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Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       08-22-2014, 1:56 AM Reply   
We have found a location with water, details are here. Can't wait!

http://wake9.com/community/content.p...ates-Announced!
Old     (fence_sence)      Join Date: Jul 2008       08-22-2014, 8:20 AM Reply   
Gee, I wonder if I'll be invited? Probably not since Robert decided long ago that I don't fit in with his agenda even though he's never even met me. At least I'm not the only one.
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       08-22-2014, 9:27 PM Reply   
Hmm, I am completely unaware of what "decided long ago" means, or is referring to, so I will just say this:

The Polar Bear is not an invitational and it never has been. If you register, you will be welcome, but required to act like a mature adult while at the event or you would be asked to leave. I don't expect that to happen, since we have never had an issue like that or never asked anyone to leave.

So if you want to come, register, and have fun. Then you can come back and either change your tune a bit or keep on flaming, up to you.
Old     (WakeDirt)      Join Date: Jun 2011       08-22-2014, 9:29 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by fence_sence View Post
Gee, I wonder if I'll be invited? Probably not since Robert decided long ago that I don't fit in with his agenda even though he's never even met me. At least I'm not the only one.
A bit awkward.........
Old     (BlazeSr)      Join Date: Dec 2012       08-22-2014, 10:12 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by WakeDirt View Post
A bit awkward.........
X2

Ragboy love your vids and all the info you pass along, thanks.
Old     (malibu)      Join Date: Sep 2004       08-23-2014, 8:04 AM Reply   
I have been to two Polar Bears. They are the best events I have ever been to. The Garcia family rocks! They work hard to put this event on and make sure everyone is having a good time. I have met life long friends through wakesurfing and don't know of another sport where people are so friendly and willing to share their expensive boats and boards with each other.
Old     (v10rider)      Join Date: Oct 2012       08-23-2014, 10:00 PM Reply   
Definitely going this year
Old     (phathom)      Join Date: Jun 2013       08-24-2014, 8:32 AM Reply   
Any idea on pricing yet?
Old     (stingreye)      Join Date: Oct 2012       08-24-2014, 2:51 PM Reply   
Went the last two years, VERY fun! Bummed I can't make it this year.
Old     (Iceberg)      Join Date: Dec 2011       08-25-2014, 5:38 AM Reply   
I would love to come south, but I will probably be working. You should plan next year's PB up here in Manitoba, the southern part; you will have all the water and lakes to yourself! Maybe you will have to if the drought continues? You might even need a wet-suit (dry-suit) to keep warm! After the event is done, then we can all head north to see the real PBs getting ready for the ice to come in and begin the seal hunt. Just a thought or dose of reality. Enjoy.
Old     (tonyv420)      Join Date: Jul 2007       08-25-2014, 10:21 AM Reply   
Fence Sence.... explain what you mean?? doesn't sound like Robert...... Just sayin.....
Old     (timmyb)      Join Date: Apr 2007       08-26-2014, 7:25 AM Reply   
Dang, Nick! Relax buddy! Surfing is about being chill, not hating on someone because they are playing for and promoting a team that they love.
Old     (timmyb)      Join Date: Apr 2007       08-26-2014, 7:43 AM Reply   
Nick, you should go to the event so that you can meet them in person and see how passionate and dedicated their whole family is to the sport. Without them, the EWT events probably wouldn't happen or if they did, they wouldn't have live feeds broadcast on the internet. The Garcia's drive hundreds to thousands of miles with their truck and Z3 completely packed to the gills with equipment and spend hours into the middle of the night setting up and then get limited sleep, sit out in the hot sun all day running a competition all for the good of the sport, not themselves. They are the most committed family I have ever seen, every single family member is working their butts off for other people to enjoy themselves. Once you know them, you would scoff at your own comment.
Old     (MICAH_HARPER)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-26-2014, 10:04 AM Reply   
^^^This...The Garcia's do alot for the Sport of Wakesurfing. Outstanding family and first class
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       09-02-2014, 3:05 PM Reply   
UPDATE 9/2: Rob Harrington is finishing putting together the lodging options and will be done tonight. We will start taking registration on 9/3 at 7pm PDT NOT 9/2.
Old     (markj)      Join Date: Apr 2005       09-02-2014, 8:58 PM Reply   
Where do we go to register???
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       09-03-2014, 6:58 AM Reply   
The registration will be at http://wake9.com/polar-bear

