Monday, February 11, 2013

Survival Guide - Free For All 2013

This summer, Liquid Force will be touring the country and spreading some stoke. Going for a few years now, the Free For All is a nation-wide cable park tour giving riders the chance to hit their local cable park for the low, low price of $0.00. Not only is riding at your cable park completely for free a great time, there's a lot of great Liquid Force stuff to check out. Demos, giveaways, company reps to answer questions; heck, they'll even feed you and have some free Monster Energy to keep you fueled for the day.

I know this sounds like a commercial for them, but I wouldn't be writing about it here if it wasn't something I recommend you go and check out. I've gone to past events at McCormick's cable in Tampa and it's always been a blast. I do have a few tips though for those of you who've never been to help you have the best time during your free day.

1. Get There Early - I can't stress this enough. The cable gets absolutely packed very quickly. If you want to get a decent amount of riding in, show up a little early and get yourself set to go as soon as the cable opens.

2. Be Patient - The line will be long, hopefully your cable enacts a '5 lap' rule to keep things moving. Don't worry, you'll get your turn. Remember it may actually be good to give yourself a rest in between runs so you can shred all day, just make the most of the runs you do get.

3. Be Social - We're a wake community for a reason. Bring some friends, chat it up with other riders. Find someone to play WAKE with, make some new friends. These events are awesome for this reason. While Liquid Force is a huge company, these events can feel very grassroots because of the people there.

4. Don't be a Complete Beginner*- I'm not saying this to be a jerk, I just want to make sure you have fun wakeboarding for the first time. Unless you have a LOT of patience, it really doesn't make sense to come out to an event like this if you've never wakeboarded before (honestly though, if you're reading this you probably have done it at lease a few times). I only suggest this because of how long the line is going to be and every time you fall, you'll have to wait again.

*Check your local cable first though and see if they have some kind of a beginner line. If that's the case, you will probably be better off and can learn how to ride within the day.

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