For the past nine years, the Wake in the Snake wakeboard competition in Burley has been the favorite for both riders and spectators. On Saturday, July 14th, the local wake world will converge again on the Burley Golf Course Marina for what promises to be off the hook! Idaho Water Sports will once again put on the event, which will include music, food and prizes for both riders and spectators – not to mention the sickest board tricks by some of the West’s best riders. Competitors come from all over the Intermountain West.
Last year’s outlaw champion, Jason Coop, is set to return and defend his title.
“I was pretty consistent in the contest last year,” Coop says. “You have a huge advantage at the Snake because you know you’re going to have good water. You know that you don’t have to pull any punches and you know you can go out there and charge.”
Coop is a 30-year-old rider out of Holladay, Utah. He is sponsored by Marine Products Pro Shop, Liquid Force Wakeboards, Sessions Clothing, Odyssey Eyewear, XBalm, DVS Shoes, Skull Candy, O’Neill Wetsuits and Big Deluxe Tattoo Studio. Last year he tied for first place with Ryan Webster in the final Intermountain Wakeboard Association standings. He’s older than most competitive riders, but his experience and intensity keep him on top of his sport.
“I’m running out of time; I’m getting along in years,” Coop says. “But I’m in a lot better shape this year than I was last year. This year I plan to come up and leave no doubt in anyone’s mind who the champ is.”
Andrew Wallace, an 18-year-old from Aberdeen, also plans on making a splash at this year’s Wake in the Snake.
“It’s probably one of the best competitions that I go to,” Wallace says. “It’s a fun competition to go to because it’s good for spectators and everybody can hang out and have fun. I’m pretty stoked for it, I’m ready to go.”
Wallace, who is sponsored by Idaho Water Sports, Straight Line and Wallace Drug and Video, finished fifth at last year’s Wake in the Snake, but ended up second in the overall 2006 IWA outlaw division standings.
What makes Wake in the Snake so unique is how spectator-friendly the venue is.
Unlike competitions held at lakes and reservoirs, people can watch the riders upclose from the comfort of the shaded, grassy bank of the marina’s park. It is free to the public.
As always, the competition will feature five divisions: beginner, intermediate, advanced, outlaw and women’s. Riders are encouraged to register early by calling Idaho Water Sports,