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Wind & Waves Outdoor Eco Festival

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Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park

35957 Bayfield River Road

Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0

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Wind & Waves Outdoor Eco Festival

Wind & Waves Outdoor Eco Festival is taking place this year from the 5th - 7th August at Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park just outside Bayfield, Ontario. Home to the annual Rule The Pool Wakeboard Competition, join us for a long weekend of sunshine, great food and drink, amazing riding and good times!


What's up that weekend?

  • Watch our annual International Wakeboarding Competition with riders from all over North America

  • Learn to Wakeboard or just buy some time to ride on our Beginner Cable

  • Get out on the lake with our Stand Up Paddleboards, Canoes, Kayaks & Pedal Boats

  • Eat and drink your way to happiness with our daily Beer Garden, Food Trucks and other vendors

  • Shop at our local Vendors Market - with snacks, coffee, clothes and more!

  • Chill out in the sun to our daily DJ Music & win some goodies with our daily giveaways

  • Dance like no one is watching at our live music concerts: Saturday 5pm - 9pm & Sunday 5pm - 8pm

  • Live Music: Ivory Hours, Rhapsody Rebelz, Gypsy Ghosts, Dreamsters Union & The Nicest

  • Free additional activities to be announced!


Day Passes & Weekend Passes Available!

*$5 off all activities for people with Day Passes & $10 off all activities for people with Weekend Passes*

Looking forward to hanging out with you that weekend!

The WLW Team

FAQs

How much does it cost to attend Wind & Waves Outdoor Eco Festival?


Day Passes

Saturday 5th August: $20 + tax

  • Includes full day entry from 10am – 9pm

  • Includes $5 discount on Windmill Lake activities: Cable Wakeboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking & Pedal Boating

  • Includes spectator access to Rule The Pool Wakeboard Competition: Beginner & Intermediate Heats/Finals as well as Advanced & Open Heats!

  • Includes ticket to evening concert featuring Rhapsody Rebelz, & Gypsy Ghosts opening for Ivory Hours (Folk, Reggae/Ska & Indie)


Sunday 6th August: $15 + tax

  • Includes full day entry to the festival from 10am – 8pm

  • Includes $5 discount on activities: Cable Wakeboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking & Pedal Boating

  • Includes spectator access to Rule The Pool Wakeboard Competition: Open Heats & Finals, Pro Heats!

  • Includes ticket to evening concert featuring the Dreamsters Union opening for The Nicest (Rap & Hip Hop)


Monday 7th August: $10 + tax

  • Includes full day entry from 10am – 8pm

  • Includes spectator access to Rule The Pool Wakeboard Competition: Pro Finals!

  • Includes $5 discount on Windmill Lake activities: Cable Wakeboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking & Pedal Boating

Weekend Pass

Saturday 5th – Monday 7th August: $35 + tax (value $45)

  • Includes full day entry on all three days of the festival

  • Includes $10 discount on activities: Cable Wakeboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking & Pedal Boating

  • Includes spectator access to Rule The Pool Wakeboard Competition: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Open & Pro Categories!

  • Includes tickets to all evening concerts: Ivory Hours featuring Rhapsody Rebelz & Gypsy Ghosts on Saturday and The Nicest featuring Dreamsters Union on Sunday

How do I buy my ticket?

We are selling all tickets for the event through Eventbrite.


Day Passes

Saturday 5th August: $20 + tax

Sunday 6th August: $15 + tax

Monday 7th August: $10 + tax


Weekend Passes

Saturday 5th August - Monday 7th August: $35 + tax

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are no minimum age requirements to enter the event. Wristbands will be provided to all attendees at the entrance. These will be colour coded by day. Age will be checked at the entrance and marked on the wristband. No alcohol will be served to anyone without a marked wristband stating they are 19 years or older. These must be collected at entry to the event and will not be issued after you have entered. Wristbands will only be issued with proof of ticket purchase.

Will alcohol be served?

Yes. This is a licensed event. Alcohol will be available for purchase.

Our expectation is that you have a good time but please do not drink and drive. Material will be made available from the Drive Sober, Arrive Alive campaign. Local and on-site accommodations are available so please arrange these if you are going to be consuming alcohol.

We reserve the right to refuse service and in the event that your behaviour is deemed inappropriate you may be removed from the festival immediately and for all remaining days without refund. Please enjoy responsibly.

Do I need to buy an extra ticket for the live music on Saturday & Sunday?

