I spent the past weekend just outside Mexico City with MasterCraft Valle de Bravo. Rusty Malinoski, Daniel Powers, and I joined forces with MasterCraft Valle de Bravo/Cancun (Mexico’s exclusive MasterCraft dealer) to host Wake Battles. The event is structured similarly to Wake Games; riders of various abilities form a team of five riders. Each rider competes in their respective division and earns points that contribute to a cumulative team total. While Wake Battles is a family-oriented event designed to encourage riders of all levels to begin competing, it also boasts a purse of 100,000 pesos (over $7,000)…pretty insane for a grassroots/pro-am style event. To say the least, this created some healthy competition amongst teams. The venue, Club Izar Valle de Bravo, was just as legitimate as the purse. In fact, Rusty and I were so impressed by the setup that we plan to speak with MasterCraft about holding events at Izar in the future. The management, purse, and venue made this grassroots event one of the best I’ve ever helped out with. Big thanks to the event sponsors, Club Izar, and especially to Philippe, Pedro, and Pedrito (hahaha) for their hospitality and for the time and effort they dedicate to the growth of our sport. See you guys next year…thanks for teaching us why to say no to Mezcal!!