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Wakesites picks ‘Design Your Ride’ WINNER!

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Wakesites, SlingShot Sports and friend2friend would like to thank everyone who participated in the ‘Design Your Ride’ contest.

We have finally chosen a winner based on the ‘Contest Rules’ (designs ability to refelect the different brands image properly.) 

Wakesites recieved over 130 killer designs by amazing artists and had more than 33,000 participants commenting and voting from facebook and Wakesites. (NOTE: Not all designs were officially approved by Wakesites for various reasons including voter fraud, not displaying logos properly and copywright infringment) Now that the contest is over we have approved all designs for display on the ‘Design Your Ride’ page for discussion.

Jeremy Byrom from Lake Powell, AZ wins the contest with his very creative design ‘Flexible Truth’. This design takes flex and creativity and merges the two into an unbelieveable scrap-book-like design that we all found to be straight off the hook! Congrats Jeremy! Your SlingShot board with your graphic will be on its way soon!Again thanks to everyone who submitted designs, it was not easy to pick just one winner - The runners up will be chosen over the next few weeks and be notified via email.

Stay tuned for our next big contest…

Wakesites ‘Design Your Ride’ CONTEST WINNER

 Name: Jeremy Byrom

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Location: Page, Arizona, Lake Powell

Design: Flexible Truth


Wakesites and Slingshot Launches the 2009 ‘Design Your Ride!’ Contest

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Wakesites and Slingshot ‘Design Your Ride’ Contest involves participants in the design of a special edition Slingshot wakeboard graphic for 2009.


 San Die San Diego, CA, February 09, 2009 – Wakesites ( today announced it has teamed with Slingshot Sports ( and Friend2Friend ( to launch an exciting contest that gives participants a chance to “Design Their Ride!” Wake enthusiasts and other creatives can participate directly in the  design of a Special Edition Slingshot wakeboard graphic for 2009!  Submitted designs will be featured on MySpace and Facebook via Friend2Friend’s “ProductPulse” social media application, enabling widespread visibility, voting and commenting for all brands involved.


ProductPulse is a social application that allows users to give their “quick take on things.”  Users vote on products and give their opinions, which then circulate among their friends and the crowd.  In the “Design Your Ride” contest, users will be able to select their favorite Slingshot wakeboard design, write comments and share with friends.  As a result, these creative designs will receive tens of thousands of votes, and expose Slingshot’s line of cool wakeboards to millions of Facebook and MySpace users.


Participation is easy. Get started by going to Wakesites “Design Your Ride” ( and then download the official template.  For those not interested in submitting designs, they can vote for their favorite design at Wakesites and enter for a chance to win the Special Edition Slingshot wakeboard!  Voting is also available directly to members of social applications like Facebook and MySpace who have installed the ProductPulse ( social application.


When designs are submitted, Wakesites ensures they meet the pre-determined design guidelines and then displays them on, Facebook and MySpace, providing excellent brand and product exposure for Slingshot.


“This is a great opportunity for us,” said Paul Nobles, Founder and CEO of Wakesites.  “Social networking and user generated content are two of the most important themes playing out online today.  To be able to leverage those trends in a wake-oriented social media campaign aligns perfectly with our vision of creating a dynamic, online community of wake sports enthusiasts.” 


“Slingshot is thrilled to be a part of such a unique social media program,” said Mira Kwon, Marketing Director at Slingshot. “We recognize the growing importance of engaging our customers in the communities where they hang out online—that’s increasingly on sites like Wakesites, Facebook and MySpace.  We’re looking forward to checking out some cool board art soon and selecting the 2009 Special Edition design winner. “


Slingshot Sports will review submitted designs and their respective votes and make the final decision on the winning design.   The design winner and a randomly selected voter will receive a Slingshot wakeboard with the winning Special Edition graphic.


About Wakesites

Wakesites is a community for wakeboarding and wakeskating. Riders, Media, and Industry provide wake-related information and opportunities to the community and collectively help grow wake sports. Founded by Paul Nobles and legendary rider Josh Smith, Wakesites was built for riders, by riders. Wakesites provides a place for companies involved in the sport to show their products and services and interact directly with wake enthusiasts. Wakesites partners with rider operated companies determined to expand the excitement and appeal of wake sports.


About Friend2Friend

Friend2Friend connects people and products across social media.  It’s portfolio of social applications on Facebook has engaged over 1.5M users.  Over 11 million recommendations on 50 thousand products have been shared to date on ProductPulse, Friend2Friend’s premier social application.  Friend2Friend also helps bring brands and retailers into the conversation—activating advocates, seeding products, targeting offers and building buzz—all within the largest communities online.  Friend2Friend has run social advertising campaigns for top consumer brands including:  Linksys (a Cisco company), Bacardi, Kohl’s, Sony, The North Face, Timbuk2 and Mountain Hardwear. 


