The water on Lake Wylie at Windjammer Beach in Tega Cay was filled with water enthusiasts as the North Carolina INT Tournament competed in wakeboarding, wake skating and kneeboarding. Organizer Tim Richardson said this is the 10th season for the competitions.
"We have competitors in the water from age 6 to over 50 years of age with skill levels from beginners to expert" said Richardson's wife, Julie. "This is one of the nicest places to ride."
David Hair of Tega Cay cheered for his 12-year-old daughter, Catherine, and the other local competitors.
"This is an awesome place for a contest," Hair said. "It is nice to have a competition here instead of having to travel this weekend."
Danny Toletino of Fort Mill is one of the principals of the local SouthTown Riders who are based in Fort Mill. The organization provides training for casual and competitive water sports.
INT promotes amateur and pro events for all ages and abilities. Competitors accumulate points at each event through the season. The winner at the end of the season in each division from each state is invited to the INT US Championships in October.
Local competitors who placed are:
• Mini Outlaw: Hunter Henderson of Tega Cay, first; John Lathan of Rock Hill, third
• Junior Novice: Clay Ellerbrock of Tega Cay, third; Brandon Iathan of Rock Hill, sixth
• Women's Novice: Kelly Stern of York, first; Holly Cruse of Fort Mill, second
• Men's Novice: Matt Crawford of Rock Hill, first • Junior Intermediate: Arnie Watkins of Lake Wylie, fourth
• Men's Intermediate: Matt Edwards of Lake Wylie, third
• Advanced: Kevin Bradford of Lake Wylie, first; Daniel Mecca of Tega Cay, fourth
• Expert: Tyler Holloman of Lake Wylie, third; Kyle Norris of York, fourth
• Master's Open: Danny Tolentino of Fort Mill, first
• Outlaw: Troy Ogburn of York, first; Gage Thompson of Clover, second
• Wake Skate: Stephen "Loser" Marshall of Tega Cay, first
For more information about INT, visit intleague.com. To learn more about the SouthTown Riders, go to southtownriders.com.
Keeping up with Hair
Local favorite, Austin Hair, 21, of Tega Cay could not be home for the competition because of his touring and competition schedule. His June tour included the Texas Ski Ranch, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Tennessee where he placed 16th in the Pro-Men division of the Pro Tour at Volunteer Landing June 28 in Knoxville. Placing first in the Empire Wake event in South Carolina, he also finished in the top 10 at the Dallas Tour Stop. The best run of Hair's tour was in Wisconsin with a stand up pass including two 720's and good sliding. While touring, Hair is conducting clinics for riders.Hair is ranked in the top 10 for King of Wake and will be headed to Oklahoma July 10 for national competition. For information, visit austinhair.net.