It’s that time of year again, we are packing up and heading to Washington for the fourth annual NWWSA Open wakesurf contest. We’ve attend each of the four years now and it seems that each year this wakesurf contest gets better in terms of venue and organization. The first three years the venue was located on Lake Sammamish, which if you’ve been you know it is just a remarkably beautiful body of water. The first year the staging area was at Vasa Park, which seemed to be on the west side of the lake and somewhat sheltered. The other years was located, we think, at the Lake Sammamish State park on the far south end of the lake. This years event is located on Lake Tye. The event last year did have some issues with rollers from boats and wind. Washington is a beautiful state, all green and lush, but the weather there is not the best! It sounds like the organizers wanted to provide a better venue for the riders. As we understand it, Lake Tye is closed to other boat traffic, so the only thing that will come up is weather. We’re pretty sure that won’t be much of an issue this weekend, so we’re looking forward to an event with good water for everyone!
You may remember some of the pictures from last years event, if you double click on the picture, below you’ll be taken to the Flyboy Wakesurf webshots album where you can view several hundred pictures from the wakesurf contest.
We hope to bring you pictures and some details from the happenings, this year also. The NWWSA is generally supported by the good folks at Inland Surfer. Trying to remember back, we believe the intial years had boats that belonged to the folks at Inland Surfer, always various Enzo’s over the years. Last year there was a reverse rotation Enzo for the goofy riders, which always makes a nice clean wake on the darkside.
This years event is part of the Centurion Wakesurf Series, that also included Nationals and Wake The Desert. There appears to be a deviation in the standard scoring that was adopted by the CWSA, at least as reported in the NWWSA newsletter, so we’ll see how that impacts the final results. We here at Flyboy are hoping and wishing for the day when scoring will be consistent across all events as that will be the best thing for riders.
On a different topic, we wanted to share one picture from last years NWWSA open. The offical event photographer is Ken Stanek, you can see his watermark on the photo and we’re pretty sure he has a bunch of galleries from prior years events.
This year James has been invited to host one of the clinics, that is always fun for the pro level riders, to interact with folks that follow their riding and hopefully impart some of their knowledge. James certainly appreciates the opportunity to do a little surf style instruction.
So that’s the happenings for today and we’ll be traveling when you read this, so hopefully we’ll have some pictures and details shortly!
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