Wake the Desert to be held at Lake Nasworthy this weekend

Ski Skeller Sports, Family Powersports, Tige boats and Malibu boats will put on a Wake the Desert Wakeboarding Competition from July 15-17 at the Middle Concho Park at Lake Nasworthy, Middle Concho Drive.

Wake the Desert is Texas’ longest running wakeboarding, wakeskating and wakesurfing tournament which began at Big Spring’s Moss Creek before organizers realized that the constant level and convenient facilities at San Angelo’s Lake Nasworthy was a better venue.

According to the event’s website the event draws approximately 150 athletes from all over the United States and Canada and up to 1,500 spectators.

The 2016 Wake the Desert will be one of six stops in Tige Boat’s Endless Wave Tour and the organizers expect to attract some of the world’s best wake surfers including World Champion Chase Hazen and Canada’s Doum Legace. San Angelo’s own Pro Wakesurfer and 2013 Endless Wave Tour Champion Chris Kinsey is also expected to compete and defend his title.

However, the event is still a grassroots tournament that welcomes riders of all skill levels. There are several divisions and the amateur and pro classes are typically held on different days so the younger, more inexperienced riders can participate without intimidation of riding alongside the professional athletes.

Admission is free, but a park fee of $3 for carload will be charged.

Spectators can view the event from either the Grassy Meadows side or the Middle Concho Park side of the lake.

Wake boarding and wake surfing will begin at 9 a.m. and last until dark Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information or to register, call 432-697-0427 or go to skiskellersports.com or wakethedesert.com.