The event has one of the best atmospheres surrounding it with so many great people that come to enjoy what wakeboarding is all about. Not to mention, everyone has so much fun. —Zoe Luquette
HUNTSVILLE — Wakeboarders from throughout the Intermountain region converged on Pineview Reservoir on Friday and Saturday to take part in the Seventh Annual Wake Up Wakeboard Competition and lifestyle festival.
“I love coming to Utah from Las Vegas to compete in this event every year,” said Zoe Luquette, amateur wakeboarder who finished third in Women’s Open Division. "The event has one of the best atmospheres surrounding it with so many great people that come to enjoy what wakeboarding is all about. Not to mention, everyone has so much fun.”
One of the best moments of the event came from female rider Cate Siniscalchi, who competed in the Women’s Open Class. Siniscalchi competes with a degenerative brain and nervous disorder. Even though she crashed out, Siniscalchi was all smiles throughout the day.
“Cate is just an amazing kid with such an amazing attitude,” said Tony Duffy, project manager of Wake Up Weekend and owner of all-actionsports.com. “Cate shows us that wakeboarding is more than the podium in the end. She shows us that wakeboarding is a lifestyle and that anyone can participate to be outside and be active. She shows us what the true motivation of the sport is.”
Looking forward, Duffy is positive and ready for next year’s competition.
“This series we are creating through the season anchored by the Wake Up is gaining a ton of momentum. We are grateful for all the sport endemic and nonendemic sponsors seeing these sports and their value as community and commerce builders.”
On Friday, wakeboard enthusiasts were given the opportunity to try out the latest and best boats and equipment in the Second Annual Pre Wake Up Sunset Surf Session Demo Event. The event was set in a designated area on the lake where only participants were allowed, giving them unrestricted access and pristine conditions to test and experience wakeboarding.
“The Pre Wake Up Demo was a fantastic opportunity for the active wakeboard and boat lover looking for their next boat or boats,” said Paul Avner, event organizer and principal partner at clubrecutah.com. “That is why we tried to get all the boat brands and retailers involved in this, including companies and brands from Utah, including Marine Products and Utah Watersports. Our motivation in growing these events is building the family culture and community around it in the region. Our ability to close a significant part of the reservoir to only our boat traffic made this experience unique.”
On Saturday competitors in grom (youth), beginner, intermediate and pro categories took to the water to compete in several disciplines in front of hundreds on the beaches and more watching from their boats.
When the final flag was dropped and the boats docked for the day, the following men and women stood on the podium:
Outlaw Men’s Podium
1. Chase Shaw
2. Chase Schuster
3. KC Russell
Open Women’s Podium
1. Kylee Shaw
2. Elle Christiansen
3. Zoe Luquette
Tyler Tate is the owner and operator of T Squared Action Sports, Clean Lines Productions and the Senior Action Sports Analyst for 120 Sports TV. Follow Tyler for the best action sports coverage on all social media platforms: T Squared Sports