Sharpley’s Source for Sports Open at Head Lake in Haliburton on August 20

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Come out heah! Knuckleheads! It's the Sharpley's Open Wakeboard Event on August 20 at Head Lake Park. Photo by Tony Hawke.

By Terrance Gavan – HN.ca Sports

My Kawartha.com had a nice little piece this week on the Roots Wakeboard series.

Apparently the series had a stop in Huntsville – a preview of the event that’s slated for Haliburton and sponsored by Sharpley’s Source for Sports – last weekend. Some local boarders, young, eager and wowserific, dominated the competition in the Roots Series event.

(HUNTSVILLE) On Saturday, July 23, the Roots Wakeboard Series made its second stop at Avery Beach, sponsored by Algonquin Outfitters and pulled by Nautique Boats. The Roots Wakeboard Series is Canada’s largest amateur contest with three stops across Ontario including Newmarket, Huntsville and Haliburton. This second stop saw a record number of 80 competitors, ranging from ages of six to 50 coming out to ride and hoping for a chance to win the 2011 Series title.

“The whole purpose of the event series is to introduce new up-and-comers to this great, family-oriented summer sport.” said event co-ordinator Erika Langman.

An unexpected number of riders in the beginner categories extended the day’s schedule but this was viewed as a success due to the interest that the series has generated. Despite changeable water conditions and hot temperatures, Huntsville spectators were treated to some of the best wakeboard and wakeskating the province has to offer.

“The local Buckeye Wake Team based out of Bobcaygeon continued to make an impression as they all placed in the finals of their categories,” reported My Kawartha.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our wake team. They dominated the podium again and they are such amazing kids and great wakeboarders,” says coach Ally Boothroyd. “I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next stop in Haliburton as it is the provincials and the kids will be pulled by their team boat from Buckeye Marine.”

The morning began as Jamie Panter came out in full force for the win in Beginner Boys Wakeboard followed by youngest competitor and teammate, Cameron Spalding, six, who had an impressive second-place run in his first Roots competition.

His Buckeye teammate, Michael Evans placed fifth.

“It was sick. I love seeing all my friends, I can’t wait for the next competition,” Cameron says.

Kayleigh Panter, of Fenelon Falls, owned the first place win in Beginner Girls and followed that by moving up a category to compete in the Intermediate Women’s Category.

Coach Boothroyd finished third in the women’s open wakeboard and first in the women’s wakeskate category. The eight-member Buckeye Team will be out in full force at the last stop of the series, Sharpley’s Source for Sports Open presented by Mastercraft Boats at Head Lake in Haliburton on August 20.

The competition ended with the Open Men’s Division that showcased some of our country’s best wakeboarders from Ontario. The top spot was won by Robbie McMillin.

“I’m stoked to take the win in my hometown,” says Robbie. “So far it has been a great season for my riding and taking the win here in Huntsville is a great accomplishment for me.”

McMillin is currently spotlighted in the current issue of SBC Wakeboard Magazine.

The points accumulated from category placement in all three Roots stops will be tallied to find the series winners in each division. This last stop will also serve as the provincial competition for the riders and may be a deciding factor on venturing out to the Wakeboard National event held in Kamloops, British Columbia on Aug. 26 to 28.

For more info please feel free to stop in at Sharpley’s here in Haliburton.

The staff have all the info.

Or get in touch with me at gav@pardontheeruption.com and twitter.com/terrancegavan

For further information on the Roots Wakeboard Series or other Ontario Wakeboarding events, check http://www.wswo.ca, http://www.thewakeinstitute.com or http://www.buckeyemarine.com.

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