You will be able to register at that link at 7pm PDT today.
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       09-03-2014, 7:11 PM Reply   
Registration is Open!

http://wake9.com/polar-bear-2014/
Old     (piper907)      Join Date: Dec 2011       09-03-2014, 9:01 PM Reply   
Payment sent for two spots!!! Thanks Robert!!!
You have a PM
Old     (dDubya)      Join Date: Apr 2010       09-17-2014, 11:00 AM Reply   
Super stoked to actually participate this year! Although driving was pretty cool too...
Old     (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       09-17-2014, 1:50 PM Reply   
Super stoked to come out and ride! Also excited to hear about which boats will confirm
Old     (tmill)      Join Date: May 2011       09-18-2014, 9:15 AM Reply   
The new Supra SE will be there!!! be ready to be amazed!
Old     (donb)      Join Date: Mar 2012       09-18-2014, 11:00 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by tmill View Post
The new Supra SE will be there!!! be ready to be amazed!
Are you going to be there too?
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       09-19-2014, 7:41 PM Reply   
We should be announcing all 6 boats very soon. Looking like the best line up we have ever had.
Old     (v10rider)      Join Date: Oct 2012       09-19-2014, 8:56 PM Reply   
Stoked!! Can't wait
Old     (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       09-22-2014, 10:40 AM Reply   
.Woo boats!
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       09-25-2014, 3:22 AM Reply   
We will be sending out the full questionnaires soon to all signed up riders. Stay tuned.

We have an awesome line up of boards and finishing our line up of boats. The confirmed boats are:

new Axis T22 with SG
new Nautique G21 with NSS
new Supra SE with Swell
new Tige Z3 with AVX

We are trying to confirm a centurion FS33 direct from Centurion, but haven't finalized it yet. If you want to see that boat, feel free to let them know!
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       09-25-2014, 7:25 AM Reply   
great lineup! stoked to hear the reviews.
Old     (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       09-25-2014, 9:06 AM Reply   
ohhhh Goly Gee!...this will be awesome!... I hope this won't ruin me from my own wave...
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       09-25-2014, 9:47 AM Reply   
Demo and Greeko you are hereby put on notice that I am really looking forward to your review of the T22.
Old     (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       09-25-2014, 10:15 AM Reply   
I will do my best to make sure I get you an honest review of it.

I am hoping The MB factory throws in a new 23 footer with switch... or maybe a dealer in the vicinity
..
Old     (v10rider)      Join Date: Oct 2012       09-25-2014, 10:16 AM Reply   
Will do SD, I'll make sure we have the ballast info and few different angles of the wake
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       09-25-2014, 10:26 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greeko View Post
I will do my best to make sure I get you an honest review of it.

I am hoping The MB factory throws in a new 23 footer with switch... or maybe a dealer in the vicinity
..

Such a great opportunity for an unbiased surf snob review! MB if you are listening....
Old     (v10rider)      Join Date: Oct 2012       09-25-2014, 11:09 AM Reply   
My only concern will company sponsored boat is they'll just send you a stock boat and given that there is not PnP option for the MB yet, we'll get a stock 23 with no additional bags. We all know that is not adequate.
Old     (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       09-25-2014, 3:52 PM Reply   
Hopefully one of the local dealers will step up and provide some hella ride...
Sadly our local dealer didn't add enough weight for our demo
Old     (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       09-25-2014, 10:08 PM Reply   
Victoria Skimboards will be well represented at the Polar Bear. I cant wait for you guys to try out these boards.
Old     (WakeDirt)      Join Date: Jun 2011       09-25-2014, 10:31 PM Reply   
If they are anything like my piscus (which they are crazy similar to) I will be pumped, may come home with a factor
Old     (WakeDirt)      Join Date: Jun 2011       09-26-2014, 12:00 AM Reply   
What's Berryessa's wa wa level looking like?
Old     (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       09-26-2014, 8:24 AM Reply   
Wakedirt, there is no board in the Victoria line up that rides much like the Calibrated Piscus. The Agent has a wide swallow tail, but rides very different in my opinion (more of a beginner/cruiser board IMO).

