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College Cable Nationals

All About the New

The first half of the College Wake Series and College Wake Surf Tour were all about whats new! There were new locations as the tour pushed into the mid west. KC Watersports and Carlyle Lake Illinois both proved to be fun locations with camping and calm water. The famed Atlanta event moved from south Lake Lanier to Don Carter State Park on the far north side. The cove also offered perfect water for the event.

We saw a lot of new teams as well from all over. Georgia College is reviving there club with Eliseo Magallon taking the helm out of Atlanta Georgia. Northwest Missouri State and Kansas State also showed up for a great weekend at KC Watersports for stop 3 of the tour.

The 2015/16 season kicked off just east of Saint Louis on Lake Carlyle Illinois. The state park offered camping and a protected cove for the riders. Thanks to B&R Marine, the local Nautique dealer, the riders got to enjoy a G23 and all its massive wake.

Illinois State team President Kyle Burr, lead the way taking first place in the Advanced division. He was able to beat out 2 Missouri riders Austen Denning and Kori Saake. It was a Missouri vs Illinois State kind of day in the new spot. Look for this event to move to Janesville WI next year.

The next event was delayed in Atlanta due to a hurricane churning the Atlantic causing a cold front to stall out dropping 3 to 4 inches of rain in Gainesville GA. It was off to KC Watersports and Kansas City for more Mid West action.

This time the weekend hosted Northwest Missouri State, Missouri, North Texas, and Kansas State. The teams got to camp behind KC Watersports and ride the park all weekend. Saturday was wake and surf just down the road at Hillsdale Res. Once the fog from the cold morning and warm water burned off, the location offered smooth water.

Hayden Smith of N.W Missouri State took this event beating out Kyle Burr of Ill. State this time. It was a great way to start the N.W. Missouri State program with a strong win.

In the women's division it was the battle of the Danielles again. Danielle Leland of Illinois State took both events back to back edging out Danieele Spanburg of Missouri.

Kansas State showed some strength with Ryan Helus winning Intermediate as well as 3rd with Ehtan Myer. Kobie Engel took 2nd in beginner.

Expect some growth next season in the mid west as more teams join the College Wake Series and we push into Wisconsin.

Big thanks to Colby Mnich of KC Watersports, Ross Kirkendoll of B&R Marine, Red Bull, Louis Hill and Hayden Coons for making these events possible. 

Also: Buywake.com, Outdoor Tech, STZ Clothing, Elevated Clothing, Neff Headwear, Jet Pilot, and CTi. 

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CWS Atlanta October 17th

October 17th 2015

Last year was a transition from Sunset Cove as we were in search of a new location for one of the largest events in college wakeboarding. This event is still the original event that started the College Wake Series in 2009.

It only seemed fitting it was the first event to kick off College Wake Surfing last season as well. This event is special to a lot of people and a lot of teams. It has drawn in clubs such as last years National Champions Texas A&M as well as top team University of Florida.

This year the event moves to a brand new national park just north of Atlanta on Lake Lanier. Moving the event north and to a protected cove and place on the correct side of the lake should provide amazing water right around the corner from the campsites.

The event is all day Saturday kicking off at 9am with beginner wakesurfing.  Wake Surfing is only $20 per rider! Phase 5 will be on site with boards to demo for all riders competing!

Next in the water will be the Women's Wake Division and follow the schedule below.

Division order is:
Beginner Wakesurfing

Women's Advanced 
Advanced Wakesurfing

This is always a big event, and looking like it will be staying that way. Please plan on a half day Sunday just in case.  We want to make sure all the riders have a chance to participate as well as earn points for your team.

The event is being pulled by a 2015 Malibu MXZ thanks to Singleton Marine Group and Corey Bradley. We are excited to continue to expand with these guys

Teams and spectators can camp with us in primitive campsites near the event inside the state park. This is not a closed camp ground as we used to have at Lake Lanier Island however. Please prepare accordingly. Camping will be open from Friday night until Sunday.

There is also no food available in the park, so bring food and waters with you. NO GLASS ALLOWED!!

Camping: We have rented all the primitive sites for the teams looking to camp for cheap. This means no electricity. As always it is only $10 a person for the weekend. The camp sites are not closed like they used to be. We need to be more understanding of the other campers this year.
Please pay Empire Wake when you arrive. 

All teams competing must be registered prior to the event with Empire Wake. Also, keep posted for the addition of College Wakesurfing.

To register: Click here


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Baylor Wins College Cable Nationals

September 20th 2015

Once again in college wake, the three peat was denied. This time it was Baylor Wake using home park advantage to take down the University of Central Florida. The Knights were missing a few strong riders to the Monster Triple Crown, but still brought the majority of their returning champs.

