So we got back in town yesterday from the 2008 Hipp Marine River Rendezvous, and it was an awesome time! There were a good 10 WBSD members out for the trip, and the good times were in full effect. Myself and Dani rolled out around 6pm on Thursday night, Gary, Chad, Jenny, Steve, Ryan, Mike, Metis and Steve were already out on wednesday, and Evan and Jamie headed out friday night.
We showed up around 10:15 on thursday to find Gary, and Ryan pulling up to meet us in a golf cart, and had already been celebrating for quite a while. We unloaded at the trailer and headed up to the house to start the party as well. Some beverages were enjoyed by all, a game of human Jenga was played when Jenny passed out, and Gary played about 15 hours of Wii Fit. After a late night offroad golf cart ride, we passed out for a couple hours of sleep before getting up to wakeboard Friday morning.
We hit the water friday morning and got some decent sessions in – the water was glass and there was no one out other than us and a few border patrol agents doing training. We rode for an hour, then pulled out the wakesurfer, which was awesome until I took a pull and Gary plowed my boat onto a sandbar. Some damage was sustained (I think ALL of our boats sustained quite a bit of damage this trip – the DBG Kayot, M&M’s Calabria, and ours as well). Thats the risk you run when running the river I guess.
We had a meeting with the Hipp Marine staff around 3 on friday, and figured out the plan for the Rendezvous on Saturday. We (DBG, WBSD, and Wakesports) were to man stop 5 on the rendezvous – which was basically to camp out at Ferguson Lake all day.
We headed out to Fergusons around 8:30 am on Saturday and got up there to some pretty decent water. A few boats were out riding, but it was pretty decent conditions. We anchored the Kayot with a flag up for people to see, and then took a few pulls behind the Wakesports Pro-V 2. People started showing up after a couple hours, and then the party got started. By 3pm everyone was up there, about 15 or 20 boats just anchored up, blasting music, and partying. It was a great time!
Headed back to Hidden Shores and showerd up before dinner and awards around 7pm. A few hours of laughs, drinks, and nicknames (Mercury Mike, Slingblade, Tubs, General Really Good Guy, Gumdrop) and then we dispersed to get some serious partying done. It was a late night, when we finally wrapped up around 3am…the morning came too soon. Everyone packed up, hit the road, and we stopped by the Roadhouse Cafe in Yuma for some ribs before the long drive home and starting up the week again on monday.
After work today…I miss the river! Looking forward to helping Hipp Marine out next year at the 2009 Rendezvous!