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Russell Marine to host wakeboard clinic July 28

Published 7:14pm Tuesday, July 26, 2011

By Jason Johnson

Russell Marine is sponsoring a wakeboard clinic, for all levels, on Lake Martin this Thursday, July 28.

The clinic will be held at River North Marina from 8 a.m. until noon and will feature wakeboarders Matt Sims, Dylan Carr, Chris Armstrong and Daniel Uline as instructors.

Matt Sims competes at the professional level and will be competing on the pro tour later this summer in Knoxville Tenn.

“Matt is definitely the best in the state and he’s one of the best in the South,” said Daniel Uline, an avid wakeboarder and boat salesman at River North Marina.

Both Dylan Carr and Chris Armstrong have previously ridden in the INT league.

“When they compete now it’s mostly in rail jams, but they’ve both competed all their lives,” Uline said.

Uline himself will be driving the boats for Thursday’s clinic, as well as offering some coaching advice to the participants.

“We’ll meet at 8 a.m. to finish any paper work that needs to be done, and we’ll have the boat pushed out around 8:30 (a.m.),” said Scott Goslin, the Merchandise manager for Russell Marine, who helped organize the clinic.

This clinic, which has an entry fee of $25, is available to all ages.

Life preservers and demo wakeboards are available to those who do not have their own.

“(The fee) is just to cover a small portion gas and to help cover the instructors fee,” Goslin said. “We want to get people out on the water and help them refine their wakeboarding abilities, and we’ll have all levels of experience coming out on Thursday.”

Goslin said that Russell Marine would be using three Centurion Avalanche boats to the pull the clinics participants.

“(The Avalanche) is a championship tow-boat,” Goslin said. “We’ll have small groups on each boat, it will be almost individualized instruction.”

Goslin said the groups would be separated based on skill level, age and gender for the younger participants.

“The groups are primarily based on skill level, and level of expertise,” Goslin said. “That way the rider’s who want to practice more advanced tricks can watch other riders trying them.”

“These clinics are always a good time, theses (riders) all come out and do this for the love of the sport and to help teach these kids,” Uline said.

For more information contact the River North Marina at (256) 234-2022.

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