Ok, as I recap, that's two for more and two for less formal. Tell me guys, if this compromise makes sense. Now, also realize I'm ONLY interested in the small grassroots competitions. I am not looking forward or even THINKING beyond "Joe's wakeboard club and video rentals"
Those folks are encouraged to HOLD a wakesurfing contest and the format is loose. I've been to a ton of them and the reality is, this is how the contests are held. Awards are given for the most time spent in the water
Then, as the competition moves up the ladder, say regional, statewide or national level, that the competitions become more formal.
I have to tell you folks, the local competitions that we attended were GREAT fun. Wonderfully friendly folks that welcomed strangers from another state. They opened their homes to us and complimented us on our family sharing this sport.
This is the essence of the grassroots events. It's good freinds, family and the occasional outsider meeting for a day of fun and friendly competition. The winner gets a $10 trophy or a computer printed certificate saying: I won.
Personally, I believe it's JUST as important, at these events, to foster fun and ejoyment for all participants as it is to establish guidelines for a smooth and effectively run competition.
I know it sounds hookey and seriously mid- western values, but these competitions are just good family fun.