Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

National wakeboard event coming to Headingley

  • Print
Clark Meyers and daughter Emma are looking forward to watching the tricks performed by competitors at the Canadian Wake Park Nationals at Adrenaline Adventures on Aug. 22 and 23.

ANDREA GEARY

Clark Meyers and daughter Emma are looking forward to watching the tricks performed by competitors at the Canadian Wake Park Nationals at Adrenaline Adventures on Aug. 22 and 23. Photo Store

Think of it like snowboarding on water.

Not unlike their snow-shredding counterparts, wakeboarders can reach heights of close to 20 feet in the air and complete flips as they are pulled over jumps.

Clark Myers is inviting everyone to come to the Canadian National Wake Park Championships at Adrenaline Adventures on Aug. 22 and 23 and see wakeboarders from Manitoba and across Canada showcase their skills.

"Come out and take a look at the sport," he said.

Myers is acting as communications manager for the event, which is expected to draw about 40 competitors.

He said Adrenaline Adventures, located at 600 Caron Rd. in Headingley, has one of the most sophisticated cable tow systems in Canada, and that’s why it was selected to host the national championships.

"They have one of the better systems," he said.

Wakeboarders can be towed behind a boat or by cable, and there are advantages and disadvantages to each method. For beginners like Myers’ 12-year-old daughter Emily, the cable system is easier once the boarder is being towed, but it is also easier to start off in deep water if you’re being towed behind a boat.

In both cases, riding over jumps allows the boarder to become airborne and complete aerial tricks. Myers said national competitors will be judged on the complexities of their tricks and the skills they show.

"Each trick has a certain amount of difficulty," he said, likening it to ski jumping.

He said Adrenaline Adventures offers a relatively inexpensive way for beginners to learn and practise their skills, while it can be more difficult arranging to wakeboard behind a boat on a regular basis.

Despite Manitoba’s short summer season, Myers said local athletes typically do well at national competitions, and he expects the same thing to happen at the August event.

"There’s lots of potential for sure, and all levels of talent," he said. His son Zach, 18, is also a wakeboarder who’s competed in boat and cable events.

Adrenaline Adventures is also hosting a provincial cable wakeboard competition on Sept. 5.

Adrenaline Adventures owner Jason Rohs is pleased that his facility was chosen for the national and provincial championships.

"We’re thrilled to be able to host the (national) event again," he said, noting it had been held there in 2011.

Admission to the Aug. 22 wakeboard competition is free, though there is a $10 charge to watch the Aug. 23 competition and finals. Rohs said the events that day include a beach volleyball tournament followed by live entertainment, and tickets are available for the entire day.

More information about the Canadian Wake Park Nationals is available at http://www.wakecanada.ca/?category=nationals and Adrenaline Adventures at
https://adrenalinemb.com


Facebook.com/TheHeadlinerWPG
Twitter: @CanstarHeadline

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Fall Arts Guide

We preview what’s new and what’s coming up in Winnipeg’s new arts season

View our Fall Arts Guide

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

Northwest Winnipeg may be getting a new subdivision with homes for 5,400 people. Do you think it’s a good idea?

View Results