Archery? Wakeboarding? Must be Summertime!


In its youth, the TampaSportsFitness staff took pride in participating in outdoor summer activities. Field days, camping trips, canoes sinking; all staples of outdoor life in the bay area. And now that summer has officially returned to the bay area, it brings a collection of sports with it.

We here at TampaSportsFitness like to bring you stories of out-of-the-norm sports and fitness activities. And what could be more out of the norm than shooting things with a thousand-year-old piece of technology or flying through the air on a wakeboard?

We’re talking about archery, that activity you did in P.E. class in middle school or maybe once or twice at summer camp, and it’s on the rise. According to this AP story, archery has been experiencing a dramatic uptick of popularity in the last few years. While the 2012 Olympics can claim some credit for that, popular culture has been so saturated with the weapon that it’s almost impossible not to see the things everywhere. And we don’t just mean Katniss Everdeen and Hawkeye here; archery has television shows like Game of Thrones and Arrow in a headlock.

There are several archery ranges and classical weapons instructors in the bay area, but for anyone looking for an excuse to shoot something other than the traditional round target, The Gasparilla Bowmen will be hosting a 3-D Archery Shoot at the Lake Park Archery Area on Sunday, June 23, at 8 a.m., 17302 N. Dale Mabry in Lutz. All ages are invited to participate at the low cost of $2 per vehicle up to eight people per car. The Bowmen will provide 3-D targets ranging from bears to turkeys. Participants are required to bring their own archery equipment.

For anyone unfamiliar with the concept, 3-D archery basically involves moving through a range, preferably in the woods, and shooting at targets made to look like animals. So for anyone looking to practice shooting a buck, the event promises to be fun. The TampaSportsFitness staff thinks it would be even better if 3-D archery were combined with a cross-country obstacle course like a biathlon, only without the skis since we don’t get snow in the bay area.

Speaking of outdoor activities, the Red Bull Wake Open will be making its way back to Tampa in a few weeks when some of the best wakeboarders in the world will showcase their talents July 5-6 at the Tampa Convention Center. According to the event’s website, 36 riders representing seven countries will compete in Boat, Big Air, and Park disciplines.

Just like last year, spectators can see the event live as viewing locations are available around the Channel including the Tampa Convention Center and Knights Point at Harbour Island. And also like last year, the event will also be televised live on July 6 at 4:00 p.m. on NBC.

So who’s in?

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