Allendale, Mich. (May 12, 2009) – Water Skiing and Wakeboarding will unite, under a new professional tournament format, at the inaugural Global Invitational taking place at Placid Waters in Allendale, Mich. on Saturday, June 27, 2009.
Professional water skiers, jumpers from across the country, along with the best regional wake boarders will take to the water to qualify for a chance to win nearly $30,000 in prize money.
The first-year event happens at Placid Waters (www.placidwaters.com), Michigan's only site with three competition lakes lined up adjacent to one another. Each of the contestants that move on from the qualifying rounds will compete on the center “Global Championship” lake in front of the crowd as we narrow the field to the final round and crown the winners.
“We are extremely excited to bring the best of the best water skiers from around the world and wake boarders in the Midwest to West Michigan for the inaugural Global Invitational,” said Mike Broadwell, Event Organizer. “Spectators will see the world's best participants of their sport and the non-stop action will certainly not disappoint. We hope to see great crowds to cheer these fantastic athletes on to victory.”
Event goers will be also be able to demo new skis on Radar Lake, walk over to Global Championship Lake to see the pros, and head over to Ronix Lake to see how their friends are doing at the regional wakeboard competition.
“Global Marine Insurance is proud to be the title sponsor of the Global Invitational,” said Jim Stanley, Global Marine Insurance Marketing Manager. “The best athletes from around the world, slalom skiers like Chris Rossi and Marcus Brown the former US Open Champion, along with current jump world record hold Freddy Krueger are calling West Michigan home on June 27th. Fans won't want to miss it.”
“I'm thrilled to have this incredible event in west Michigan for the first time,” Jerry Brouwer, Action Water Sports owner and event creator said. “It's a festival event that everyone will want to see, and it's going to be great to see the best skiers like Will Asher who is currently ranked #1 in the world in Men's Slalom go up against guys like Chris Parrish the current world record holder right here in our back yard.”
Tentative Event Schedule: • All Day – Demo Rides all day on Radar Lake
• 8 a.m. – Gates open & qualifying starts for all three events. Qualifying Slalom and Jump will run on the Global Championship Lake, and Wakeboard on the Ronix Lake
• 3 p.m. – Final rounds begin on Global Championship Lake
• 4:30 p.m. – Mens Slalom Head to Head
• 6:30 p.m. – Wakeboard Final
• 7:15 p.m. – Jump Finals
To see the entire schedule of events, please visit, globalinvitational.com.
Tickets are only $10 tickets at the gate – $6 discount tickets are now available at Action Water Sports three locations in Hudsonville, Fenton and Traverse City. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $25, which includes prime seating along with food & drink. For more information, please call, 616- 896-3100 or visit, actionwater.com.
Global Marine Insurance is the title sponsor of the Global Invitational. Other event sponsors include: Action Water Sports, Peppinos Pizza, MasterCraft Boats, Radar Skis, Ronix Wakeboards, Connelly Skis,HO Skis, Zero Off, Sleep Inn, D3 Skis, Brian Nylan and US Foodservice.