The 5th Annual South Florida Wake Association (SFWA) Pros and Joes Wake event was held on November 12th, 2011 in West Palm Beach at beautiful Lake Okeeheelee. The event was a success highlighted by incredible riding from both the Pro and Amateur riders, excellent weather, a wide variety of sponsors and a great crowd.This year’s event Pro List included Scott Stewart, Daniel Powers, Nicola Butler, Steele Lafferty, Adam Errington, Zane Schwenk, Josh Palma, Andrew Adkison, JD Webb and Phil Soven. Not to be outdone, the amateur rider list included some up and coming names like Noah Flegel, Keenan Allen, Robby Holihan and soon to be known Juan Mendez.
The tone of the event was set by the smooth vocal stylings of the Dano-the-Mano and overall this year’s event boosted the best all around level of riding seen in all five past events. In addition, this year’s event included filming via helicopter. The resulting footage was amazing and available to be seen on the SFWA website, http://www.sfwake.com.
The SFWA is proud to host this event each year but the hosting of the event would not be possible without our sponsors. The sponsors this year included South Florida Mastercraft, Motion Watersports, CWB Board Co., Red Bull, Muscle Milk, Broward Motorsports, Jamba Juice, Exceed Wetsuits, Nacho Bizness, Wakeboardingfilms.com, Boca Raton Helicopters, R2R productions, Evidence Clothing, Virtue Wakeskates, Nike 6.0, Billabong/Von Zipper and Just-In-Time window tinting. Again without our sponsors the event would not be possible. In addition, the SFWA would like to thank the event volunteers and Zane Schwenk. Zane is a great ambassador for the sport of wakeboarding and it is through his help that this event happens each year.
The tournament is simple; each pro is paired with three amateur riders to form one team. The teams each take two sets. The score for each team set is added together for one team score. From there first to fourth places were handed out along with a best crash award. The trick level was insane this year with numerous wake-to-wake sevens being thrown by the am riders. In the end the winning teams were as follows (Click the Read More link to see winners and Pictures):