Description of the record attempt:
This event had me traveling to one waterway and wakeboard in each of the 50 USA states. This event was to wakeboard in all 50 States in the fastest time. This could be a lake, river, reservoirs, bay or any body of water that one can wakeboard in. We drove to all 48 of the contagious states and we flew to Hawaii and Alaska.
When I started my journey, my goal was to Wakeboard in all 50 States in 21 days. I thought this was a great goal that added a challenge to the attempt. I set the list of lakes I wanted to visit and calculate out the time it would take. My initial calculation was to do this in only 21 days. This turned out to be a great challenge. After all said and done, we drove 12,403.8 miles and used 1,108.9 gallons of gas. It took me 23 days, 6 hours, 5 minutes
Wake The World Charity
During my record-setting attempt, I was trying to bring awareness to WAKE THE WORLD. Wake the World (WTW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They are a group of boat owners providing watersports opportunities to abandoned, abused and neglected children, as well as for the handicapped and our wounded warriors.
I was so lucky to be able to join this group. They are doing so much happiness to people. Greg Hodgin who is the founder / CEO of Wake the World has brought so much joy to my life in the short time that I have known. Him. I was able to help out at the 2016 Summer events on Badin Lake in North Carolina the summer of 2016.
On my trip, I was able to bring awareness to Wake The World through my Social Media campaign and I had several TV and Newspaper interview on my trip that allowed me to help bring awareness to Wake The World. The following link are all of the Media Outlets I did interviews with.
During my trip, I also was able to meet up with two different WAKE THE WORLD event. I meet the first group in Vancouver Washington and Isabella’s WTW Washington. This took place on the Columbia River. The second was in Kansas City Missouri on Smithville Reservoir. Both of these events we awesome and I was able to help out while I was at these events.
I was able to draw some additional media exposure on my trip. I have submitted the links to all of the media we had.
Independent Tribune – Concord, NC My Local Newspaper
WBTV Channel 9
Charlotte 5 Magazine
Discover Bay Good Morning Sacramento
Idaho CDA Press Newspaper
Kansas City KMBC TV
Alliance Wake – Online Wakeboard Magazine
Independent Tribune – Concord, NC My Local Newspaper – Follow up after trip completion
Independent Tribune – Concord, NC My Local Newspaper – Follow up after I received my Guinness Record Certificate.
The Journey Begins
Start of Event: Day 1 July 9th, 2016
Lake #1 Lake Norman, North Carolina
My trip started on July 9th, 2016 at 8:15 am on Lake Norman in North Carolina. I was fortunate enough that Tanner Lawson who works at Malibu Boats of Charlotte brought a new Malibu Boat to the lake to help us kick off this trip. We are so grateful that Tanner took the time to help us out. We had a lot of our friends come to witness the start of our trip and give me a big send-off.
Lake #2 Lake Hartwell, South Carolina
This was a great stop. We stopped at Steve Miles house. Steve heard about our trip a few weeks before the start of our trip and invited us to come to his house so he could pull us on his boat. Steve loved what Becca was doing and wanted to be a part of the trip. Steve and his neighbor Kenneth both signed our witness statement. This was two awesome total strangers that welcomed us into their home, and to use their boat.
Lake #3 Lake Lanier, Georgia
We stopped at Lake Lanier in Georgia. It is a beautiful day at the lake. We had a little trouble finding someone to witness Becca wakeboard attempt. My Dad and I were able to find a family having a family reunion across the cove from where we launched the PWC. This was such a nice family and they were so nice to me and loved what I was doing. The Wells family signed the Witness Statement for me. I really loved this lake. The water was very clear and the water temperature was very comfortable. After I did my wakeboard run I also took the ZUP board out for a little fun. I really want to come back here next summer for a long weekend. The terrain of the lake was very pretty.
Lake Wedowee is our first rainout of the trip. We were very excited that we thought we were going to get four lakes off the list the first day. The weather ended up being an obstacle that we continued to have to overcome. We made it is Lake Wedowee but it is raining really hard. It took us a little bit of time to find the boat ramp because our GPS took us to the backside of the dam. We could not put the PWC in on that side of the dam. We backtracked and found a public boat ramp. By this time it was still raining but not as hard. Our problem now is that there is no one at the ramp or on the lake to witness me wakeboard. We were starting to lose daylight and no one had shown up to witness. We had to come up with an alternate plan.
Wrong side of Lake Wedowee
Our GPS took us here. This is not where we needed to be. There is no place o Wakeboard on this side of the dam.
Funny Lake Sign at Lake Wedowee: Apparently it is ok to take turtles from the lake.
There is actually a limit of 2 legal turtles per day. I am not sure why, but we had a really good laugh over this.
We checked the map to see if we could find another lake to the south and travel to that lake, then do that lake in the morning.
