Wake Your Way Through Summer

Learn the ropes of wakeboarding.
by Roch Vergara, Candymag.com   |  Apr 26, 2009
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There have been a lot of extreme sports that's beginning to get popular these days and one of the is wakeboarding. Celebrities like Aga Muhlach, Jeremy Marquez ang Christian Bautista are into this kind of sport. There's more to wakeboarding than holding on to cable wires and jumping off ramps. Here's what you should know, what you need, what to expect and where to go if you want to go wakeboarding.

WHAT TO KNOW.
Wakeboarding is a sport that involves riding a board specially made for wakeboarding over the surface of a body of water. You can be pulled using a speed boat or a cable system which is usually used in wake parks. It is also a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing.

WHAT YOU NEED. Wakeboards are available in wake parks for guests to rent. A life vest is a must and a helmet is necessary if you're advanced enough to go on ramps.

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WHAT TO EXPECT. The force from the cables that will tow the riders can reach the speeds of 18-24km per hour. You need to hold on to the cables tightly so you wont get fractured from the cables. You also have to maintain the proper balance to keep yourself in the water surface.

WHERE TO GO. If you want to learn the basics of wakeboarding, it's better for you to go to wake parks where there will be instructors that will guide and teach you the basics of wakeboarding. Usually they let you use kneeboards first so you'll be able to feel the force coming from the cables. If you're good at it already, you can try wakeboarding in the lake or beach using a speed boat.

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You can check out Lago De Oro Wake Park's website or Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC)'s website if you want to know more about wakeboarding.

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