ZEAL Optics Welcomes Wakeboarder Mike Dowdy To The Team

Mike Dowdy joins ZEAL’s wakeboard team.

Photo courtesy of: Red Bull

May 29, 2013- Boulder, CO. - ZEAL Optics is proud to call professional wakeboarder Mike Dowdy part of their athlete family.  Mike joins wakeskater Brian Grubb and surfers Leila Hurst, Liz Clark and Pete Devries on the summer team. A young rider, Mike Dowdy is quickly becoming one of the most watched wakeboarders on the water by both fans and wakeboarding's top competitors. Last season Dowdy took home wins at the Nautique Wake Games, Masters, Pro Wakeboard Tour stops in Acworth and Fort Worth and was ranked number one in the King of Wake standings in the Junior Pro Men division.

"We are proud to welcome Mike Dowdy to the team," said Director of Marketing Joe Prebich. "Not only is he an incredible rider, he is a great person and we are really looking forward to seeing the amazing future he has in wake."

Having grown up near Brighton, Michigan Mike Dowdy picked up wakeboarding when he was eight-years-old. He was a quick study and dove into competitive wakeboarding at an early age.  When not on the lake, which is rare, Mike skateboards around town.  Wanting to help those less fortunate, Mike has decided to donate a percent of his earnings this year to a charity in order to allow others experience his sport.

"I'm really excited about joining the ZEAL family," stated Mike Dowdy.  "I really like the company as a whole, along with their innovative products and how they care about their riders."

Make sure to tune into the King of Wake series this summer to watch Mike compete for the title!  Tune in tonight at 3:30pm EST to NBC Sports to watch the first stop of the tour.