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April 14-17th 2016


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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.

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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! 







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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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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.

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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.

Schedule:

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!



FULL RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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




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