What can you expect at Brostock Wakeboarding Tournament by Liquid Force June 24-26 on Bull Shoals Lake? Lots of bikinis, tons of boats, cheering crowds, the beautiful scenery of the Ozarks, and young guns in the world of wakeboarding vying for the 2011 title.
The best of the best are coming to Bull Shoals Lake in north central Arkansas to compete for the best double up. For a double up, the boat driver makes a wide turn and then crosses over the wake the boat just made. The wakeboarder rides on the inside of the turn, then hits where the two wakes meet to perform a stunt. The riders catch big air to do tricks like you see in snowboarding and skateboarding. Danny Harf won last year with a 1080.
According to Liquidforce.com, the format is the same as last year with three rounds of riding and each athlete getting two double ups. The best score will be taken into consideration. No trick can be scored more than once, which increases creativity. The final consists of the top five riders of the day.
The prize money is: First – $13,000; Second – $5,000; Third – $3,000; Fourth – $2,000; Fifth – $750; Sixth through 10th – $250.
Confirmed riders according to Liquidforce.com are: Harley Clifford, Bob Soven, Steel Lafferty, Shane Bonifay, Adam Fields, Phil Soven, Adam Errington, Danny Harf, Chris O’Shea, Gabe Lucas, Rusty Malinoski, Kevin Henshaw, Chad Sharpe, Shawn Watson, Mike Ennen, Jimmy LaRiche, JD Webb, Collin Harrington, Parks Bonifay, Tom Fooshee, Ben Greenwood, Daniel Powers, Ricky Gonzalez, Clay Fletcher, and Trevor Hansen.
Renting a boat, particularly a houseboat, is the most popular way to spend time on the water watching the wakeboarding competition. Most of the rooms in Bull Shoals are booked, so you might have to stay in a nearby town.
The U.S. Corp of Engineers will patrol Beaver Lake so everyone can have a nice day out on the water, so pick up your trash, have a designated driver, have fun, but don’t get out of hand.
Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock hosts a Meet and Greet with the pro riders from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, June 24 at its marina. Other side events take place as well. This is the second year for Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock to host the event. The boat dock is a family vacation resort offering pontoon and houseboat rentals.
If you miss it this year, put it on your radar for next year because this event will get bigger each year. The event is shown on Fuel TV.
Visit these websites for more information on Brostock, and places to stay and eat in the Bull Shoals area: www.bullshoals.org/brostock-2011; www.liquidforce.com/brostock11/; http://bullshoalslakeboatdock.webs.com/; and http://www.arkansas.com/.