Wow we’re sorry for the craziness with the site yesterday, wordpress blogs use a template called “themes” which tell the server how to display the sites. Well, the author updates them from time-to-time, but with the one we chose that update CRASHED our site. So we were able to get a generic theme installed and then roll back our site to prior to the theme update, but what a mess during the day yesterday! Sorry if you got caught in the middle of that!
Off to the great white north! James is in enroute to the Koocanusa Wakesurf Challenge in British Columbia on Lake Koocanusa!
James is meeting up with the Baker family in Spokane, including fellow FlyBoy Wakesurf Board team rider Brian Baker, and then they will be driving into British Columbia, Canada for the event. We’ve asked James to send pictures of his travels and well here is Spokane from what looks like 15,000 feet. Ummm, nice tract homes on the right and a river of some kind. We see at least one pool in somebody’s backyard. So big thanks to James for that wonderful picture of…well…someplace around Spokane!
The Koocanusa Wakesurf Challenge is being hosted by the Rocky Mountain Wakesurf Association. Caroline Villeneuve is the president of that organization and a staple at virtually all wakesurf events. Caro, as her friends call her, rides for Inland Surfer and Centurion boats. Speaking of Centurion this is another in the Centurion Wake Surf Series. The contest, like all major contests, is sanctioned by the Competitive Wake Surf Association, which insures uniform judging and rules and gives the riders a uniform basis to practice their runs and understand how they will be judged during their performance. Those rules and the criteria are published before the event series and also the CWSA invited competitor input before finalizing them.
There have been many wakesurf contests in other countries, ranging from France and Switzerland to Russia. This Koocanusa Wakesurf Contest is one of the first, if not the first in Canada, to our knowledge. The expansion of organized wakesurf events into neighboring countries is certainly good for the sport and the thriving organization, the CWSA.
We’ve always enjoyed traveling to areas of the country for events to meet up with folks that we’ve talked to before online or that have moved from our locale here in Northern California. The socialization that such events offers is unparralled. There are always new things to catch up on, family changes, equipment modifications or new plans. That sort of opportunity just doesn’t exist outside of this environment. Most of the movers and shakers within the industry try to make it to these events within the Centurion Wake Surf series, it’s a great place to talk design or tricks or just meet up with your favorite pro.
We’ll wish James Walker the best of luck and know he’ll ride his best, as usual!
Well we hope to have more from James Walker’s travels into British Columbia as he readies himself for the Koocanusa Wakesurf Challenge. Maybe a blurry picture from a moving car of some green stuff and white stuff! So stay tuned and thanks for following along!