Bayliner Boats signed a sponsorship agreement with 12-year-old Garrett Coleman, a nationally ranked champion wakeboard rider.
Coleman will train behind a Bayliner 215 Flight Series Deck Boat that also will be the personal boat he and his family will use in Orlando, Fla. Coleman won his age bracket at the 2014 Gravel Tour, the sport’s biggest youth wakeboarding series.
“Garrett is a great young man and a major rising star in wakeboarding,” Bayliner brand manager Michael Yobe said in a statement. “Plus, since his entire family is involved in water sports, our 215 DB Flight Series is a perfect fit for them.”
Bayliner said the 215 Flight Series that Coleman will use is set up for wakeboarding with special Flight Series graphics, a ballast system, a Monster wakeboard tower, board racks, an extended swim platform and Mercury Marine’s all-new 4.5L 250-hp engine with Bravo 3 drive.
“It was fun getting to build the boat on Bayliner’s website and look at all the cool options and choices they give you,” Coleman said. “I can’t wait ’til it’s done and I can start training behind it.”
“We’re all excited about the association with Bayliner,” Coleman’s father, Michael, said. “I think a lot of people in our local water sports community will be impressed with their boat when they see it docked out back. I know Garrett is excited.”
Wakeboard champion Greg Nelson learned to wakeboard behind a Bayliner when he was young. Nelson, now Hyperlite Wakeboards’ vice president of marketing, took an early interest in Coleman’s career, signing him to represent the wakeboard maker in 2013.
Coleman competes at such events as the WWA National Championships and the WWA World Championships during the summer and represents Hyperlite Wakeboards while doing so. Hyperlite took an interest to Garrett after watching him compete and getting to know him.
“Garrett is a key member of the Hyperlite team,” Nelson said. “Showcasing our kids wakeboards and bindings is important, and Garrett represents the future of our sport. While Garrett competes at any event, towed by any boat, you’ll now see him riding the latest from Hyperlite with a big Bayliner sticker on his deck.”
“This is a historic sponsorship, I think it’s the first time a premier I/O boat manufacturer has ever sponsored a wakeboarder, yet alone an up-and-coming rider and their family,” Nelson said. “At Hyperlite, we feel this is important for the sport, as most families get into water sports with a Bayliner, I know I did.”