If you’re looking for a high-octane watersport to try this summer, look no further! Cable Wakeboarding is simply a way to wakeboard without a boat, instead being pulled along by an electronically powered cable. The cables are suspended about 30 feet about the water and can reach speeds of up to 38 mph, but most wakeboarders stick to around 19 mph.
As opposed to water skiing, on the short boards you can get high up in the air and perform jumps and tricks above the water. If you love surfing or snowboarding, you really should try cable wakeboarding!
Cable wakeboarding took off in America and Europe in the late 90s, and it’s since grown to international levels. So, if this sounds like a watersport you’d like to try, read on for where to go cable wakeboarding in the UK.
New Forest Water Park, Hampshire
The New Forest Water Park has 2 Cable Wakboarding systems, and if you’re new to wakeboarding they recommend you start on the straight line cable with a one to one session with an instructor to show you the ropes (or the cables in this case)!
If you’re nervous about being pulled along too quickly, remember that the cable’s speed is controlled by the operator and can be stopped whenever you want. Once you’ve got to grips with the straight line you can progress to the main Cable Wakeboarding line, which is the newest in the UK. As well as being offering cable wakeboarding, they also offer SUP, Kayaking and a fantastic Aqua Park.
Liquid Leisure Waterski & Wakeboard, Berkshire
Depending on whether you’re a total beginner with Cable Wakeboarding or more experienced, you can choose either the two- or five-tower cable system – the latter allows for 11 people to be towed at once!
The five-tower full cable system has a host of features to and slalom course to really build up your speed. This site is also home to Europe’s largest aqua park, so there’s loads of fun to be had before or after your wakeboarding lesson too.
Foxlake Adventures, East Lothian
Scotland’s first wakepark has loads to offer our friends in the North of the UK. The qualified staff are there to help you make the most of your time on the water – in fact they go so far as to guarantee if you don’t get up in your first session, you get your money back! They offer great bundle deals and seasonal passes for those who have really caught the wakeboarding bug.
Have you also read our article about Stand Up Paddleboarding
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Sheffield Cable Water Ski, South Yorkshire
Boasting the biggest Cable Wakeboarding park in the North of England, Sheffield Cable Water Ski has a full-size park that’s perfect for groups of friends to ride (and race) at the same time.
You can learn to Kneeboard, water-ski, wakeboard or use the fantastic Aqua Park here, whatever takes your fancy. But to really appreciate the adrenaline rush of the cable park features, it’s got to be wakeboarding, where you can navigate park features and obstacles just like in your favourite snowboard or skate park.
Festival Wakeboard Park, Essex
This Aqua Park in Essex is proudly affiliated with the British Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, and they have lots to offer those who are new to cable wakeboarding. They have ‘slow cable’ sessions when they slow the main cable down for beginners and children, and even offer free equipment hire during these times.
They welcome kids and can teach from as young as 8, with either a 15-minute Taster Session or an hour-long Beginner Session. All you need to bring is a swimming costume and a towel, they’ll take care of the rest.
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