One of the largest wakeboard competitions on the west coast took place at Bass Lake May 10 and 11 with more than 70 entrants competing in novice, intermediate and pro divisions.
The idea behind the original creation of the CIE Spring Ride in 2005 was to join California riders in the kick-off of a new riding season. Originally a wakeboarding clothing company founded in 2001 by Billy Tonis, Evan Brown, Jarrod Ehlers and Allen Bischofberger, with the desire for involvement in the wakeboarding industry.
The company began supporting small wakeboarding events in northern California and by 2003, CIE had become a household name in the Northern California wakeboarding scene. A half dozen distinguishable shirts, hats and shorts could be found at several northern California wakeboarding shops. CIE was established in Delta Area wakeboarding events and began sponsoring contests and gatherings with wakeboard clothing and accessories.
The company is known for filling the void between recreational wakeboarders and professional level riders.
In 2005, CIE founded the annual "CIE Spring Ride." As the years progress, the CIE Spring Ride has become one of the most anticipated Wakeboard gatherings in California. In addition to the wake board competition, the event offers wakeboard and apparel vendors, a dodge ball tournament, a raffle with thousands of dollars in merchandise prizes, the opportunity to meet other professional wake riders and a closing party.
Mountain Area residents Corey Miller, his 10 year-old son Darin, brother Nick Miller and Jay Spurgen, won the dodge ball event.
Prize money was presented for Best Trick ($3,000 - Rusty Malinoski, Orlando, Fla.), Biggest Trick ($1,500 - Chad Sharpe, Orlando, Fla) and Best Wreck ($500 - Trevor Maur, Discovery Bay).
well Watches and Malibu provides the official tow boats for the event.
This is the fourth time the "Spring Ride" has been held at The Pines Resort at Bass Lake and attendance was estimated at more than 400 competitors and spectators. The gathering has gained national exposure with the articles and pictures in Wakeworld and Wakeboarding Magazine.