Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BROstock Is This Weekend!!

This weekend marks the return of one of the biggest summer events at the Lake of the Ozarks, the highly anticipated BROstock! Your friends at Surdyke Yamaha & Marina are here to give you all the event details on this awesome upcoming event at the lake. Don't miss out!

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WHAT Is BROstock?

BROstock is the world's biggest and best wakeboard contest - and it's held right here at the Lake of the Ozarks! Sponsored by Monster Energy, Sanuk, and GoPro (just to name a few), BROstock features twenty-six of the best wakeboard riders in the world as they compete for a grand prize of $15,000. Total prize money adds up to over $30,000! This year's competitors, who include Shane Bonifay, Harley Clifford, and Bob Soven, will be pulled behind a new 2014 A22. There's nothing like watching this high-speed, adrenaline-pumping competition! 

When Is BROstock?

This year, this awesome event will take place May 28th-30th, 2015. Celebrating it's tenth "BROcade" (BROstock for "decade) this year, BROstock of 2015 promises to be bigger and better than ever. BROstock is essentially comprised of two main events: the Golf Tournament and the Wakeboard Contest.

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BROstock Golf Tournament
Every year, BROstock kicks off with a one-of-a-kind golf tournament. Teams will be comprised of three local community members and one wakeboard pro apiece. Each hole in this 9-hole tournament has its own theme, so the laughter and games will abound on the golf course. The tournament will take place at Tan-Tar-A Resort on May 28th at 12:00 PM and will conclude with a 10th hole after-party at Nautifish Rum Bar. This year's golf tournament is already sold out, but if you didn't get a chance to sign up for this year, there's always 2016!

BROstock Wakeboard Contest
This top-notch wakeboard contest will take place over the course of two days and will be held at Captain Ron's Bar & Grill. Day 1 will be on Friday, May 29th, and will consist of 4 heats of 4, 2 advance. Each rider will get 3 double ups. The 8-man final will be held on Saturday, May 30th. Each rider will get 4 double ups. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
1st Place: $15,000
2nd Place: $6,500
3rd Place: $4,500
4th-8th Place: $1,400 apiece
9th-16th Place: $375 each

Don't Miss Out On This BROtastic Event!

With so much to see and to do, it's no wonder why BROstock is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year! We hope you all have a great time this weekend. Remember that if you ever find yourself in need of a boat or PWC rental at the Lake of the Ozarks while you're in town, our marine dealership in Osage Beach, MO can hook you up!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

National Boating Safety Week 2015

This is it, folks! National Safe Boating Week 2015 is officially underway. Join the crew at our Lake of the Ozarks boat dealership as we spread the word and work to make the Lake Area a safe boating location for people of all ages.


Potential Boating Hazards

Boating is locally, nationally, and globally acclaimed as a wonderful recreational activity for friends and family of all ages. The team members at Surdyke Yamaha & Marina are obviously huge believers in boating as a fun and exciting pastime, but we want to remind everyone to beware of the potential dangers that come from irresponsible boating.

When the season for boating at the Lake of the Ozarks is in full swing, hundreds (or even thousands) of boats may be out on the Lake at any one time. With so many vessels at play, it's important to be constantly alert to the potential dangers that can arise. Here is a quick list of things to watch out for:
  • Boat Drivers Who Have Been Drinking
    • Just like driving a car, driving a boat requires constant attention and alertness to your surroundings. Boaters should always have a designated captain for their vessel. It is crucial that you report any incidents of drunk boating to the Missouri State Water Patrol immediately.
  • Underage Boat Drivers
    • Boaters must be fourteen years old before they are legally allowed to operate a motorboat or a PWC on the Lake of the Ozarks, and sixteen years old before they are allowed to operate a motorboat or PWC without onboard supervision from a parent or guardian.
  • Crowded Waters
    • If you've ever been on the Lake of the Ozarks during the peak summer season, you can attest to the fact that the Lake gets incredibly busy. If you join the hundreds of weekenders who plan to get out on the water, it is critical that you remain constantly aware of your surroundings and the other vessels surrounding your boat.
  • Adverse Weather Conditions
    • You obviously have no control over the weather, but you can control whether or not you choose to go boating in adverse weather conditions. Before embarking, take a quick look at the forecast. If the weather is supposed to take a turn for the worse, plan on getting off the water before the storm hits. Heavy rain can drastically reduce visibility, and being on the water during a lightning storm can pose serious dangers.
  • Darkness
    • Boating in the daylight is a blast, but boating in the dark is very dangerous. Docks and other boats are required to be lit when it is dark outside, but it very hard to distinguish where the water ends and the land begins on the undeveloped sections of shoreline. We strongly recommend that you make plans to be safely off of the water before nightfall.
Be sure to check out our previous blog post for more boating safety tips.

You Can Help!

By remaining alert to these potential boating hazards, you can help to make the Lake of the Ozarks a safer place for both residents and tourists alike. Please pass this article along so we can work to make this National Safe Boating Week a success!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wear It Missouri!

Have you heard? National Safe Boating Week is next week, May 16th-22nd. The crew at our Lake of the Ozarks marine dealership is teaming up with local organizations to raise awareness for this important cause. We're kicking off the activities a little early this week, and we want YOU to join us!


Water Safety Day 2015

It has been estimated that fully 80% of all water-related deaths in 2014 could have been prevented simply by wearing a properly fitting life jacket. Residents are the Lake of the Ozarks are determined to prevent more accidents like this in the future and are teaming up with the national Wear it! campaign to encourage boaters to wear life jackets.

This year, we are kicking off National Safe Boating Week a little early, and we hope that you all will join us! We're having a kick-off event on Wednesday, May 13th in Jefferson City as part of the Wear It Missouri! campaign. 

