WAKEBOARDING: Everything bigger at E-Town Throwdown this year (07/18)

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By Greg Crews


By GREG CREWS gcrews@thenewsenterprise.com ELIZABETHTOWN — The prize money, the field, the crowds, the tricks — everything is going to be bigger for the third annual E-Town Throwdown wakeboarding tournament, event director Mike Brown said. And with a forecast for clear skies at Freeman Lake and a field that includes several professional-level riders from across the country, competing for a $4,100 prize pool, it looks like he may be right. “It just keeps growing every year,” Brown said. “The first year we had about 40 wakeboarders and we had about 60 last year. This year we are expecting at least 70. … But 100 is not out of the question.” From its grassroots beginnings, the tournament has quickly become the premier amateur wakeboarding event in Kentucky, drawing in riders from at least six states. “The E-Town Throwdown is the biggest tournament in this part of the country,” Brown said. “Nothing else is close.” The event’s success hasn’t gone unnoticed. Already, two more tournaments have booked Freeman Lake for events this summer — the INT Tour’s Kentucky vs. Tennessee Challenge (Aug. 9-10) and the USA Wakeboard Nationals (Aug. 16-17). “The venue is perfect. It is the perfect wakeboard spot,” Brown said. “The water is awesome and the way it is all set up, it is great for spectators and riders alike.” While the tournament has tried not to tamper with its success, it has made some changes for its third installment. For starters, slalom skiing — which was added to the event last year — has been scratched. Also, it has become a charitable event. A portion of the proceeds from each entry fee will be donated to the Crusade for Children. Registration is $55 and can be paid on the day of the tournament, though entries will be capped. The action begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with all novice and intermediate division riders, as well as those doing wakeskate, taking the water. Both days there will be two rounds, with the second round directly following the conclusion of the first round. On Sunday, the advanced, expert and outlaw division riders will hit the water starting at 9:30 a.m. More information can be found at www.nicksboatdock.com or by calling Robynn Brown at 257-9991. Greg Crews can be reached

at 505-1754