As the saying goes, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.” This held true on Oct 15th, when nine collegiate wakeboard teams from Oklahoma and Texas descended upon Lake Lewisville for the 3rd stop of the Collegiate Wake Series. The event is paired up with the Pirate Days festival held by The Colony.
From the 9 teams came 90 riders and over 1000 spectators. There were so many riders that the last open rider was pulled at sunset and the wakeskate division headed to Hydrous Wake Park for an under the lights jam style contest.
The teams were loaded and excited to have a chance for an invite to the Collegiate Wake Series Championships in Las Vegas NV. However, with the Texas Longhorns looking to defend their constant domination as top ranked in the state, it was going to be tough.
Texas A&M answered that challenge. Placing in almost every division this team came ready to up end rival Texas. It must be a school motto these days as they seem to take that same approach in other school sports.
North Texas also had some making up to do. This year Justin Troth brought his team to show they are here to make a statement. Rolling deep in the 42 foot tour bus, the team brought 16 riders to compete. Justin Troth took 2nd in open to give the Eagles the boost they needed for the weekend. The team came in 2nd for the weekend but are going to need some more high level riders to be strong come April.
In the end it was Cole Clements of Sam Houston State who took home the win for the weekend. He was able to beat out Justin Troth of UNT and Matt McCaleb of Oklahoma State in the open division.
The weekend set the stage for the second round of Texas November 5th and 6th in Beaumont. These teams and more will go at it one more time at the famed SETx lake with what we think will be an even bigger turn out.
Check out the website for all the photos and results www.EmpireWake.com
Special thanks to Hydrous Wake Park, Alpine Stars, Buywake.com, Red Bull, WetSounds, Ten-80, Buxton Marine, and Smith Optics for the support.