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xmcmillenx 03-26-2013 6:05 PM

which companies do you think best support the sport
As we enter the buying season, I have noticed a few more companies stop marketing to wakeboarding and ending their pro team support. I always try to support the companies who best support the sport. Aside from the obvious wakeboard manufacturers, which companies do you feel do the best to support wakeboarding and their pro team?

simplej 03-26-2013 6:23 PM

Slingshot by miles. They've been backing so,e great athletes on the cable side that are pushing things and boat too... They're all creative stylish riders and their team video was a reminder of all the fun and creativity that is wakeboarding, much like we see in the yearly snowboard movies but for wakeboarding. When ever I watch a slingshot edit I say "get me out there" which is what's important

xmcmillenx 03-26-2013 7:13 PM

What about companies that don't specifically make wakeboards?

simplej 03-26-2013 7:35 PM

Sooooooo like boat companies? Nautique does ALOT.pfor wakeboarding, they always support schools and owc etc... Aside from that most wakeboarding clothing brands etc are divisions of other bigger companies

JetRanger 03-26-2013 8:09 PM

As much as I hate their elitism no one pours more dollars into the sport than Mastercraft. They sponsor at least 2/3 of all podium athletes alone.

xmcmillenx 03-26-2013 9:56 PM

I was Thinking more about companies that don't really support the sport but people still support them a lot. Like quiksilver for example. No pro team.

Billabong and O'neill sponsor a decent amout of riders, but how many riders do they need to sponsor and where else can pros get backing?

I also think of companies like Dragon sunglasses, who have sponsored the same riders forever. Like Watson and ruck.

I also wonder where new marketing dollars might come from. I remember all sorts of odd sponsorships in the sports infancy. Everything from your more common sponsorships to oddities like adult entertainment videos and bongs. (Can you name the riders who were sponsored by those companies?)

I do worry that with the invention of energy drinks pro wakeboarding might have been over already

With that. Some more direct questions

What clothing company beat supports the sport
What wetsuit/vest company best supports the sport
What sunglasses company best supports the sport
And lastly, who else?

cboom12 03-26-2013 11:11 PM

IMO clothing/ glass- fox. Billabong second
Rubber- body glove.

wakerider111 03-27-2013 1:52 AM

Oakley for sure. i think they are the only ones that had a wake video made.
Body glove too

tdickman4 03-27-2013 6:16 AM

I would say red bull, fox, and spy does a lot of sponsoring.

wakedaveup 03-27-2013 10:26 AM

I think redbull blows away everyone in terms of what they do for extreme sports in general.

stephan 03-27-2013 10:41 AM

Red Bull, Rockstar and Monster. You will find one of those stickers on every board, bike etc etc of every "extreme" athlete there is. They also support on the grass roots level.

I think the most overlooked companies are the local shops and small retailers. They arguably do more for wakeboarding than any large company. Without them there are no demo days, local tournaments or places to talk shredding. They also are the launching point for all future pros. Ask any top rider and they will tell you about a small shop that supported them in the beginning. Support your local shop!

jarrod 03-27-2013 11:43 AM

I can only speak for the companies that support our local events. But in our scene, the companies that best support wake are CWB, Hyperlite, and Malibu. The dealers (Etco Marine, Norcal Mastercraft, and Boat Country Escalon) are also awesome.

Non-wake-specific companies that also do a great job with making things happen locally are WetSounds, Chucktronics Audio, and Cire.

Rockwell Watches has been also stepping into the wake scene. Perfect opportunity since Nixon refuses to support our sport. Rockwell recently signed Rusty and JD, and are sending them both to our SpringRide event. They are the official sponsor of the DU contest.

steezyshots 03-27-2013 1:47 PM

Red Bull
UNIT parktech
Most other wake brands are just the puppets of boat manufactures to sell more boats... ie WWA (malibu) procard

BamaLurker 03-27-2013 2:07 PM

As far as board manufacturers go I like to support the independent companies like humanoid CTRL or any thing not owned by mr Archer.
Clothing would have to be billa, oneil and fox. It used to be reef and quick but not anymore.
Of course the big 3 energy drinks do tons for us.
One thing that gets commonly overlooked (like stated above) are the shops backing riders. The ones I see helping the most would be of course performance then ruckus, SMG, liquid playground and in my area Russell marine hooks up tons of local riders.

Who was sponserd by a bong company? I remember chipper beef jerky sponsoring for a few years!

Now we just need in and out burger to come east and get involved and life will b complete!

steezyshots 03-27-2013 3:37 PM

Duh, can't believe I forgot Liquid Playground! Sorry Austin!

LP does more for the sport than most anyone!

I would love to see what Austin would do with a red bull sized budget!

wakeworld 03-27-2013 4:03 PM

Weddington was sponsored by Vivid, wasn't he? Chipper was Charley Patterson.

MattieK27 03-27-2013 4:29 PM


Originally Posted by BamaLurker (Post 1813789)
As far as board manufacturers go I like to support the independent companies like humanoid CTRL or any thing not owned by mr Archer.

There needs to be more people that feel the same way. My fear is if any of the independents get too big, they will get taken down just like Company.

wakerider111 03-28-2013 1:47 AM

Ohh and of course...

CIRE board shorts

homedawg678 03-28-2013 5:32 PM

Liquid Force

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