Wakeboard nationals cancelled

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comSeptember 16, 2013 

— The USA Wakeboard Nationals won’t be coming to Lake Wylie this month, but may come next year.

Originally scheduled for Sept. 27-29, the championships were to offer a $15,000 purse and bring thousands to Ebenezer Park in Rock Hill. Organizers say the cancellation had to do with a busy tournament calendar and limited time to promote the event.

“The folks in Florida had to cancel the event,” said Auvis Cole, sports sales manager with the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Lack of registration was the main thing.”

USA Waterski, located in Polk City, Fla., is the organization that was hosting the 15th annual championship event. The group’s event calendar shows a kneeboard national championship event the same weekend in Orlando, Fla.

The bigger challenge was this year’s World Wakeboard Championships in Busan, Korea. That event ran Aug. 28-Sept. 1. The wakeboard national team – which included former Tega Cay wakeboarder Austin Hair – won a silver medal and four individual medals. Athletes from 28 countries participated.

The focus on that event, Cole said, made promoting the Rock Hill event difficult. But he’s confident the move ultimately will be a postponement rather than a full cancellation.

“Obviously we’re looking at 2014,” Cole said.

Cole say May to September is the target for bringing an event to Lake Wylie next year. Again it will have to compete with a busy slate. Among the 16 national and worldwide events already set for USA Waterski are the Water Ski & Wakeboard World Cup in Mandurah, Australia and the Cable Wakeboard World Championships in Sauherad, Norway.

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