It looks like Walter F. George Reservoir will be the lake we need to use as our alternate. We had to make this change and finish our Alabama lake the next day. Funny how we were off track the first day.
The first real problem of the day. A rainout in Alabama this evening. We were going to go on the lake and ride anyway but there absolutely no one at this lake this evening. Back up plan is in place. Head south toward Florida and catch new Alabama lake first this in the AM.
Day #2 July 10th, 2016
Lake #4 Walter F. George Reservoir Alabama
We spent the night at a local hotel and we headed out early to try and make up some lost time from the rain out yesterday. Our first lake for today is Walter F. George Reservoir in Alabama.
There were not very many people at the lake this early in the morning. Thankfully there were some people fishing off the peer that signed out witness form.
The water was nice and glassy.
Lake #5 Lake Seminole in Florida
I was very excited to get to Florida. This is our second lake of the day. I have been thinking a lot about this Flordia Lake because I was worried about alligators in the water. Once we got to the lake, we found a women fishing that signed my required witness form. I talked to her about alligators in the water and she said there are alligators in the lake. She said not to worry because they are mostly on the edge of the water and they don’t like noise and they usually swim away. Knowing they are there had me worried. My Dad went far out on to the lake.
Once I was done my Dad jumped in the water with me so I wouldn’t be so scared. While we were swimming his foot hit my leg and scared me to death. I thought I was being attacked. we got a real good laugh out of it.
Lake #6 Simpson County Lake in Mississippi
This stop was such a crazy stop. We saw a huge rain storm coming in and we knew we were not going to make it to our schedule lake at Ross R. Barnett in Mississippi. Because of this, we started to search the maps for a closer lake we could make so we would not get stranded in Mississippi. While driving we passed Simpson County Lake in Mississippi right off the highway. While driving by the lake we saw some people on the Lake Wakeboarding. We turned around on the highway and headed back to the lake. We pulled up to the boat ramp and the family we saw wakeboarding behind their Jet Ski we pulling off the lake because of the skies we getting dark and lightening way moving in. We talked to the family and they agreed to take us out on the lake on their Jet Ski since it was already in the water. This would save some time for unloading our ski. We rushed and got the ride done in time. Right when we finished, the skies opened up and rained like crazy. We could now drive all night to our next stop and make up some time. This was such a blessing.
So thankful for some people at Simpson county lake. We were trying to beat this storm and we just so happen to see someone wakeboarding at this lake. These people were so kind enough to pull us on their jet ski. We made it out just in time to get Mississippi down and now we are on our way to Louisiana.
Day #3 July 11th, 2016
Lake #7 Cross Lake in Louisiana
We drove late last night and stopped to spend the night at the Tredmont Rest Area on WB Interstate I20. This is about an hour from Shreveport Louisiana. We got an early start and made it to Cross Lake in Shreveport before noon. We had to find the Cross Lake Police Lake Patrol so we could buy our boat permit. We found the office and was helped by Officer Moore who was so nice to us and was a big helping giving us direction to the private boat ramp to load the PWC. Once we were on the water we noticed the water was a very dark brown. The water temperature was very nice. We jumped in and got my ride in pretty quick.
After my ride, we drove the PWC close to an island that we were close to and it was populated with thousands of birds. It was noisy and smelled really bad. It was pretty cool to see. This is another lake we talked about having alligators. Never saw any. That goodness!!!!
Lake #8 Lake Ouachita Arkansas
Before we headed to our next lake my dad had to stop and do some camper repairs. Once the rear latches that head the top part of the camper on had come loose. We stopped and Walmart and bought some screws to fix it. My Dad got is prepared and we headed out for Arkansas.
We stopped and Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. We have driven by this lake many of times but have never been on it. I have family that lives about an hour away from Lake Ouachita. Since they were so close they came and cheered us on from the marina.
My Grandma Phillis, Aunt Kathy, Uncle Larry, and Uncle Mike all came to see us. It was such a nice short family reunion. It meant a lot to me that they took the time to support me and my trip. I love them so much.
The people working at the Marina were excited to hear about what we were doing. We loaded the PWC and got right out on the water. The water was very nice. I even carried a GoPro so I could shoot some selfies while I was Wakeboarding.
Lake #9 Sardis Lake in Oklahoma
After we left Lake Ouachita, we drove through Mena Arkansas to get something to eat. Mena is where my Grandma Phillis, and Uncle Mike live. We left there headed to Sardis Lake. By the time we got to Sardis Lake we were quickly losing the Sun Light of the day. This was not the original lake we were supposed to be on. We are a little behind schedule so we went to Sardis lake to ensure we would get out their lake in today. There were only three other people on the lake. We ask one of the guys fishing to be our witness. Jim was awesome and excited to help. There was some great karma in his signing the witness form for us. Check out the big bass he caught right after helping us out.
