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Wakesurfing, dodgeball tournaments headed to Boise

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FireFly bike grips.

Some of us like to lounge through the lazy days of summer, but others prefer to get competitive. For those who feel the need to unleash some of that pent-up energy in the form of hucking a bouncy ball at someone, you're in luck

Allegiant Airlines is sponsoring a co-ed dodgeball tournament in Boise on Saturday, July 20, at Fairmont Park. While the airline is using it to promote its low-cost fares, that's no reason not to use it as an excuse to celebrate your competitive spirit.

The Boise Parks and Recreation Department is organizing the tournament, which will include teams of six to 10 players with at least two women on each team. All players must be at least 18 years old and pony up the $100 registration fee.

The good news is that proceeds will be donated to the Kristin Armstrong youth scholarship program, as well as Let's Move Boise and the city's adaptive recreation programs for people with disabilities. But participants won't walk away empty-handed: Besides the glory and a few bruises, every player gets a T-shirt.

To register, visit dodgehighfares.com.

If you prefer your competition to come with water, the Boise Surf This Bash will bring wakesurfing action to Lucky Peak Reservoir Thursday, Aug. 1-Sunday, Aug. 4. Sponsored by Brigade Wakesurfing, the event will feature both pro and amateur wakesurfers showing off their skills.

A hybrid of wakeboarding and surfing, wakesurfers are towed behind a boat designed to create large waves. Once the wake is big enough, the wakesurfers release the tow rope and surf the curls.

The public can watch boat demos by Tige Boats on Thursday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 2, but the action gets going on Saturday, Aug. 3, with competition in numerous categories from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. On shore, spectators can check out vendors, a kids' water jump house and giveaways, all while DJ music fills the air.

For more info, visit endlesswavetour.com.

Of course, if your idea of a perfect summer day involves less DJ music and more casual biking on a balmy evening, Boise's own RideOut Technologies is introducing a new handlebar grip designed to make biking in traffic a little safer.

The FireFly bike grips slip on bike handlebars and create brightly lit turn signals that can be activated without taking your hands off the bike. The signals use LED lights mounted at the ends of the handlebars, which are activated by pushing your thumb on an embedded button. The signals turn off automatically after 30 seconds or can be shut off manually.

Thankfully, they're also waterproof and UV resistant for all those sunny Boise days.

The grips cost $37.75 and are available at McU Sports in downtown Boise. For more info, check out rideouttech.com.

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