SPRING2SUMMER

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WAKEFACTORY

 presents SPRING2SUMMER

The annual Spring2Summer wakeboard tournament, put on by the Wake Factory crew, will be June 20-22 in Guntersville, AL. Thanks to Russell Marine for being the title sponsor again this year. Once again we will be pulling the tourney with a beautiful G23 Nautique towboat! Also thanks to Hyperlite wakeboards and Shred Ready Helmets for coming out again to support. And a big thanks to the Best Western for hosting us and evening activities! Please call the Best Western to book your room for this year. The Tournament will have a different format this year. The Contest is Saturday only. With the Kick-Off Party Friday night, and after party Saturday night and a Hyperlite, Byerly Boards and Nautique demo day Sunday, with a few extra surprises thrown in for good measure.

Schedule

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DATE & TIME

06.20.14
7:00 pm

Event Location

Friday Night Kick Off Party
Wyndham, Guntersville
Contest @ Steel Ford Boat Ramp
Spring Creek, Lake Guntersville
After Party @ The Point
Guntersville, Alabama

INFO

Friday Night Kickoff party starts @ 7 pm
Saturday contest starts @ 9 am
After party @ 9 pm
Sunday events start at 10 am

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Hotel Information

  • By shane
  • Published April 23, 2014
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It’s getting closer, remember to book your rooms so you don’t miss out.

Wyndham

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Tip for Contest Riders

  • By Jason Long
  • Published April 23, 2014
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Me again, here to share some tips for the contest riders as they wait their turn to ride at the starting docks. While I’m not a great contest rider I am a people watcher and that has helped me over the years with preparing myself to ride contests. This will be just a few tidbits of info to help things move along more smoothly.

  • This kind of goes without saying, but listen for your riding division to be called. I know it gets loud on the boat line and can be hard to hear the announcer sometimes, so before the day’s events start try to get an idea of when each division will begin from one of the helpful staff workers. Throughout the day keep aware of which division has run. I like to ask one of the event staff on jet skis on occasion which division is currently riding to help me keep up. Of course you can always turn down the tunes for a bit to help hear the announcers too.
  • Once you hear your riding division called to make their way towards the docks, get all your gear (board, bindings, vest, rope) together and head for the starting dock. I prefer to get all my gear out and set aside earlier so I’m not rushing. Try not to bring a bunch of extra stuff you won’t need while riding. That way it’s not crowding the start dock and everyone can move around easier.
  • If on land just walk to the start docks. Those of you in the boat line try to get a ride from one the event staff on jet skis or another boat that is not tied up. Breaking your boat off from the boat line can be messy sometimes, so only do that as a last resort. I don’t suggest swimming across as this could be very dangerous if another division is still riding.
  • Once at the start dock find out the running order so you’ll know whom you’re riding after. This way you can be putting on your board and vest while the rider ahead of you is taking their run. Also take time to lie out your rope.
  • While on the subject of ropes… If you are riding with your own, take time to make sure it is not tangled before you’re run starts. This will help save time between riders. Also know what length to tell the rope handler in the boat to use. There is a “community rope” in the towboat if you do not have one so don’t be worried about that.
  • Stretching is always important whenever performing strenuous activities. Let’s face it; some of you are basically doing gymnastics on water. Gymnasts stretch and so should you! Take a few minutes before your run to loosen up. I find it helps to get my mind off the run ahead and stay calm too. Stretching could help you avoid injury as well.
  • Know the run format of your riding division. Some divisions allow 2-3 falls while others are unlimited falls. Know what tricks you are allowed to perform in your division. If you can do a backroll or 540 but your division doesn’t allow that odds are you signed up for the wrong division and you may be bumped up. While signing up ask opinions from the event staff as to what division you need to ride in and they can help you decide if you’re unsure.
  • Be aware of the riding course. It’s fairly simple… There will be a large buoy at either end of the course. These designate the start and stop points of the course. Once in the course bang out whatever tricks you may have. If you fall outside the course it will not count against your run, only falls within the course count.
  • Don’t expect epic water conditions with perfect butter for miles… It ain’t gonna happen! It’s the nature of the beast and I’ve never seen a contest with smooth water. We try our best to keep the area as smooth as possible from boat traffic, but no one can control the weather. Make the best with what you have.
  • Lastly and most importantly… HAVE FUN!!! That’s part of what this event and sport are all about. I’ve ridden in dozens of contests over my 18 years of wakeboarding. The only events I did well in are where I had the most fun. Just think of it as another day on your home lake riding with friends and family and not a contest. Good luck and we can’t wait to see you ride!

Boat Line Knowledge

  • By Jason Long
  • Published April 22, 2014
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I’ve been a part of every Spring 2 Summer since it’s creation as well as many other wake events with boat lines.  Over the years I have learned some valuable lessons while being rafted up to other boats.  I hope to share that knowledge with you all so everyone’s experience can be more enjoyable and with less potential damage at this year’s Spring 2 Summer.



