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Wake the Desert returns to San Angelo

Tournament participants come from around the world including Texas, Florida and Australia.
Credit: Kami Simmons

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Thousands of competitors of all ages come from across the country and world, including Texas, Florida, and Australia to participate in the Wake the Desert wakeboard competition Lake Nasworthy's Middle Concho Park Friday.

In 2020, the weekend event, part of a larger Wakeboard World Series event was put on hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Family Powersports has been hosting the event for 21 years in San Angelo, according to the Wake the Desert Facebook page.

For some riders, Wake the Desert is an annual competition that they prep for, and even the veterans can get a few butterflies before they hit the water.

One 19-year-old racer participant said the nerves of racing are always tough, but once she hits the water and gets in her zone, it's all an easy ride. 

"Before I ride, I get kind of nervous, and I think about my runs and focus on my runs and what I need to do," race participant Logan Vaughan said. "The adrenaline in your body is so high that you kind of just like...like I can go out there and ride because my adrenaline is so high that by the time I get back to the dock they are like, what happened and I'm like I don't know."

Vaughn, a native Texan, who has been racing for eight years, was thrilled she was able to return to the Lone Star State after returning from Orlando, Fla.

"It is so amazing. I go to competitions all over, but being in Texas is the best. It's Texas, you know, and it's just like one of the best feelings," Vaughan said.

The San Angelo Chamber of Commerce expects more events to take place as the community continues to gradually get out of the pandemic. 

"We are continuing to monitor our economic improvement as well as the opening of the city to larger events and we're hopeful that we'll continue in a good way and we expect it will," Walt Koenig, Chamber president, and CEO said.

Tournaments are being held at Middle Concho Park Friday through Sunday. Click here for more details.