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Take Up...Wakeboarding!

First Tip: learning how to swim is a must

by Mikey Agulto | Oct 28, 2010
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Good news for dudes who call themselves the children of the sea: no need to travel all the way to the beaches of Camarines Sur.

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The famous province is bringing its watersports festivities right at us, courtesy of the new Republ1c Wake Park in Nuvali, Laguna coming real soon.

Eyeing May 2011 for its launch, the Republ1c Wake Park in Nuvali is an 80,000 square meter complex that will accommodate wakeboarding, wake riding, skateboarding, and the recreational surfing.

The park promises a 6-point cable lake, a training lake for kids and beginners, a flowrider, a skate park, a clubhouse, and bar and restaurant.

Capping it all off is an 80-room hotel bound to be built nearby, waiting for us after a whole day's worth of wake skating.

To this we say: it's time we familiarize ourselves with the sport.

What is wakeboarding?
Wakeboarding is a surface water sport involving the use of – you guessed it – a wakeboard. The sport is very close to surfing, only with a few adjustments: boats and cables are both essential to make this work.

The rider is positioned and towed behind a motorboat, moving at an average speed of 24 miles per hour. Weather and water conditions however could alter the speed of the rider.

Sport rules aside, the goal is to stay afloat as long as possible as the motorboat accelerates to the sea. If you manage to execute a few freestyle maneuvers along the way, maybe you should turn pro.

The sport started in the late 80s, emerging from the sport of ski boarding and in fact has been initially labeled as “skurfing.” The name wakeboarding was coined in the early 90s along with the development of a “liquid force” board they would later call the wakeboard.

Next: Learn the moves

WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO
PHOTO FROM SURFER DUDE

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