I think you will be pumped on the boards.
Old     (nittyp)      Join Date: Aug 2014       09-26-2014, 8:38 AM Reply   
Northern CA lake by Vacaville. Water levels are low but there are a few launch ramps still usable.
Old     (turbonine)      Join Date: Oct 2005       09-26-2014, 9:07 AM Reply   
Stoked for some skim representation by Victoria. I love my Agent board! A 6 time world champ rides this beginner/cruiser shape!

Last edited by turbonine; 09-26-2014 at 9:10 AM.
Old     (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       09-26-2014, 10:44 AM Reply   
The Agent is definitely a great board and is capable of a lot maneuvers, but it was designed with beginner to intermediate riders in mind.
The pixie is a little bit different shape than the Agent.

I didn't mean to derail this thread. You will be able to get to know the boards well at the polar bear!
Old     (nittyp)      Join Date: Aug 2014       09-26-2014, 12:49 PM Reply   
Is the polar bear worth checking out if yer not competing?
Old     (Chaos)      Join Date: Apr 2010       09-26-2014, 1:43 PM Reply   
Nick, Polar Bear is not a competition but a social experiment with boards and boats.

Nick
Old     (nittyp)      Join Date: Aug 2014       09-26-2014, 3:23 PM Reply   
Ah cool, so the answer is yes.. ;-) Thanks!
Old     (pennery)      Join Date: Jul 2006       09-27-2014, 2:42 PM Reply   
Can't wait. I am Driving down from Alberta. Excited to ride the Supra SE and hoping the Centurion makes it out.. Also looking fro to trying out some Victoria Skim boards... May add one to my line up...
Old     (Rob17)      Join Date: Oct 2010       09-28-2014, 7:53 PM Reply   
Ahhhh, it is getting closer....I am getting excited. I know there are 3 houseboats full and at least 6 cabins full of people coming from:
Canada, Georgia, Texas, Nevada, Washington, Arizona, Wisconsin, California.

There will be some people there with their own boats. They have even called and booked lodging as they are saying they are with the event. People with their own boats will not have access to the boats and boards in the event. They will be free to be around after the days riding to ask questions or sit in and check out the boats and or boards.. We will be on a tight time line to get all the riders behind all the boats. It is a big lake and there is plenty of space for other boats to ride.

The boats are looking good and here is a list of some of the boards we have lined up....
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Old     (BenHolloway)      Join Date: Aug 2012       09-29-2014, 8:43 AM Reply   
Wish I could make it this year, love this event and the people... not to mention the night life in Pair-o-Dice
Old     (ktm525)      Join Date: Mar 2009       09-29-2014, 8:59 AM Reply   
We are coming up with our 2014 MB 23 wb. Not in the event but having dinner and hanging out afterwards. We will also help out however we can.
Old     (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       09-29-2014, 9:55 AM Reply   
Hey Don, any chance I can catch a pull? I'll be there Saturday morning to drop off a big stack of Vics, and then I'll be free
Old     (v10rider)      Join Date: Oct 2012       09-29-2014, 10:01 AM Reply   
Can't wait!! 2 more weeks
Old     (v10rider)      Join Date: Oct 2012       09-29-2014, 10:04 AM Reply   
Mitch. I had an older 52" Factor that i ended up trading for a beginner board for my wife. I'm 5'10" 175lbs and I found the board pearl too easy for me unless I'm super careful but really enjoy the playfulness of the board. With polar bear coming up, I'd like to give it a second shot and appreciate your thoughts in terms of size. Would the 55" too big for me?
Old     (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       09-29-2014, 10:11 AM Reply   
What year was it? We had a big overhaul in 2012, and since we have made tweaks each year.

At 175 I think you would really like the 50" to be honest. I'll make sure you get on them at the polar bear and I'll be there to go over the line with everyone interested.
Old     (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       09-29-2014, 10:37 AM Reply   
Nice list of boards!
Old     (ktm525)      Join Date: Mar 2009       09-29-2014, 10:53 AM Reply   
Mitch, I cant believe you even asked. You are always welcome to go out with us.
Old     (wolfe_drew)      Join Date: Mar 2010       09-29-2014, 10:57 AM Reply   
Great list of boats & boards! Sure to be a great time.
Old     (v10rider)      Join Date: Oct 2012       09-29-2014, 1:38 PM Reply   
Not sure what year but I found it in a clearance bin last year so it could be either a 2011 or 2012. It was green.
Old     (Rob17)      Join Date: Oct 2010       09-30-2014, 11:27 AM Reply   
Tony V.. When are you coming down? Bringing your boat? Will be good to see you!

