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2008 BAKES Northwest Wakeboard Invitational : Photo Galleries

Posted on August 4th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted in Bakes NWI, Events, General, Riders


We’ve posted 3 photo galleries from the 2008 BAKES Northwest Wakeboard Invitational. Check out the photo galleries and official recap if you haven’t read it already after the jump.

Thanks to all the riders, sponsors, and spectators that showed up and made this the best BAKES NWI thus far….

ToeSide900 Lands Thomas Olson First BAKES NWI Title

Posted on July 27th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted in General, Riders


Yesterday afternoon, at Coulon Park in Renton on the shores of Lake Washington, Thomas Olson landed a toeside 900 in the finals to WIN his first BAKES NWI title against defending 2 time Champion Bret V. Everyone who showed up to watch the NWI witnessed a passing of the torch between these long time friends from Gig Harbor. Many folks know that Bret V has been a mentor and significant influence in Thomas Olson’s wake career to this point. The 4th Annual BAKES NWI had the teacher give way to the protege’ in the closest finals decision the event has ever seen…

Congratulations Thomas Olson… we are proud of you bro ! And thanks to all the other invited riders who threw down with style and showmanship. This had to be one of the best wake comps I’ve been to locally.

* Check back this week for a full recap and photo galleries from this weekends BAKES NWI.


1st - Thomas Olson (Gig Harbor, Washington)
Sponsors : BAKES Marine, Northwest Riders Clothing, OBrien Wakeboards

2nd - Bret V (Gig Harbor, Washington)

Sponsors : BAKES Marine, Malibu Boats, OBrien Wakeboards, Straight Line

3rd - Sam Cole (Oregon)

Sponsors : Active Water Sports, Slingshot Wakeboards


* Biggest Air - Bret V (Heelside Indy Front)

* Best Trick - Thomas Olson (Toeside 900 in the Finals)

BAKES Northwest Wakeboard Invitational This Saturday

Posted on July 25th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted in General



2008 BAKES NWI Rider List :

Bret V (Washington)
Brandon Robins (Washington)
Nick Jones (Washington)
Sam Cole (Oregon)
Nick Cardoza (SW Washington)
Nick Haisch (Washington)
Jeff Fabiani (Washington)
Rob Carter (Central Oregon)
Hunter Graham (Idaho)
Zach Schneider (Oregon)
Thomas Olson (Washington)
Chris Craig (Washington)

* Come out and root on riders from all over the Northwest region this Saturday at Coulon Park in Renton @ 10am.

We posted a link to last years recap and photo galleries, as well as a link to the video that aired last night on King5 Evening Magazine featuring Thomas Olson. Check them out.

Review Wakeboard Videos by Northwest Film Makers

Posted on July 16th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted in General, Media


Northwest Film Makers Sean Kilgus of BFY Productions (DRIVE), Jared Eygabroad of Scratch Films (GodSpeed), and Spencer Norris of WIT Productions (One Eye Shut) have all released NEW Wakeboard Videos for this 2008 Wake Season. WakeboardNorthwest.com has covered the filming process of each video over the last year. We will be posting interviews with each of the film makers, many of the riders within the videos, as well as photo galleries from our on location travels and documentary.

If you have not picked up a copy of these Wakeboard Video titles we encourage you to stop by your local pro shop and do so today. We’ve posted direct links to order a copy online, just click through the post.

What we want from you, OUR READERS, is to REVIEW these Wakeboard Videos. Comment below. Tell us what you thought of the individual films, compare them to previous releases by each film maker, and highlight the riding sections that you thought were the best in each video for DRIVE, GodSpeed, and One Eye Shut. Your opinion, feedback, and comments matter to us…. so let us know…

Again, we’ve posted links to the teasers of video and links to purchase them

AWS Northwest Moomba Supra Boat Owners Reunion

Posted on July 14th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted in Boats, Events, General



Words by Jefferson Vowell at Active Water Sports
- “Anyone in the Northwest who owns a Moomba or Supra Boat is invited to come hang out at the 2nd Annual Skiers Choice Reunion. The plan is to meet at Clackamette Park in Oregon City from 10:00am to 11:30 for registration. Then launch the boats and go on a poker run thru downtown Portland, ending at the beach inside Ross island. We will then relax, BBQ, play games and enjoy the sun. Slingshot is going to be on-site to DEMO Wakeboards.”

