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Wind & Waves Outdoor Eco Festival 2019
August 3 @ 11:00 am - August 4 @ 9:00 pm
Wind & Waves Outdoor Eco Festival
Wind & Waves Outdoor Eco Festival is taking place this year from the 3rd – 4th 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
Have a blast with your friends and family on our floating Aqua Park
Eat and drink your way to happiness with our daily Beer Garden, Food Trucks & 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 concert: Saturday 7pm – 11pm
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
How much does it cost to attend Wind & Waves Outdoor Eco Festival?
Saturday 3rd August: $20
Includes full day entry from 10am – 11pm
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 & Pro Heats!
Includes ticket to evening concert
Sunday 4th August: $15
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: Advanced & Pro Finals!
Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th August: $30 (value $35)
Includes full day entry on both 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 & Pro Categories!
Includes tickets to the Saturday evening concert!
How do I buy my ticket?
We are selling all tickets for the event through Eventbrite.
Saturday 3rd August: $20
Sunday 4th August: $15
Saturday 3rd August – Sunday 4th August: $30
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.
Please do not bring your own alcohol. We will have security guards at the entrance that will be checking coolers and bags. We reserve the right to confiscate alcohol brought in to the event.
Do I need to buy an extra ticket for the live music on Saturday?
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 sunshades 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!
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 into 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
Firewood 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 during Festival hours. The Intermediate cable will be closed Saturday and open all day Sunday. 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! 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 & Intermediate Cables.
Is drinking water available?
YES! We have free water cooler stations available for all attendees! Please bring your refillable water bottle and 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. The Aqua Park will also be open both days. The beginner & intermediate cables 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! Please note our activities are + tax.
What is the cost of other activities at Windmill Lake?
Stand-up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, Kayaking & Pedal Boating: $30 + tax per hour
Wakeboarding: $20 + tax/20mins (excluding rentals) or $50 + tax for a Beginner Lesson
Aqua Park: $20 + tax/hour
Day Pass Holders: $5 off any Windmill Lake Activities!
Weekend Pass Holders: $10 off any 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 at 12pm on both days.
RULE THE POOL Wakeboard Competition Full Schedule
SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST
10AM – Gates Open & Rider Registration
11AM – Rider Practice
12PM – Beginner Heats & Finals
1PM – Intermediate Women Heats
2PM – Intermediate Men Heats
3PM – Advanced Women Heats
4PM – Advanced Men Heats
5PM – Intermediate Women Finals
6PM – Intermediate Men Finals
7PM – Live Music
11PM – Gates Close
SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST
10AM – Gates Open
11AM – Rider Practice
12PM – Pro Women Heats
1PM – Pro Men Heats
2PM – Advanced Women Finals
3PM – Advanced Men Finals
4PM – Pro Women Finals
5PM – Pro Men Finals
6PM – Prizes
8PM – GATES CLOSE
When does the live music start?
Bands will be going on at 7pm – 11PM on Saturday 3rd August
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 traveling 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
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: http://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 🙂
We will have shuttles available from the Park to Grand Bend for $10 per person after the concert on Saturday 5th August.
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: http://www.windmill-lake.ca
Phone: (519) 524-0636
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 email@example.com
Information we need:
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 & Aqua Park
Includes tickets to the Saturday evening concert
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.
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.
We charge $30 for registration regardless of category.
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:
The following gives you specifics on what is expected for each division in terms of skills. Please note: We do not allow air tricks.
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.
Riders in this division have some contest experience and a certain skill set. This division will take place on the Intermediate 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.
Riders in this division will have significant experience and a high-level skill set. This division will take place on the 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.
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 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.
Riders in this division are paid professionals. This division will take place on the Advanced Cable. Riders must ride the Bi-level.
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)