Wake for Warriors is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Marine Corps veteran Dave Deep. After serving four deployments abroad, Dave experienced first hand what our brave men and women in uniform were dealing with and decided he was going to do something to help them. Dave is passionate about wakeboarding and wakesurfing and wanted to channel his love of watersports into a positive, healing experience for his fellow service members.
“Wake for Warriors is all about helping to alleviate those physical and emotional wounds that effect military members and their families,” reflects Deep. “Through wakeboarding and wakesurfing, we help service men and women make connections with other veterans and help heal through a weekend on the water.”
What a weekend it was. The weather was perfect, the company was captivating, and the riding was inspirational.
“I can’t believe how much these vets rip,” said Lee Elliott of BuyWake.com. “Watching them ride has been truly rewarding. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be out here and support Wake for Warriors and to see them shred.”
Each day featured two 4-hour wake sessions, three home cooked meals, and a night cap with live entertainment. The BuyWake.com crew even brought the Warriors to the see the Pro Wake Tour.
“The most important thing to me is creating an environment where we can all get together and build relationships,” adds Wake for Warriors founder David Deep. “If we can make those connections and carry those relationships beyond the 3-day event, I have accomplished my goal.”
Wake for Warriors is supported by a select group of sponsors including Nautique Boats and Hyperlite. In addition, WFW is funded largely by individual donations and personal contributions from Dave himself. To see a complete list of Wake for Warriors sponsors, click here. To make a donation, click here.
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