About Slingshot Sports

Since 1981 Tony Logosz and his brother Jeff have dedicated themselves to the performance and design of quality water sports equipment. Years of hard work and innovation, that is spawned from their ability to think in original ways, is what fuels Slingshot today. Since then Slingshot has grown to be a global brand which caters to top kiteboarders and wakeboarders in the world. Their team of dedicated employees, loyal customers and professional athletes is what makes Slingshot a success.



Contact Information

Paul Nobles


(858) 731-6465


Roger Katz


(650) 330-0900


Jeff Logosz

Slingshot Sports

USA 877-775-4832

INTL 509-427-4950


Industry Change Sweeps Through Surf Expo 08

Friday, October 31st, 2008


Orange County Convention Center
By: Josh Smith Photos: Paul Nobles

“Rider operated companies drive new technologies in the wake industry. co-founder Josh Smith highlights emerging brands storming Surf Expo 2008.”


Randall Harris, Company Wake, Inc. Erich Schmaltz, Integrity Wakeskates Scott Byerly, Byerly Boards

It feels like a time of change in the Wake Industry. Every year that I go to Surf Expo, (that is 12 of the last 15 years that they have had a wake section) I get fired up by the diversity, growth, innovations, companies, and overall excitement of the show. Always to be disappointed by the lack of follow through and the realization that it is mostly just hype. Something was different this year. founder Paul Nobles and I attended Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida, to work on a ‘Design Your Ride’ graphic contest and get some content for our new site. I decided to write something about what I saw at Surf Expo 08.

There was still plenty of hype, but overall this year seemed more somber; there was more humility than I’ve ever felt in past years. The sport is truly growing not just superficially, but players in other industries, not just our own are finally beginning to take it seriously. Now, I’m known for having a problem with people taking things to seriously, unless of course it is seriousness directed toward their passion for the healthy growth of their sports. This is much bigger and more important than individual companies and personal egos. It’s good to see less of the frantic force-feeding of wake to the masses. There are brands and riders in the integral aspects of our sports that have given me new hope and anticipation for the season and years to come. Wake feels more real with less propaganda than ever before. Friends and companies from other industries are finally beginning to show signs of respect and becoming vested participants in wake sports.

The brands that I want to commend are the dedicated ones without the deep pockets scrapping it out in spite of the lean times, and the relatively new ones with groundbreaking technologies and revolutionary direction forcing a breath of fresh air into an often stifled wake industry full of stagnation and fear of the pioneer. These companies because of their values, principles, and true desire to make their sports better for the individuals taking part in them, deserve and must be recognized and supported!

Integrity Premiers with Expo

One of these brands is Integrity Wakeskates. I have known Erich Schmaltz for many years and if there is anyone who takes the integrity of his ride more seriously I have not met them yet. When there are questions of ideals, values, ethics, or principles in my own life, I often pass it by the Schmaltz in my head before making a decision.

Erich and his urethane sidewall

Erich’s dogged tenacity is truly impressive and I have enjoyed watching him guide his brand. Growing slow and strong for the last four years, they decided to make their first appearance at Surf Expo in 08. With the rock solid team of Nick Taylor and Ryan Lemons, Grant Roberts, Barcellos and many other disciples along with DeBoer and Miller at the helm, you are sure to be seeing much more rider-run Integrity wherever you look.

Nick wakeskater of the year

It can only mean good things to come with Erich able to engross himself in R&D and geek-out in a Factory of his own. Everywhere I turn I hear how incredible the bamboo core is and from the sound of the tests they’ve been putting them through, the urethane sidewalls are unbelievably durable. If you can get your hands on one you should put your feet on it, I know I will.

A heartening display

Not to be overlooked the Mutiny Freeboards brand made an appearance in the Integrity booth and plans for a new strap in Mutiny flex deck were also unveiled.

Co. Wake Icon

Buzz of the Show and apple in my straps, Company Wake illustrated that they are something to be dealt with; and not a shoestring hobby brand. Obviously having some serious backing, they showed up with the most in depth line of wake gear I’ve ever seen from a first year start up. Everything was super clean and well thought out. Going with a flex wakeboard construction, which is finally becoming a common theme of new brands.

Justin Stephens telling it like it is An old Icon propin a new one

This team of Owner/Riders, including such heavy hitters as Justin Stephens and Randy Harris, along with Greg Necrasson, Tino Santori, and Eddie Valdez, has some serious potential. I (because I know they like the pressure) am holding high expectations for this crew. Support this Co. and support your sport.

