BuyWake.com Does Surf Expo
Once a year major players in the wake, surf, and skate communities travel to Orlando, Florida, for the madness that is Surf Expo. Every established brand is there and every new brand with their new product is there to say, “Hey, look at me!” As the well-established wake-specific ecommerce business that we are, we do our part and attend for a few reasons. This year one of the biggest reasons to attend was to be a part of the Alliance Wake Premiers and Beers video releases. Our team rider and up-and-coming videographer, Cole Vanthof, has been working on a few projects that we and Ambush Board Co. wanted to share with the world.
The main video is the final project of a series from the boys down at Valdosta Wake Compound. The Coalition web edit series that the boys did this past year was hot fire…so it only made sense to made The Coalition The Movie. Cole not only had his hand in filming, but he also had some sick riding in it as well. Next up was a video project we did with team rider, Alex Graydon. Cole spent two months with Alex filming all around his home in Alabama. Yes, Alabama has some pretty sweet lakes, and Alex has a home Sesitec 2.0 setup called The Woods. The appropriately titled ALa-Cruzin was a huge success and everyone in attendance went wild. You can now view it in its entirety HERE on Alliance. Another video project Cole had been working on was with team rider and rising young buck, Blake Bishop, fittingly titled UNTAMED. Cole and Blake filmed at #BTOWNCOMPOUND, Blake’s personal cable park, and hit some heavy winch missions from the Atlanta streets to the Allatoona creeks. It’s a super diverse video and the crowd’s reaction was at an all-time high! Everyone was feeling the film and its trap track that went so perfectly with the edit. If you know Blake, then you’ll understand the music no doubt. Alliance Wake will be dropping the full-length part on Monday, September 19th, so…get ready.
Before you go, check out some of the 2017 gear on display and the good times had at Surf Expo
The HyperPro is Back!
No there is nothing wrong with your eyes…this is the return of the Hyperlite HyperPro! In celebrating the brands 25 years they have brought back this classic shape just for you. Complete with phazers, this classic from 1991 changed the game for the industry and all the riders captivated by wakeboarding at the time. The only update is the standard M6 insert pack that allows you to mount your favorite Hyperlite boots or bindings. This limited edition run will be sold out before you know it. Make sure you get your order placed today and revisit the glory days! Cheers to another 25, Hyperlite!
Watch Shaun Murray and Jimmy LaRiche take a rip on the HyperPro behind a Nautique G23!
The Aliens Have Landed
The Valdosta Wake Compound crew has done it again. Not only are Ambush/BuyWake team riders, Quinn and Wes, really good at wakeboarding, apparently they speak with Aliens, too. They have been putting in so much time working on The Coalition Movie that it was a no-brainer for them to do something special for its release. You can be a part of history and own a 2017 Reflex The Coalition Edition LTD, featuring unique, hand-drawn art by Wesley Mark Jacobsen, available now at BuyWake.com
Peep the boys giving it a rip at the world famous Valdosta Wake Compound:
If that wasn’t good enough, right here you get the first sneak peak at The Coalition Movie first teaser! Dropping next month, the boys wanted to give you a little something…and they didn’t disappoint. Man, we are so stoked for our wake team right now!!!
The Coalition Teaser #1
Make sure you are keeping up with us and The Coalition for future teasers and The Coalition Movie release details!
You Win Some, You Lose Some
We had the pleasure of being on-site with our Ambush Board Co. family this past weekend for the Nautique Wakeboard Championships, and it was everything we knew it would be. Our team riders Mike Dowdy and Massi Piffaretti both were on fire for Friday’s quarterfinals with a 90.33 and 90.00, respectively, so we knew Saturday was going to be lit. The day of the finals was super rad – families, chicks, dogs, just about everyone was on the beach enjoying the hot summer day with equally hot action on the water. One of the most legendary spots to watch the event is from the row of boats floating just outside the contest run, but you really need to wear your drinking helmet if you’re going to do that, because that crew likes to party. Heading into semifinals we saw all our boys make it through plus some heavy runs by friends JD Webb and Noah Flegel, who are no strangers to the massive Nautique G23 wake. Once it got to the finals the shoreline went ballistic for Massi as he was slaying his run – blind pete, heavy 9, the zero – but his last trick, the double flip, didn’t quite pan out for him this day. Most the guys did some pretty solid riding, but the last rider off the dock was Mike Dowdy, and his focus and determination was at an all-time high. Mike had a super solid run and on his second pass. Unfortunately, he came up short on a mobe 5, or…should we say long. See…once you are on your second pass there are 3/4 markings, and if you fall past those markings, you don’t get picked up. The toughest part was that it appeared he fell right on the line, which would have allowed him (like other riders the day before) a shot at getting back up and finishing out two more tricks. With a heavy hand down from the judges, Mike was deemed past the line and not allowed to complete his run. Mike kept his composure (better then most people, I’m sure) and that meant there would be a new winner. Australian Tony Iaconni took the top spot that day and earned his first win, and was followed by fellow Australian, Nic Rapa. Good ole American boy and Nautique team rider, Noah Flegel, finished in third.
It’s really something special to be able to watch these athletes ride in person, especially because of how advanced the tricks are getting and how young many of the riders are. Seriously, the Jr. Mens division looks like the Pro Tour of 2006. The girls kicked ass, too. Our homegirl, Nicola Butler, got a new husky puppy and harnessed all that puppy power and pulled of a podium spot, finishing 3rd, while the legend Amber Wing and her son William stood at the top of the podium as she claimed her 6th National Championship. Babies and puppies – the women’s division is on a whole new level you could say.
Check out the recap video of Tony’s Nautique National Championship pass:
We look forward to the next Nautique Wake Series event! Here are a few images from the Nationals:
Wakeboard History 101
A Phone Interview with Eddie Beverly
Eddie Beverly has been our Hyperlite rep since day one. We have grown our business and our friendship together over the years, all the while listening to him tell some of the funniest and most captivating and informative stories. The one thing we want you all to know is that Eddie is the truth. This guy was and is a part of wakeboarding history, having been there when the first wakeboard was made and when the term “wakeboard” was coined. Eddie has been committed to growing the sport since its birth, and has played a key role in developing the Hyperlite brand. Can you imagine the things he has seen while traveling with the legends Parks Bonifay and Scott Byerly? Dude is a legend…surrounded by legends. Eddie has been doing Hyperlite for 30 years. He is most likely more physically fit then you, and has a way better tan. We want to share with you a few of his stories, and not so much in a podcast format, but in what a typical phone conversation would be like. There are a few gems in this 18+ minute conversation…so pay close attention. I could have let him talk for hours on end, but I’m thinking about making a few more of these in the future with even better, funnier stories. Eddie is in Seattle right now checking out the 2017 Hyperlite line, and I can’t wait for him to get back and get us some sneak peaks of the goods!
Sit back and listen to a little wakeboarding history and other fun stories with me and Eddie. Enjoy!
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Eddie at Surf Expo
Demo Days with Hyperlite
Rep of the Year Award!