every announced rider and really helps make the ceremony a memorable one. The podium prizes were sponsored by Action Ride Co., Soulcraft Boarding, Triple X, Von Zipper, Liquid Force and others as well. Podium winners walked away with boards, sunglasses, board socks, ropes and other cool prices, along with big checks for the Pros! The plaques were the shape of the state of Arizona and were personalized with division and placement.
It was awesome meeting new riders and their families and reuniting with wake surf friends. Everyone involved is passionate about the sport and it is amazing to see this passion during events.
Entering a competition is something to be proud of. It takes a lot of courage to perform your best tricks under pressure and every competitor should be proud of themselves for signing up and participating. There are times when your runs don’t go as planned but all you can do is keep trying. For anyone who wasn’t up on the podium or who didn’t get the placement they were hoping for, I truly hope you do not give up. There are many competitions with more opportunity to showcase your awesome skills!
I am grateful to have received 1st place in my division which is Amateur Women’s Skim. This was my first competition this year and am excited to attend more! The next one I will be at will be the West Coast Open at Camp Far West. Can’t wait!
(**This write up is my opinion of the event and is not influenced in any way.)