We’ll be a little late in posting anything today as the interenet at the host hotel for the NWWSA Open is down. Yesterday, Thursday was mostly just a travel day and some free riding over at Lake Sammamish for James behind the new Centurion FX22 and the Inland Surfer Enzo’s. We also got a chance to run by the wakesurf contest current venue over at Lake Tye. Monroe is a beautiful community with many a sort of “hometown” feel. If you know Duffy Mahoney, who is know for such wakesurf boat innovations as the wave scrubber and his macking wake behind his Tige, his hometown IS Monroe Washington. Now the Lake Tye Venue is a smaller’ish lake. It looks to be man made or at least man-assisted. It’s around 40 acres or so, but configured in a long and narrow shape. It reminds us of the man made waterski lakes that are popular in Northern California, where a property owner will excavate a section of land to create a lake.
The area surrounding Lake Tye is a park, a swimming area with a beach at the far end and grassy areas on one side that will allow spectators a nice area to sit and watch. We are somewhat concerned about the depth of the lake. As most of you reading know, 12 foot is about the minimum depth for wakesurfing to generate a solid wake, but most of these man-made wakeboard lakes are only around 8 foot in depth. We have wakesurfed in shallow depths like that it’s just really hard and the wake wasn’t anything to write home about. Hopefully that won’t be a problem here, but we’ll give you a heads up, so please check back! Today is the first come, first served practice day behind the contest boats, we hope to get out there fairly early and take a spin!
So back to our travelog!
We flew out of Sacramento International’s new B terminal with the tram and everything just like at Orlando not too long ago, but only this tram is about 100 yards long. The new terminal has some interesting artwork, like this; the largest red rabbit we’ve ever seen, not that we’ve seen a bunch, but this one is big, huh?
We flew into Seattle at the Sea/Tac airport. Seattle is a HUGE metropolitan area, with just about anything you could possibly want to see and do. The downtown area has any number of tours and interesting things to see and do, like the bubblegum wall. What?! Ok, Ok, OK, there are other more refined things to see and do also.
Here is some of the skyline as we drove on our way to the venue area.
The whole state is just amazingly lush and green, especially if you are from the Golden state where things only grow for 6 weeks of the year
Here are a few pictures of Lake Tye, this years NWWSA venue. You can see it’s a park and just beautiful for staging the NWWSA Open wakesurf event.
And one of the new Centurion FX 22′s was over on Sammamish, also!
Thanks for following along and we’re sorry about the internet issue, hopefully we’ll be more timely tomorrow! Please check back for more happenings at the wakesurf contest, the NWWSA Open, from beautiful Monroe, WA!