Tournament Q and A

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SLSBC 2018 Tournament

The tournament is just over a week away! I know that there are a lot of questions. There will be more details next week, but here’s some information on what you can expect:

When and Where is the tournament?

The tournament will be on Sat, Aug 28th at the waterski dock in Ruggles. The tournament starts at 7:00 am. The first event will be waterskiing, followed by wakeboarding, followed by surfing. After these events are completed, there will be a BBQ and awards ceremony on the waterski dock.

How can I participate?

To participate in the any of the water events, you must purchase a full family or full single membership to the club and sign the waiver. Waivers can be completed and emailed to or dropped off with any of the exec, or brought to the tournament. If you have purchased a membership, have completed a waiver, and want to participate in any of the water events, just show up at the waterski dock! Waterskiing starts at 7 am, wakeboarding starts at around 9 am, and surfing starts at around 10 am. Wakeboarding and surfing times are approximate and will be determined by how long the event before it takes. Show up for the time that fits the event you want to do. All ages and abilities are welcome!

If I’ve already purchased a social membership instead of a full membership, can I still compete?

Of course! We can help you with how to upgrade your membership. Send us an email at and we can walk you through it.

Can I participate in multiple events?

You sure can!

Can I come to the tournament if I am not competing?

Yes! The BBQ and awards ceremony are super fun and a great way to meet others on the lake. If you don’t want to participate in the water event but want to attend the BBQ and awards ceremony, purchase a social membership and show up at around 1 pm. You are also welcome to come out earlier and watch the competitors!

Do I have to pre-register if I am attending?

There is no need to pre-register. Just make sure you have purchased your membership and show up on the day of the tournament. We would like to try and get a sense of how many people are planning to attend, as the tournament is later than usual this year and it is has been a weird year and a half! If you think you want to attend, it would be helpful if you could send us an email to letting us know that you plan to be there and also in what capacity (e.g. which events if any you will be participating in and/or if you will be at the BBQ). But if you haven’t sent us an email and want to participate, please still come out on the tournament day.

Can I volunteer?

Yes please! We need a lot of volunteers to help out with this event! If you are interested, please send us an email at and let us know what times you are available on the tournament day, Also, if you have a boat that could be used for surfing or wakeboarding that you are willing to offer up for the tournament, please send us an email.

What about Covid-19?

We are aware that Covid-19 is still a concern. This is an outdoor event which makes it safer than an indoor event. Still, for the safety of our Sakinaw Lake community, we request that you do not attend the tournament if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, have been asked to quarantine, or have not been vaccinated. Children under 12 and others not eligible for vaccination are welcome as long as they are not experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to the tournament.

Do I need to bring my own boat if I am competing?

The boats and ropes will be provided.

How are the events judged?

WATERSKI: Waterskiing is judged based on the number of balls you get around on the course – either the full or mini course – along with speed and rope length. If you make all six balls, you do the course again at a 2 mph faster speed until you hit a maximum speed. If you hit the maximum speed, the rope starts to shorten. You’re out after your second fall or if you don’t make all six balls, you’re out. You will tell the driver what speed you want to start at.

WAKEBOARDING AND SURFING: Wakeboarding and surfing are judged on style, execution, and intensity of ability and tricks. For wakeboarding, a pass is two lengths of the ski course (there and back) along the side of the course between the green buoys. For surfing, a pass is one length of the course. For both wakeboarding and surfing, you are allowed one pass and you are out after your second fall. Wakeboarders can request a double up.

What if it is raining?

If it is raining on tournament day, we will move the tournament to Sunday, August 29th.

This should be a great event and we hope that everyone is looking forward to it! If you have any questions please send us an email.