Tour Begins May 11 in Fayetteville, N.C.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March. 20, 2002
POLK CITY, Fla. – The American Wakeboard Association (AWA), the wakeboarding sport division of USA Water Ski, has announced plans for the first U.S. Cable Wakeboarding Tour, a series that will travel through four cities this summer and feature the nation's top cable wakeboarding athletes.
The tour will stop at the following cableways: Ski Rixen, in Deerfield Beach, Fla. (May 11); Smith Lake Water Park, in Fayetteville, N.C. (June 8); Orlando Watersports Complex, in Orlando, Fla. (Aug. 4); and Texas Ski Ranch, in New Braunfels, Texas (Sept. 14).
''The purpose in launching the tour is to build interest in the sport of cable wakeboarding in the United States,'' said David Cornwall, the series organizer. ''The first season will be pretty casual, but if we do well, [the event] will get bigger and better each and every year, that's my vision.''
The events will be open to participants of all age divisions, as well as Open Men and Women. Cash awards will be given at each tournament. In addition, an athlete's points will carry over to each tournament they participate in, and overall awards will be awarded at the end of the tour.
Cable wakeboarding is a hybrid of wakeboarding that uses a continuous loop cable system, typically on a man-made lake, creating an extreme sport-park environment similar to skateboarding parks. Although only a few of these cable parks exist in the United States, there are more than 80 cable parks in Europe, where cable wakeboarding tournaments attract as many as 20,000 spectators per event.
''The cable parks have been great breeding grounds for attracting new people to wakeboarding, '' said Steve Upp, director of marketing for USA Water Ski. ''Cable parks offer an inexpensive avenue for entry level newcomers to get started in wakeboarding because a boat is not required. We also have seen that it complements the growth of wakeboarding with a boat because as new riders progress in their skill levels, they want to purchase a boat.''
For more information contact:
(863) 324-4341, ext. 123
Scott Atkinson, ext. 122