Monroe, Washington’s Lake Tye, located at the west end of town, hosted the MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour for the third year in a row. Lake Tye is a popular lake surrounded by parks, neighborhoods, the local YMCA, restaurants and is a quaint, quiet community lake known for its calm water and abundance of fish. Yet, what the community might not know is its potential for the perfect wake. A local reporter from the Monroe Monitor revealed that, “Four years ago, the organizers of the nationwide series of contests selected Monroe as one of five locations in the United States to host one of the contests that make up the MasterCraft series because the lake’s small size makes for glassy, smooth water, as well as optimal viewing for fans.
According to Catriona Thomson, a reporter from the Scotsman, “Traditional wakeboarding involves a rider being dragged along behind a speedboat on lochs or the open ocean. It was developed in the late 1980s, using the wake behind the boat to do tricks or fancy moves, stunts and jumps.” This tour takes traditional wakeboarding to a higher level. On the weekend of July 12th, 2013, crowds of community spectators and fans witnessed pro riders take on the lake’s veracious waves, performing a series of sequential tricks, jumps, flips, spins and rails at high speeds. Several popular wakeboarding magazines and sponsers such as Transworld Wakeboarding Magazine, RONIX and Rockstar Energy were there to represent and capture all the action, along with the King Of Wake promoters that Tweeted results throughout the event.
The junior pro riders were the first to perform the preliminary heats in the quarterfinals, followed by the men’s competition on Friday. Saturday, the top two riders in each heat competed for the podium win. Tony Iacconi won the junior Overton series, followed by fierce riders Noah Flegel and Massi Piffaretti who took a close second and third spot. Paul Soven took first place in the competitive men’s series. Transworld Wakeboarding Magazine reported that Soven was ecstatic to compete against the best of the best. He stated, “A lot of the guys showed up in top form today so I’m just happy to walk away with a win…I was able to make the most of the conditions and feed off the crowd’s energy and that really helped me put together a good run in the finals.”
The MasterCraft Professional Wakeboarding Tour is the largest professional competition in the world, and Monroe, Washington’s small-town Lake Tye will continue to host the series’ fourth leg of the tour. This video highlights the Overton junior pro quarterfinals heat races from the best seat in the house—the MasterCraft X Star boat.