There’s nothing I love more than the tingly feeling you get whenyou open your eyes on a Saturday morning, way earlier than normal because you’ve got a surf comp to go to! Saturday, June 28th the INT League here in GA hosted a wonderful event on Lake Sidney Lanier. Here’s my version of the event!
The INT League of Georgia is a grassroots organization that’s been putting on waterski/wakeboard tournaments since 1993. Just within the last couple years they’ve started to expand into the world of wake surfing. Allatoona Adventure’s team riders were blessed enough to compete in that first tournament at the YMCA on Lake Allatoona in 2012. It took some patience to get everything right that day and now, 2 years later to the week, things went off without a hitch! That deserves a pat on the back to Mike Carnahan and his team! They put a lot of time and energy into making sure things went smoothly and that everyone had a great time! Awesome job, guys!
The event was packed with big-name national sponsors like Mastercraft, Malibu, Centurion, Tige, CWB Board Co., Obrien, and more! Local sponsors included SMG (Singleton Marine Group), Ambush Board Co., Pull Watersports (WE LOVE YOU JENNY!), Marine Max, and many others. We also had delicious nachos and tostadas from a local eatery, Mestizo Southwest Grill. Yum!
There were 3 boats running in rotation for all 7 divisions. In Round 1, the Wahine (Women’s Amateur) rode behind a gorgeous Ruby Red Tige Z3. The Wahine Veteran’s (Women’s Masters) rode behind the reliable Mineral Gray Malibu Wakesetter. That wake monster is owned and operated by our good friend and fellow wake surfer Mark Roche (pronounced Row-sha-shay). Mark was there repping NASA, North Atlanta Surf Academy and did a lil surfin’ himself. We appreciate all of your help with pulling competitors between your runs, Mark! You’re a trooper! For Round 2, we switched it up a bit and the Wahine Amateurs shredded behind the Mastercraft X10, but not just any X10. This boat had a sick “Woody” wrap on it that tried its best to make all the other boats jealous! It threw an awesome wave, probably my favorite of the day! The Veteran’s tore it up behind the Malibu, again, in round 2. The open Division rode behind the Malibu both rounds as well- Donna S. and I got to judge this division and let me say, “WOW!” they’re talented riders for sure!
Everyone from Allatoona Adventures went home with a medal! Way to go team! Donna S. took 1st in the Women’s Veterans Division. Jenny, from Pull Watersports, took 2nd and Sue B. took 3rd. Sue is new to the sport, mainly she lets her son, Jake, have the spotlight, but she got out there and rocked it! I took 2nd next to Robin B. in 1st and Kristina B. took 3rd. Gotta give Kristina a shout out because she surfed her hiney off with an injured foot! In the Open Division, the Wolfe sisters showcased their talents against some male riders and gave them a run for their money! Taylor placed 1st and Jordan placed 3rd!
WAIT! I have 3 more shout outs! I know WG is dedicated to all the ladies out there making a name for us in Wake Surfing…. Buutttt my Allatoona Adventure’s guys did awesome, too! Danny B. landed a backside 720 & took 1st in Men’s Veterans. No huge shock on his first place but boy are we proud! Also, Brandon W. landed his first 360 in a competition and took 2nd in Men’s Amateur. Leland Watkins placed 2nd in the Open Division and landed a nice 540 as well!
I can’t wait for the Ambush G-Series Event on Lake Arrowhead, July 12th! If you’re local and don’t make it to this event you’re missing out big time! I’m also looking forward to the Texas Ski Ranch Comp in New Braunfels, TX July 18th-19th! Don’t forget Nationals is at Callaway Gardens at the end of August again this year. Get to booking your flights and hotels before it’s too late!
Xo- Bonnie K.