By Kristin Hackler
“I was meant to do this,” smiled Matt DuBon, manager of Carolina Watersports at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island. Six years ago and fresh out of college, Matt walked up to the little building beside the man-made freshwater lakes just off of Maybank Highway and told the owner that he would do just about anything to work in water sports. Three years later he was the operating manager of Carolina Watersports and today he hosts some of the most popular water sports festivals in South Carolina.
“We started out by offering competitions,” said Matt, “but the professional wake board population around here isn’t very big, so we changed it to a festival. It’s been great ever since.”
By offering a festival as opposed to a competition, many more people are opting to purchase the $30 Ride All Day passes during the appropriately-named “WakeFests”. For those that choose to hang out on shore or take relaxing dips in the adjacent lake, the monthly WakeFests also offer live music, 18-hole disc golf, beach volleyball, art demonstrations, food from Savory Sushi and a chance to simply wind down on the shores of a freshwater lake surrounded by woods. Prizes are given during the festivals, but not for the skiers’ or boarders’ finely-tuned skills.
“We give prizes for best attitude, best random trick, best crash … you know, just for the fun of it,” said Matt. And the $30 pass includes everything you could need, including your life vest and water sport equipment. “You just need to show up with your bathing suit,” Matt smiled.
The next WakeFest at Trophy Lakes will be held this Saturday, May 29, and anyone interested in riding for the day should register by 10 a.m. and attend the 10:45 a.m. riders meeting. All ages are welcome and admission is free: the festival lasts until the sun goes down. Dogs must be on leashes at all times, but they’re welcome, as well. For more information, visit www.CarolinaWatersports.com, www.TrophyLakes.com or call 559-2520. WakeFests will be held at Trophy Lakes on the last Saturday of every month through September.
May 28 2010