The Florida Gators


Win The 2015/16
College Wakeboard
Championships


College Wake Nationals

Florida Gators College Wake Champions!



 They came. They saw. They conquered! 

Gator Wake made their first trip out to the College Wake Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada this year and made it a memorable one.

Coming into the Championships ranked #2 behind the Arizona State dynasty, their path to the finals was not an easy one.




They took down Cal Poly in the second round of the weekend, and they barely got past the Cinderella story Texas State.

Mac Schramm and Marcus Knox were both key players in beating Texas State. Jack Guenther of Texas State put on a huge showing to keep the match up close.

Next up in the finals was ASU making their 4th appearance in 4 years. They are the proud owner of 2 national titles already, and still showing their dominance year after year. Florida was just to much to handle with Men's rider of the Year Freddie Wayne, and Women's Rider of the Year Heather  Bouchard on the team. 

Congratulations to Gator Wake for their big win in the 2015/16 College Wake Championships. We will be keeping an eye on the Gators to see who is returning for next season and who they will be adding to the roster.







Big thanks to: Lake Las Vegas, Boulder Boats, Jet Pilot, C4 Belts, Outdoor Toyshare,

Buywake.com, Donjoy, Medicine in Motion and Elevated Clothing for being a part of the event. 



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C4 Belts College Ambassador Program


JOIN UP TODAY!

C4 Belts has announced its college ambassador program. They will be taking applications for students to represent their brand on campuses around the country.

Each sport will have its own influential rider to help promote the brand as well as getting your club involved more.

If you are one of the selected applicants you will be able to earn point to win gifts and even a trip for 2 to an event such as X-Games.

C4 is based out of Atlanta Georgia and a great company to be involved with.

So take the first step and get your application filled out TODAY!

Application Below, just click the link:

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Welcome Kraken Boardsports


The winch of all winches. Created in the mountains of Pennsylvania by actual engineers, this winch can handle the snow and the sand.

I got to see one of these bad boys down at Valdosta Wake Compound this spring when they "Released the Kraken." This unit had all the bells and whistles. Their top of the line even comes with a handle that lets you drive yourself.

It didn't take long after talking to the crew and seeing the Kraken One to know we had to partner up.

This winch will be on tour with us in 2016 for everyone to try out and experience. Keep your eyes on the Empire Wake Vimeo page for video uploads.

Kraken also will offer different levels of winches to fit your budget. They will be available at The Empire Shop soon too.

So check out the best on the market! www.KrakenBoardsports.com


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College Wake Championship Brackets 2016


The final teams are set and the flights are booked. Lake Las Vegas and the College Wake Championships are less than a week away. This competition puts the top teams in the country head to head in a bracket style format. It is the best 8 vs the best 8 of each program.

Part of the uniqueness of College Wakeboarding is it takes an individual sport and turns it into a team sport. Each college team works together to earn points for their national rankings during the year. This ranking is what seats their in the bracket. The head to head format shows which teams are well rounded enough to win it all. You need more than just a couple good riders to win a championship. ASU and Texas A&M can both contest to that.

This year, defending National Champs Texas A&M come in seated 3rd behind Arizona State and Florida. We are expecting a stacked final 4 once again this year. Florida is bringing a stacked deck and ASU says they have something up their sleeve as well.  Will we see any upsets? There is always one! Who will it be?

Get to Lake Las Vegas April 14-17 and watch all the College Wake Championship Action!





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College Cable Tour Spring Released



Spring 2016

Thanks to the good scientific work of a certain groundhog, it looks like we get an early spring. This means some great weather for the College Cable Tour spring dates.

So far we have hosted events at Texas Ski Ranch and KC Watersports for teams to qualify for the College Cable Nationals (Location TBD). So now we move to the Southeast and Northwest to make sure all the teams have their chance to be invited to the finals.

Our first stop comes early in the spring as always. This time heading to a brand new park in Houston Texas. Hangar 9 is part of the SMG family and supported by some strong names in the wakeboard industry. This time of year should be really nice as we bring college cable to an all new venue.

Teams will get the next week off for Easter before April 2nd takes us to Valdosta Wake Compound and some good ole country fun. Teams will be able to camp on site all weekend at the Compound as we have bon fires, good food, and better riding. This park is one of the most technical in the country and one of the East Coast favorites. Quinn and the boys in South Georgia have really built up an awesome venue.

From Georgia we head 3000 miles back to Sacramento and Velocity Island. It really is like being on the beach here. This is the best looking park in all the country and offers all UNIT features for riders to conquer.

The last time the tour stopped at this park it was just being finished. Now it is a perfect warm up for all the Northwest teams to thaw out from being hammered with powder all winter.

