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Old     (solo)      Join Date: Oct 2001       04-21-2008, 8:50 PM Reply   
That's right Arizonians! The fourth tour stop will be at Firebird Lake (Firebird International Raceway June 28th - 29th I believe. Look for a press release tomorrow.
Old     (dadthedriver)      Join Date: Jul 2004       04-21-2008, 8:52 PM Reply   
That sucks. salt water and racing fuel my favorite.
Old     (azpowerhouse)      Join Date: Jul 2007       04-21-2008, 9:29 PM Reply   
Old     (wakeboardlasvegas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       04-21-2008, 9:37 PM Reply   
Salt water?
Old     (azpowerhouse)      Join Date: Jul 2007       04-21-2008, 9:52 PM Reply   
Firebird is used boat races as well. I believe it is salty due to a liner that was put to hold the water in, it also holds everything else in. The water evaporates and leaves salt. There is no water exchange with this lake.(from what I have heard) I have also heard other bad things as well.
Old     (wakeparent)      Join Date: Jan 2005       04-21-2008, 9:57 PM Reply   
The best location of the year! It should be 115 and no shade....
Old     (raftisland)      Join Date: Aug 2006       04-21-2008, 10:03 PM Reply   
this is interesting because in some of the recent mags it has said that its going to be in Abbotsford
British Columbia. I could be wrong and it would cool if it was in Phoenix.
Old     (driving)      Join Date: Jan 2003       04-22-2008, 4:05 AM Reply   
Yep, it's Phoenix. I'm not too pumped on the lake, but I think it will be cool to hit up a new spot. I will be wearing my big hat and 80spf, but it should be good.
Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       04-22-2008, 4:17 AM Reply   
115 and no shade? sign me up!
Old     (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       04-22-2008, 5:02 AM Reply   
Gordie, is it protected? what are the afternoon wind conditions like, last time I was in Phoenix it seemed like the wind picked up quite a bit in the afternoon.
Old     (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       04-22-2008, 5:41 AM Reply   
Could be worse. They could hold it in Seattle where average temps hover around 30 degrees anymore .
Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       04-22-2008, 5:42 AM Reply   
cliff, didn't it just snow in seattle over the weekend or somethin'?
Old     (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       04-22-2008, 7:05 AM Reply   

We've had snow at least one day a week for the last three weeks!
Old     (solo)      Join Date: Oct 2001       04-22-2008, 7:35 AM Reply   
Firebird Lake is fed by well water that contains alkaline.

Randy, even when it's blown out it's conditions aren't that bad to ride. There is grand stand seating on the west side of the lake that will provide shade in the afternoon.

Old     (wakeparent)      Join Date: Jan 2005       04-22-2008, 7:41 AM Reply   
Sick shot Steven, Like steve said the bleachers will protect you from the sun and the lake really doesnt get blown. Maybe everyone will get lucky and get to see one of are famous monsoon's while they are here.....
Old     (wakeparent)      Join Date: Jan 2005       04-22-2008, 7:48 AM Reply   
Hi-jack Steven you going to the redbull rail jam friday night?
Old     (solo)      Join Date: Oct 2001       04-22-2008, 7:52 AM Reply   
I'll be there. Gotta flight to Orlando Saturday morning. Might be a bit hung over.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       04-22-2008, 8:09 AM Reply   
Final event in reno! YEEESSSS!

Shine up yur drinking, gambling, and strip club shoes! Wooo hooo!
Old     (cavlxenvy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       04-22-2008, 9:19 AM Reply   
^^^^ J-Rod I saw that too. I'm stoked to see it back in Reno.
Old     (allen)      Join Date: Apr 2005       04-22-2008, 9:25 AM Reply   
Firebird is a trip to ride on. The water is so fast and the wakes are hard. Could be a good stop because That lake has been glass everytime I have seen it. Water taste like crap though. It's alkaline water because its a cement bottom lake so none of the minnerals can get out but the water can. so it leaves the minerals behind. There is all kinds of weird/cool mineral growths on the bottom of that lake. They should do it at the Tempe "river" were the paddle boats are right off mill street. That place was sweet when we rode there. Its super easy for people to get to and right in the middle of town.
Old     (allen)      Join Date: Apr 2005       04-22-2008, 9:28 AM Reply   
My bad its "Tempe Town Lake"

It's the only picture I could find
Old     (wakeworld)      Join Date: Jan 1997       04-22-2008, 9:34 AM Reply   
Wow, looks like we'll be returning to the spot of the first tournament I ever covered for WakeWorld, the Phoenix Pro Am, where Brannon Johnson and Cheryl Newton took the pro titles and Justin Stephens was in the boat shooting still photography!!

Here is a link to the 2008 Pro Tour Schedule press release.
Old     (wakeparent)      Join Date: Jan 2005       04-22-2008, 9:45 AM Reply   
The problem with Tempe Town is the back wash from the walls around the water.
Old     (solo)      Join Date: Oct 2001       04-22-2008, 9:48 AM Reply   
Tempe Town Lake has cement retaining walls and after one or two passes it's a washing machine!
Old     (allen)      Join Date: Apr 2005       04-22-2008, 9:58 AM Reply   
They had a bunch of water breaks when we were there it didn't seem that bad. Firebird is way better as far as the water goes for sure. I was just saying that Tempe Town whould draw a HUGE crowd. I know there were a ton of people there when we were there and it was just college.
Old     (mike_gilbert)      Join Date: Sep 2004       04-22-2008, 12:06 PM Reply   
Im stoked to see the pwt finally come to phx firebird is a great place to ride aslong as your not taking your boat, im $2300 poorer for a trailer repaint and refurb for my few dips in that lake.

Dave the phx pro am used to be awesome thats old school I was out there every year back in the day. Thats crazy seeing names like heath hernandez and mike fulton again those guys ripped back then and arent even around anymore

AL did you ride in the big air challenge back in 02? that was the only event at town lake pretty great crowd though dont know why they didnt bring it back
Old     (allen)      Join Date: Apr 2005       04-22-2008, 12:12 PM Reply   
no Colligate Nationals were there in 01.
Old     (yorwakebordfrend)      Join Date: Aug 2006       04-22-2008, 3:16 PM Reply   
as long as its in az im goin
Old     (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       04-22-2008, 6:15 PM Reply   
Gordie, how many pop-up shades do you have, can I reserve a spot
Old     (gbgonzal138)      Join Date: Oct 2004       04-22-2008, 9:54 PM Reply   
Couldn't be in a better location


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