Thursday, March 5, 2015

Empire Wakeboard Team

It has been a long term dream, and three years in the making for Empire Wake to finally have it's own team. It is something we have had a deep passion for and spent many miles on the road discussing. Thanks to the input by many of the creative minds behind wakeboarding, we have set our goals, contracts, and team atmosphere.

On March 28th and 29th, Empire Wake will be hosting an open try out at BSR Cable park in Waco, Texas in order to pick the core of an A Team and a B Team. Team A will consist of 5 riders in 2015 that can compete behind boat, or on cable for Empire Wake. Team B can be up to 10 riders who will ride just for The Empire Shop. A panel of judges will be there getting to know each rider, observing, and coaching all the riders who attend the try out.

These judges will then pick both teams in the following weeks not just based on your riding, but personality and other factors we are looking for in creating our first family.

Team B is open to many levels of riding. This team is created to really help the amateur rider grow to the next level. It is a great way to get free gear such as boards, vests, and watches, while getting to  meet other potential sponsors, be a part of the community, and use our resources to improve. You can be any age or just excited about the sport and wanting to push your riding ability. We are looking for many different types of riders for this team, so come give it a shot.

The A-Team is here to get paid! We have allotted each of the 5 riders a small budget for the year to help them travel, pay entry fees, get gear, and anything else to improve their riding. We are looking for the Jr. Men's level riders to start. These are the riders very active in the wakeboarding community, making podium, competing, and pushing to become pro.

The team riders will get deep discounted items from The Empire Shop as well as free Empire Wake team gear. Our program also helps the riders get free gear from all of our partners as well as sets them up to graduate into a team rider of those partners directly.

Empire Wake will offer monthly professional coaching for the team riders. This will help each rider become better and better as well as offer an education on what steps need to be taken to make the pro field.

Along with coaching, our staff will be here to manage and guide you through your journey. This includes, photos, videos, branding, sponsors, events, and social media. It's always good having someone give you a foot up in the industry.

BSR will be offering a discount to those who come tryout for the weekend. We have also rented 2 cabins for any rider who signs up to stay for free with us.

All riders will be given a special shirt and allowed to free ride while we observe. This should let you show us what you have without the nerves or worry. You are welcome to come for 1 day, or both.

Other Empire Wake sponsors will be on site to help as well as watch you ride. This is a good way to get some attention for yourself.

To sign up, please download the EMPIRE WAKE mobile app and click the "Team Button." Fill out the form and it will automatically submit to us. After that see you at BSR March 28th and 29th.

Make sure to tell them at the front desk to get the Empire Wake Team rider discount. Your name will be on a list at the front.

Thank you so much for your interest in our team! See you on the water!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Kameleonz Sunglass Giveaway

Most of us are in the off season now, tending to battle wounds or pulling out the snowboards and heading to the slopes. Nothing like breaking up the seasons to keep it fresh

Empire Wake might not have any events going on, but thanks to one of our newest sponsors we have some gear to give away. These glasses have been a big hit this fall among the riders. They are interchangeable and you can create so many different combinations that they won't get old.

Kameleonz is a Utah based company just south of Salt Lake City in Provo. The Bingham family found a niche and have created a durable, inexpensive, fun glass.

Now you can win a pair just by following us and them on Instagram!

Here is all you have to do:

1. Follow Empire Wake on Instagram
2. Follow Kameleonz on Instagram
3. Post a picture of you on your "beach"
4. Hashtag the photo #thisismybeach

We will select 1 random person who followed the parameters above.

Good Luck! We will pick the winner on December 31st and post it on our Empire Wake Facebook as well as right here on the website.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GoPro Giveaway Part Deux

We are at it again! 

The first contest went so well, we thought it is a good time to giveaway another GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition.

Thanks to our awesome sponsors at GoPro, we are able to keep doing these contest for you loyal supporters.

Just as before, it is easy and free to enter. Follow the directions below and start submitting right away.

1. Download the Empire Wake free Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play

2. Submit your photos using the "Email Photo" Button

3. If your photo is posted to the "Photo Gallery" then you are entered. Each photo posted is an entry and a better chance for you to win

4. Check out all the other great features the app has to offer!

5. Winner will be randomly selected on November 19th 2014.

 6. Winner and photo will be posted on the Empire Wake Facebook Page

Good Luck to everyone! Enjoy the mobile app!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

College Wakeboard Season Is Upon Us!

This is always an exciting time of year for the college athletes! There is less boat traffic on the lakes, football playoffs, and of course, COLLEGE WAKEBOARDING!

Now entering its 6th year, the College Wake Series is loaded with talent and teams. Each season we watch more clubs pop up around the nation as well as become more motivated to compete. This was lacking so many years ago.

For the 2014-15 season we welcome 76 college programs with a few more on the horizon by years end.

We welcome back the ASU Wakedevils our back to back College Wake Champions with a new president and some new members. We welcome back all our long time sponsors and welcome in our new ones. We welcome back the hope of a new champion, and freshman riders. And we welcome in all the new additions and changes.

The College Cable Tour is now entering its 3rd full season with new events and new parks. We are hosting an event at the brand new Velocity Island Park in Sacramento.  We are also looking to spring to open the gates of Miami Cable Park with Aktion in hopes of a new partner as well as looking north to Wake Nation Cinnci.

We see Knights Wake taking their club to a whole new level as they work side by side with OWC hosting lessons and riding daily. They will be back this year to become back-to-back College Cable Champions at Hydrous Lake Lewisville next week.

All these new parks have opened up opportunities for our clubs to expand into cable. We are seeing more and more options to offer riders to learn and compete for their school.

Lastly, we are ready to introduce College Wakesurfing. There will be 3 events this year with chances for teams to compete and begin the 3rd and final chapter to the College Level. We are looking to have multiple events each weekend to offer more to teams and clubs and their riders.

Be a part of this new level that is growing at an astronomical rate. See what all the excitement is about and come join us this fall at an event.

To find out more check out

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Congrats to Zach Norman for the Instagram Win

We here at Empire Wake and those at Kicker Audio are proud to announce the winner of the Kicker Home Amphitheater BT2 with Bluetooth is:

Zach Norman of Florida. 

Zach was so excited that he won that he and his best friend went for a tandem bike ride around the block. Zach also hugged his wife, gave a personal acceptance speech and let us know it was the first contest he had ever entered.

Someone take him to Vegas! He has a 100% winning record right now!

(this photo was reposted from Zachs Intsagram Acct)

Congrats Zach and thanks for supporting Empire Wake and following our Instagram @empirewake and @kickeraudio.

Keep your eyes open on our social media and mobile app for the next contest coming soon!

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Empire Shop Keeps Growing

The Empire Shop has been a great addition to Empire Wake so far. It has opened so many new doors for us as well as created an outlet for all our supporters to get great gear in one spot.

The product you see on The Empire Shop is from our event sponsors and only our event sponsors. This means we have tied in a way to give back to all our partners have given us.

What does this mean to the consumer? If you shop at The Empire Shop, the profits (unless otherwise stated) go back into Empire Wake, the shop, and the events! Simply, you are helping fund your own events around the country.

The Empire Shop is also about supporting the wakeboard community where it can. It has helped raise money for the Brad Smeele Foundation and will be looking for new contributions in the future. If you have a charity, or great cause that needs some support, please reach out to us and we can work together and find a way to help out.

Need a great deal? Just by following Empire Wake on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter you will always find great discount codes to help you save.  The codes change often and give you different items to save on. It pays to keep up!

We want to thank everyone for your on going support as Empire Wake continues to grow for the grassroots level of wakeboarding. YOU have made it worth every minute of it!