Our good friend and Team Rider – Quinn Silvernale posted this gem of a instagram post recently and it really got us going. See the System 2.0 is at the forward movement in progressive wake right now. The System 2.0 is somewhat inexpensive and can be set up literally anywhere you choose. After seeing this video it will have you saying “Checkout this System 2.OH MY GOD DID YOU SEE THIS”. The multi pool and gaps in this video show that something big….really big is about to go down this year!
The 1st annual Pass the Handle — Discover Water Sports Day will take place at a lake near you on July 26, 2014. This is an incredible awareness-driven concept drawn up by legendary wakeboarders Shaun Murray and Zane Schwenk, encompassing any towed-water-sport enthusiast to get out on the water and extend their passionate arm to people in need of an awesome activity.
The concept is simple: Find a buddy or buddies who don’t already take advantage of the amazing sports included under the towed-water-sports umbrella, and get them on the water. Take them out, teach them how to ride, and introduce them to the same fun lifestyle of being on the water that we enjoy. Our goal is to truly engage those already involved to “share the stoke” and teach as many people as they can to ride.
Remember the ol’ Sfumato days when wakeskating was predominately done behind a boat? With the development of wakeskating and the increasing overall technicality of tricks being thrown everyday, it’s obvious why riders are choosing to take a different approach to riding. And, of course, we having to drain your pockets to pay for filling up your boat is another obvious reason. But, is riding behind a boat becoming a thing of the past for new, up-and-coming wakeskaters?
I do not necessarily think so, however, the influences of wakeskating are definitely taking more of a turn towards winch, cable, and PWC; and have ben doing so for quite some time. Who can deny it, though? You can learn so much behind the ski, and at a faster pace; you can hit spots that are considered unthinkable with a winch; and cables are popping up all over the place. Getting out there behind the boat, unfortunately, seems as though it may become a lost art.
This month’s Grassroots post features three different generations of riders from ages six to 47. We had some rad photos come in through Instagram, Facebook, and email. Here are some of our favorites. Thanks to everyone who submitted, may the force be with you.
“CWB board on my birthday, with my grandson, 47yrs. and 6yrs, gettin it done!!” – Jeff Scott via Facebook
Wakeboarding has become a staple in lakes and rivers across the nation. Local tournaments, festivals, and other events create communities of riders that unite solely for the love of the sport. Without the individuals who create and orchestrate local events, these communities of riders would struggle to exist. Because of people like Maurice Daquin of Lousiana, grassroots wakeboarding will always have a pulse.
In 2006, Maurice founded the Louisiana Tech Wake Team. Since then, he has been its acting president, put a Sesitec System 2.0 on campus, helped Louisiana Tech host their first wake tournament, and facilitated the genesis of the Louisiana Collegiate Wake Tour.
“I continue to put my best efforts towards my passion and the possibility to make a better tomorrow for the collegiate wake scene” Daquin explains. “To keep the collegiate wake experience alive is why I work so hard to do what I do!”