Going into the Semi Finals Sunday Morning, it was Texas A&M in the lead.  The Aggies were looking to be the first team in College Wake to win both Wake and Cable in the same year.  However, after a rough morning the Aggies ended in 4th after being taken down by reigning champs Knights Wake. They just couldn't seem to get their passes down as they had the day before.

The second semi final placed South Florida against Baylor. It was extremely close as Senior Beau Brown lead the Bulls charge. It just wasn't enough to beat Baylor thus setting up a final once again hosting Knights Wake for the 3rd year straight and Baylor in their first.

In the College Cable Championships it is 8 vs 8, in a head to head format. Teams win together and lose together.

UCF and Baylor went back and forth as the riders had 2 chances to score their best run. Shawn Rysak started things off for Knights Wake. Throwing a Hoochie to Fakie off the first kicker, and a crow mobe in his run, the bar was already set high.

Baylor answered right back with Austin Frazee's run including a backside 5, a switch heel 5, and solid rail riding showing how controlled he was.

Justin Worrall of UCF showed why he is one of the most technical rail riders in all of college cable. No one the whole weekend showed the control and style he had. However, the College Cable National Championships are a team effort and Knights Wake just didn't have the combined score to take down a near perfect Baylor in the end.

Marshal Lewis (college men's rider of the year) was the nail in the coffin with a heel 5, 313, and mute backmobe in his run.

This day and age in College Cable, you have to be near perfect to win a title. Baylor was just that! Congrats to the Bears and how far they have come to win in front of a home crowd.

Big thanks to BSR Cable Park for all that they do for College Wake and Cable, Buywake.com,  Hoven Vision, Outdoor Tech, and Elevated Clothing for supporting the event.

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College Wake Series 2015 Schedule

Another year has come and gone. It seems like just the other day that Texas A&M dethroned club dynasty Arizona State from being a three time, back to back to back College Wake Champion at Lake Las Vegas. This season, both teams are back on top and primed to step up the level of riding once again. 

There are also so many new clubs coming onto the scene strong. Cal Poly State and Illinois State are the first two that come to mind. Both teams were brand new in 2014, but showed they belong right away. We have seen them becoming better and training harder all summer waiting to become top 10 teams. Their clubs are organized and focused thanks to strong leadership.

This season the College Wake Series will add even more clubs to the tour. With the addition of two new stops in the Midwest we are hoping to see teams from Kansas, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Mississippi, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This region has been dominated by power house water ski teams for years. It is time for their wakeboard programs to show what they have.

Stop one is being moved from Minneapolis MN to St Louis MO to be closer to the middle of teams. The location is a great stop on a lake the locals rave about. Teams will be able to camp on site and ride just around the corner in a perfect cove on Lake Carlyle.

From there we head across the country and back...

The tour stops for College Wakeboarding 2015:

September 26th      Eldon Hazlat State Park   Carlyle IL
October 3rd            Don Carter State Park      Gainesville GA
October 10th          Lake Miola                      Kansas City KS
October 17th          The Watersports Farm     Sacramento CA
November 7th        BSR Cable Park               Waco TX
November 14th      Rollins College                Orlando FL

This year almost every tour stop will offer camping for the teams. This is to make everything more social and affordable.

This season too we will be hosting the College Raft Race each weekend. Riders should bring their best and most creative blow up floats to the event. We will be giving prizes away to the most creative float as well as who will win the race. All floats must be blow up to help us avoid injury during the chaos!

Make sure you have your team registered prior to the event. Teams can participate in as many tour stops as they choose. National rankings are based on many aspects, but multiple events are very important.

This season we are also offering any club who registers and pays entry fees up to 7 days before an event a $10 discount per rider. These entry fees must be paid in full to get the discount.

Don't forget to check on the College Cable Tour and the brand new College Wakesurfing Tour.

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2015 College Cable Nationals

Back to Texas comes the College Cable National Championships. This time hitting the hottest park in the country. We aren't just talking temperature (it's over 100 degrees here everyday now), but this park has become world renowned and everything they post is a viral sensation!

With so much to do at this park, the riders and spectators are going to have a wild weekend without a doubt. Put 50 college riders in one park for a weekend all battling out to bring their team a national title.

For the past 2 years the University of Central Florida Knights have held the title of College Cable National Champions. They won at TSR, and then again at Hydrous. Last year we saw 4 other very good teams with potential to win. South Florida suffered an injury leaving them in a bad spot mid way through the event. North Texas placed second, but have had another year of training to seek redemption. And TCU last year was 2 riders short, but those who did ride, showed the crowd just what they are capable of.

Will Knights Wake become the first team in College Wake history to three-peat? Or will we see another team come in and take home the cup?

One thing is for sure, this is a weekend at BSR Cable Park no team will want to miss.


