The Boise State Wakeboard Club will be holding their first collegiate competition at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell this coming weekend. Competitors will start riding at 9 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 5 and events will last until the sun goes down.
If all the riders are not able to get through on Saturday, competition will roll over to Sunday as well.
The Wakeboard Club was started three years ago by Club President Julie Robinson. A senior this year, Robinson has built the club up from nothing to its current count of 20 members. There are 10 members that regularly compete in the collegiate circuit and the club attends 2-3 competitions every fall.
The wakeboard season is mainly in the fall but the club rides whenever they get
All of the competitions are in the fall season but the national competition is in the spring.
“We haven’t gone to Nationals yet because we can qualify individually but we have to qualify as a team. I think this year we will be able to go though,” Robinson said.
The most difficult thing standing between the club and nationals is cold, hard cash.
“A lot of it comes down to the money, 16 teams are invited to nationals every year but it costs so much sometimes even the selected teams can’t go,” Robinson said.
The Wakeboard Club is part of the United States Wakeboard Circuit, which is the main reason why the club is holding a competition this year. USA Wakeboard likes to hold competitions in different places every year, based on what teams volunteer to host.
This year the Boise State Wakeboard Club volunteered for the challenge.
There will be seven schools with approximately 16 riders per school. There is an estimated 90 riders coming to Boise, Idaho, for the competition.
The private ski lake, Broadside Harbor, was chosen because it meets competition standards.
“Competitions are mostly done on private lakes, this lake is perfect because it is over 1,000-feet long and is blocked by the wind,” Robinson said.
The Boise community has been a huge support for the upcoming event.
“The competition has been a lot of work, but hopefully we will come out on top with the help we’ve gotten and the amount of riders coming,” Robinson said.
Idaho Watersports provided the boat to use during competition, Redbull contributed the public address system for competition announcements and music. The six judges are local riders.
Riders will be judged on composition, style and amplitude.
“For composition, the harder the trick the better. For style, it’s about how steezy you can get, and for amplitude, the bigger the better,” Club Treasurer Dave Robinson said.
The competition is an enormous commitment for the club, but it has the potential for major rewards like recognition outside of the Boise area, raising funds and the experience of hosting an event this big.
With all the support of the Boise community and the hard work put in by the club, the weekend is predicted to be a huge success for all involved.