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Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 4:05 pm

Wakeboarding on campus is impossible without a lake, right? Wrong.

The Sacramento State Wakeboard Club proved on Thursday that you actually do not need a large body of water in order to wakeboard on campus. With two pools of water, a high-powered winch and enthusiastic men willing to take off their shirts and show off their wakeboarding skills to the campus, water sports really can happen at Sac State.

After spending four days building the contraption, the wakeboarding club filled two large pools made of wooden rails and plastic tarps. With an obstacle rail in the middle, the wakeboarders left the beginning platform and performed stunts while being pulled by the winch – the only thing missing was the boat.

“We wanted to show the school what the wakeboarding team is all about,” said club president Drew Glickman, freshman film major. “Turns out you can wakeboard in the middle of campus in front of the Library – you don’t need a lake.”

As hosts of the fourth annual Railjam at Sac State, the club hopes this event will promote the sport and let students know how they can have fun outside of class. By being part of the wakeboarding club, members can wakeboard three days a week at Folsom Lake.

“I actually look forward to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,” Glickman said. “Wakeboarding is just that kind of sport that gets your mind off school.”

Sac State is one of the few universities in the nation to have a wakeboarding club, and Glickman said the club is what drew him to the campus.

“The reason why I chose this school is because we have clubs like this,” Glickman said. “I like being a part of such a close-knit group. I have met most of my friends through the club.”

Wakeboarding for more than 17 years, past club president and graduate student Dan Bright said he also came to Sac State for the sport. Even though he has graduated, Bright continues to participate in events like the Railjam on campus.

“This is great for wakeboarders because we are typically behind a boat,” Bright said. “It’s nice to switch things up and take wakeboard in the middle of school.”

Junior kinesiology major Ashlee Martin said seeing this event on campus made her look forward to summer.

“When I heard about them wakeboarding on campus, I didn’t know how they were going to pull it off,” Martin said. “I can barely stand up on a wakeboard – it takes guts to do this in front of so many people.”

Students interested in joining the wakeboarding club are encouraged to visit the club’s http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=926470623345&id=6416417&ref=notif&notif_t=feed_comment_reply#!/profile.php?id=100000246275802&sk=wall"> Facebook page or its http://www.sacstateaquaticcenter.com/Sac_state_Wakeboard_team.html"> website for more information.

“It’s really cool to ride with our friends and showcase our skills with such a big crowd out there watching us and cheering us on,” Glickman said.  “The campus really came together today to have fun.”

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