When we finally got on the water the wind had picked up and the water was pretty rough. I was able to stay up long enough to get the Wakeboard run completed.
It was so pretty here at Sardis Lake. When we got off the lake the water calmed down some and I took this awesome picture looking over the lake.
When we left the lake we drove over the dam and there was a parking area you could park and walk out on the walkway. We stopped and took a walk. We found that there were hundreds of birds that made their nest on the dam building. This was such a great day.
Day #4 July 12th, 2016
Lake #10 Lake Meredith in Texas
We drove late last night to make up some time. This will give us a better start of the day. We stayed at a KOA campground last night just outside of Oklahoma City. We got there late after the campground office had closed. We paid via their overnight envelope process. We had a nice shower, and it was good to get cleaned up. It was a very nice KOA campground.
We only got a few hours sleep as my Dad got us up early again to hit the road. He is always trying to make up lost time, or trying to get ahead of schedule in case we have other obstacles to overcome.
We got to Lake Meredith but we could not find the public boat ramp to get on the lake. We had to stop at the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority to get directions to the boat ramp. Once we got to the ramp we loaded the PWC and met a very nice young family there that help us with my witness form.
My Mom talked the the young mother we met to riding on PWC as the observer. It was nice to be able to get our new friends involved with my wakeboard run. Once we got on the water I got the wakeboard on and jumped in. My Dad had to untangle the rope before he could pull me. Funny, but we kept having problems with the rope tangling when we rolled it up.
While I was in the water waiting I noticed that we were drifting a little closer to the bank. we were still about 40 feet from the bank but that was when I started to get attacked by red fin minnows. There were hundreds of them and they kept nibbling on me. I did not like this. I kept splashing my wakeboard to keep them away. My Dad kept laughing at me.
Once we go the rope untangled we were able to pull me the required distance. The water was really nice and the desert banks of the lake were beautiful.
Once we were done, we were packing up and the Father of the family we met caught a big catfish. I think that is more good karma again for helping us.
Lake #11 El Vado Reservoir in New Mexico
After we left Texas, we had a long drive to make it to the next lake in New Mexico. We need to get this lake in before the sun sets today. It was fun driving through the desert. This is the first time I have ever been out west. I was able to do a lot of the driving today and it gave my Dad a nice rest. Most of the early drive was so flat, and all desert. I loved it.
We arrived at El Vado Reservoir late in the afternoon. Again, we had to hurry so we would finish before we lost all of the sun light. It was so beautiful here. We were no win the mountains and the views were epic.
El Vado was a small lake that was mostly snow and water run off from the mountains. The lake elevation if 7,000 feet above sea level. With that being said, the water was freezing cold. The water temperature was in the 50s, in the middle on summer. I screamed so loud when I got in to wakeboard. I was not ready for how cold the water was. My Dad thought it was pretty funny. I was happy to get out of the water here.
Day #5 July 13th, 2016
Lake #12 Lake Navajo in Colorado
We drove a couple hours last night to get to Lake Navajo in Colorado. We camped in the RV park at the lake. We pulled in after hours but were able to get a powered site so we could plug the camper in. We found out that we underestimated the mountain nighttime temperature. Last night the low was 59 degrees. It was a good thing we had a heater in the camper.
We met some really nice people in the morning when we got up. One little girl took a liking to me and was holding my hand and talking to me. She was excited when I gave her a hero card. The views here were very beautiful.
We got a great education on Zebra Muscles at this Lake from the on-duty park service guard. We passed the visual inspection before we could get on the lake. We got right on the lake after that for my wakeboard run. The water was pretty cold, and it was really windy. Fortunately, we had no issues and were able to get right on and off the lake.
When we got off the lake, we had the on-duty park service guard inspect the PWC and trailer for Zebra Muscles. He also recorded the data and place a lockout tag on the PWC. It had the Lake Navajo name and a specific serial number for the tag.
Lake #13 Antelope Point Lake Powell, Arizona
Lake Powell was our the second lake of the day. The weather got really hot from where we early this morning. Once I got lake Powell I fell in love immediately. I love the beauty of the water and the rugged desert surroundings. One of the funny things we noticed was how long the boat ramps were. They seemed to be a mile long. We loaded the PWC and got right out on the water. The water felt good compared to the very hot air temperature. The water was very clean and you could see the large boulders under the water.
Lake #14 Wahweap Bay, Utah
Fortunately, Wahweap Bay was not too far away, and would not take us too long to get to. We drove to Utah and we drove over the Glen Canyon Dam which was very cool. The views were awesome.
