The Pros-n-Joes Event is designed to give amateur riders in South Florida the
opportunity to not only meet pro-level wakeboarders and wakeskaters but to ride with them as well. It is also an opportunity to make Palm Beach County relevant in wake related sports.
The SFWA is dedicated to this purpose and our intention is to make this a family event that will attract both hard-core wake enthusiasts and the casual observers. The Pros-n-Joes Event will be marketed aggressively and we expect a large crowd throughout the day. Last year’s crowd approached approximately 1,300 people. This year’s event will be an all-day, two day event starting at 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday. In addition to the wakeboarding tournament, the SFWA on Saturday night will be hosting a dodgeball party complete with live music, food and beverage.
The Pros-n-Joes Event is a unique concept in the world of competitive wakeboarding. For each pro rider, there will be three local amateurs that will make up the pro riders “team”. The competition is planned to have thirty (30) local amateur riders plus ten (10) professional riders giving a total of forty (40) riders. At approximately 9 a.m. on Saturday, the Pro riders will select the three Joe riders at random to join the Pro riders “team.” The teams will compete behind the boat against each other throughout the event with the opportunity for both wake tricks and rail tricks. Each rider will be judged against their own skill level thereby giving the Joe rider and the Pro rider the same opportunity to compete. Again, this event will give amateur riders the opportunity to do something they may never get another chance to do: ride with the sport’s top professionals!
Obviously, a whole day cannot be made from just the water activities; there must be “land” events also to keep the Pros-n-Joes Event going during the down times of the wake-related activities. As for the “land” portion of the Pros-n-Joes Event, the park will be host to activities for the kids such as a bounce house and rock climbing wall. There will also be giveaways, raffles and other events (autograph booths, etc.) for those not riding behind or enjoying the pro demos. In addition, there will be food vendors and music throughout the day. Most importantly it will be a “showcase” for the many Pros-n-Joes Event sponsors; which will enable the event participants the opportunity to get a hands-on look at some of the newest products on the market.
Rider Instructions are as follows:
By registering to participate in the 2008 SFWA Pros and Joes Wake Contest you as a rider agree to the terms and conditions of the events. You also agree to hold harmless of any liability the SFWA, it’s officers, vendors and volunteers associated with the event. All riders must provide their own life jackets and helmets (if they choose to use the rail portion of the contest). Riders must complete the registration form, the waiver form and make payment for the event prior to the event in order to participate. All rules, judging and awards will be final and not open for negotiation. Riders must be present at the lake each day at 8:00am in order to compete.
- Saturday November 15th, 2008 – First day of qualification. Team selection 8:00 am. End of day 4:30 pm
- Sunday November 16th, 2008 – Finals, Beginning at 8:00 am, End of Day 2:00 pm
Saturday November 15th:
There will not be a Pro and Amatuer Level. We were still going to have two costs as follows:
- Sign up before November 1, 2008 – $80.00
- Sign up after November 1, 2008 – $100.00