Rock the Wake in Susanville, CA was always a fun local event I was honored to be asked to document on film.
Presented by The Lassen County Farm Bureau and organized by Nick McBride and Willis Dow, Rock the Wake 2013 took place on June 22nd, 2013 in Susanville, CA. Pro Wakeboarders from all over the region took to Emerson Lake on the Diamond Mountain Golf Course and entertained the crowds with wakeboarding, sliders and double-ups from 3pm to 7pm. The after party/dinner took place at Lassen Ale Works and the night really kicked off in the Willow Room at Diamond Mountain Casino.
Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water. The wakeboard is a small, mostly rectangular, thin board with very little displacement and shoe-like bindings mounted to it. It was developed from a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing techniques.
The rider is usually towed behind a motorboat, typically at speeds of 30–40 km/h (18–25 mph), depending on the board size, rider’s weight, type of tricks, and rider’s comfort. This speed could also depend on the year, make, and model of the boat because some boats, which are not designed for wakeboarding, create a different size wake which the rider may not feel comfortable with. But a wakeboarder can also be towed by other means, including closed-course cable systems, winches, and personal water craft.