July 2005

Do contests matter?
Why you need them and how to ride them.

BLAST!
Amateur wakeskating talent explodes at grass-roots Tampa, Florida, event

Lake Havasu Blows Up
Seven schools spend spring break at the third annual Collegiate Challenge.

Head Hunting
Phillip Soven takes all in a head-to-head finals format at the first Tour stop in Orlando.

Double Down or Go Home
Thirteen riders lay down all their cards for Biggest Air and Best Trick at Parks' invite-only double-up contest.

Legendary Contest
Byerly and company push progression at the Second Annual Toe Jam.

Sessions
Contests a la carte

AIR TIME
Contests

IN BOX
Sailors and strippers, an enthusiastic nurse, and what may well be the worst wake trip of all time

THE PULSE
Exclusive photos from The Butter Effect premiere in Seattle, and Darin Shapiro's new life at Liquid Force

STUFF
Trevor Hansen's new board, Hypoxic's take on the winch, and our summer sunglasses preview

HIGHER LEARNING
Driving for double-ups: How to roll up the meatiest ramps

REGIONAL REPORT
College riders throw down at a slider oasis in middle-of-nowhere Georgia.

MIC CONTROL
Thomas Horrell is known as a founding father of wakeskating. The NIC says he deserves that
title in wakeboarding too.

Cover
Shaun Murray takes a session on the Roam board at Radar Lake in Washington.
Photo: Josh Letchworth