well it's time to step up to the plate and tell you how i did . but first let me tell you about the contest and all the happy faces i saw. it's kind of like an amusement park lots of happy kids.first off alot of the kids in the contest know me as some crazy old man that doesn't realize he's old.LOLthey kept coming up to me asking are you gonna do a raley, are you gonna do a backroll. i just said lets wait and see. since i'm not familar with contests i didn't know how the judges scored it but i found out i would be going later in the day. contest started at 8:00 am i was there at 7:15 and was signed up by 7:30.i had heard about this young boy named hunter who was very good for a nine year old. i went over to the starting dock when the groms were getting ready . this young boy was talking a mile a minute ,pumped up on energy drinks i guess, any way i asked him if he was the world famous hunter. without missing a beat or even acting suprised he said yeah thats me. i said i heard you won a contest at lake caroline. he said yeah i rode good that day.i watched him ride and he was good and he won again. it was great to see his enthusiasm for the sport.another young man of 14 to 15 years of age was there in the beginners class. he was a amputee. his whole left leg had been amputated at the pelvis. he had a wakeboard that had a t shaped pole with padding and black tape to hold the padding on for his left side and a binding for his right foot. i asked him how long he had been wakeboarding . he said about a year before his amputation. the after that healed he had to relearn every thing new. he rode and could cross the wake both ways and jump 3/4 of the way across the wake on a 65' rope behind a mastercraft x2. that was an inspiration in itself . i congradulated him on his excellent effort and huge courage.i didn't get to go until the end of the day i was the last in my group . i was talking to people on the dock trying to get an idea of what to do. they all said just have fun. i thought back to hunter and the boy with only one leg . everything was in perspective now , win or lose just have fun so thats what i did.the message i'm trying to get across is all you can do in a contest is the best you can do . so don't worry what someone else can do just make sure you have fun.GOOD LUCK TO ALL CONTESTANTS!