Friday Night September 18th - Check in

Saturday 8am - Round 1 all teams

Saturday 6pm - Individual Round for Advanced, Women's and Open riders.

Sunday 9am - Semi Finals and Finals

More info:

- Qualifying teams, sign up now by emailing EmpireWake@gmail.com

- Registration and payment is due by September 6th 2015.

- Team Rider Registration will be posted on the Empire Wake Mobile App.

 -8 Riders per team will be able to compete in a team format. All teams are required to have at least 1 female rider.

College Cable Nationals 2014 from Empire Wake on Vimeo.

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College Wake Awards 2015

The College Wake Awards once again took place during the College Wake Championships at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas. This event is a beautiful, catered dinner in the main garden Friday night with all the guests dressed up in their finest.

The 2015 awards were the second year of this tradition with some added awards and all new winners. Teams arrived at 7:30 to a salad and pasta dinner buffet where they could relax in the garden and wind down after 2 hard days of riding round one.

Each year the awards are presented by our amazing sponsors who come all the way to Las Vegas to be a part of the Championships and support the top teams. This year the awards were presented by Stuart Litjens of Boulder Boats, Steve Goldberg of Jet Pilot, Machi Block with Eleveated Clothing and Don LoGuercio of Ossur Corp.

It is always an amazing evening filled with excitement and tears of joy.

 Check out who won!

Team of the Year:
  Texas A&M

Male Rider of the Year: 
  Marshal Lewis  Baylor Wake

Female Rider of the Year: 
  Olivia Lombord  Rollins College

Presidential Award: 
  Ryan Dailey  Cal Poly

Freshman of the Year:  
  Conner Kostyra  Rollins College

Wakeskater of the Year:  
  Marcus Knox University of Florida

Next year we will be adding a few awards so get your team ready!

2015-16 Awards:
      College Edit of the Year
      Team of the Year
      Male Rider of the Year
      Female Rider of the Year
      Freshman of the Year
      President of the Year
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College Cable Tour Terminus

With only one College Cable Tour stop this spring, what better location than Lake Point and Terminus Wake Park. It is now clear the magnitude in which this location is going to become. Hotels, restaurants, sand volleyball, and AstroTurf give this cable park a very different vibe.

Thanks to the guys in charge, and former college wakeboarder Adam Silcio, the College Cable Tour's final stop of the season finally made its debut at Terminus. The event had been in the works since spring 2014. However, timing and park opening didn't work out as planned. This left everyone yearning for the location even more.

The teams came from NC State, Central Florida, South Florida, Georgia Tech, Georgia, North Texas, UNC Wilmington, and Missouri. Central Florida the 2 time defending champ was only able to show up with a fraction of their program. Other obligations at their home park split the team up. Team President Kellan Rudnicki made the trip to lead his team into this final event.

Not only did he lead, but he won! Rudnicki placed 1st in Men's Open beating out Jon Hunt of Georgia and Jack Hanson of South Florida. The Open division always impresses in College Cable.

The Wakeskate Division also impressed. Even as riders battled injury from early in the year, they still came in strong. Knights Wake team rider Ed Alosco went out before the event with a hurt ankle. This left the door open for Beau Brown of USF to take the win. Beau has been a consistent skater through his years in College Wake and Cable and was also unsure he was going to compete this weekend with his bruised ribs.

Making their first appearance of the season was the all new NC State Wolfpack and the Missouri Tigers. It is clear how much College Cable is growing and soon to be just as strong as its boating counter part on this level.

Also making their debut this weekend was new sponsor STZ Clothing out of North Carolina. This brand is a perfect fit for the college scene and we have seen clubs taking full advantage right away.

Thanks to our other sponsors: Rockwell Watches, Neff Headwear, Buywake.com, and Humanoid Wake.

All teams who competed this weekend at Terminus are invited to the College Cable Championships at BSR Cable Park mid September. Details coming soon!


1. Kellen Rudnicki   UCF
2. Jon Hunt   Georgia
3. Jack Hanson  USF

1. Daniel Mallario  UCF
2. Dylan Kramer  UNCW
3. Cole Harms   Missouri

1. Aaron Gordon  NC State
2. Andrew Stebbings  UCF
3. Donnie Piper  Georgia Tech

1. Beau Brown   USF
2. Hunter Soens  USF
3. Ryan Hagen  USF

1. Erin Heyman  USF
2. Bailey Nadeua  USF
3. Jensen Kirila  UCF

1. Caleb Spires  Georgia Tech
2. Corey Nix  USF
3. Keith Gilbert  Georgia Tech

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Texas A&M Wins First National Title


 If you happened to have missed this years College Wakeboard Champions at Lake Las Vegas, just book your flight now for April 14th of 2016. The final 4 teams put on a show no one is going to forget for a long time.

