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Old    Oklahoma INT Amateur Tour (oklahoma_int)      Join Date: Apr 2009       06-16-2009, 12:28 PM Reply   
Hey everyone!

This weekend Oklahoma INT is having their stops 3 & 4. It's called the "Mounds Throw Down" at Twin Lakes in Mounds, OK. Its Hawaiian Luau theme. There will be a live band, DJ, fireworks, and a Rail Jam/Slider Fest. $ 15.00 for unlimited riding all night. So bring your grass skirts and plan on staying all night! Look forward to seeing you there!

(Message edited by oklahoma_int on June 16, 2009)
Old    Steve L (okcwakebrdr)      Join Date: Dec 2004       06-16-2009, 12:51 PM Reply   
Everyone is going to the www.bltwakeboard.com in arkansas this weekend! Bad planning on the INT part. I know of 2 boat loads heading there. I would be but torn ACL.
Old    Doug (supradoug)      Join Date: Dec 2001       06-16-2009, 2:57 PM Reply   
I will be at BLT....
Old    tylyn tapawingo (inty399)      Join Date: May 2007       06-16-2009, 7:34 PM Reply   
im goin to blt. wish yours was on a different weekend
Old    Oklahoma INT Amateur Tour (oklahoma_int)      Join Date: Apr 2009       06-16-2009, 9:52 PM Reply   
We planned our event first. We told the people that put the BLT on our dates and they planned it on the same weekend after we already had reservations at Twin Lakes. So bad planning on BLT's part.

At least with INT you earn points to make it to U.S. Championships in Bakersfield, CA to compete against all the other states. All you're big sponsors are out there also and are looking for people to join their team... BLT is just a one time stop...
Old    Peter T (deltawake)      Join Date: Sep 2004       06-16-2009, 10:38 PM Reply   
Has INT committed to the U.S. Championships yet?
Last I heard, and according to their website, it is still up in the air.
They promised a firm answer one way or the other, first on June 1, and then again on June 15. It is still listed as tentative as of right now. This being June 16, and no affirmative announcement, I would have to assume that the U.S. Championships won't happen this year.
Old    Donna F (dfrost733)      Join Date: Mar 2009       06-17-2009, 5:25 AM Reply   
We are thinking about heading up there. We weren't planning on it, but he needs some practice before next weekend. Is that lake big enough for people to bring boats? We can't even find the lake on the map!
Old    Donna F (dfrost733)      Join Date: Mar 2009       06-19-2009, 1:36 PM Reply   
Looks like we are going! Just registered and got a room. Hope it's fun! This is our first INT event. Are there any rules at these things about bringing ice chests?or beer?:-) Is there an entry fee to get in to watch the event? Just wondering... Did anyone go to the one at Grand Lake? If so, how was the turn out?
Old    Donna F (dfrost733)      Join Date: Mar 2009       06-22-2009, 5:54 AM Reply   
I have to give a big shout out to the organizers of this event! This was the most fun we have EVER had at an event! I was not sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by how well this event was ran. Plus, the fireworks show was UNREAL! Great job guys! We will definitely be back at the next stop!
Old    Peter T (deltawake)      Join Date: Sep 2004       06-22-2009, 7:11 AM Reply   
Good Job Oklahoma INT! Sounds like you threw a great tournament. How was the turnout?
Old    Oklahoma INT Amateur Tour (oklahoma_int)      Join Date: Apr 2009       06-22-2009, 12:43 PM Reply   
Hey Guys,

Donna- Thank you so much! We are very thankful that you came and checked us out. We look forward to seeing you next stop!

Peter - The INT home office hasn't given a for sure answer on U.S. Championships yet but they are more for having it than not. So everyone is still planning on going. We had an awesome tournament, you should come check out our next stop on Lake Keystone in Sand Springs. July 17-19.
Old    Doug (supradoug)      Join Date: Dec 2001       06-23-2009, 7:44 PM Reply   
here ya go...
From the INT league website http://www.intleague.com/us-championships/

Dear INT Participants,

We are sad to announce that the 2009 INT US Championships have been postponed until 2010. The tour winners in each state in 2009 will be invited to participate in the 2010 US Championships in whatever division they participate in, in 2010. The location of the 2010 Championships has not been decided, but we are looking into some fun, new sites. We hope to come back next year even stronger then before.

We have made this decision based on a variety of factors, participation, event costs, and sponsorship. Unfortunately, due to the economy, participation levels are lower then expected at local INT events. The results of INTís latest survey showed that only 30% of participants said they would attend the US Championships if invited. Three of INTís states canceled their 2009 tours due to a lack of local sponsorship and because they were unable to get tow boats from dealers or promo boat owners. The US Championships are fully funded by participant entry fees. Without full participation the INT League cannot afford to host this event. By taking this year off, we hope that INT participants have a chance to save their money, and be ready for a wonderful experience at the 2010 US Championships.

Event costs are high and without full participation, INT cannot host the event. Each year the host hotel asks the INT League to sign a major contract to secure rooms for our participants, staff, sponsors, and awards banquet. If we were unable to fill those rooms, INT would have been responsible for a $26,000 bill and no way to pay it.

Last year INT had sponsor contracts and we budgeted accordingly, some of which were never paid. Sponsorship is down this year 37%, and INT does not have the additional revenue to subsidize the US Championships if there was a short fall in participation. We also want to be sensitive to our sponsorís budgets. It costs quit a bit for them to come to the Championships and in this difficult economy, this would be a welcomed break.

We have tried to cut the budget as much as possible, but the costs of hosting an event of this magnitude canít be cut enough to make it possible. INT has prided ourselves on putting on a prestigious event. Our participants pay a lot of money to get there and expect and deserve an excellent experience, we donít want to host a US Championships that is less then first class.

The INT League is a family run business, if we were unable to meet our numbers, we would have had to shut our doors. This is a difficult time in our countryís economy; it would not be fiscally responsible to host the US Championships. We just arenít willing to take the risk and hope that our participants and sponsors will understand and continue to come to INT events.

It has been incredibly difficult to make this decision, we feel as though we are cutting off our right arm. We have been prudent in our business practices, but due to the economy this situation is out of our control. Please continue to compete in INT events and support INTís local and national sponsors.

Sincerely,

The Stocks Family

INT League
Old    Steve L (okcwakebrdr)      Join Date: Dec 2004       06-23-2009, 8:06 PM Reply   
Tragic....but i understand. Best of luck to everyone envolved. And thank you for your efforts.

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