Chattanooga may secure a multi-year commitment as a venue for a professional wakeboarding competition circuit taking place this upcoming summer.
Mayoral candidate Monty Bruell invited Supra Boats Wakeboard Tour to visit Chattanooga Tuesday afternoon in an effort to create economic opportunities utilizing downtown’s natural resources.
“We have almost 20 miles of the Tennessee River flowing right through the middle of town,” Mr. Bruell said. “Very few cities can compete with Chattanooga, because our downtown has such convenient access to water.”
Organizers of the wakesurf competition examined Chattanooga’s riverfront by boat to test the quality of the wake. The Chattanooga Sports Commission was present to discuss a potential partnership and expand the city’s current sports tourism offering.
Mr. Bruell said hosting the Supra Boats Wakeboard Tour circuit in Chattanooga makes sense because their boats are sold in town by Moses Watersports.
“With relatively little effort, we can forge incredible sports partnerships to bring dynamic events to our city," said Mr. Bruell. "Connecting Supra with the Chattanooga Sports Commission is the first step in bringing professional wakeboarding to Chattanooga.”
The top 16 professional wakeboarders from across the world will compete for cash prizes in the 28th year of the competition, which will occur May through August of 2021. The circuit organizers will announce their top three prime venue locations in the coming months.