WHAT: Group Photo Of Everyone In The General Assembly Wearing Life jackets
WHEN: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
WHERE: 3rd Floor Rotunda in Jefferson City, Missouri
TIME: 8:30 AM

Surdyke Yamaha & Marina is proud to donate some of the life jackets that will be worn by our state legislators and representatives and other participants at this first-time event. The Associated Press and all major newspapers in Missouri well be present, and the photos and stories from the day will be used for the national Safe Boating Week campaign May 16th-22nd.

Wear It!

Wear It! is a national campaign reminding boaters and swimmers to always wear their life jackets. They are an interactive group with opportunities for participants to share their boating stories, take advantage of educational materials, and take the pledge to always wear their life jackets. To learn more about the Wear It! campaign, visit their website: SafeBoatingCampaign.com 

Stay Safe On The Water!

Wearing your life jacket is critical, but it's only one part of the many things boaters and swimmers must do to promote a safe, fun environment for everyone on the water. See our previous blog for more boating safety tips!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Boating Safety 101

The Lake of the Ozarks is a major vacation destination in the Midwest; people come from all over the surrounding states to enjoy some fun in the sun with the people they love. Boating on the Lake of the Ozarks gives both locals and vacationers alike a chance to relax and recharge - but unfortunately, boating also comes with its share of risks. This summer season, the team at Surdyke Yamaha & Marina is here to help you keep your family and friends safe with these simple (but important) boating safety tips.


1. Be Aware Of Those Around You
The Lake gets pretty busy during the summer. You should absolutely get in your own boat and join the fun, but it's important to always stay alert and be aware of all the other boats and PWCs around your own vessel. Be prepared to speed up, slow down, or move out of the way at a moment's notice.

2. Always Wear A Life Jacket
A staggering percentage of drowning accidents occurred because the victims were not wearing a life jacket. It is important to have plenty of life jackets on board and ensure that everyone wears one at all times. We recommend that infants are not brought on board until they are big enough to wear a small life jacket.

3. Don't Drink And Drive
These famous words of caution are used all the time, but they apply to boating as well as driving. Consuming alcohol impairs motor skills and slows reaction time, which greatly increases the chance of an accident. Keep yourself, your passengers, and other boaters safe by always having a designated captain for your boat.

4. Appoint A First Mate
There's a reason the big sea vessels have a captain AND a first mate. The captain must stay at the helm; he/she needs a trustworthy assistant to help them out with anything they need. Before you leave your dock, assign a (sober) passenger to assist the captain along the trip.

5. Pay Attention To The Weather
Missouri is infamous for its seemingly bipolar weather tendencies - just because it's sunny when you leave your dock does not mean that thunderstorms aren't coming. Before you head out on the water, be sure to check the forecast for the day and make sure the good weather is supposed to hold. If not, you may need to reschedule your trip for another day.

6. Learn To Swim
This one may seem obvious, but you might be surprised how many people who do not know how to swim go for boat rides every year. The odds of capsizing or being in a boating accident are low, but it can still happen. Before you head out for a fun day of boating, make sure you and your passengers are confident in your swimming capabilities.

7. Stay Alert And Use Common Sense
A safe boating season at the Lake of the Ozarks requires all captains to stay alert and use their common sense at all times. Be aware of the other boats around you, pay attention to the no-wake zones, and keep your vessel at a reasonable speed. As Yogi Bear would say, "Only YOU can prevent boating accidents!"

Have A Safe Season, Everyone!
On behalf of everyone at our Lake of the Ozarks marine dealer, we would like to wish you all a happy and safe summer season! If you're thinking about buying a boat in Osage Beach, MO, we invite you to stop by and check out some of the awesome inventory we have currently in stock. You'll find everything you need for a season of fun in the sun right here at Surdyke Yamaha!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

4 Things Your Summer MUST Have!

Summer on the Lake of the Ozarks... There's nothing quite like it! May is already here, and everyone we know is busily preparing for another outstanding summer season. As you make your plans to get out on the Lake this year, remember that you're summer won't be complete without these five things!

1 - Boating
It isn't summer at the Lake without spending some much-needed time on the water! Boating on the Lake of the Ozarks is a great way to spend time with family and friends. If you are in need of a new boat, be sure to check out the inventory at Surdyke Yamaha & Marina! Don't forget that we also offer boat rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks for those of you who aren't ready to buy.

2 - Cruising On Your PWC
Boating is great, but still doesn't capture the unique thrill that comes from cruising the Lake on your PWC. With precise handling and thrilling speeds, riding a PWC allows you to connect with the water in a way you've never even imagined. Surdyke Yamaha & Marina offers affordable jet ski rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we also have a great lineup in store if you're thinking about purchasing!

3 - YamaPalooza
Let's be honest - nothing says summer like YamaPalooza! Every year, the team at Surdyke Yamaha & Marina sets up our own Yamaha Island at Dog Days' awesome summer event, AquaPalooza. Make your plans now to join us for this year's YamaPalooza on July 17-18, 2015! Did we mention you'll get to take advantage of some awesome demo rides while you're there?

4 - Motorcycles & Dirt Bikes
Calling all adrenaline junkies! If you love the sensation of the wind whipping across your face, your summer definitely won't be complete without some long, winding rides on our motorcycles and dirt bikes at the Lake of the Ozarks! If you're in the market for a new bike, come by Surdyke Yamaha to check out our amazing bikes and motorcycles for sale.

Have A Great Summer!
On behalf of all of us at Surdyke Yamaha & Marina, we'd like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family, and your friends an absolutely amazing summer season at the Lake! If there's anything we can do to help make this the best season yet, don't hesitate to let us know. We look forward to another great summer with you all!

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