Ben.. We will miss ya.. Always enjoy being with you yahoos....

Don.. Maybe we can swap pulls. Always looking to try new toys! Thank you for offering a hand. You never know we may need it

Mitch, thanks again for your dedication with the Victoria boards. Huge addition to the event....

Last edited by Rob17; 09-30-2014 at 11:33 AM. Reason: Spelling error
Old     (Rob17)      Join Date: Oct 2010       09-30-2014, 11:31 AM Reply   
Added another quality board Company to the event today...
Sixx Industries is providing three boards and A6 fins to demo

51" TK Skim
51" Wisley Skim
4'8" LIVE WIRE
Old     (tonyv420)      Join Date: Jul 2007       09-30-2014, 12:22 PM Reply   
Can't make it this year Rob! Sorry, we really loved this event. maybe next year! Doubt if anyone would even want to ride my old Avalanche!
Old     (ktm525)      Join Date: Mar 2009       09-30-2014, 6:25 PM Reply   
Don.. Maybe we can swap pulls. Always looking to try new toys! Thank you for offering a hand. You never know we may need it

We will be up there early Saturday morning. Put us to work. We will help however we can to get you guys out and going. Then we will go and do our thing. Of course you can climb aboard our boat if you want to check it out.

Look for us. We have a 2014 MB 23 wb. Red and grey.
Old     (Rob17)      Join Date: Oct 2010       09-30-2014, 9:24 PM Reply   
So here is the updated list. Things shouldn't change much
I hope we have a little something for everyone......
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Old     (Rob17)      Join Date: Oct 2010       09-30-2014, 9:36 PM Reply   
Don... Sounds good.

Tony V. I would ride that Avalanche any day. If anyone ever passed up an offer to they are flat out Wack.....That wave is a flippin blast. Made me smile.
Almost as good as the company inside that boat!! Will miss ya Mr. Worlds comp couple.....
Old     (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       10-01-2014, 8:54 AM Reply   
Wicked set of boards!

I was wondering when Jeff would release the Kaimana

Any update on additional boats?
Old     (Rob17)      Join Date: Oct 2010       10-01-2014, 11:36 AM Reply   
Not sure of the official launch date. I do know these three as well as
all the boards at the event will be for sale after. We will have contact info as
well as prices sent from the manufacturers at the event. They are
very good deals if you find one that calls your name.

As far as boats... That is the other side of the house and my info is a couple of
days old. My most current info is we should hear from Pavoti in the next day or two.
Centurion is working on a new FS 33. My info is the boat is on the production
line. If it is finished it will make it. Like I said this is not as of today and I am
not working with the boat manufacturers.

I hope this works out. It would be nice to have one of the most talked about
wakesurf boats in the industry there for everyone to try.

I am really hoping for Pavoti as well. I remember them there a couple of years ago.
Beautiful workmanship and a fun boat. I can only imagine what
time and imagination has done to this boat.
Old     (ktm525)      Join Date: Mar 2009       10-02-2014, 8:09 PM Reply   
I am gonna get there early to help however I can . What time is all of this supposed to start
Old     (Rob17)      Join Date: Oct 2010       10-02-2014, 10:48 PM Reply   
We will look for you. I am hoping to be there about noon Friday. Load stuff on our houseboat then hit the lake for a bit. I am bringing our boat as well so if we miss you at the dock come find us....blue and white Supreme 226.

There will be a riders meeting at the dock at Pleasure Cove marina between 8 & 8:30 I believe Saturday morning. We will try to be anchors up 9.
People arriving Friday night can get their paperwork done and not have to work on it Saturday early.
We plan on all hanging out in the VIP cabin Friday evening to greet people.

Saturday morning we will have coffee by the dock for people to sip as they fill out the paperwork.

Here is the early forecast..........hope it is true then on Monday we can all do a rain dance!!!
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Old     (nittyp)      Join Date: Aug 2014       10-03-2014, 12:30 PM Reply   
Was at Pleasure Cove today and have attached a photo of launch ramp. Still looks perfectly usable, has a decent angle to it.. Concrete is beginning to get a bit broken up where the trailer enters the water line.. Spoke to a guy working there and he said water level drops a few inches per day. The guy said they have no idea how much usable ramp is down there. I was gonna suggest a scuba mask, but didn't wanna get tossed in the lake! ;-)

Steel Canyon launch area was also open as of today. Only one of the two lanes though. Still looked good too, other than the concrete looking a bit broken up and old where you enter the water.

