MONROE, WA – On Friday morning, July 29th, a handful of pro and expert level wake surfers will teach local teens to wake surf on Lake Tye! Blusurf, Nautique Boats, the INT League, YMCA of Monroe and the NW Wake Surf Association have partnered with #PassTheHandle for "Discover Watersports Day!"
This outreach will be done in conjunction with the 8th Annual Northwest Wake Surf Open presented by Nautique Boats. The event is one of the stops on the Competitive Wake Surf Association's 2016 World Series. Pro and amateur athletes are traveling from all over the United States to participant in the competition on Saturday and Sunday July 30-31.
Lake Tye is located about 30 minutes from downtown Seattle in Monroe, Washington. This aquatic gem is located near the center of town and provides private water conditions for watersports events. The event is free and open to the public to watch.
"It’s important that everyone have an opportunity to get behind a boat and see how much fun this sport is," says INT Founder Rick Stocks. "Our partnership with the Watersports Industry Association, Blusurf, and the YMCA is helping to give more kids the opportunity to get out behind a boat."
Blusurf is proud to support the YMCA Pass the Handle event and carry on Zane Schwenk's vision of sharing watersports with as many as possible. "With an ECO conscious approach towards the design and construction of our wake surf boards, supporting this event is a natural extension of caring for our community," said Blusurf founder Jonathan Matthews. "Witnessing the pure smiles and sheer joy of those who catch their first wake and eventually drop the line embodies the true spirit of the YMCA Pass the Handle program." - Jonathan Matthews. For more information on the design and build philosophy of Blusurf, please visit Blusurf.com.
The #PassTheHandle event is free to the YMCA kids, and they will be instructed by some of the best wake surf athletes in the country behind Nautique Boats.
With a mission to share the passion for the activity of towed water sports worldwide, the third annual #PassTheHandle day will take place July 26, 2016. Founded by wakeboarding and water ski legend, Zane Schwenk, this day encourages people to get out on the water and teach new people how to ride, ski, surf or anything else to experience the exhilarating feeling of being towed across the water. "The thrill of standing on the water is one of my first memories, and we want to pass that life-changing experience on to those who’ve never had the opportunity,” Schwenk said. “With the help of Shaun Murray, we started brainstorming about how we can get more people on the water to help grow the sport. And the help of WSIA, Pass The Handle was born. Now, we have the chance to responsibly teach and ensure the water sports lifestyle we love stays strong and present for the future generations to come.”
Backed by the WSIA and the entire industry, #PassTheHandle day will grow the participant levels in towed watersports by teaching people the right way to have fun and be safe on the water. After a successful launch in 2014, Schwenk is also appreciative of the year-round support of the #PassTheHandle initiative. On July 26 people all over the world will #PassTheHandle their pictures and experiences through social media outlets.
NW Wake Surf Open Schedule of Events
Friday, July 29 – 8:00am – 10:30am Pass the Handle Event
11:00am – 5:00pm: Check In & Practice Rides
Live Music Concert in the Park by the Senate Presented by Monroe Chamber of Commerce (FREE)
Saturday, July 30 – 7:30am Opening Ceremonies
8:00am – 8:30am: Mandatory competitor meeting
8:15am -6:30pm: Tournament (preliminary heats)
Competitor Dinner at El Lago
Sunday, July 31 – 7:30am
8:15pm -2:00pm: Tournament (finals)
2:30pm -3:30pm: Awards ceremony
Location: Lake Tye, Monroe, 14964 Fryelands Blvd SE, Monroe, Washington 98272
30 miles NE of downtown Seattle
About the INT League
The INT League is a marketing and promotional company that hosts amateur waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard, wake skate and wake surf competitions nationwide. INT aspires to grow participation and consistency in towed water sports by actively promoting, organizing, and supporting, fun competitive events by welcoming all ages and ability levels. For more information please see the intleague.com.