The backbone was set in 2009 when Empire Wake recreated college wakeboarding, setting the fuse of a sleeping giant. With organization came more teams, more sponsors and more events. By 2012 the number of college wakeboard teams had jumped to 70 nationwide.
Simultaneously, the number of cable parks in the U.S was dramatically increasing. This was opening doors for more wakeboarders to make the switch from riding behind a boat to riding under a cable. With the wakeboarders came the college wakeboard teams adding a cable aspect to their programs. In fact, some college teams are solely cable teams.
In 2012 the College Cable Tour was launched. It was only a Southeast tour with 3 stops at Texas Ski Ranch, Hydrous, and OWC. In 2013 the tour expanded to Ski Rixen, Hexagon and Barefoot Ski Ranch. There were enough teams now to launch the 1st ever College Cable National Championships!
September 20-22nd the Texas Ski Ranch, just south of Austin Texas (and new home of the summer X-Games) will be the host of the event. Teams from all over the country have been invited to participate with their best riders.
The action heats up Saturday morning (9am) with round one of the team competition. All teams will compete against each other with the riders broken up into divisions. Each rider earns points for their club. Points will be tallied and the top 4 teams will advance to the next day.
Saturday evening will host the Individual National Championships for the open, advanced, women’s and wakeskate divisions. This will determine who is the top, single riders in the country. There can only be 1 national champion.
Sunday morning will place the 3rd and 4th ranked teams again each other for a conciliation round followed up Sunday afternoon by the College Cable National Championship round. A champion will be crowned by 5pm Central Time!
The event is free for spectators and there will be music, giveaways, open riding and celebration throughout the weekend. You will get to watch and meet College teams from Florida, Texas, Arizona, South Carolina and maybe a few others.
Top teams Texas State and University of Central Florida will finally get to see who is truly the better team. They have been back and forth since the start of the tour at number 1 and 2. Can either take the title? Or will we see and upset?
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Event Sponsors: Jet Pilot, Buywake.com, Smith Optics, Vitamin Water, Elevated Clothing, Rockwell Watches, Shred Ready Helmets, Alpinestars, and Kicker Audio.