Wakeboarding tournament at Onondaga Lake cancelled

The National Wakeboarding League (NWL) thought that they had found a perfect place to hold their second annual championship in Onondaga Lake, but it seems that the lake was not cut out to host such an event, as the NWL has chosen to move their tournament elsewhere.

Instead of taking place at Onondaga Lake Park, the Wakeboarding Nationals have been moved to Dayton, Ohio to occur August 17 to 19.

Wakeboarding is a water sport in which participants are towed by a boat while on a board similar to a snowboard and attempting to do various tricks using the wake created by the boat that is towing them.

Although the sport is most popular in the southeastern portion of the United States, it is gaining popularity among those seeking a new aquatic thrill.

The officials down in Florida contacted us over this past winter to see if we were interested in holding this event, said Director of Onondaga County Parks Bob Geraci. We were very interested in the opportunity, but it just didn't work out.

The NWL decided to move the event for a variety of reasons, but mostly because of deficiency of registered competitors.

This was the first event of its kind to be held in the northeast, said Geraci. Many people probably didn't want to drive this far, since most of them were coming from southern states.

Even though wakeboarding is most popular in the south, the parks department still expected to draw a few thousand people, mostly due to the fact that it was a free event and that Onondaga Lake Park is generally a busy place.

Another reason for the change of location was the perceived questionable water quality of the lake.

You can't fight perception, remarked Geraci. Even though we had all the facts on our side, you just can't fight how people think of the lake.

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