Pros provide exhibition at Learn to Ride Day

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Photos by Mike Clary.

Photo by Mike Clary.

The Canyon Lake Wakeboard Club’s “Learn To Ride Day” kicked off early June 6 under typical June Gloom skies. But by 10:30 a.m., it had turned into a beautiful Canyon Lake day with plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures.

According to Wakeboard Club President Dave Clarke, approximately 80 riders took advantage of the season’s second Learn To Ride event which was supported by three wake boats and their drivers. Attendees paid just $15 each.

Photos by Mike Clary.

Photo by Mike Clary.

Photographer Mike Clary notes, “For their money, attendees were professionally fitted with the latest technology in wakeboards, boots and bindings and then turned over to experienced drivers and club members who are more than willing to help them with basic skills or refinement of new techniques. The overall experience is amazing and reflects similar offerings from other Canyon Lake water sports clubs.”

He adds, “The level of expertise within the gates of this community is incredible and the genuine desire of the more experienced club members to pass on their knowledge is a true blessing to those wishing to experience the wonders of Canyon Lake water sports.”

Photo by Mike Clary.

Photo by Mike Clary.

As the day progressed, free sandwiches, chips and beverages from Submarina were provided by Ben Leschly of California Skier. After a brief lunch stop, the boat drivers were back on the water with the next groups of riders, while one boat was prepared for a special wakeboarding exhibition.

JD Webb, a world-ranked professional wakeboarder from Florida, teamed up with Canyon Lake’s Tour Pro Jacob Valdez to dazzle the crowd with a dual-rider demonstration of many wakeboard skills and tricks.

Photo by Mike Clary.

Photo by Mike Clary.

This was the Canyon Lake Wakeboard Club’s second in a series of four Learn To Ride events. The next Learn To Ride events will be held on July 25 and September 12. The Wakeboard Club will host Stop 2 of their three club competitions on June 20. To learn more, visit canyonlakewake.com.

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