What is Wake Park ?
Cable wakeboarding is simply wakeboarding while being pulled; not by a boat, but by an overhead cableski system. It’s definitely the coolest addition to the distinguished list of extreme sports throughout the world, because it combines the best of the extreme nature of wakeboarding without the need for (or expense of) a boat. Cable is an enormously valuable and important element of the entire sport of wakeboarding, wakeskating, kneeboarding and waterskiing.
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 many people can ride at the same time?
Anywhere from six to twelve or more people, depending on the size of and the number of carriers on the particular cableway.The beauty and value of cable is that it opens up wakeboarding to the masses, thanks to the reduced costs of running and the higher number of people it's possible to pull at any one time. With cable’s ability to tow many people at the same time, groups of people can be catered to much more easily than behind a boat.
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!
What about sliders and kickers?
Just as with boat wakeboarding, obstacles 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 most 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.