Water otherwise looks great. Looking forward to checking this event out. Temps are suppose to be in the upper 90's this weekend, and mid to high 80's all week and next weekend.
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Old     (Rob17)      Join Date: Oct 2010       10-04-2014, 12:54 AM Reply   
Thanks for the local insight!!
Old     (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       10-04-2014, 5:28 AM Reply   
Hey Rob, I won't be there this year but I saw your note about paperwork and I remember that it took a while to get the releases completed last year, so.... Have you considered making the forms available to the participants as PDFs that you could email to everyone beforehand? I'm one of those OCD people who'd love to be able to show up with everything done and ready to go. Not everyone would but it basically costs you nothing to do now and if half the people show up with forms completed (or better yet email you scanned completed forms beforehand) it just makes it that much easier day-of.
Old     (markj)      Join Date: Apr 2005       10-04-2014, 9:09 AM Reply   
^^^ Good idea.
Old     (Rob17)      Join Date: Oct 2010       10-05-2014, 9:13 AM Reply   
Shawndoggy,
Going to miss ya, and no I hadn't thought of that....I will see if we can put it together. Love this community, someone always helping out!
Pulls, boards, boats, paperwork....you name it, if it helps the sport someone is trying to help...
Thanks
Old     (dDubya)      Join Date: Apr 2010       10-06-2014, 4:37 PM Reply   
Super stoked to see you all this year! I'll be up Friday early afternoon with my boat too. Gotta get a "warm up" sesh or two in before the event...
Old     (tmill)      Join Date: May 2011       10-06-2014, 8:37 PM Reply   
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up the supra SE won't be there this weekend, but there will be an sc there this weekend. I will be down there to set it up and make sure it is all dialed in for the weekend.
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       10-07-2014, 2:54 AM Reply   
BOATS

So here is where we are at today:

Confirmed

1. Nautique G21 with NSS
2. Axis T22 with Surfgate
3. Tige Z3 with new AVX
4. Supra SC 450 with Swell
5. Pavati AL 24 -- Special thanks to Chuck for working hard on this. He says the boat will have their "latest surf system".

Unconfirmed
6. Centurion FS33 with Ramfill -- Feel free to email centurion if you really want to see this boat in the line up. I know they are working on it.

If the FS33 doesn't make it, we are going to load the Wake9 Z3 up with extra weight with RJ driving it for you. It will have a minimum of 4k of water in it just for fun, and just for some off season exhibition fun!

I think this is our best line up yet, we really worked hard to get a good mix. Set the tone for the Best Wakesurf Boats of the 2015 season.
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       10-07-2014, 3:04 AM Reply   
We have 1 regular dropout, maybe 2. If you are a regular rider and you want to attend, email me at support - at - wake9 - dot - com.
Old     (ragboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       10-08-2014, 1:58 AM Reply   
We are FULL again.

It looks like we have a FS33 lined up, but we found one locally, not from Centurion. I think that gives an amazing line up of boats and boards this year.

I have also secured special go pro setups for each boat to video every moment behind all of the boats. We will be mounting cameras in approximately the same position on every boat, plus lots of chase footage. Each boat will be weighted by the folks bringing the boat, and wake9 will be on hand to aid in any weighting or setup if needed.

We have folks from all over the country and Canada coming, and 16 of the riders are new to this type of event and have never been to a polar bear event before. All skill levels represented, surf and skim, ages from early 20s to mid 50s, 2 goofy groups and 4 regular, male and female and from 120 lbs to 260 lbs.

Weather looks perfect and I can't wait!
Old     (Jbort)      Join Date: Aug 2011       10-08-2014, 7:19 AM Reply   
Sounds like a great setup and good luck with the event. I know these are tricky events after doing Southern Surfest. Looking forward to the vids and pics. How many boards?
Old     (v10rider)      Join Date: Oct 2012       10-08-2014, 8:39 AM Reply   
2 more sleeps and I'm berryesa bound!!
Old     (Greeko)      Join Date: May 2013       10-08-2014, 10:06 AM Reply   
Can't wait! Surfing until our legs give out lol!

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