The last splash at Alix Lake 0
The Alberta Wakeboard Provincials hosted its last competition at Alix Lake Aug. 4 after being held in Alix for 11 years,
In an effort to attract more participants, the provincial competition is moving to Shalom Park in Leduc County next year, said organizer Shawn Gratzfeld.
"It has become increasingly more difficult and expensive to do the event in Alix," he said.
Only 34 riders participated in this year's event, down from 44 in 2011.
"Location has somewhat to do with it," said Gratzfeld about the dwindling number of participants. "Timing is another."
On Aug. 4, Lacombe's Reagan Biberdorf placed first in the advanced division, followed by Patrick Harder, Jeremy Howsam and Jeff Blanchard.
In the open category, Justin Gratzfeld took first and Lacombe's Logan Biberdorf came in second, followed by Scott Barrie and Brian Esau.
In the beginner category, Bryce Schaab took first with Shae O'Brien coming in second.
In intermediate, Sean Rinkel came in first and Calder Salmon won second.
In the veterans category, Kurt Biberdorf took first place and Harold Hendrickson came in second.
In the outlaw category, Tyler Reichart came in first, with Levi Wynnyk in second and Tristan Makaroff in third.
In the U-11 boys, Blaine O'Brien came in first and Ty Farwell in second. In the U-14 boys Tindy Gratzfeld took first place.
In U-15 girls, Nakita Schaab came in first. Ayla O'Brien came in second and Payton Biberdorf in third.
In novice, Kobe Gratzfeld took first place.
In Grom, Connor Ksolofski came in first and Mark Hendrickson second.
Wakeboarders Nikita Schaab and Jeff Blanchard are heading to the nationals in Quebec Aug. 23 to 26.