2017 – Nomination Guidelines

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2017 Nomination Guidelines



  1. Athletes should have achieved the highest possible level of success and athletic peer review in both the national and international arena. Nominated athletes must have a minimum of fifteen (15) years tenure since his/her first appearance in a professional tournament or in a nationally distributed film or video.
  2. Innovators have advanced the sport though various avenues including but not limited to equipment/manufacturing, coaching, competitions, photography/videos, media/marketing, and/or overall promotion of the sport.
  3. Lifetime Achievement is reserved for nominees with more than fifteen (15) years of watersports involvement who have made significant contributions as an Athlete and/or Innovator.


All nominees’ accomplishments must be from these side-stance tow sports

  • Wakeboarding (boat, cable, winch)
  • Wake Skating
  • Wakesurfing

 Those that do not have a history specifically supporting wakeboarding, wake skating, or wakesurfing will not be considered for induction.


 Six (6) Legendary Individuals with be inducted into 2015 Class of the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame

  • Four (4) Athletes (three male, one female)
  • One (1) Innovator
  • One (1) Lifetime Achievement Recipient


Open Nominations END April 15, 2015



Step 1: Open Nominations. Submit Open Nomination Form online with $50 fee.

All Open Nominations will receive an official Certificate of Nomination from the WHF. Not all Open Nominations will advance to Step 2.

Step 2: WHF Nominees. To celebrate and promote the best in Wake, individuals with outstanding credentials will have a permanent “Legacy Page” created with their personal bio, top accomplishments, supporting images, and related links posted on WakeboardingHallofFame.com sometime in May-June 2015. Not all WHF Nominations will advance to Step 3.

Step 3: Ballot Candidates. Individuals with superior credentials may be asked to provide additional information and media before becoming official Ballot Candidates.

Step 4: Inductees are selected by the WHF from the Ballot Candidates. The winners will be inducted into the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame at a special induction presentation on September 10, 2015 the Surf Expo show in Orlando, Florida. WHF strongly encourages all Ballot Candidates and Inductees to attend Surf Expo and if necessary the WHF will supply guest passes for Ballot Candidates, Inductees, and immediate family members.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply all necessary materials including bios and supporting images.



Anyone can nominate a candidate, but MUST provide the supporting documentation of the nominee’s accomplishments. Please DOCUMENT each major accomplishment with photos, newspaper articles, competition results, magazine articles and photos, video clips, written and/or audio interviews, web links, etc. All supporting materials must be “digitized” for upload to the WHF website.

No physical materials will be accepted at this time; however, the WHF has future plans to display significant artifacts in physical locations, and artifacts will then be necessary to “Honor and Preserve” the Legends of Wake.

Notes: You may not nominate yourself. The WHF Board is not eligible for nomination.


 Open Nomination General Requirements

  1. Brief Bio: (350 words or less)
  2. Top 5 List of Accomplishments (max 25 words each)
  3. Supporting Media and Links

The online Open Nomination form will have boxes to upload substantiating images and links.

Important note for WHF Nominees and above: the information, images, and links gathered from the Open Nominations form will be used to create individual pages on the WHF Website. You may be asked to provide additional supporting documentation and images to be considered for advancement.



DO THIS FIRST if you plan on making a nomination!

We have provided a downloadable text file with the same questions that are on our online Open Nomination form. Think of it as a rough draft. Download this file now and answer the questions offline. Save the file on your computer so you can work at your own pace, provide thoughtful answers, and reduce the risk of loosing your work.

Once you have polished the rough draft into a submission ready state, cut and paste the written answers from your computer into the WHF online form.


DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THIS FIRST >>>  Open Nomination Form as Word Doc – OFFLINE

WHF Media Submission Guidelines

WHF – Open Nomination Form



The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame was born in the digital age, and another major mission of the WHF is to make DIGITAL information about outstanding individuals in Wake easily accessible. This is why we are asking for online nominations with images and links substantiating claims. Through your efforts and ours, visitors to www.WakeboardingHallofFame.com will be able to easily get info about qualified individuals, see related images and videos, and be directed to additional content for a comprehensive story of a nominee’s Life in Wake Sports.

The WHF Mission…

  • Honor and Preserve the History.
  • Celebrate the Pioneers and Innovators.
  • Display Significant Artifacts both Digitally and in Physical Locations.


The thirteen members of the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame Board of Directors sincerely thank you for your interest in the Hall of Fame Induction Process and we wish you the best of luck in your quest to Honor and Preserve a true wake sports champion.