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NFFTY 2010 Film Festival

Posted on April 30th, 2010 by Zack | Posted in Events, General

The NFFTY Youth Film Festival is going on now here in Seattle, WA and is featuring a day of action sports flicks from some great local and national amateur filmers. If you are in Seattle go check it out. Wakeboard Northwest contributor Bryan Myss and Northwest Riders team waker Brandon Robins are judging the event.

Click Here for some more info.

CWU Wakeboard Team Video Premiere

Posted on April 19th, 2010 by Zack | Posted in Events, General, Media

The Central Washington University Wake Team presents their first feature length video, “Kids that Snowboard!” The premiere is this Thursday, April 22 at CWU’s - SURC Theater from 6:00PM to 7:00PM. Enter the raffle for a chance at some prizes from Northwest Riders Clothing Company, Hyperlite, and others. More info can be found at the event page on Facebook.

A word from the CWU Team:

We’ve all put in a lot of time filming this video over the 2009 summer at various Northwest locations and we’re stoked to share it with everyone!

Entry is only $5 and $1 raffle tickets for some awesome prizes.

Locations: Gig Harbor, Radar Lake, Mason Lake, Lake Sammamish, Selah, Columbia River and more!

Riders: Thomas Olson, Nick Haisch, Brett Lund, Eddie Roberts, Sean Harris, Ryan Cearly, Jeff Fabiani, Mike McKinney, Drew Newman, Seth Kitzke, Sean Doyle and many more!

After parties to follow!

The video will be available for download after the premier for anyone that can’t make it.

Where Have You Been?

Posted on January 8th, 2010 by Zack | Posted in Announcements, General

September 3, 2009 … the last time WakeboardNorthwest.com had a news post for the world of wake.

Fastforward a bit to today, January 8, of 2010. I am writing this post as an update to those of you that still loyally check out this site and to those of you that have always supported me since 2005. Based on the numbers, there are plenty of you still tuning in.

A Brief History

I started Wakeboard Northwest (WBNW) in April of 2005 as a hobby. As I moved to the Seattle, WA area shortly thereafter, the site grew as I became more involved in the industry through retail, events, and just getting out there and riding more…meeting new people and fans of wake.

The crew at Bakes Marine introduced me to their network which included the likes of Sean Kilgus (BFY Productions), Greg Young (Northwest Riders Clothing Co.), Bryan Myss (Action Sports Photographer), John Thorburn (NMTA), many of the Malibu Boats family, and a ton of others. As these relationships grew, WakeboardNorthwest.com did also.

In 2006, I became part owner of Northwest Riders Clothing Company and started splitting time between that, Bakes, and WBNW. The close ties between the three companies allowed all to slowly pick up steam and benefit from each of the individual successes that were had.

As time has gone on my personal resources have been pulled, stretched, and bounced all over the map. Late last year (2009), I decided to make WBNW a part of the Northwest Riders vision. Heading into 2010 there are a lot of ideas being researched and planned on how best to move WBNW forward. Rest assured, this web site is still in its infancy and will be back better than ever very soon.

What Can You Do?

If you are a rider, reader, photographer, video guru, writer, comedian, technology wizard, or just a wake enthusiast…we NEED to hear from you! Leave a comment at the bottom of this post and introduce yourself. Tell us who you are, what you do, and why you enjoy wake. We want to make you a part of the site moving forward. We need your opinions, like, dislikes, ideas, and collective creativity to bring the best content possible in the years ahead.

What To Expect

WakeboardNorthwest.com will still have a lull before it gets back up and running. Until then, keep checking in and leaving your comments. This is currently a one man show and we all know that the power of the web and the wake world lies in community. I will post more details in the months to come.

Thanks again to all of you that have not stopped supporting us!


Zack Clark

Radar Lake Opens Gates To Host Events

Posted on September 3rd, 2009 by Zack | Posted in General

Radar Events Press Release

Redmond, WA - After 36 years, Radar Events, LLC is excited to announce the opening of Radar Lake to the public. We invite you to water ski, wakeboard, stay at the cozy log cabin, host a business or social event or say your “I Do’s” on over 120 acres of majestic grounds and breathtaking views.

