Groveland, FL - This fall, INT will carry the spirit of amateur water sports competition to new territory. The INT League will host the 12th Annual US Championships at Sunset Lakes in Florida, October 13-16. Sunset Lakes is the home of world renowned Jack Travers Training Center and offers two lakes for perfect skiing and riding conditions. State champions from all over the US are coming together at this momentous occasion for ability based competition and an event experience unlike any other. Participants have qualified for this event by competing in their INT State Tour and placing in the top three.
The event features two rounds of competition and a finals round for the top three in each division. An awards banquet at the Mission Inn Resort will honor the winners of each division. Those crowned US Champion will take home finely crafted awards by Dorsey’s Original Action Sports Furniture.
There will be competition both on and off the water! Three scholastic scholarships will be awarded to deserving students who submitted essays entitled “How the INT Has Effected My Life,” an academic program supported by INT and it’s partners. Skiers and Riders will vote on the Best of Booth Award, presenting the trophy to the sponsor with the most creative booth. The Team Challenge Award will be presented to the State Team with the most podium finishes, and the State Team with the most enthusiasm will take home the State Spirit trophy.
The event is free for spectators. The event will commence at 8:30am each event day. Sunset Lakes is located just 48 miles northwest of the Orlando International Airport in Groveland, (3018 No Wake Lane).
Several professional athletes will attend to sign autographs and perform exhibitions. The legendary Andy Mapple will help skiers set up the new O’Brien Elite slalom ski. Attendees will meet celebrated skiers Jamie Beauchasne and Will Asher; and play ping pong with MasterCraft and CWB rider Andrew Adkison. Parks Bonifay, Austin Hair, Harley Clifford, Trevor Hansen, and Rusty Malinoski will sign autographs; while wakeboard pioneers Dave Briscoe and Zane Schwank charm the crowd on the mic. Many other pro athletes will be on the water and celebrating with INT participants.
The INT League has numerous fun events planned in conjunction with the Championships event, kicking off with a pool party on Tuesday, October 12th. On Thursday evening, all are welcome to join In His Wakes for a “This Iz My Story” production at the Mission Inn Resort, featuring an inspirational evening with Shaun Murray, Brooks Wilson and Emily Durham. The celebration continues on Friday evening with Malibu Boat’s Beach Party and bonfire on the shores of Lake Harris. On Saturday morning, join Kristi Overton-Johnson from In His Wakes for morning service and worship at 7:45am at Sunset Lakes.
The Mission Inn Resort will serve as the host hotel for this prestigious event. The resort offers premier accommodations, excellent dining options, a 36-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, spa, and a recreation and fitness center. The Mission Inn Resort will be the host of US Championships Awards Celebration and dinner on Saturday evening October 16th. The Mission Inn promises to provide INT guests with an amazing vacation experience.
INT Sponsors will be showcasing many of their new products, including Connelly, CWB, HO Sports, Hyperlite, Radar, Ronix, O’Brien, Malibu Boats, Axis Boats, Nautique, MasterCraft, Tigé Boats, Supra and Moomba, Protec Helmets. This event would not be possible without the support of INT partners Studio 8 Productions, EZ Slalom, PCM, Accurate, Proline, Indmar, Acme Propellers, and the Water Sports Industry Association.
You will not want to miss the special event sponsors; Michael Hayes Jewelers will showcase their sparkling line of water sports inspired jewelry. Stay in style, UGP has an awesome collection of threads for your fall fashion needs. Cradle Boats will be onsite with their innovative boat lift systems.
The Wakeboard Camp, in Clermont Florida, is running a great training special the week prior to INT US Championships. They are offering an extended training week for the price of a single week at camp. This special price gets riders two extra days of training at the camp and free lodging for the weekend between. “We are excited about the event and will be giving away discount cards and prizes at the awards ceremony,” says Kyle Schmidt of The Wakeboard Camp.
For Slalom Skiers, Gordon Rathburn, the master of water ski vacations, is giving away an all inclusive vacation for one to the world famous Ski Paradise in Acapulco, Mexico. This is a $2,600 value and includes 6 dinners, 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches, skiing, instruction and luxury accommodations in the beautiful Villa Aquina. All registered participants will be eligible to win at the Awards Banquet.
Please join the INT League for this prestigious event! The INT League hosts amateur waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard, and wake skate tournaments 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. INT is the grassroots partner of the World Wakeboard Association and Water Sports Industry Association. For more information please see the INT website at intleague.com.