To the Wakeboard Community,
Please forward this on to anyone who would be interested in knowing the following:
With USA Waterski's continuing struggles, they have resulted in this letter to Empire Wake in hopes to gain some ground on our company. This is the way they choose to battle their competition, with a legal letter of deceit from an attorney.
When Empire Wake Events decided to become a major role in collegiate wakeboarding, the entire point was to give the college teams something else other then the disaster created by USA Waterski over the past 2 years. We made it overly clear we were not USA Waterski or affiliated with that organization. We made it a point to make everyone understand we were the exact opposite and the direct compition of USA Waterski.
Our events were sanctioned by WWA, all our articles stated what we were doing and who we were. And every phone call and email to schools, riders and sponsors made this clear.
Our website is under Empire Wake (not the "Collegiate Wake Series") and you have to get to it through EmpireWake.com.
On top of this all CBS College Sports tried to hire and/or merge myself and Empire Wake to run USA Waterski's event under the ALT games in San Diego this year. If CBS College Sports was aware of this, and spent a month working out the details for Empire Wake to host USA Waterski's events for them, how is this unclear? Also, how does it look on USA Waterski that they have to hire out the competition to run their failing event?
However, in a manipulative manner, the board of USA Waterski has tried to make it look like we have tricked sponsors, riders and clubs into believing we had something to do with their events. 80% of all college teams chose to ride the Collegiate Wake Series over ... well USA Waterski doesn't have a name for their events.
The Collegiate Wake Series was actually a series run by Empire Wake where one person ran every single event in the same format with the same standards and rules.
USA Waterski had individual schools host their own events how they pleased.
Only teams who rode the Collegiate Wake Series were invited to the Collegiate Wake Series National Championships.
USA Waterski didn't have enough teams and had to invite some of ours.
The packet that went out to every team that paid to ride the Collegiate Wake Series made it clear we were not affiliated with USA Waterski.
Every rider was required to purchase World Wakeboard Association insurance. Not USA Waterski.
So, as requested by the attached letter from an Attorney on behalf of USA Waterski, it brings me great pleasure to publicly announce that Empire Wake and the Collegiate Wake Series is NOT affiliated with USA Waterski, the CBS ALT games, or USA Waterskis National Championships.
The Collegiate Wake Series National Championships are not the USA Waterski collegiate nationals.
Please write this down for future reference so this confusion we have created will no longer exist.
Thank you for your time.
"Thanks for Wakeboarding!"