It makes sense that wakeboarding would have its world championships in a place like Fort Lauderdale. It's a sport invented by and for rich people with boats -- and Fort Laudy is nothing if not a mecca for that demographic. Over the weekend, more than 200 of the best wakeboarders in the world will descend upon Mills Pond Park to take shots at a title.
And although the competitors range between ages 5 and 55, a majority of them see to be high-school age. After all, wakeboarding was only invented in 1946 and legitimized with a championship event in 1994. The World Games considers it a "trend sport," and it's basically the Pac-Sun-wearing cousin of snowboarding.More »