Fairfield Bay, Arkansas’ Premier WaterSport Festival “Surf the Bay”
Making Waves Yet Again 2017 Summer Celebration showcases more Adventure Sports with Wakesurfing, FlyBoarding,Kayaking &PaddleBoarding Join in the Wakesurfing Contest in Arkansas — Come by land or by water —The Weekend Events: Friday June 16th and Saturday 17th, 2017
“Surf the Bay” is free and open to the public. All events and activities will be held at the beautiful Fairfield Bay Marina on the North Shore of Greers Ferry Lake.
This event welcomes visitors of all ages to grab a board, jump a wave or “fly”. Join the crowds in watching the professionals showcase their craft, or sign up and participate in three of the most popular and unique adventure sports in the country: WakeSurfing, FlyBoarding and Stand Up Paddle boarding. If the waves get too extreme, there’s plenty of kayaking, tubing and other water and summer festival fun.
“Surf the Bay” will kick off with a big beach party Friday night, featuring live music, water games, dinner, refreshments and more. Activities start early Saturday morning, June 17th. Enjoy food vendors, hiking at nearby Sugar Loaf Mountain, and plenty of outdoor activities on land and fun in the water.
“What will make this day like no other,” says Paul Wellenberger, General Manager of the Fairfield Bay Community Club. “We’ll be watching the thrilling stunts and tricks of some top professionals, see a man “fly”, ride on some top-of-the-line boats and marvel at the classic antique boats. This event is tailor-made for families and individuals who love the water and want to experience all an Ozark Mountain Lake has to offer – on stunning Greers Ferry Lake.”
What to do at Surf the Bay
Join in the Wakesurfing Contest
Join Stuckey & Grimes Xtreme Marine again this year, as they bring WakeSurfing to Arkansas. It’s the only way to catch big waves in a fresh water lake. Fun big waves, no rope, and no hard falls! This fast growing sport is getting everyone in the water with its three to four feet swells.
Ride Across the Water in Style
Some of the most exciting boats in the industry will be available for attendees to enjoy. From Stuckey & Grimes Extreme Marine, climb aboard the latest Malibu, Axis and MB Sport boats. These boats will be set up to let participants experience the thrill of WakeSurfing and WakeBoarding. Pro WakeBoarder Justin Worrell will be on hand to set up individual wake and surf lessons. “Our team is eager to share our love for outdoor water sports and showcase an exciting way to enjoy a fresh water lake,” says Rick Stuckey, owner of Stuckey & Grimes Xtreme Marine. Also on the water this year will be some beauties from Red River Boating, where attendees can enjoy kid’s tubing and plenty of waterskiing.
Try the Popular Paddle Boarding
If the waves get too extreme, make a real splash and try the popular sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP). Frank Wimberly, of Sulfur Creek Outfitters will be on hand to help get you started. Stand up paddle boards offer a great way to take advantage of the water and get a fun workout at the same time. Guests can jump in and enjoy many of our friendly competitions going on throughout the day. Or grab a Kayak for more classic paddling fun.
You Can Even FLY!
FlyBoarding is the newest popular extreme water activity and “Surf the Bay” was the first place ever to showcase FlyBoarding over freshwater. Don’t miss this! “Like something out of this world, or at least a comic book, FlyBoarding is the use of a water powered jet pack to fly above water, said Gretchen Vance of Aquafly. The propulsion power actually comes from below the user’s feet, giving more of a skateboarding feel to the ride. Hand nozzles help to stabilize and manage power. Aquafly FlyBoard will have demonstrations Friday and Saturday. Lessons will be available for a discount.
Vance adds, “FlyBoarding is easier than you may think. Most people pick it up rather quickly. Our certified instructors will be at “Surf the Bay” to teach those interested.”