501 Life Magazine | Fairfield Bay Marina to host ‘Surf the Bay’ water festival
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Fairfield Bay Marina to host ‘Surf the Bay’ water festival

The Fairfield Bay Marina will host the “Surf the Bay Water Sport Festival” on Saturday, June 16. The summer celebration showcases adventure sports with free wake surfing, fly boarding, kayaks and tubing.

In addition there will be family-fun water slides where you can “ride the wave,” plenty of new water toys to try, exciting watersports, vendors and family fun.

“This year’s ‘Surf the Bay’ will be the biggest one yet,” said Fairfield Bay Marina Manager John Conry. “This year, crowds will have the opportunity to enjoy all our new equipment, including our Craigcat, jet skis, Hobie Eclipses and pontoon boats, as well as try their hand at stand-up paddleboarding, flyboarding and wake surfing.”

Step into the summer sun and out into the clear fresh water and take your turn at “surfing” the big waves or “flying” above them in a water-powered jet pack, known as FlyBoarding. If you’ve ever wanted to try some of the latest watercraft, check out the Versa Boards and the new pontoon paddle boat, or try your hand at the Hobi eclipse. Ask about the exciting Craig Cat – the only one on Greers Ferry Lake.

A variety of water sports and activities – including fly boarding enjoyed last year by Ethan Maynard (pictured) – are planned on Saturday, June 16, during the “Surf the Bay Water Sport Festival” at the Fairfield Bay Marina. (Robin Richards photo)

WAKE SURFING

Join Futrell Marine and Fairfield Bay Marina as they bring wake surfing to the clear water of Greers Ferry Lake. It’s the only way to catch big waves in a fresh water lake. Fun big waves, no rope and no hard falls.

This fast growing sport is getting everyone from 8 to 80 in the water with its 3 to 4 feet swells. Watch the pros or join in yourself.

Futrell Marine will also be on hand to show off a few of the fastest, most exciting watercraft on the lake. These boats will be set up to let participants experience the thrill of wake surfing and wake boarding, as well as skiing and kids’ tubing.

FLYBOARDING

Come out and watch as iFlyH2O demonstrates the newest and most exciting extreme water activity. “Surf the Bay” was the first place ever to showcase FlyBoarding over freshwater. “Come out, and strap yourself to a jetpack, and ‘fly’ above the water like an action hero from a movie,” said Rich Mcgahan from iFlyH2O. “It’s truly like nothing you’ve ever experienced – and one you won’t ever forget. It’s probably the most fun you can have on the water. And it is easier than you may think. Most people pick it up rather quickly. Our certified instructors will be at Surf the Bay to teach those interested.”

ENTERTAINMENT

Back to Rock the dock will be the extremely popular Zac Dunlap Band playing from 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored by Bud Lady Fishing. This band was recognized by the 2018 Arkansas Country Music Awards with an incredible four nominations.

Surf the Bay is free and open to the public.

“This event is growing with each year,” said Rocky Nickles, general manager of the Fairfield Bay Community Club. “Fairfield Bay is becoming the best place to come and enjoy Greers Ferry Lake. Families come from across the state to see what we’re all about here, and we’re super excited to have events like these to showcase the lake and all we have to offer. I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend.”

For additional information, call 501.884.6030 or go to VisitFairfieldBay.com.