Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Table Rock Boardfest 2015

Empire Wake is back again to Table Rock Lake and Rock Lane Resort. This spot is always a great weekend and we expect so much more this year now that it is year 2 for us being the host. Last year's All American Summer was a blast taking advantage the resort and all it had to offer.

Thanks to MarineMax of Branson, the event is held right there at the marina. The hill going down to the lake and dock offers a great shaded viewing area for spectators and sponsors alike.

This year we have added some wakesurfing to show off the full ability of the G23. This gives all disciplines of the sport a chance to be on display Saturday July 18th. There are divisions for all levels of wakeboarding, wakeskating and wakesurfing from Grom (Under 12) to the Open division for the top riders.

In wakesurfing we offer Beginner Skim and Surf as well as Advanced Skim and Surf. Women and Men will be grouped together as all 4 divisions will be based on ability. The top 3 surfers will win awards and prizes from our sponsors.

- The event kicks off at 9am with check in.
- Beginner Surf and Skim will start at 10am.
- All participants can use the Empire Wake Mobile App to register.

 - Entry fee is $40 per athlete, per division.

- Riders will get to experience the Marine Max G23 wake.

If you need a room, Rock Lane Resort is offering a nice discount if you let them know you are with the event. Stay a night with us, we would like to get to know you!


Photos From 2014 Click Here!

Special Thanks to our supporters:
 MarineMax, Nautique, Red Bull, Buywake.com, Outdoor Tech, Humanoid Wake, GoPro, CTi, Elevated Clothing, STZ Clothing, and JetPilot!





Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Welcome to the Team Maarten van Vliet


Maarten van Vliet
Richardson, Texas


Maarten is our first team rider added in 2015 to the Empire Wake and The Empire Shop- Team B.

These group of riders are up and coming looking to make a presence regionally. However, Maarten has already ventured out for bigger events like the Monster Triple Crown at Velocity Island where he took 3rd.


At just 12 years old, Maarten has been around watersports since he was just 5. He chose wakeboarding because he could learn at his own pace and doesn't have to wait on other people like the team sports world requires. He loves just being out at the cable park all day working on new tricks.


Hydrous Wake Park is his local riding spot where he does most of his training on a CTRL set up.
Keep an eye out for this kid as he is progresses his way to pro!


Signature Trick: Method

Working on: Back 7

Favorite Rider: Graeme Burress

Other Sponsors: Born on a Board





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, co-eds...co-eds...college 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 www.CollegeWakeboarding.com