Pro wakeboarding coming to the Springs

The top wakeboarders in the world are coming to Prospect Lake this summer.

Prospect Lake?

Yep.

On July 23 and 24, the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour will be in Colorado Springs – the fourth event in a five-stop series points race for the Pro Tour title.

Wakeboarding is a rail-sliding, water-sport. Riders compete in a series of rounds, performing rail tricks and aerial stunts while being pulled on the water by a towboat at 25 mph.

But why Colorado Springs and Prospect Lake?

“They like intimate venues where spectators can see the competitors from all around the lake,” said Cheryl McCullough, sports and special events manager for the Experience Colorado Springs, the convention and visitors bureau. “Memorial Park and Prospect Lake were huge selling points.”

McCullough said the CVB has been working to attract the event since October of 2008 when officials met the ProWakeboard tour’s tournament director at a trade show in Pittsburg, Pa.

Another draw is that the skateboard park in Memorial Park designed by Team Pain – which also designs the courses for ProWakeboard tours.

Officials from ProWakeboard have visited the city twice to ensure it has everything necessary to attract spectators to such an event.

Plus, the Colorado Springs is central to the United States, McCullough said, “It will be a huge draw for locals, the state, and regional visitors.

Colorado Springs is the next-to-last stop on the Pro Tour, so competition is expected to be fierce.

“I would not be surprised to see someone land a 1080 in Colorado Springs, because none of us can afford to hold anything back at this event,” said defending Pro Tour titlist Harley Clifford.

The competition will air on FUEL TV. During the summer, the King of Wake shows will air during Wake Steady, FUEL TV’s wake programming block, every Tuesday night at 8:00 p. m. Eastern Time and Pacific Time, beginning June 29.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate on event dates for $10, general admission, $5, ages 6-12, or free, ages 5 and under.

For more information, including daily schedules, tickets, TV air dates, photos, videos, athlete bios, results, standings and more, visit  www.allisports.com.

One Response to Pro wakeboarding coming to the Springs

  1. Glad the City decided to repair the leak years ago and FILL it back up.

    Question – how deep is the lake? Someone should be there with a shovel to dig the wakeboarders out when they crash….

    Ken G
    April 5, 2010 at 1:51 pm