Each event is Saturday morning from 8 until noon. Riders are offered discount prices to stay and ride all weekend at the parks. Make sure you come and get your practice in Friday and be familiar with the park.

After the event Saturday, hang out with us, some good music and even more giveaways. Take advantage of the discount prices and good food!

Teams who want to compete at College Cable Nationals must ride at least one stop of the 2015/2016 Tour.

All teams competing must register with Empire Wake before the event.

More to come so stay posted!




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College Wake Championships 2016


April 14-17th
Lake Las Vegas, NV

The College Wake Championships are heading back to Lake Las Vegas this spring once again for what looks to be the biggest turn out in 5 years.

This spot has been a rider and spectator favorite with 4 days of excitement and the best riding in the country. Texas A&M looks to defend its title after a strong victory last season while a determined ASU squad wants revenge.

Both of these teams will need to step up there game however with the Florida Gators looking to finally show how strong they really are. The Gators boast numerous pro level riders and have been ranked number 2 finishing out the fall. If the Gators bring their top riders, it might be a trip to the podium for them.

Sac State, Chico State, and Western Washington are all lurking in the top 10 as well hoping to create some upsets. Sac State got the boost they were looking for after a big win at the West Coast regionals this season. Hopefully the rough winter won't set them back too far.

The event kicks off Thursday April 14th at 9am with head to head rounds. It's win or your out for the top 16 teams in the country.

Thursday evening will also bring a new event to the weekend. This year we are hosting an opening ceremony to introduce the riders and the teams. The party will be in the pavilion on the lake at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas beginning at 8pm. You will see teams dressed to represent their school and state. All spectators are welcome to attend free of charge and meet the teams.

Friday evening will host the third annual College Wake Awards. This catered dinner requires a ticket to attend but well worth the food and fun. Be there as we announce who the top riders in the country are.

2016 brings a new award with the entries of the College Wake Video of the year. Videographers will submit videos by April 1st to be entered and judged. The top videos will be shown at the awards before the winner is announced.

The College Wake Championships is open to the public and all teams are welcome to participate. There is a "Groupie" package offered for anyone not competing but looking to be a part of all the excitement. The package includes, lunch and dinner, a ticket to the College Wake Awards, passes to all social events and a free event tshirt.

Empire Wake is also offering special rates in the room block for friends and family. This link will be posted here shortly. Please make sure to book through this link to get the special rate.
(Coming Soon)

Teams attending must register with Empire Wake. A packet will be sent to all team emails who participated at a regional qualifier. The packet will lay out all the details your team will need to know in order to compete.

The event is looking to fill up quickly for teams, so make sure to get your registration in soon! Can't wait to be there and see who will take home the 2015/16 National Title!!


Purchase your Groupie Package here! 



For Groupie Details Click Here


Book your hotel and receive our discount here:

Hilton Empire Wake Rate


2016 College Wake Championship Schedule


Wednesday April 13th
-       Teams Check in with Hilton 

Thursday April 14th
-       8am Breakfast
-       10am  Bracket  10 Utah  vs  7 Baylor
-       12noon  Bracket  9 Cal Poly  vs  8 Rollins College
-       2pm  Bracket   11. Texas State vs 6. W. Washington
-       4pm Bracket   4. Sac State  vs  5. Chico State
-       6pm  Individual Intermediate and Advanced Womens Round 1
-       6pm Dinner Catered at event
-       8pm Opening Ceremonies Hilton Pavilion

Friday April 15th
-       8am Breakfast
-       10am Bracket  Texas A&M vs Winner of (6,11)
-       12 noon  Bracket 1. ASU  vs Winner (7, 10)
-       2pm Bracket  2. Florida vs Winner of (8, 9)
-       4pm Individual Mens Advanced and Open round 1
-       7pm Boat Cruise be at the Dock
-       8pm  College Wake Awards Reflection Bay
-       9:30pm Lake Cruise Leaves Reflection Bay

Saturday April 16th
-       9am Breakfast
-       11am Bracket Semi Final 1 Teams TBA
-       12 noon Lunch
-       1pm  Bracket Semi Final 2 Teams TBA
-       4pm FINALS
-       Award Ceremony TBA

Sunday April 17th
-       11am Individual National Championship Finals
-       12 noon Lunch at Event Site

-       1pm Individual Awards







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College Wake Series Orlando Edit


Watch the highlights of the College Wake Series final stop in Orlando. The event was hosted on Rollins College campus on a perfect Florida day. The University of Florida and Arizona State were both there to give everyone a taste of what the number 1 and number 2 teams in the country look like.
College Wake Series - Orlando 2015 from Empire Wake on Vimeo.
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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
Intermediate
Women's Advanced 
Advanced Wakesurfing
Advanced
Open
Wakeskate
Beginner 

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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