  • Ropes!  Have at least 4 ropes to tie off to others with….  One for each side bow and stern.  Don’t haul out your wakeboard rope asking to tie off to someone please.  Not only will it ruin your mainline, but also tying boats up with one 65’-85’ rope is almost impossible.

  • Fenders, bumpers, hipity hops…  Whatever you call them get some!  I prefer hipity hops or hopper balls because they are cheaper than fenders, larger in diameter, and mate up better with the hull sides of most wakeboats better than fenders.  They can also be easily deflated for storage after use.  Do yourself a favor and head on over to Toys R Us and get 4-6.  Again a few for each side. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2342878&cp=2255956.2273442.2255969.3130027.2257604&parentPage=family

    Exile Audio also offers them here: http://exileaudio.com/store/index.php/install-accessories/add-ons/exile-buoy-ball-fender.html , or buy fenders. 

    • Anchor!!!  Get a good anchor sized properly for your boat.  Spring Creek is mostly sand/mud bottom with basically no current so standard river anchors hold okay.  Danforth or box style anchors will hold better.  While on the subject of anchoring…  Not everyone needs an anchor out on the bow and stern, but if someone you’re tying up too has one out on the bow, maybe throw you anchor astern to help stabilize the boat line from swinging.   Also make sure you have at least 100’ of anchor rope.  Also try to follow the 7:1 rule.  For every 1’ of water depth let out 7’ of anchor line.  This will ensure a good strong hold.

    • TRASH BAGS!!!  I can’t stress this enough people.  I personally spend some time every year while on a jet ski waiting to pick up downed riders searching for and picking up trash out of the water.  Bring trash bags and use them.  Don’t sink your cans, bottles, etc.  Put it in a bag to throw away on shore or better yet recycle to fund your next boat trip!  Keep our water and shorelines looking great for this event and others as well as just on general purpose.

    • Bring plenty of food/snacks.  It’s a long day on the water and getting out of the boat line to get some Cheetos or whatever would be a pain.  Some of us might be consuming adult beverages and need some filler in between those beverages.  In years past we have had venders selling food on boats. While great don’t depend on them for your meals for the day… Bring your own.  Plenty of water is a good thing to have as well.

    • First aid kits are always good to have on board in general, but in this case could be a real savior.  I’m not saying you need to bring a defibrillator, but a basic first aid kit would be a good thing to keep on your boat at all times.

    • Stay weather aware!  We have been lucky at past events, but Mother Nature may not always be so kind.  If a storm should arise, stay calm.  As long as lightning isn’t present odds are you’re just going to get really wet.  Protect electronics and anything else you want to keep dry.  If severe weather rolls overhead this is where the real danger starts, both from the weather and people trying to avoid it.  Wakeboats basically have lightning rods attached to them and you’re in the middle of a body of water…  Not a safe scenario!  While this is very dangerous everyone trying to untie and run for cover all at once also is very dangerous.  Just use your head, keep calm, and make a safe decision so that everyone stays safe and unharmed.

    • Okay a little about noise/music…  Many of us now have some VERY LOUD stereo systems in our boats.  Multiply that by 40, 50, 60 boats and you have a lot of noise that just happen to be directed towards homes on shore.  Last year we got a few complaints about that noise and some of the explicit lyrics contained in said noise.  I’m not saying don’t play music, but just be mindful of what you are playing and how load it is.  After all we are in public with some families, kids, homeowners, and other boat owners that are just spending the day on the water regardless of the event happening around them.  Let’s try to be courteous so we can continue to be invited back the this area in the future.

Cancer Freeze Swag

  • By shane
  • Published February 1, 2014
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Headed to Cancer Freeze in Florala, Alabama this weekend to help out those fighting cancer. Come on down and check out a good cause and have some fun in the cold water. Brandon Nall with LakeLife Boardshop always gives us something fun to play on with the winch.I have some swag that will be going in their auction including, signed gear from Scott Byerly, Brian Grubb and Chad Sharpe. Also gear from Hyperlite and Shred Ready.Thanks to all who have donated stuff for me to take. Hyperlite, Russell Marine, Ronix, Shred Ready, and Rodney Drake with Southern Wine and Spirits.
Check out http://www.cancerfreeze.net for more info.grubb

Lucky Number 7

  • By shane
  • Published January 12, 2014
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It’s that time again boat shows are upon us. Come see the Wakefactory crew at at the Huntsville Boat show. We will be bouncing back and forth between the Russell Marine booth and Guntersville Pool and Patio’s booth. Now you may be asking yourself why a Pool and Patio store. Well they are your newest Hyperlite dealer. They will be carrying the full line of both Hyperlite and Liquid Force this summer. So Stop by and see what exciting things they will have going on this summer.And maybe checking out the 2014 boats and gear will help you forget about the cold weather and get pumped for Lucky #7!!!!

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