The live music concerts are included in the price of the General Admission tickets and the Weekend Pass. There will be no separate tickets sold for the live music concerts – instead just buy a General Admission ticket! See what we did there? It's an awesome deal to just come and hang out the whole day!


What can I bring into the event?

We are a "Blue Business" and therefore actively discourage the use of plastic bottled water and drinks. As an "Eco Park" and "Eco Festival" we encourage you to think of ways that you can make your visit as close to zero waste a possible. We do not sell bottled water on the property. Instead, there is free water available from two designated water coolers. Please bring your reusable water bottle and help yourself! We have canned drinks (pop, juice and beer) for sale which will be recycled. We also encourage you to practice Leave No Trace principles. This means if you bring things with you that produce garbage or recycling – please put them in the cans provided, or take it with you when you leave.

Please DO NOT bring alcohol to this event. You will be able to purchase alcohol within the event but any external alcohol will be confiscated at entry to the Park.

You can of course bring your own food - but we will also have lots of amazing local vendors offering great eats so keep that in mind!

Make sure to prepare for long hours in the sun! We of course have some sheltered areas, but for the most part you will be out under the blue sky. Feel free to bring sun umbrellas and sun shades but do be considerate of other spectators and don't set up where you are blocking anyone's view of the event shows.

What are the accommodation options?

We have lots of amazing accommodation options around us!

Local Hotels:

Camping:

There are also lots of cottage rentals and Air BnB rentals around. Have a shop around on the Internet!

Can I camp at Windmill Lake?

  • Yes. We have open field camping on the island (no large trees or picnic tables)

  • Cost of camping is $20/tent per night and can be booked through Eventbrite

  • No vehicles are allowed on the island. There is about a 200m walk in to your camping area

  • Electricity is not available for camping

  • Drinking water is available at designated water cooler stations until 9pm

  • Please do not wash dishes in the lake. Bring your own water jugs for dishwashing/cooking

  • There is not space for overhead tarps – please bring sufficient cover to keep your tent dry in the case of rain

  • There are Portable Toilets on the island with hand washing stations

  • There is a communal fire pit for evening enjoyment and cooking over the fire

  • Fire wood is provided by Windmill Lake

  • Communal BBQ’s are available to all campers for all of your BBQing needs! We request that you do not use these later than 10pm

Are there washrooms at Windmill Lake?

Yes! We have portable toilets available with hand washing stations in multiple locations around the Park.

Will there be food & drink at the Festival?

  • Yes, Food trucks will be at the Festival with a variety of options!

  • Please feel free to bring your own picnic!! Be kind to our lake and use the garbage and recycle bins available.

  • We have vending machines with snacks such as Clif Bars, Chocolate Bars & Chips.

  • Pop machines are available with a selection of drinks including: Brisk Ice Tea, Ginger Ale, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi, 7UP, Rockstar etc.

  • There are two water coolers available for you to fill up your reusable water bottle for free!

Can I wakeboard during the festival?

Yes, the beginner cable will be open from 2pm on Saturday and all day Sunday and Monday during Festival hours. Beginner lesson are available!

Make sure you book your time early in the day to ensure you get time on the cable system as we anticipate it to be busy. You cannot pre-book time on the cable for this weekend.

The advanced cable will not be open to the public for the duration of the festival, but feel free to come watch our Rule the Pool competitors ride for the top prize of $2,000USD! And GUESS WHAT? Day-pass holders will receive $5 OFF wakeboarding and weekend pass holders will receive $10 OFF wakeboarding.

Is this event free for Seasons Pass holders?

Unfortunately not. Seasons Pass holders still have to pay entry to the Festival but can book time and ride for free on the Beginner Cable.

Is drinking water available?

YES! We have free water cooler stations available for all attendees! Please bring your refillable water bottle sand keep us plastic free!!

Are there other activities available during the day?

Absolutely! Rentals will be available for stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and pedal boating. Also, the beginner cable will be open at designated times for wakeboarding. Make sure that you book your rental/cable time early in the day, we do anticipate it to be busy and we have limited boards and boats. And GUESS WHAT? Day Pass holders will receive $5 off activities and Weekend Pass holders will receive $10 off activities!

What is the cost of other activities at Windmill Lake?

  • Stand-up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking & Pedal Boating: $30 + tax per hour

  • Wake-boarding: $20 + tax/20mins (excluding rentals) or $50 + tax for a Beginner Lesson


Day Pass Holders: $5 off all Windmill Lake Activities!

