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Wakeboard Demos Rock the 50th Annual Toronto Boat Show
Toronto, ON (December 13, 2007) - Top international wakeboarders and wakeskaters will take to the water inside the Ricoh Center this January to perform on the world’s largest indoor lake at the Toronto International Boat Show, January 12-20. These renowned athletes will demonstrate the range of their skills and provide a show jam-packed with grinds, tricks and flips.

The Lake at Ricoh Coliseum will be filled with more than a million gallons of water from Lake Ontario to create a wake wonderland for these spectacular riders. This new feature will allow show attendees to use The Lake to enjoy wakeboarding demonstrations, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and much more.

"The sports of wakeboarding and wakeskating are exploding in popularity and these stars are sure to make waves this year at The Lake," says Boat Show manager, Cynthia Hare, adding "We're excited to welcome several of the world's top wakeboarders and wakeskaters to the Toronto International Boat Show. It's a fabulous way to celebrate 50 years."

Presented by Pride Marine Group, the Show will feature the following professionals:

Rusty Malinoski sponsored by Mastercraft - Riding: Sat. Jan 12 - Sun. Jan 13
2006 WWA World Series Champion
2006 Pro Wakeboard Tour (2nd place)

J.D. Webb sponsored by Nautique - Riding: Sat. Jan 12 - Sun. Jan 13

Shawn Watson sponsored by Nautique - Riding: Sat. Jan 12 - Sun. Jan 13

Tino Santori sponsored by Tige Boats - Riding: Sat. Jan 12 – Sun, Jan 13 & Sat. Jan 19 - Sun. Jan 20
Two-time WWA Wakeboard National Champion

Reed Hansen sponsored by Supra Boats - Riding: Fri. Jan 18 - Sun. Jan 20
2007 World Champion
2007 National Champion

Trevor Hansen sponsored by Moomba Boats - Riding: Fri. Jan 18 - Sun. Jan 20
2007 Masters (3rd place)
2007 Kelowna Pro Tour (2nd place)
2007 Overall Pro Tour (5th place)

Aaron Rathy sponsored by Nautique - Riding: Fri. Jan 18 – Sun. Jan 20

Keith Lidberg sponsored by Nautique - Riding: Fri. Jan 18 – Sun. Jan 20

Andrew Adkison sponsored by Mastercraft - Riding: Sat. Jan 19 - Sun. Jan 20
2006 Pro Wakeboard Tour (4th place)
2006 No Fear WWA Wakeboard World Champion – Fort Worth, TX

Chad Sharpe sponsored by Malibu Boats - Riding: Sat. Jan 19
2007 Pro Wakeboard Tour (3rd place)
2007 Pro Wakeboard Tour (3rd in Kelowna, Twin Cities, Acworth, Ft. Worth)

Drew Danielo sponsored by Centurion - Riding: Sat. Jan 19
Four-time World Wakesurf Champion

For those who want to know what a trip flip, invert or an ollie is, the 2008 Toronto International Boat Show will present Wakeboard Alley, a spot by The Lake where visitors can meet pro wakeboard and wakeskate riders for an autograph, riding tips or just to learn more about these skyrocketing sports.

The Toronto International Boat Show runs January 12-20 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. The show kicks off with its 9th annual Special Preview Night: Boating For Children's Charity event Friday, January 11 from 4 pm - 9 pm.

Show hours: (Jan. 12-20):
Saturdays 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Sundays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Weekdays Noon to 9:00 pm

Admission: Adults - $15 Seniors (65+) - $12.
Kids 16 and under - FREE! Two-day adult pass - $25
Preview Night admission - $75.

Save $3 - Buy Tickets Online at

(Offer valid through January 11)

The Toronto International Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows. NMMA is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80% of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in Canada and the United States.

The Toronto Boat Show is a proud member of the International Federation of Boat Show Organizers (IFBSO), a prestigious organization of recreational marine event organizers who provide a forum for the worldwide exchange of ideas and global cooperation.

Media Office (Jan. 11-20 only) 416-263-3182

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