The water was great and again, the views were epic. We were in a hurry to get on the lake my Dad forgot to put the plugs in the PWC. We launched the PWC and when my dad got back to the dock, the PWC had taken on a lot of water. My Dad rushed to get the plugs back in so it would not sink. After he did that, he had to go back and get the truck and load the PWC back up to drain the water. After we did that, we launched the PWC and I was able to get my wakeboard run in.
Day #6 July 14th, 2016
Lake #15 Las Vegas Bay Lake Mead, Nevada
After to left Wahweap Bay in Utah, we drove late last night way out of our way down to Glendale Arizona. We did this so I could stop in and See my Grandma Diane and Grandpa Phil. I had not seen them in a long time and since we were on this side of the country I wanted to see them. We got in really late and had a nice visit before we went to bed.
We got up really early in the morning after only a couple hours of sleep. I am so glad we went out of our way to see them.
After driving across the desert our next stop was Las Vegas Bay Lake Mead, Nevada on Lake Mead. The highway took us right over Hoover Dam which was the coolest ever. We drove down into Lake Mead National Recreations.
We drove down to the Lake Mead Marina to launch the Honda Aquatrax. This was another boat ramp we had a great laugh over. It seemed to be about 1/2 mile long. The water level was so far down that we were close to the end of the paved ramp. We met some more great people at the ramp that helped me out. I loved the look of the desert scenery with the water.
I also got break out with the ZUP board again to have some fun after I did my wakeboard run.
This was a great stop and when we left the lake we had out first Zebra Muscle wash out. Lake Mead is infected with Zebra Muscle and there was a state-run washout station. They rinsed everything that had gotten wet. They even ran hot water through the engine of the Honda. After they were done, they logged our information, locked out the Honda on the trailer with a wire cable and a numbered tag to identify the washout. We got some official receipt to show we had the washout. The State Employees did a great job and they were great to talk to while we were there. They loved my story and the record I was attempting.
After the washout, we drove close to Las Vegas and stopped in Henderson Nevada. I was able to stop at In-N-Out burger and have an awesome lunch. Don’t judge me, but this was one of the highlights of the trip. This was a good fill up because we had to drive all the way Northern California tonight.
Day #7 July 15th, 2016
Lake #16 Discovery Bay, California
We arrived at Discovery Bay late last night and parked in the Orwood Resort and camped in the truck camper in the parking lot last night. We had to do this because the campgrounds were closed before we arrived.
We met Matt and Jestina Steele first this morning. We had only talked to them on the phone once, late yesterday. All of the other communications with Matt and Jestina had only been communicated through emails. We were not originally going to come here on our first travel plans. Matt had asked my Dad to change our plans to come to Discovery Bay. Matt promised it would be worth the change in plans. My Dad was concerned about timing but he went with his gut feel to make the change. Matt insisted it would be worth every bit of the change. Boy, was he right.
When we met Matt and Jestina we found out what was really happening today. They had arranged for a live TV interview with
After the initial interview, the TV crew came with us on the lake to ride with us and shoot more footage for “Good Day Sacramento”.
We also had some Pro Riders with us to help me out and give me some pointers. I loved getting the riding tips.
Trever Maur – Professional Men’s Wakeboard Rider and Film Maker – Sponsor by Hyperlite
Raequel Hoffman – Professional Women’s Wakeboard Rider – Sponsored by CWB Board Company – Film Making
Meeting them both was an incredible opportunity and they were both so good to me. I am not the best Wakeboard rider and they treated me just like I was part of the Wakeboard Family. I felt so good about being able to hang with them both.
After the TV shooting was over we dropped Trever, Raequel, and the TV cameraman off at one of the boat ramps. After that we had the rest of the day to play on the lake with Matt and Jestina. We had lunch at the lake at a restaurant ride on the water. Matt and Jestine treated us to lunch with compliments from Superior Boat Repair & Sales. It was a great lunch and time to get to know each other even more.
After we had lunch, we had another surprise. We had Taylor Dorey who is a Pro Wakesurfer join us. It was so cool meeting her. She is so good on the surfboard. She gave me some lessons and I had so much fun hanging out with her. She was so very nice to me. Jestina even jumped in on the surfing for so fun.
This was the such an epic day. I made so many new friends and everyone was so good too. It was great that my Mom and Dad spend the entire day on the lake with me too. My Dad even got to wakeboard and surf today too.
I found out later that Jestina worked with Alliance Wake Magazine on an article about my trip. I so surprised when I saw this. Jestina did such an awesome job writing the article and taking some incredible pictures summing up the day.
Alliance Wake – Online Wakeboard Magazine
After we finished the day, Matt and Jestina took our Honda Aquatrax to their home so we did not have to take it to the airport the next day. We headed to San Francisco that afternoon and stayed the night at a hotel that night. The next day we were headed to Hawaii.