MBAC NEWS

Former MBAC Lead Surfing Instructor hired as MBAC Instructional Supervisor

The Mission Bay Aquatic Center is pleased to announce the hiring of former Lead Surfing Instructor Justin Baar as the MBAC Instructional Supervisor.  Justin will oversee the day to day instructional activities at MBAC and will serve as the primary supervisor of MBAC instructional staff.  His responsibilities also include developing curriculum for all MBAC instructional classes, purchasing equipment, and exploring new class offerings for MBAC.

Justin’s employment at MBAC began 7 years ago when he started as a surf instructor while studying art at SDSU.  Since that time he has filled several roles at MBAC including working as a camp counselor, serving as a camp lead, assisting with marketing, and serving as Lead Surfing Instructor.  His enthusiasm for the activities at MBAC and his creative mindset is a great asset to MBAC programming.  Participation in surfing programs at MBAC has exploded under his leadership.

:Neal Kerr has been appointed as the new Lead Surfing Instructor.

Justin’s new assignment began in mid-September and he is already hard at work in his new role.  Justin can be reached by email at jbaar@mail.sdsu.edu.

Mission Possible: Clean the Bay Day

San Diego Coastkeeper will be hosting a beach cleanup in Mission Bay on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 in partnership with SeaWorld Rescue and SeaWorld Cares.  The organizations are coordinating an on-the-water and shoreline cleanup of Mission Bay.

Mission Possible: Clean the Bay was developed to help protect the marine habitat and wildlife while encouraging people to get out and enjoy our water. We all know that it is important to our local businesses and tourism, supporting boating, swimming, and fishing activities year round. Our boating and paddling communities are some of the groups most impacted by the presence of marine debris, so they’d love your help. The event will start at 8:00 a.m from South Shores Park and run until 11am. Participants are encouraged to bring their own boats, kayaks or paddleboards to help with the effort on the water. For those not bringing watercraft, shoreline help is welcome, too! San Diego Coastkeeper will be providing all cleanup materials and SeaWorld has generously provided prizes for participants. Following the event from 11am-noon, they will tally the trash count, distribute prizes and have food for participants from Rubios! San Diego Coastkeeper is looking forward to a great day keeping our waterways and beaches clean and hope to see you out there! If you plan on attending, please RSVP to outreach@sdcoastkeeper.org or call 619-758-7743 x 131 for more information.

There’s still time to enroll for fall semester-long watersports classes

Whether you need an additional unit to fill up your schedule, or you’d prefer to not worry about the credit and just take a class for fun, there is still time to enroll in one of the semester-long classes offered at MBAC this fall.   If you’re adding a class for credit be sure to add the unit by September 12.

Semester-long classes are offered in all of our sports including wakeboarding, surfing, stand up paddling, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, and rowing.  Many sports offer intermediate and advanced level classes so you can continue to develop your skills and earn additional units.

SDSU students can pick up add codes on campus this week on Campanile Walk, or can pick one up at the MBAC during their first class session.  You can also get an add code by phone by calling (858) 488-1000 between the hours of 8am and 6pm Tuesday through Sunday.

USD students can learn more about the classes at the EDRC Watersports Class Orientation on the USD campus on Monday, September 10, from 1pm-2pm, or can stop by the MBAC tent in front of the UC from September 5-12.

A big THANK YOU from the counselors at The Watersports Camp!

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to turn in our sailboats, wetsuits, and early morning swim tests for hectic carpools, homework, and day dreams of next summer. As another incredible season at The Watersports Camp comes to an end and we all begin to start school again, it is very easy to let your mind wander to all the great memories of summer! All the laughs, all the smiles, and all the fun on the water! And when we all got to thinking about it, all those awesome memories are because of you, the campers! So, we just all want to thank you so very much for coming to camp!

We have been regarded as one of the best watersports camp in San Diego for the last 40 years (but who’s counting) and that is all because of campers just like you! You all have so much energy and excitement to learn and improve your skills in all the different sports we teach, as well as an eagerness to have fun and meet kids from all over the world (that’s right, the WHOLE world). You are all very special and really put us in a category of camps that can only be compared to very few other facilities in the US, let alone San Diego.

So, from the bottom of our hearts we want to thank you for coming to camp this year. This has been a record breaking year and probably one of the most fun summers yet! We all really hope to see every single one of you next summer and for some more of those wonderful memories to come.

Thank you and have a great school year,

The Watersports Camp Staff

New MTV show shines spotlight on Wakeboarding’s sibling rivalry

Phil and Bob Soven are Liquid Force team riders, brothers, and stars of the newest hit show on MTV’s Wake Brothers.  And that’s about where their similarities end.  Their oil and water, fiercely competitive, rivalry, centered on their passion and wakeboarding skills, is making for reality TV gold.

Older brother Phil is on top of the Pro Wakeboard Tour, he has a real business mindset and is stone cold serious in his approach to wakeboarding and life in general.  At 23 he has been a wakeboarding champion most of his life, earning his first title when he was just 13.  Younger brother Bob, with his crazy red mop of a hairdo, is the goofball on the tour. He is a strong competitor but more interested in being number one in the hearts of fans, than number one on the podium. In a recent episode Bob aims to fuilfill his life-long dream of owning a pet llama (ask Phil and he’ll say Bob didn’t know what a llama was last week). As Bob moves two full size llamas into Phil’s million dollar mansion on a private lake,  Phil struggles with Bob’s llama parties and llama in the shower fiascos until finally forcing him to get rid of the animals.

The show is a lot of fun and the producers do a good job focusing on the skills of the brothers during wakeboarding scenes, rather than the wild antics that dominate the great percentage of the shows 30 minute run-time.  While the brothers couldn’t be more opposite, they are both very likable and the show carries the same best buds feeling as former MTV hit show “Rob and Big.”

NOTE TO PARENTS:  Common Sense Media gives Wake Brothers a rating of 14+, meaning that the show may be unsuitable for viewers under age 14 due to language and content.

“I would expect to see an increase in the number of people wanting to learn more about wakeboarding,” says MBAC Lead Wakeboarding Instructor Scott Grant.  “That’s typically what you can expect after a show based on the lives of 2 pro athletes like this hits pop culture.”

As evidence he points out the huge increase in interest in surfing after the release of the surfing centric movie Blue Crush.

If you are interested in learning to wakeboard , check out one of the many sections of semester-long classes enrolling now through September 12, where SDSU and USD students can earn class credit.  Or please check out the MBAC wakeboarding page at  http://www.mbaquaticcenter.com/wake.htm