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Oklahoma River hosts wakeboard event



Helping make waves as the Oklahoma River turns into more of a go-to venue for all get-wet sporting events is the World Wakeboard Association's Wakeboard World Championships, to be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the river, S.W. 17th Street and Western Avenue.

With nearly 4.4 million people participating in the burgeoning sport around the globe, according to the WWA, "wakeboarding is the fastest-growing water sport in the world." It's a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing, and its practitioners will compete against one another at the four-day event to see who will walk home with the King of Wake World Cup.

"This event showcases the best of the best in wakeboarding around the world," said WWA representative Joey Bagnaro, in a press release. "This event is comparable to any prestigious world sport event, similar to those of the Olympics."

World titles will be awarded in multiple events, in more than a dozen age divisions, with competitors performing aerial stunts as high as roughly 20 feet in the air, at a speed of approximately 25 mph. On shore, food, music, giveaways and other entertainment will keep spectators busy.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance online, where a two-for-one special is valid through 11 a.m. Friday. "Rod Lott


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