Radar Lake is considered one of the first man-made water sport lakes on the planet. This is where you will discover Radar Lake and its spectacular setting first hand, nestled in the foothills of Redmond, close to the city, yet secluded by nature. It has been part of hundreds of professional titles, numerous world records, world champions and the world’s most legendary ski shapes in modern design.

Radar Lake is the centerpiece of the industry’s newest, most progressive company, Ronix Wakeboards.

You will find eternal glass waters and solitude. We invite you to host your event and wakeboard with us.View more at radarlakeevents.com.

Radar Events, LLC (d/b/a Radar Lake Events) is a family owned business started in June, 2009, but has hosted exclusive events since 1973. Radar Events provides venue service for waterskiing, wakeboarding, company picnics, corporate events, reunions and more.

Perfect for Getting Booted to the Heavens

Posted on August 20th, 2009 by Zack | Posted in Gear, General, Riders

Malibu Boats 2010 G3 Tower and Racks

Posted on August 14th, 2009 by Zack | Posted in Boats, Gear, General

The new 2010 Malibu G3 tower and accessories are looking pretty solid. Have a look at the collapse function of the new tower and also the all new slide off // spinner board racks:

Mason Lake Clinic - Aug. 13 & 14

Posted on August 8th, 2009 by Zack | Posted in Events, General

Northwest Riders Clothing Company will have a clinic on Mason Lake (Grapeview, WA) this coming Thursday and Friday, August 13-14.

There are 12 spots available Thursday, Aug. 13 and 12 spots available Friday, Aug. 14. Lead coach is NWR team rider Brent Starr (The Butter Effect). Participants get two hours in the boat and 40 minutes of riding for just $100. Call Greg for more info or to sign up: 425.220.0675

820 E Mason Lake Dr. S
Grapeview, WA 98546

Malibu Pro Team Challenge 2009

Posted on July 27th, 2009 by Zack | Posted in Events, General, Riders

The 3rd Annual Pro Team Challenge wakeboard competition is returning to the Pacific Northwest. The three-part competition will feature some of the top pro riders in the world riding for their prospective board manufacturers, a chance to add their names to the Malibu Cup PTC trophy and bragging rights as the best team in wakeboarding for the next 12 months.

The Pro Team Challenge will take place on Sunday, August 2nd at the Bow Lake Water Sports Complex in Bow, WA., just North of Seattle. At Bow Lake, riders will enjoy great water conditions in one of the top private water sports facilities in the Pacific Northwest. Currently three pro teams are scheduled to compete including two-time defending Champions, Team Hyperlite and Teams from CWB and Liquid Force, trying and de-throne the Champs.

Click the link for more info and to view the event flier.

Brandon Robins the Miracle Man

Posted on July 16th, 2009 by Zack | Posted in General, Riders


I got the chance to go and visit Brandon yesterday as he has already been moved out of the ICU! The doctors have labeled him the Miracle boy. They said that where he is at this point should have taken at least 3 months. God is healing B up double time!

He was super alert and his attitude was amazing. Positive, smiling and laughing at times, and the same old B-Rob we know and love. He may even be released much sooner than expected. That’s not to say he doesn’t still have a long recovery ahead…but knowing him he will turn long into much shorter than expected. Brandon did end up having his right foot amputated. This means he has some learning coming up with a new prosthetic. I know he will be back on the water and the mountain in no time as he told me just that! Please keep praying for his healing and recovery.

Brandon will have some medical costs for various things as you can imagine. Bakes has setup a donation fund for Brandon. If you would like to read more on that and donate to the fund, please visit www.bakesmarine.com/Brandon.

God Bless…please keep the prayers for healing and recovery coming for B.

Zack Clark

NW Rider Brandon Robins in Accident

Posted on July 10th, 2009 by Zack | Posted in General, Riders

Northwest Rider Brandon Robins was in a serious dirtbike accident on July 4th and is currently undergoing various surgeries to repair injuries he sustained. Brandon is a staple in the Northwest wakeboarding scene and those of you that have met him know that he has a huge heart and is a true friend to those in his circle.

Our prayers are with him as he starts the long road to recovery. We will be setting up a fund for donations to help out on the medical costs soon.

We will keep everyone posted here at Wakeboard Northwest and also on NorthwestRiders.com.