Brad, you mean kinda like EA makes the Madden, NCAA Football and then the MLB The show series right? Where you basically have to prove yourself to make it to the pro level. But then, if you wanted to play as your fav team, you could.
So EA should make the wakeboard game. Have different things like Pro tour, local tour, and something like rising star where you create yourself and get sponsors, enter local comps, then compete on JR PWT and then go onto PWT. Compete for fans and other things. Thats just my $.02 tho.