MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The first ever organized wakesurfing competition on Lake Minnetonka is wrapping up, despite a set-back earlier this summer.
“It feels like you’re in the ocean,” said 13-year-old Frankie Jost, describing the water sport.
From younger kids to adults, wakesurfing is a sport for all ages.
“The wakesurfing community in Minnesota, it’s super strong,” said Trevor Grindland, arguably one of the best wakesurfers in the state. “Everybody is just a close-knit family that loves to have fun, and we all push each other competitively.”
The inaugural wakesurf championship on Lake Minnetonka features the best Minnesota has to offer.
But last month, the competition hit a snag.
“It’s hard to have a wakesurfing competition in a no wake zone,” organizer Andy Weigman said.
Organizers obtained an exemption to the no wake zone so they could keep the event in July, but said they later decided to reschedule to ensure the event was a benefit to the lake and not one that people were concerned about.
It may have been a bump in the road, but the second time seems to be a charm on Cook’s Bay.
“We’re just happy to be having an event that’s capping off what was a disappointing summer, but we feel like this is a good exclamation point,” Weigman said.
The competition on Lake Minnetonka was mostly about participants having fun.
Last week, the Mississippi River played host to a national competition with wakesurfers from all over the world.