Rumors of a new wakeboard rail park in Northern California began to float around months ago. Word on the street was that a forward thinking man by the name of John Eagal had built a wakeboard and water ski paradise in Tracy, California and was letting a select few test out the facilities. Recently, these rumors were put to rest as the first Eagal Lake Rail Invitational went down on a sunny fall day.
The scene was set as invited wakeboarders and wakeskaters from Northern California gathered to display their skills and compete for a large cash purse. Friends and family lined the shores as riders sessioned five rails and the kicker set up in the lake. Each rider was given four passes or four falls; allowing everybody to push themselves and just enjoy the opportunity to hit some solid objects.
Highlights from the wakeskating included a solid boardslide over the “widowmaker” by Discovery Bay’s Jamie Eddy and a perfect frontboard shuv on the up-flat rail by the young gun Grant Roberts. In wakeboarding Max Thompson from Canada slid everything smoothly; ollieing the tall side of the up-flat and pressing with genuine snowboarding style. Justin Fisher held it down for the locals with his signature fluid style and consistency on all the rails; Fisher had countless combinations and diversity.
Big thanks goes out to everybody who made this event possible: John Eagal and Eagal Lakes Sports Resort, Nor Cal Mastercraft, Neptunes Marine audio, CWB, Fiftyonefifty, and the Delta Wakeboard Camp. Thanks to the judges Josh Smith and John Haddox and drivers Grant Roberts and David Byrkit. Look for more events to go down at Eagal Lakes in the future.
1. Justin Fisher
2. Daniel Doud
3. Max Thompson
4. Trevor Maur
1. Grant Roberts
2. Jamie Eddy
3. Al Marchiniak
4. Josh Rossi