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Flyboarding Debuts at Greers Ferry Lake

“Surf the Bay” making waves again. Summer celebration showcases extreme sport.
FAIRFIELD BAY, AR (News Release) - Fairfield Bay is making waves yet again this summer when they bring another “first-of-its-kind” event to the North Shore of Greers Ferry Lake – Flyboarding, along with the return of the wildly popular WakeSurfing.

This June 14th and 15th, step into the summer sun and out into the clear fresh water and take your turn at “Surfing” the big waves or “Flying” above them in a water-powered jet pack, known as Flyboarding. Anyone can do it – from eight to eighty!

“Surf the Bay” will be held at the beautiful Fairfield Bay Marina. Free and open to the public, this weekend-long event welcomes visitors of all ages to grab a board, jump a wave or “fly”. Join the crowds in watching the professionals showcase their craft, or sign up and participate in two of the most unique water sports in the country: wakesurfing and flyboarding. If the waves get too extreme, there’s plenty of other water and summer festival fun to be had.
 
Surfing is Back in Arkansas!
Last year, Stuckey & Grimes Xtreme Marine introduced wakesurfing to Arkansas. It’s the only way to catch big waves in a fresh water lake. Fun big waves, no rope, and no hard falls! This fast growing sport is getting everyone in the water with its three to four feet swells.

Some of the most exciting boats in the industry will be available for attendees to enjoy, including Malibu, Axis and MB Sport. These boats will be set up to let participants join in to experience the thrill of wakesurfing and Wakeboarding. Pro Wakeboarder, Brandon Lackey, will be on hand to set up individual wake and surf lessons.

“Our team is eager to share our love for outdoor water sports and introduce a new and exciting way to enjoy a fresh water lake,” says Rick Stuckey, owner of Stuckey & Grimes Xtreme Marine. If the waves get too extreme, make a real splash and try the popular sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP). Stuckey added, “Stand up paddle boards offer a great way to take advantage of the water and get a fun workout at the same time. Guests can jump in and enjoy many of our friendly competitions going on throughout the day.”

Hover, spray, fly!
Flyboarding is the newest extreme water activity and “Surf the Bay” is first place ever to showcase flyboarding over freshwater. Don’t miss this!

“Like something out of this world, or at least a comic book, Flyboarding is the use of a water powered jet pack to fly above water, said Josh Foster, president of Ozark FlyBoard. “The propulsion power actually comes from below the user’s feet, giving more of a skateboarding feel to the ride. Hand nozzles help to stabilize and manage power.” Ozark Flyboard (click here for Facebook page) will have demonstrations Friday and Saturday. Hour-long lessons will be available for a discounted cost.

Foster adds, “Flyboarding is easier than you may think. Most people pick it up rather quickly. Our certified instructors will be at “Surf the Bay” to teach those interested.”

Premier Watersport Festival “Surf the Bay”
“Surf the Bay” is free and open to the public.  All events and activities will be held again at the beautiful Fairfield Bay Marina on the North Shore of Greers Ferry Lake.

“Surf the Bay” will kick off with a big beach party Friday night, featuring live music, water games, dinner, refreshments and more.  Activities start early Saturday morning.  Find food vendors, a National Guard Climbing Wall, Belle of the Bay boat cruises, hiking at nearby Sugar Loaf Mountain, and plenty of outdoor activities on land and fun in the water.

Adding to the water sport activities  - be sure to get in on the charity Poker Run on Saturday at the Fairfield Bay Marina – starting 9 a.m. Five marinas on Greers Ferry Lake will pull the hotly contested hand together. The cost is only $20 per hand to enter with payouts split between first place and the Fairfield Bay Animal Protection League.

Adding even more sport fun to the day will be the team from Ozark Mountain Trading Company, offering everything for family paddling fun! Canoes, kayaks and more.

“What will make this day like no other,” says Paul Wellenberger, General Manager of the  Fairfield Bay Community Club, “we’ll be watching the thrilling stunts and tricks of some top  professional skiers, and this year you’ll see a man “fly”. This is the first time people can get out there and try “surfing” or “flying above” the waters of Arkansas. ‘Surf the Bay’ is perfect for  families and individuals who want to enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer in Arkansas. From 8 to 80, you have to come try it.”
 
Easy to Stay at the Bay
The community of Fairfield Bay invites all those who enjoy lake activities, natural scenery and family fun to join in the weekend festivities. Camping and RV facilities are available right at the Marina, and will offer first class seats to the weekend events, along with stellar views of all that Greers Ferry Lake has to offer. Sites are by reservation, so contact 501-884-6500. But hurry!

Click here for more information on “Surf the Bay.”
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