Alex Scagliotti Talks About ELEVATE WAKEBOARD CAMP


Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2007 by Bryan Myss | Posted under Events, General, Riders

Author : Alex Scagliotti - Coach and Rider
Photos : Randy Scagliotti

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I have been lucky enough to be with the camp from the beginning, the ground level. When the organizer, Gregg Garretson, contacted me and asked me if I wanted to be a coach for this brand new wakeboard camp, I jumped on the opportunity right away. I knew that there had been an Elevate Snowboard Camp and had heard from friends that it was a blast, so I was stoked to hear they were breaking off into wakeboarding as well. With the growing interest of this relatively new sport in central Oregon, I knew it was only a matter of time until someone stepped up and spearheaded this new movement; Elevate was that pioneer.

Starting with one four day camp a summer, it has progressed to four, three day camps a summer and almost every camp is booked. We have also gone from camping in a section of the Prineville State Park camp ground, to staying in the lake side motel/cabins. Everything about this camp is stepping up to give the campers the coaching they pay for and the fun memories they have forever.

The typical Elevate day is every kids dream. A normal camp day starts by waking up with the sun and staring down at your own reflection in the lake. Next comes a quick breakfast so we can get on the water and have a buttery session. After a ride or two come back for lunch, a chill period and usually a core game of capture the flag for whoeverís interested. In the afternoon everyone splits up, some want to go swim, or cliff jump off the cliffs near the cabins, some want to go back on the water and have a surf/wake/skate run. Come back for an early dinner and an evening set on more glass. Come back for dessert and Greggís famous camp fire stories.

The thing about the camp is that itís a non-intimidating atmosphere, which is the most productive as far as improving in the sport. We encourage the campers to step outside of their comfort zone, not only in trying something new on the wakeboard but also with maybe trying surfing or being part of a new group. We never push it too far as to make them lose interest in the sport or to stop having fun. The first day we let the campers decide who they want to be with so they can feel comfortable in a new environment. Usually the girls grab a boat all to themselves and sometimes are the most improved due to the fact that girls are usually more supportive and encouraging of each other. Through our experiences since the camp began, weíve developed a formula that guarantees progression in a relaxed setting. Elevate is probably one of the most enjoyable camps Iíve ever been around.

Iíve been a student at many wakeboard camps around the nation and tried to incorporate what I liked at each camp into this one. Itís cheaper than all the camps Iíve been to, itís the only one within 130 miles of Bend, itís the most fun Iíve ever had and many of the students agree. With beautiful Prineville Reservoir to ride on, good natured, enthusiastic, and skilled coaches, fun activities and sunny central Oregon weather, this camp is hard to beat.

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For more information and media about ELEVATE Wakeboard Camp, click on the links below:

View the SOAR Website for more information about the camps:

ELEVATE Wakeboard Camp is a program of Sisters Organization for Activities and Recreation

ELEVATE Wakeboard : Ladies Camp Deluxe - (ladies only camp info)

Read an article published by The Bend Bulletin :

Higher and Higher - Sport of Wakeboarding is growing in popularity throughout the region.

Alex Scagliotti Photo Gallery:

Click here to view a gallery of ELEVATE Wakeboard Coach & Rider : Alex Scagliotti

Shot on location in Central Washington during a recent filming trip with WIT Productions.

8 Responses to “Alex Scagliotti Talks About ELEVATE WAKEBOARD CAMP”

  1. Bryan Says:

    If you are a rider that has participated in an ELEVATE Wakeboard Camp, tell us about your experience.

    Was it your first camp / wakeboard lesson ? How was it different from other camps or lessons you’ve had ?

    What was your most memorable part of your time with ELEVATE Wakeboard Camp ?

    * I would like to hear from our readers.

    Alex - Thank you for taking the time to tell fellow riders about your experience and about ELEVATE. You’all have something great out there in Central Oregon. We are proud of you bro and will continue to support you.

  2. Allison Scagliotti Says:

    Yeah Alex! You rock, cuz.

  3. Shawna Says:

    Nice Article Alex! You always make Elevate sound really fun! I want to hear some of Greg’s campfire stories!

  4. Greg Garretson Says:

    Great article Alex! Hopefully we won’t find anymore body parts in the lake. Yucky.

  5. Chris Jordan Says:

    well put alex! I couldn’t have said it better my self. We’re so lucky to be a part of Elevate from the beginning. Can’t wait for next summer!

  6. Randy Scagliotti Says:

    Body parts in the lake! Sounds like Greg is setting up a campfire story for next season. Chris Jordan is not only a great coach but also is the BBQ master at night. I Hope to make a camp next year.

  7. Linda Payton Says:

    Alex,

    You have always been an inspiration to my boys. The article you wrote was awesome. I wish we lived closer to get to spend more time with you. You are always welcome at your Delta house.

  8. Brenda Audia Says:

    Nice job Alex! You have been such an inspiration to all of my kids as well as the best coach ever! I feel so blessed to have you in our lives!

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