Weekend Pass Holders: $10 off all Windmill Lake Activities!

Can I bring my own SUP board, canoe or kayak?

Sure you can! Please note that when your vessel is not in use, it must be stored back in the parking lot at your vehicle unless you are camping, in which case you can leave it near your tent. This will help us to keep the waterfront clear and uncluttered for safe entry and exit on and off the water. There is a 200m walk from the parking lot to the waterfront. Staff will not be available this day to help you, please plan to have help carrying your boat to the water. Thanks!

What time does the Rule the Pool competition kick off?

Gates open at 10am for the festival.

Registration and rider warm-ups are from 10am-12pm.

Competition is set to kick-off around 12pm every day.

RULE THE POOL Wakeboard Competition Full Schedule


SATURDAY 5TH AUGUST

10AM – Gates Open & Rider Registration

11AM - Warm Up & Practice

12PM – Beginner Heats & Finals

1PM – Intermediate Heats

2PM – Advanced Heats

3PM – Open Heats

4PM – Intermediate Finals & Prizes

5PM – Live Music: Rhapsody Rebelz, Gypsy Ghosts & Ivory Hours

10PM - Gates Close


SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST

10AM – Gates Open

11AM - Warm Up & Practice

12PM – Open Finals

2PM – Advanced Finals

3PM – Open & Advanced Prizes

4PM – Pro Heats

5PM – Live Music: Dreamsters Union & The Nicest


MONDAY 7TH AUGUST

10AM – Gates Open

11AM - Warm Up & Practice

12PM – Pro Finals

3PM – Pro Prize Ceremony

When does the live music start?

Bands will be going on at 5pm - 9PM on Saturday, 5pm - 8PM on Sunday and 11am - 2pm on Monday.

Saturday: Rhapsody Rebelz, Gypsy Ghosts & Ivory Hours

Sunday: Dreamsters Union & The Nicest

Monday: Andy McGuire

Do you accept Cash, VISA, MASTERCARD or Debit for Windmill Lake activities?

Yes, we accept all forms of payment except for AMEX and personal cheque. Note that visiting vendors will vary upon what type of payment they accept. If you are travelling from abroad, please note that US dollars will be treated $1-$1 and some credit cards may not be compatible with our system. If in doubt, come prepared. ATMs are available in the village of Bayfield at Shopbike Coffee Roasters and The Albion Hotel on Main Street.

Is there an ATM on site?

No, Windmill Lake does not have an ATM or cash-back options. You will find ATMs in the village of Bayfield at Shopbike Coffee Roasters and The Albion Hotel on Main Street.

How do I get to Windmill Lake?

Our address is:

35957 Bayfield River Road

RR#2, Ontario, Canada

N0M 1G0

Please note when entering our address in to GPS/SatNav it does not take you directly to our site as we are in a rural area and the Postcode covers a large area.

You can find a map on our website: www.windmill-lake.ca/contact

From Grand Bend (Travelling South)

Drive North on Hwy 21 (Bluewater Highway). You will pass Bayfield, drive over the Bridge. Look for our Ontario sign on the side of the Hwy, turn right on Bayfield River Road (Ashwood Hotel is on the corner). Continue down Bayfield River Road for 4km and you will see us on your right hand side.

From Goderich (Travelling North)

Drive South on Hwy 21 (Bluewater Highway). You will see our Ontario sign on the side of the Hwy, turn left on to Bayfield River Road (Ashwood Hotel is on the corner). Continue down Bayfield River Road for 4km and you will see us on your right hand side.

From Toronto (Travelling West)

Take Hwy 8 through Stratford and continue on to Clinton. Turn left on to East Street (lights after Tim Hortons). Continue straight over Hwy 4 on to Railway Street and turn left on to Bayfield Road (Hwy 13) over the railroad tracks. Follow Bayfield Road until Parr Line. Turn left on to Parr Line and continue until you see our sign on the road. Turn right on to Bayfield River Road and continue for 3km and you will see us on the left hand side.

Is there parking available?

We do have a parking lot on site free of charge. Please park in the designated area as this is private property and the landowners do not want unnecessary damage to the grounds. Our property is located 4km off Highway 21 on Bayfield River Road. It is best reached by car but can also be reached by bike, bus, etc. from surrounding areas. We encourage carpooling and other eco-friendly ways of travelling too :)

Is the Windmill open for tours?

