Registration for the 4th Annual 2010 South Florida Wake Association (SFWA) Pros and Joes Event is now officially CLOSED!!!!!!  Thank you to all the participants that have signed up.  What if you didn’t sign up?  Depending on the a number of issues it is possible that we will add an additional team to this year’s lineup.  If you want to be placed on a waiting list, then email me at www.sfwake.com .  Please understand the waiting list is first come first serve.  This waiting list will also be used to replace individuals that dropout of the event due to unforeseen circumstances (usually one or two a year).  Again, thanks to everyone that signed up and please do not hesitate to add your name to the waiting list if you are interested.

This year’s event, sponsored by South Florida Mastercraft, Arrigo DodgeMotion Watersports, Broward Motorsports, Networxvip-Premium Concert Tickets, and Moe’s Southwest Grill promises to be bigger and better with a new format that will showcase the Pro riders in a best trick competition worth $1,000 to the winner.  With that in mind we already have commitments from five amazing riders who will be there to ride with the amateur teams and compete for the $1,000 top prize.  Who are they?  Well here is the list and a link to a video showcasing their skills:  

So what is Pros and Joes?  Just continue reading and your questions will be answered, if you still have questions after reading you can contact us at sfwake@yahoo.com .     

WHAT IS PROS AND JOES?  

The SFWA Pros-n-Joes Event is designed to give amateur wake 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 grow the wake sports from the grassroots and make Palm Beach County relevant in wake related sports. The SFWA is dedicated to this purpose and our intention each year is to make this a family event that will attract both hard-core wake enthusiasts and the casual observers.  We strive to put on an enjoyable event that is unique in concept and fun for all involved.     

The Pros-n-Joes Event is a unique concept in the world of competitive wake sports.  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 8 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 a wakeboard boat against each other throughout the event.  Here is where our tournament differs from every other, 1.  Both wakeboarders and wakeskaters will compete together on the same team, 2.  This is possible because each rider is 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!  In addition this year’s event will include something new–at the end of the day, the ten Pro riders will compete against each other in a best trick contest worth $1,000 to the winner.  So the opportunity to see a the top Pros push hard for a victory should produce some exciting results.     

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 other “fun” items.  This year’s event will showcase a skateboard park, displaying local talent shredding the course.  There will also be giveaways, raffles and other events (autograph booths, etc.) for those not riding 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.  

SO WHERE AND WHEN IS PROS AND JOES?  

The SFWA Pros-n-Joes event will be held this year on Saturday, November 6th, 2010 at the Micanopy Pavillion within Okeeheelee Park, West Palm Beach, Florida.  If you not familiar with the area, here is a map to the location  http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=109239636025995588089.0004733c77f745ab48542&source=embed&ll=26.426309,-79.856873&spn=0.852236,1.230469&z=10  

FAQS  

 Q:  I would like to sponsor the event?  Are there still opportunities to do so?  A. Yes, we welcome sponsors, if you are interested in sponsoring the event contact me (Jimmy Beno) at 561-312-0701 so that I can discuss the opportunities with you and rush you a sponsorship package for your consideration.  We truly value our event sponsors and we believe that the sponsorship packages reflect that attitude. 

Q:  How long does the event last?  A.  The event is typically a full day, we start the first teams off the dock at 9:00am.  Participants must be there and signed in by no later than 8:00 am.  Plan on staying until 6:00pm or so.  

Q:  What do I need to bring to participate?  A. You will need to bring your board (wakeboard, wakeskate) and your life vest (required).  Ropes will be provided and helmets are not necessary as we will not be hitting sliders/rails.  

Q:  Can I pick the Pro I ride with?  A.  No, Pro riders and their team are selected by random.  The Pro riders that participate are subject to availability and often change, up to the day of the event. Past pros have included JD Webb, Adam Errington, Jimmy LaRiche, Aaron Reed, George Daniels, Josh Palma, Shawn Watson, Collin Harrington, Zane Schwenk, Kevin Henshaw and many more.  We strive to have the best Pro riders in the world at the event so that no one is “disappointed”, as you can see from those committed thus far, that trend is continuing.  

Q:  What is the tournament format?  A.  Pretty simple, each team gets two sets.  A set consists of each rider taking a pass up and down the lake (about five tricks each way).  After each set the team receives a score.  The team with the highest combined score of the two sets is the winning team.  It is our plan (subject to change based on availability) to award prizes for teams that finish in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.    You are guaranteed two sets and the chance to spend the day with your Pro rider learning from him in an up close and personal setting.  Not bad for the registration fee.  

Q:  My family and friends want to come to the event, what is the entry fee into the park and is their room to watch the event?  A.  There is not entry fee to the event.  The event is free and open to the public so please, please, please bring as many friends as you want and tell as many people about the event as possible.  There is plenty of room at the park to view the event, besides for two sets of bleachers you can bring blankets and chairs to sit on the shoreline and watch.  In addition there will be activities for little ones and plenty of food vendors if you are hungry.  Event shirts will be on sale and there will be raffles for all kinds of prizes.  

   

So there you have it.  Let’s make this year the best year ever for Pros and Joes.  If you have any questions about the information provided above or about information that I didn’t cover, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at sfwake@yahoo.com.  

See you there and keep shredding!!!  

Jimmy Beno, SFWA President  

   

 

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