The rain didn’t stop a single thing. There was not one complaint and no one held back their riding. Over 100 riders came from all over the country ready to be number 1.
Decker Lake was the proving grounds for teams like Oregon and Baylor. Both very young teams who wanted to gain respect. And that they received! No one from this event went home with their heads hung or spirits crushed.
"The event really emphasized the community as a whole,“ says Witt Finley, Texas Wake team manager. “We did everything together, from hanging at the contest, riding the night session at the Ski Ranch, going downtown to planned parties, or even after parties hosted by some of the guys in Texas Wake, the event proved to be a chance to unite."
Outside of the event there was always something going on. At night it was 6th street downtown, with VIP areas and specials. During the day it was Texas Ski Ranch or the Shadowbox double up contest.
"The ShadowBox Double Up Contest was revolutionary. It was the first time I've ever seen a judging criteria that was completely objective - who went the highest. It was insane not only that we could know exactly how high each of us went, but got to see the 3d action in progress along with some other sick stats!" continued Witt.
For four days teams battled each other head to head. Day one and two provided exciting upsets by NC State and North Texas. Both taking out higher ranked schools. Florida State and UNCW also went down day two on their first bracket.
Finally Sunday day four and just four teams remained. Chico St v Texas and Central Florida v Texas A&M. It was a great set up for the first year of Empire Wake’s Collegiate Wake Series Championships. The hometown team was still in it and getting better each day.
In the first match up Central Florida took down Texas A&M by the skin of their teeth. One more place would have boosted A&M to the finals. Second match up showed the power of Texas. They took down a very good Chico State to end up riding against UCF for number one behind the dark wrapped Epic 22.
Back and forth they went one rider after another. It was the veterans vs. the rookies. Only one rider on UCF had been to a national event. The others were freshman. It came down to it and what a classic battle it was. In the end the champagne spewed all over the University of Texas!
It was the event everyone was looking for. Big riders, big parties, big fun and a big win for the hometown team.
The event was made possible by Epic Boats, ShadowBox Live, BioborEB, Alpine Stars, Reef, Indo Board, Vitamin Water, St. Bernard’s Board Shop, Freestyle Watches, Pro-Tec Helmets, Smith Optics, Audio Formz Liquid Force, Oakley and Urban Rider Winches.
For more details check out EmpireWake.com and see the final results of the 2009-2010 season.
“Thanks for Wakeboarding!”