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Nevada slalom skiing, wakeboarding tour kicks off at Lahontan

Rick SwartSun News Service

Members of Nevadas INT (International Amateur Tour) League braved high waters at the first of seven stops on their 2006 slalom skiing and wakeboarding tour Sunday at Lahontan Reservoir near Fallon.It wasnt pretty but we got through it, said state coordinator Mark Fike, who had to set up the registration tent in weeds because the sands at Lahontans Virginia Beach were submerged following an unusually wet spring.Despite reports of propellers damaged by debris buoyed by excess water, an enthusiastic crowd of more than 40 competitors greeted the opening tournament, which was conducted under clear blue skies and 100-plus degree temperatures.It was good to see everyone, Fike said. We had several new people.The tournaments held at Lahontan Reservoir decide who will represent Nevada at the INT Leagues national tournament in Bakersfield, Calif. in the fall. INT is the fastest growing amateur water sports association in the country, and competitors accumulate points throughout the season. All of the Nevada INT events take place at Lahontan Reservoir.Skiers are divided up according to ability, and they score points by skiing around as many buoys as they can in a six-buoy course. As skiers successfully complete the course, boat speeds are gradually increased and the length of their towrope is shortened.In the wakeboard competition, participants do 12 INT-sanctioned tricks that are scored according to degree of difficulty.Future tournaments are scheduled for July 16, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27, weather permitting. Each event will be a doubleheader, meaning that all of the participants will compete twice. Registration for the tournaments begins at 7:30 a.m. with the competition starting at 8:30 a.m. Competition is open to all ages, and towboats are provided.In addition to the tournaments, INT and Marine Specialties of Sparks will host a ski and wakeboarding clinic on Lahontan. For details, e-mail Nevada INT Coordinator Mark Fike at nevada@intleague.com.