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The Big Announcement

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To Our Dear Customers & Friends:
Sydney and I wanted to take a moment to write and share with you about some changes you’ll notice with Kirby’s School of Wake in 2018. Before we share, we want to extend to you our gratitude for you and your family, for supporting and being a patron of Kirby’s School of Wake. We are truly honored to serve you and consider so many of you dear friends. You enable us to pursue God’s calling on our lives and we are thankful for that.

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MotoSurf World Cup

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Having a wakeboarding school in Fort Myers, I like to make myself available to learn about other watersports. One of those sports happened to be at the Pro Watercross World Championship held on October 27-29 in Naples, Florida. I know what you are thinking and it’s probably one of two things: a) what in the world is watercross? OR b) what does this have to do with wakeboarding? Read More

Surfers For Autism

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On Saturday, October 28, I had the opportunity to volunteer with a super cool organization called Surfers For Autism. This is a non-for-profit organization that allows children with autism the chance to surf and paddleboard. Much like the idea of Equine Therapy, surfing has proven to have similar therapeutic benefits to allow special needs children to break down barriers and have the time of their lives. Read More

Wakeboard and Wakesurf coach Kirby Liesmann

Rider Spotlight: Riley James

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This October I had the opportunity to work with young shredder, Riley James. Sydney and I traveled up to a lake near the Iowa/Missouri boarder this summer to give lessons to the James family for the day, and this is where I first met Riley. In that single session, Riley landed a tantrum in only five attempts. It was at that point I knew he had serious potential. Read More

The Wake of Fort Myers Boat

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Launching Kirby’s School of Wake Fort Myers has been a dream come true. Sydney and I are so grateful when we reflect back on this winter in Florida and see all the puzzle pieces that had to fit together just right to make it work.

As you know, by the grace of God, we purchased the wakeschool’s first boat in January. This was THE most important element of our expansion to Fort Myers not only because of obvious reasons, but because what we needed was very specific. It needed to be the right price, a salt-water edition, relatively low hours, and it needed to provide a wake suitable to high-end wakeboarding, beginner wakeboarding, and it needed to produce a viable wakesurf wave. Read More

Hope Floats

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In March 2015 I began dreaming up the possibility of having a winter wakeboarding school in Fort Myers, Florida. I clearly recall the day I first spotted the Caloosahatchee River. I was crossing the I-75 Bridge on my way to Revolution Cable Park and thought to myself, “Wow now THAT would be a great place to ride!” That exact moment catapulted me into drawing up plans to explore the area’s potential. Read More

Welcome to Punta Cana!

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Kirby and I have never found ourselves tracking a hurricane more closely than the week of October 2nd. We are used to the threat of tornadoes back home, but hurricanes…those are a whole new world. Fresh from Missouri, we sat out on our friend’s lanai in Orlando contemplating our options.  The Malibu Punta Cana Pro was the last professional competition of the year. It was scheduled for October 7-9 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The easy and “safe” thing seemed to be to cancel our flights, but wait, wait, wait…let’s rewind and start from the beginning to get you caught up. Read More