Lord of the lake

Miller wins wake­board­ing state cham­pi­onship at Lake Lanier

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Mur­dock jmur­dock@cov­news.com

Calvin Miller knows all about get­ting up in the air, even with­out the use of a tram­po­line.

Miller, a 13-year-old res­i­dent of Cov­ing­ton, won the Ge­or­gia State Cham­pi­onship in wake­board­ing and wake skat­ing last week­end at Lake Lanier in Gainesville.

When asked how ex­cited Miller was upon win- ning, Miller an­swered “I’m stoked!”

As a re­sult, Miller will ad­vance all the way to the U.S. Cham­pi­onships be­gin­ning Oc­to­ber 10-14 in Zachary, La. He hopes to win first place hon­ors dur­ing the spe­cial event.

“I’m go­ing to go for first (place) by do­ing my hard­est tricks,” said Miller, “which are worth the most points, even if it means (fall­ing) early in the runs and end­ing up in last place.”

Miller has been wake­board­ing for three years now, but this year marks his first com­pet­ing. He prac­tices at Lake Sin­clair in Ea­ton­ton.

“I love do­ing the jumps and the in­verts (flips),” said Miller. “It is the most fun I’ve ever had in a sport.”

There is an ac­tual wake­board­ing league that has four events through­out the sum­mer at Lake Lanier and Clarks Hill Lake in Au­gusta. Ap­prox­i­mately 28 states are in­volved with the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Rid­ers, who ac­cu­mu­late points over the du­ra­tion of the sum­mer, get two runs dur­ing each event, with the best score used.

Wake skat­ing is also part of the league. The tricks are sim­i­lar to those of skate­board­ing, such as a “pop shove it.”

There are mul­ti­ple di­vi­sions in the league, from be­gin­ner to ex­pert. Win­ners from each par­tic­i­pat­ing state earn the op­por­tu­nity to go to the na­tion­als.

Wake­board­ing and wake skat­ing are the types of sports show­cased on ESPN

X Games and Fuel TV, rather than the Olympics. How­ever, that could pos­si­bly change in the fu­ture, as th­ese ex­treme sports are be­com­ing more and more in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar.

Miller ad­mits that the most dif­fi­cult part about wake­board­ing is in fact the in­verts, par­tic­u­larly the first one.

“(That) and the toe-side tricks,” said Miller. “Toe­side tricks are when you cut into the wake on your toes as op­posed to be­ing on your heels, which is a more nat­u­ral feel­ing.”

Sub­mit­ted Photo

Wave of ap­peal: Calvin Miller, a 13-year-old Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent, won the Ge­or­gia State Cham­pi­onship in wake­board­ing and wake skat­ing (Ju­nior In­ter­me­di­ate Di­vi­sion) dur­ing the week­end of Au­gust 18-19 at Lake Lanier in Gainesville. Miller ad­vances to the U.S. Cham­pi­onships Oc­to­ber 10-14 in Zachary, La.

Sub­mit­ted Photo

Miller time: Calvin Miller be­gins an in­vert dur­ing the Ge­or­gia Wake­board­ing State Cham­pi­onship. Miller placed first, and will ad­vance to the wake­board­ing na­tion­als Oc­to­ber 10-14 in Zachary, La.

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