WakeboardNorthwest encourages you to take a Slingshot Response or Recoil for a ride if you haven’t already. These boards are truly the future of Wakeboarding in regards to their flex technology. Active Water Sports is the local dealer in Portland to pick up a Slingshot (boot and board) setup. Both their Beaverton and Oregon City locations have a selection of Slingshot Wakeboards for men and women.

All the details and RSVP info for the AWS Boat Owners Reunion is listed after the jump.

Alex Scagliotti Update : Coaching, Contests, and Filming

Posted on July 10th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted in General, Riders


Alex Scagliotti has been busy this summer. He recently took the time to catch up with WakeboardNorthwest to tell us about his Wake season so far, his coaching experience at O-Town Water Sports, the 3rd place podium at the Tige Pro-Am, filming with WIT Productions, and coaching at ELEVATE Wakeboard Camp throughout the summer.

“This is what has been happening so far this summer. It started off with me making the move to Orlando, Florida from March-June (love the NW but you can’t ignore the climate). I was an instructor at O-Town which has helped my riding more than anything else so far in my riding career. I definitely got a little spoiled living on a lake, with warm weather, flat water, big wakes, and other riders to push me. The ever present alligators also gave me a little more incentive not to fall. My favorite part about working at the O-Town Water Sports was that every week it seemed like we had someone new from another country…….”

Read Alex’s full “blog style” update and check out some photo galleries posted after the jump.

MAVEN Clinic Recap of the Willamette River Sessions with AWS

Posted on July 9th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted in General, Media, Riders


MAVEN Team Members and Coaches, Hayley Smith & Barrett Perlman, took the time to tell us about their experience in Portland working with the gals that participated at the MAVEN Sessions on the Willamette River (in collaboration with Active Water Sports).

Read their recaps after the jump…..

The next Northwest MAVEN Sessions are with BAKES Marine August. 18-19. Registration is still OPEN for both days ! Register today and reserve your spot before they fill up. Read about last years BAKES MAVEN Clinic : Click Here

pdxWAKE.com - Bringing Portland’s Wake Community Together

Posted on July 5th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted in Gear, Riders


After meeting Travis Morita a few months back I told him to send me a story about the crew of local Portland riders he rode with on the Willamette River. He couldn’t stop talking about the Mize Family (Paul, Brandy, and Sean), and his friends on pdxWAKE.com. A dedicated community brought together by a local wake site.

“As the sun slowly starts to come out and the down-pouring rain gradually turns into a drizzle, the wakeboarders of the Portland metro area start piling into the Willamette. Although the weather has been a bit inconsistent so far this season, epic sessions are slowly on the rise. One local internet site, www.pdxWAKE.com, is doing a huge part in bringing the wakeboard community together and making these very sessions happen.”

Read Travis Morita’s article and check out the gallery of these Portland / Willamette River Riders after the jump….

DRIVE The Video, Filmed by Sean Kilgus, On Sale This Week

Posted on June 30th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted in General, Media, Riders


Sean Kilgus, BFY Productions, has created another masterpiece in DRIVE. He has stretched the limits to bring us, the viewers, unique angles during the filming of this video. The use of zip lines during slider sessions will truly give us a vantage point and perspective unseen before. The Rider line up in DRIVE The Video is as red carpet as it gets : Randall Harris, Rusty Malinoski, Danny Harf, Chad Sharpe, Trevor Hansen, Jimmy Lariche, Benny Greenwood, Gabe Lucas, JD Webb, Jeff McKee, Erik Ruck, and Adam Errington.

DRIVE The Video hits local pro shops and online wake stores this week. Go out and pick up a copy - let us know what you think of the video. Check out another short teaser after the jump.

Inland Northwest Wakeboard Clinics Coached by Hunter Graham

Posted on June 28th, 2008 by Bryan Myss | Posted in General, Riders


Do you want to learn how to wakeboard or wakesurf this summer ? Do you live in the Inland Northwest (Spokane / Coeur D’Alene Area) ? If so, we strongly recommend you check out the Hayden Board School Coached by Hunter Graham.

Last year I first met Hunter Graham during a Slingshot Demo with area youth. Justin Meyer, the Slingshot Tech Rep, had told me about this up and coming rider who’s positive attitude for the sport of Wake was contagious. Hunter is going to be a Northwest Rider you will hear about in the years ahead. WakeboardNorthwest will continue to support Hunter and regional riders that have a common goal to grow the sport throughout the Northwest and beyond.

All the details for the Hayden Board School, coached by Hunter Graham, are posted after the jump.