“We had about 5,000 people come out last year and we’re expecting even more this time,” said Badal, who directs the project with his wife, Debbie. “Every year it’s gotten bigger and better.”
The Diablo Shores Pro Am Tournament, sponsored by Dublin Toyota and Dublin VW, will splash into Brentwood’s Diablo Shores Lake the weekend of Sept. 11-13, featuring top-notch competition from some of the world’s best water skiers – including world record holder Karina Knowlen – and more than $70,000 in cash and prizes. Proceeds raised from the event benefit the Brentwood Police Activities (PAL) program.
The tournament is free to the public, and offers a unique opportunity for recreational skiers to mix and mingle with professionals in a low-key, relaxed setting; something most venues don’t offer.
“What is unique about this is that it’s a pro am event with families and professionals in the same venue,” said Badal. “We attract beginners all the way to the professionals. It’s a nice weekend.”
New this year to the tournament will be a legends division, showcasing such world-class skiers as Andy Mapple, Carl Roberge, Bob and Kris La Point and Lucky Lowe. New to the event is a live Web cast throughout the weekend.
For Badal, the event is all about good will, sporting competition and championship exhibitions. “We’re just trying to promote the sport and do it in a very family-friendly, no-alcohol venue,” said Badal. “We invite everyone to come on out, bring your lounge chair and a blanket and enjoy the weekend. It’s a lot of fun.”
For more information, visit www.diabloshores.com or call 925-997-9914.