When summer's hot sun returns and Deer Lake's water temperature starts to climb, one thing's certain: it's wakeboard season. And once again, we are proud to welcome the return of Brian Snabes and his team for their incomparable five-day Wakeboard Clinics. We wanted to get the insider info on Wake Camp and share the details with you. We're pretty convinced that this camp will keep your kids thanking you for years to come.
Q1: First thing first, let's get to know Brian Snabes.......
Brian: I am the owner of Boyne Mountain Wake Camp and Silver Lake WakeBoard Clinic in Fenton, MI. I have been running wakeboarding camps for the past 15 years. I started coaching and competing in high school and became a sponsored rider. I put together a crew of riders that successfully produced three Wake Films and competed at many events called Midwest Progression (MWP). This led to my winter business, building terrain parks all over the Midwest, including at both Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands. I am dedicated to promoting wakeboarding in the Midwest and exposing the fact that many phenominal athletes come from this region that go on to do great things in the industry. I am also dedicated to growing the sport though our camps and clinics. WakeBoard Clinic and Boyne Mountain Wake Camp are a family owned and operated business based on the love of the lakes and water sports. Boyne Mountain Wake Camp is one of the best venues in the world for this type of camp. First class services, activities, and a great family atmosphere!
Q2: We think Boyne Mountain Wake Camp is pretty awesome, but many of our fans have no clue what it entails. Is it a camp that you drop your kid off at for the week or daily clinics for a few hours of the day?
Brian: It is both actually. We have four options at camp. Overnight camp that includes wakeboarding and wake surfing behind a brand new 2014 Super Air Nautique 210, trampoline training for air awareness and handle position practice, Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark with the Rip Zone Surf Simulator, Zipline Adventure Tours, and many various beach activities including bonfires each night on the lake! All meals and lodging are included. Campers stay in the Mountain Villas and we eat an many of the great dining establishments found around the resort. Day camp includes everything except lodging. We also offer just a wake and tramp session for those who want to just focus on the water sports, as well as private sessions by the hour for those just looking for some instruction behind the boat.
Q3: How many sessions are there this summer and who can attend?
Brian: This year we have scheduled three weeks of camps:
- Week 1: July 27-31
- Week 2: August 3-7
- Week 3: August 10-14
We take campers that range in ages from 6-16.
Q4: Is it a suitable camp for someone who has never wakeboarded? Do you provide all the equipment?
Brian: We encourage those with no experience, as well as kids looking to advance their skills. And we can provide all of the gear.
Q4: Will experienced wakeboarders learn new techniques based on their skill level? What kind of tricks do you teach?
Brian: We pride ourselves in providing top rated instructors at camp. All of our coaching staff are filled with knowledge of the sports and are great teachers who can explain/demonstrate a wide variety of tricks. We do very well in assessing each rider individually to come up with strategies to help the progress at their own pace. Everyone will come away with new techniques and ideas about these sports when they leave camp at the end of the week. Most of our campers are return customers that are continuing to progress and have fun at camp each year!!
Q5: Do campers get time on the water every day of their session? How much time?
Brian: Every camper can expect a three hour boat set with their group and a one hour trampoline session each day along with the other daily activities.
Q6: All this talk about being on the water is making us hungry. What do campers eat during their time at Boyne Mountain Wake Camp?
Brian: Campers are definitely well fed while at camp. They eat their meals at many of the great dining establishments around the resort. Everett's for breakfast, we eat lunch at the Beach House Restaurant on Deer Lake, and dinners are either at the Beach House Restaurant, Trophy Room Pub and Pizzeria, or the Apres Ski Pub.
Q7: Do you provide photos from the camp to parents?
Brian: Every camper will receive a photo cd and all videos will be used to create vimeo commercials for camp that we will feature on our Facebook. Here's a video example: http://vimeo.com/user3636750/boyne-mountain-wake-camp.
Q8: Is Deer Lake cold? Wet suits or no wet suits?
Brian: Usually by July the water is pretty warm, but we provide wet suits for the chilly mornings or you can always bring your own gear if you have it :)
Q9: Have any of your past campers made it big in the wakeboard competition circuit?
Brian: Yes! Danny Burnstein is now a professional wakeboarder living in Florida and past camper, Mark McCallum, is back coaching with us this year. He is on the ASU Wakeboarding Team in the winter and has been doing well winning competitions which helped his team go to a National Championship!! Also, Kyle Mack, professional snowboarder (sponsored by Boyne Mountain) is a former student of WakeBoard Clinic and has been coached by myself for the past ten years. I no longer travel with him, but am very proud of all of his accomplishments at such a young age. He travels all over the world competing in major snowboarding events!
Q10: Do campers learn to wakeskate and surf as well?
Brian: Yes, we do get a few wake skaters every year, but mostly focus on the more popular wakeboarding and the new craze of wake surfing. Wake surfing is a very low impact/fun water sport that is fairly new to the scene for most people. Now-a-days boats, like the one we use from Nautique, have a special surf system making surfing behind the boat on an endless wave possible!!! You don't have to brave shark-infested, salty water to feel the flow of surfing!!!
Q11: Tell us about your craziest wipe out.
Brian: Falling is apart of the sport we all deal with at the professional and beginner levels. Its just a part of the sport. I try not to think about bad crashes, so I can stay focused on proper technique. All of our coaches employ a style of driving that limits hard crashes for beginners and experts. Many people who ride with us come away saying, "That was the best I have ever ridden behind a boat..." And that is partly due to this type of driving and the great instruction they are getting. Trust your coach and driver and you will learn a ton!!
Q12: We like to wakeboard. Do you offer lessons to other age groups?
Brian: Of course. We get parents asking every year when are you going to do an adult camp?! Well, we don't have adult sessions yet, but we do offer private instruction from 6-9pm every night while we are up there. Come on out!!!
Sweet! How do we sign up?!
Brian: Everyone needs to register though my email: firstname.lastname@example.org◂ Return to News & Updates