No, unfortunately not.

Is there anything else I should know?

This is a family friendly event. With this in mind, please be respectful of the other spectators and festival-goers. We will not allow any rude, inappropriate or dangerous behaviour. We reserve all rights to remove anyone from the event at any time without refund.

Although there will be alcohol sold as part of this event, you should always have a designated driver. Summer fun is only great until something bad happens. Please think ahead and do not drive if you have consumed alcohol, instead arrange alternative transport.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Comment Form on the website: www.windmill-lake.ca

Email: info@windmill-lake.ca

Phone: (519) 524-0636

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RIDER Q & A

What does it cost to enter the competition as a rider?

If you would like to register as a rider and compete, it is $30/rider.

Payment will be accepted through Eventbrite in advance and also accepted in cash on the day at the entrance. Please pre-register by emailing us the following information on info@windmill-lake.ca

Information we need:

  • Name

  • Age

  • Where From

  • Wake Park where you normally ride

Riders will have free entry to the Festival for the entire weekend!

  • Includes full day entry on all three days of the festival

  • Includes $10 discount on activities: Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking & Pedal Boating

  • Includes tickets to all evening concerts: Ivory Hours featuring Rhapsody Rebelz & Gypsy Ghosts on Saturday and The Nicest featuring Dreamsters Union on Sunday

Do Registered Riders camp for free?

No, camping is $20/tent per night and there are accommodations available in Bayfield – book early to ensure vacancy.

RIDER GUIDELINES

We’re excited to have you ride in our annual wakeboard competition – Rule The Pool! Not sure what category you should be riding in? We’ve got a handy breakdown of how we distinguish skill level so you’re competing against similar riders.

REGISTRATION FEES

We charge $30 for registration regardless of category.

CATEGORIES

At Windmill Lake we are all about getting out on the water and having fun! From the Beginner division to the Pro, we hope that you will have a great time, make new friends and enjoy some healthy competition. It’s all about growing the sport, so as we are all at different skill levels, we make our divisions based on ability – not age.

We have five divisions:

1) BEGINNER

2) INTERMEDIATE

3) ADVANCED

4) OPEN

5) PRO

The following gives you specifics on what is expected for each division in terms of skills. Please note: we do not separate by gender and we also do not allow air tricks.


1) BEGINNER

Riders that are new to contests and are just starting out. This will take place on the Beginner Cable.

Riders in this division will do:

- Flatwater tricks: Ollies & Ollie 180s;

- Features: Small boxes and cheese wedges;

- Grabs, 180s, boardslides & 50-50s;

- NO inverts or 360s are allowed in this division.

2) INTERMEDIATE

Riders in this division have some contest experience and a certain skill set. This division will take place on the Intermediate/Advanced Cable.

Riders will do:

- Kicker: Basic inverts & spins (scarecrow, tantrum, no spins over 360s);

- Rails: Different variations (front board, 270 on, 270 off, transfer 50-50);

- Riders can choose to ride Bi-level or Lake Only.

3) ADVANCED

Riders in this division will have significant experience and a high-level skill set. This division will take place on the Intermediate/Advanced Cable. Riders can perform more than three inverts/spins. Riders must ride the Bi-level.

Riders will do:

- Kicker: Unlimited number of inverts & spins (typically 540s + more advanced);

- Rails: Technical tricks and variations are attempted;

- No mobes or spins over 540 are allowed in this division.

4) OPEN

Riders in this division are one step below pro – therefore you will have an extremely high skill-level. This division will take place on the Intermediate/Advanced Cable. Riders must ride the Bi-level. The top three from the Open will be given the option to compete in the Pro Division. ANYTHING GOES.

5) PRO

Riders in this division are paid professionals. This division will take place on the Intermediate/Advanced Cable. Riders must ride the Bi-level.

ANYTHING GOES.

JUDGING CRITERIA

4 Categories: Rails, Kicker, Bi-Level & Overall Impression

Rails: Completion of the whole rail, level of difficulty, style

Kicker: Amplitude of the trick, level of difficulty, execution (stomped landing, grabbed, spun of the kicker not partially on it, etc.)

Bi-level: Choice of rail/box/wedge, level of difficulty, execution, style

Overall Impression: Use of the course and different features (hitting more difficult rails, fitting more tricks in a pass, etc.), composition (spins, different tricks on rails, etc.), overall execution (sketchy landing vs. stomped, degree of difficulty)

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