Red Bull Wake Lab to Make Big Splash in Arizona
"Red Bull Wake Lab is pretty much a skatepark on water - something that's never really been built before. We wanted to do an experiment in wakeboarding with multiple water levels, several rails, various transfer lines and a huge wall ride, so you could do pretty much whatever you want," said Red Bull Wake Lab co-creator and world-renowned wakeboarder Parks Bonifay. "The event in
In order to evolve the sport and create new experiences for riders, a new technology needed to be introduced to take full advantage of the revolutionary wakepark structure. This came to fruition when the "The Wake Lab" was coupled with the Sesitec System 2.0 overhead pulley system. No boats are needed to tow the wakeboarders, as this revolutionary pulley system allows athletes to take two full runs (back and forth) across the wakepark's various rails, pools, sliders and wall. The system made its US competition debut at Red Bull Wake Lab in
Parks Bonifay, X Games Gold medalist and five-time Pro Tour Champion, hand-selected 24 wakeboarders to compete in this new format. Twelve of the 24 riders, known as the "invitees," which include
Athletes participating in Red Bull Wake Lab include:
INVITEE LIST 1. Parks Bonifay 2. Aaron Rathy 3. Oliver Derome 4. JD Webb 5. Keith Lidberg 6. Collin Harrington 7. Shawn Watson 8. Shane Bonifay 9. Chad Sharpe 10. Danny Harf 11. Adam Errington 12. Tom Foshee
QUALIFIER LIST 1. Gabe Lucas 2. Yannick Tibo 3. Keith Lyman 4. Robbie Jacques 5. Rusty Malinoski 6. Erik Ruck 7. Philip Soven 8. Clay Fletcher 9. Mike Ennen 10. Shaun Murray 11. Kevin Henshaw 12. Jimmy Lariche 13. Local Wildcard 14. Local Wildcard 15. Local Wildcard 16. Local Wildcard
A ticket for the 2009 Circle K Tempe Music Festival is required to attend Red Bull Wake Lab. Tickets can be purchased at www.livenation.com, www.tempemusicfestival.com, Dodge Theatre Box Office, Tempe Market Place Guest Services or by phone at 1-800-594-TIXX. Advance tickets will be priced at
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