From the wake up

Duel rudder Vector system

Have you looked closely at that Epic Wake Boat recently? They just keep getting better. The first boat designed for riders from the water up. Even the materials they are using for their interior are plain smart, 4,000lbs of ballast and a shape plate, a dual rudder “vector” steering system for any situation, 10 speaker transom audio that they teamed up on with Kicker and Sony, as well as a 14 person capacity. Please, can I have one? The other manufacturers better make some moves or maybe, just give up. That way Epic can sell some boats and pay for more innovations. This boat is truly designed for the ultimate boating and riding experience, which soon enough, will be a necessity for people bothering with a boat.

Wake Lab

This brings to mind Sesitec’s System 2.0 straight-line cable system, which may take the wake right out of wakeboarding. If you haven’t yet, look at, it’s a new age for Towboards. I mean towskates. I mean wakeboards? This cable system and a well built park of obstacles, will drop in on a small piece of water for well under the price of a decent wake boat and cost virtually nothing to run. Speaking of change. Boat manufacturers better do some quick thinking about their power source or back right out of the game.

Media by Riders

In just two short years the standard has done more to give back to the sports roots than any publication in the history of wake. They have driven the quality over quantity steak deep into the heart of the wake media monster. Rider owners Joey Meddock and Josh Letchworth (you starting to see a connection?) and many other artists are continually doling out superior work in these books. With most of the money coming from subscribers rather than advertisers they’re not forcing anything down your throat. Its just captivating and appealing Art. Anyone would be fortunate to display these book/magazines on their coffee table. It is a very sad day in wake media to hear the announcement that book 2.3 will be the last issue. We know its not the last we will hear from Josh and Joey.


Donoso, gratified reading

Joey Meddock and friends

Josh Letchworth

Some Standerd mugs

The Wake Industry is seeing more opportunity from cash flow than ever before, thanks to companies like Nike 2.0, Oakley, Red Bull, and O’neill seeing viability and finding athletes and entrepreneurs worthy of their support. The first generation of towed riders are coming into their own, the monopoly is tumbling and the rotten roots are finally dying off. I can’t wait to see where this new blood and fresh thinking will take us.

Red Bull


With true riders like Scott Byerly, Randy Harris, Erich Schmaltz and Parks Bonifay (riders with integrity, running things) change will come. It can’t be stopped. But with the support of all riders it will happen now.

In our Action Sports sister industries, variety, originality, diversity and integrity are supported, even nurtured. This in my opinion is one of the most integral reasons for the strength and respect of skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, motocross etc. and on a whole still sorely missed in the wake industries.

Create change now, pioneer a project in your area. The time for sitting is over. Make a move. Ride for yourself! (In other words continue to make your ride the best it can be for you and you will have done your part).

Team Wakesites - “Ride for yourself!”

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Team Wakesites

The Team Wakesites riders are recognized not only for their skills on the water but also for the contribution that each has made to the sport of wakeboarding. Our team recognizes and appreciates the individuality and diversity in the wakeboarding community.

We work with leading manufacturers and sponsors who are passionate about wakeboarding. We differentiate our riders, participating manufacturers, and sponsors from those exploiting the sport for purely financial gain. Join Wakesites and help us build our sport: For the riders. By the riders.

“Ride for yourself” –Josh Smith Co/founder – Team Manager.

Click here to see the Wakesites team in action in the killer new DVD “Authentic” .

Wakesites Pushes Healthy Progression of Wake

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Wakesites was built for Riders, by Riders. We are Riders, Media and Industry with one vision: The healthy progression of wake sports. Our mission is to provide a place for people from all cultures and diversities to come together and be a part of the growth of Wakeboarding and Wakeskating.

Our sports are the fastest growing action sports over the past ten years. Innovative technology and its advancement is a major focus for Wakesites and its dedicated riders. Wakesites is a place for riders and manufacturers to show how they are constantly pushing the sports to new levels as well as a place for the media to document this progression.

Wakesites philosophy is that the sports begin with the rider and end with the rider. We are rider owned and operated and our vision is of sports in which the rider pushes the industry to embrace open-minded technologies and develop new innovations through the riders’ style and progression. Style over Standings. Quality over Quantity.

Wakesites provides a place for all Riders, Media, and Industry to show what they can bring to the table to help grow the sports. We believe all companies–small, medium and large–that participate in the sports should have the opportunity to show their products and services and collectively influence in a positive way a healthy progression of the sports.

Help us build the sports! Join Wakesites today!

Paul Nobles and Josh Smith

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