It wasn't just defending champs Arizona State being dethroned by an Aggie team that earned every bit of its title. It wasn't also the fact that Baylor Wake was only 75 points shy of beating them in the semi finals, nor that Rollins College, the favorite this year was thrashed by Texas A&M in their semi final. It was the whole finale that made the weekend.

The riding was spectacular from top to bottom. There was no "gimmie" this year, yet there was no upset. Everyone in attendance witnessed the best team in College Wakeboarding use their consistency to win each round.

The team was built over the years by senior President Morgan Burchell. It was a perfect ending to an amazing college wakeboarding career. The 8 riders to take the National Title included Ryan Wolf, Reid Thompkins, Ashton Drenner, Daniel Roop, Jordyn Halbert, Hayden McEntire, Kyle Aubuchon, and John Volleman.

It took the entire Aggie team riding at their best to take down the ASU Wake Devils. The results were nothing shy of outstanding as they won as a team and added to their recent claim to College Wakeboarding Team of the Year.

Congratulations to the Texas A&M Aggies for an amazing season and their first College Wakeboard Championship Title!

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College Wake Championship Brackets Are Set

The teams have been set and the brackets formed. It is going to be an exciting College Wake Championships this year at Lake Las Vegas as so many teams can win the Championships.
Also, with the expansion of the Individual Divisions, more riders than ever are coming to ride and be a part of the event. This is the event direction we have been looking so much to have. We believe every team should come to the Championships and be a part of the event.

The breakdown of the 8 teams looks like this! Who do you think will win it all?

Riding Schedule:

Thursday April 16th

10:00am -  (3) Texas A&M  v.  (6)Sac State
1:00pm   -  (2) Rollins  v. (7) Wake Forest
3:30pm   -  Individuals Intermediate
               -  Individuals Advanced Women's

Friday April 17th

10:00am  - (4)Baylor Wake  v. (5)Chico State
1:00pm    - (1)Arizona State v.  (8) Western Washington
3:30pm    - Individual Men's Advanced
                - individual Men's Open

Saturday April 18th

10:00am   - Winner of (2,7)  v. Winner of (3,6)
1:00pm     - Winner of (1,8)  v.  Winner of (4,5)

4:00pm     - FINALS!!


Sunday April 19th

11:00am  - Individual Finals

TBA        - Individual Awards

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Outdoor Toy Share Looking For Interns

Empire Wake has partnered up in the 2015 season with a brand new company and something that has never been brought to water sports before. With the growth and success of peer to peer sharing, such as Uber and Lyft, Outdoor Toy Share wants to bring the same concept to wakeboarding.

As we have spoken more with the company we have found a way to utilize this concept to help College Wakeboard programs have access to wakeboard boats without having to spend the money to purchase one.

One of the biggest steps in this program is to get some college wakeboarders involved. This gives Outdoor Toy Share your inside knowledge to help make this program a huge success for all teams needing a boat or even 2!

Here is the job description:

Market Analyst & Coordinator Spring and Summer 2015

Locations may include (in order of preference): Boise, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle and Salt Lake City

Description: We’re excited to launch an innovative business this spring called Outdoor Toy Share. We help owners rent out their underused boats, personal watercraft, RVs and more, when they’d typically be sitting in storage. It’s safe, easy and smart for owners and users. We do extensive user screening, provide training and insure those assets for the rental. Much of this will be facilitated through our custom website, currently under development.

Responsibilities.  Here’s what you’ll do:
    - Market research and analysis.
    - At the beginning you’ll drive the analysis to better understand the boating, PWC and RV market in your location. (Tell us what you know about your local area)

    - Once the season is going, you’ll help owners and users with needs as they arise surrounding the execution of rental transactions. This will likely include onsite training / overviews with users prior to their rental. (May require a truck to pull a boat a little, let us know if you have one or ready access to one)

This is a start-up, we need someone who understands that this fundamentally requires flexibility and a “can-do” attitude.  Here are some other things you may be doing:
 -  Marketing material distribution
 -  Local industry event attendance
 -  Support social media efforts
 - Light office tasks, although this position will work remotely

 -  You need to be very familiar with operating boats and able to teach the basics to others with less experience. This is required. Familiarity with PWCs and RVs is a big plus. Tell us about this in years of experience and approximate hours.

 -  Given the interaction with people, excellent verbal and written communication is very important. We need a “people person” for the role.

-  Must be organized and able to work well independently.
- Prefer a student with about one year of school left before graduation.
- Prefer a student with business coursework (a minor or more is a plus) and entrepreneurial interests.
- Microsoft Office capabilities
More info:
20+ hours per week. $10 per hour. Prefer someone to start soon, must start by April and will continue through the summer. Prefer 3.0 GPA or better. Must be eligible to work in the US. 1099 position
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