Wakeboarding


So how does it work? How do you ride without a boat?

 

Suspended in the air by a series of towers (or masts) surrounding a small lake, an overhead cable stretches across the lake.  Along the cable are carriers from which a ski rope will attach to and pull a rider across the lake.  The cable operates in a continuous manner by the rider performing a 180 degree turn at both ends of the run.  When you are finished, you simply let go near the start dock and make the short swim back to shore. 

 


How can you call it cable wakeboarding when there is no wake?

 

You ride using a wakeboard. It’s that simple. It’s still wakeboarding because every single trick that has been, is now, or ever could be thrown behind a boat can and is being thrown on the cable. The tricks are identical. Boat or cable, the sport is still the same. It’s just a slightly different method to the same awesome madness.

 


How does it compare to riding behind the boat?

 

It’s a slightly different kind of pull. Since the angle of the rope is higher on the cable than behind the boat, you get more lift and, potentially, more hang time. This is one reason you see such awesome tricks like double S-bends on the cable, a rare occurrence if ever behind the boat.


Also, with the move and flex of the cable itself, you find it much less stiff and more forgiving. Therefore, learning new tricks comes much easier and faster. Difficult as it may be to believe, the simple fact is that virtually every trick that can be performed behind the boat can also be done on the cable. Period. Regular or switch, inside or out, you see plenty of spins, 313s, roll to blinds, KGB’s and every mobe or raley trick you can think of. You name it, it’s been done on the cable, either in the flats or off the obstacles. Take your pick.

 


How do you start?

 

You queue up at the starting dock, rope in hand, with the other end of the rope in the carrier set just in front of you.  When you are ready to go, the operator starts to move the carrier forward, pulling you off the starting dock and out onto the water. Have fun!

 


What happens if you fall?

 

You simply position yourself under the cable and the operator will guide the carrier to put the rope back right in front of you.  As soon as you are ready, the operator will guide the carrier forward to put tension on the rope, then hang on and the rope will pull you back out of the water and riding away.  You are back riding again almost immediately, ready to try your next move. 

 


How many people can ride at the same time?


Our systems can handle one rider at a time, per system.  This means you get individual attention from the cable operator, who can customize your pull to your liking and skill level.  Just starting out?  No problem, simply let your operator know and he/she will ensure to pull you slowly to get the hang of it, and offer some helpful tips while doing so.  When it's your turn to go, be ready on the dock because as soon as the previous person has finished their set, you'll have a handle in your hands within seconds.   

 


Is it limited to wakeboarding only?

 

No. Even though wakeboarding clearly dominates the cable scene these days, you still occasionally see people on two skis, slaloming, or kneeboarding, though MUCH less often.


Though cableski facilities have now been around for over 40 years, an interesting shift in the cable world seems to have taken place over the last 10 years. Cableways were built primarily during the heyday of waterskiing, and have for the most part been primarily composed of three-event skiing, kneeboarding, and occasionally barefooting. In 2004, the World Cable Wakeboard Commission completed a survey of most all the cableways around the world to determine the average percentage of skiers versus wakeboarders observed at each facility. Incredibly, virtually 95% of all patrons at cable parks around the world were wakeboarders!

 


How do you do those “big air” tricks?

 

Unlike the boat, where you ride up the wake to get air, on the cable you lean back to set your edge and load the line to build up tension, then snap the board behind you to launch yourself into the air. Do it right and you’re launched like a sling shot! Once in the air, the entire menu of tricks is at your disposal. The adrenaline rush is awesome!

 


What about sliders and kickers?

 

Just as with boat wakeboarding, features are becoming an integral part of the sport, and are showing up everywhere. These days, sliders and kickers of almost every size and shape can be seen at almost all cable parks around the world. Also, with sliders and kickers, the number of tricks you can do on the cable goes up exponentially. Not only can you do air tricks, but you can also throw every kind of spin or mobe imaginable off the kickers, or grind and press the rails any way you want.  Think of it like a snow or skate park on water - the only limit is your imagination!

 


What about wakeskating on the cable?

 

Cable is without a doubt a wakeskater’s dream! With all the obstacles available and the fact that you can fall a zillion times and get right back and keep riding all day long working on your shuvits, varials, spins, etc., it’s no wonder that we’re seeing wakeskaters now comprising almost 25-30% or more of all riders on the cable.

 


Are there a lot of riders crossing over between boat and cable?

 

Yes, there’s definitely a crossover. And there’s a real advantage to it, too. Tricks are the same on either, and cable is a terrific teaching tool. Cable definitely helps your boat riding and vice versa. It’s great cross-training. Mike Ferraro, one of the world’s top wakeboard and waterski coaches, regularly advises his students and elite athletes to cross-train on the cable whenever possible.

 

Of course not!  Our facility is fully public and even if you don't want to try out the cable, we encourage you to come down and watch others!  There's a few local pro's and if you are lucky enough to catch them on the cable, you are sure to be in awe.  There's also plenty of other activities to do at the park - so grab the kids, your favorite blanket, and find a good spot on the beach.

 

 


 

 


 

I have never tried wakeboarding in my life.  Can I do it?


Absolutely!  Our Sesitec System 2.0 cable system by far the simplest and easiest way to learn to wakeboard. The upwards pull enables effortless starts and has proven to provide the steepest learning curve to beginners than any other tow device on the market. System 2.0 provides a continuous ride that not only provides the best learning platform for beginners but also allows advanced riders to progress water tricks or improve their rail-riding skills more rapidly than traditional towing methods.

 


How old do I have to be to wakeboard?


We don't have a set age limit but generally ages 6 and up can ride the cable system.  However, we have seen even younger children master it on their first try.  Being comfortable in the water and basic swimming skills are an asset.  Parents, you know your children, so bring them out when you feel they are ready.  If they can ski, iceskate, or skateboard, they likely have the balance and muscle memory skills to wakeboard.

 

On the other end of things, there is absolutely no upper age limit!  You are only as young as you feel, so come on out and try something new!

 


 

What if I don't have any equipment?

 

You can rent any gear you may need on site - boards, bindings, lifejackets, helmets, and wetsuits.  We also have a fully stocked proshop with all the latest gear to purchase.

 


Can I drink alcohol or use drugs before riding the cable?


Nope!  We're not here to judge you.. well.. I guess we are!  If we suspect you are under the influence, you are not permitted to ride.  If you have pre-booked and paid for a spot there will be no refunds due to drug or alcohol use.  Please leave it at home and come to the park with a clear and level head. 

 


 

Ok, I'm in - Do I need to sign up or just come down?


Well, that's entirely up to you.  We strongly encourage you to prebook your time slot to avoid disappointment, especially during peak periods, as we do limit the number of riders per hour.  Click on the 'book online' tab to the left to access our online booking system and you can see what spots are available.  If you haven't come to the park before, be sure to fill out a waiver form and bring it with you. 

 


 

I've already tried cable wakeboarding and wow, it's the COOLEST thing I have ever done!

 

That's not exactly a question.  And yes, we know.  There's now over 400 cable wakeboard parks in more than 30 countries across the world.  Every park has their own personality and setup, so any cable park is awesome to check out while travelling.  If you happen to be visiting our webpage from another part of the world - we are right beside an international airport so we made it nice and easy for you to get here. 

 


 

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