Friday, May 24, 2013

BOATING'S BLACK ICE!

After hearing of Cupcake's dangerous ride on the Red, we wanted to send out a word of caution to boaters hitting our river this Memorial Weekend. We know not to drink and get behind ANY wheel as well as wear life jackets, but what can you do about debris and ever-shifting sandbars that you can't see? 
 
 


Cupcake and Crew stranded and having to abandon ship to throw
a shoulder behind the boat to get it dislodged from a sandbar.
Our own Chris D, aka Cupcake, get's thrown for a loop. 
On his ride along yesterday with the "Wakeboard Wonders" that are competing on the Red this weekend, the unsuspecting riders were thrown forward when the boat hit a sandbar. One of the KSLA folks struck his head on an object, but thankfully no one was seriously injured. We all know, this scenario could have ended differently. 
 
 
 
 
Debris spotted floating in the Red River this week.

 CPSO Warns Red River Levels Rising

KSLA did a story interviewing Donna Jackson, Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Unit.  She had warnings for weekend river revelry.
 
 


Fun on the Red River from The Shreveport Times
The Red River, which has given so much to the local economy recently (Two Bassmaster Classics, Bassmaster Elite Series, FLW Tour, B.O.S.S. Tournament Trail, etc.) has unfortunately also taken away:
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  • May 2012: Red River debris is to blame after drift wind got under a boat, flipping it several times after.  
  • Feb 2012: A fisherman's boat hit a rock-jetty, or cluster of rocks, throwing two from the boat.  One man was injured, the other was missing, then found deceased. 
  • July 2011: After their boat hit protruding rocks in the Red River, a woman and fiancĂ© were thrown from their craft.  The woman survived, but her fiancĂ© died as a result of the accident.
 

The Shreveport Times has an article today on how we stack up against other states in boating accidents that is well worth the read.  

We welcome the USA Wakeboard Collegiate Nationals
and sincerely hope the event is a HUGE success!  Let's also hope the Red River Waterway Commission, Corps Of Engineers and other entities charged with the River's safety and upkeep have a keen eye on what flows between the banks. 

HOLMES HONDA HAS A HUGE MEMORIAL
DAY SALE UNDERWAY!! CHECK 'EM OUT!!
 

USA WAKEBOARD COLLEGIATE

NATIONALS SCHEDULE

FRIDAY
  • 9:00 Class C Men's D Quarterfinals
  • 10:40 AM Men's C Quarterfinals
  • 12:20 PM Women's B Quarterfinals
  • 2:00 PM Lunch 
  • 2:30 PM Women's A Quarterfinals
  • 4:10 PM Men's B Quarterfinals
  • 5:50 PM Men's D Semifinals
SATURDAY
  • 9:00 AM Wakeskate Quarterfinals
  • 10:40 AM Women's B Semifinals
  • 11:40 AM Men's C Semifinals
  • 12:40 PM lunch
  • 1:25 PM Men's A Quarterfinals
  • 3:05 PM Women's B Finals
  • 3:35 PM Men's D Finals
  • 4:05 PM Men's C Finals
  • 5:00 PM SUP Races
  • 7:00 PM Banquet Starts 
  • 8:30 PM Awards (at banquet)
  • 9:00 PM DJ Doug Kramer

SUNDAY:
  • 10:00 AM Wakeskate Semifinals
  • 11:00 AM Men's B Semifinals
  • 12:00 PM Women's A Semifinals
  • 1:00 PM Men's A Semifinals
  • 2:00 PM Lunch break
  • 2:30 PM Wakeskate Finals
  • 3:00 PM Men's B Finals
  • 3:30 PM Women's A Finals
  • 4:00 PM Men's A Finals