You know what's missing from all the Wakesurfing events??? An EAST COAST Wakesurf Event! Seems like the majority of the competitors are West of the Mississippi, yet we have tons of surfers on the East that are looking to progress the sport. I had a chance to attend one event in 2011 (Supreme Wakesurf Open in CA) and was stoked to see how the West Coasters do it...bring the family, friends, dogs & toys to the lake and camp out, throw some BBQs and jam out on the lake for some evening sessions. I can't tell you how jealous I am of this lifestyle and want to help bring a taste of the West out East.
This Spring, I am founding the N.E.W.S.A. (New England/Northeast Wakesurf Association) with my crew here in Burlington, VT and would love to make some new connections with vendor/company reps that would be interested in helping to push the sport further East.
And...if you're looking for more grass roots events, no city in America screams grass roots more than Burlington, VT! We have companies here like Burton that changed the way we stand on the snow, we have hippie-inspired Ben & Jerry's that crank out incredible ice cream with names like "Schweety Balls", and I work with 600+ young, active adults @ Dealer.com that would likely swamp the shores of Lake Champlain to help support the event and maybe even throw in some prize money! (alright, I'll climb off my VT soapbox for now!)
Even if it's not VT, we NEED an East Coast Tournament to grow the sport...there's plenty of dealers in MA, NY, NH & CT that would all benefit from sending out a few show boats to display and play with! If there are any interested parties, or if there's anyone out there that has experience with launching new associations and tournament planning, PLEASE hit me up and we can start planning for 2012 and beyond!