Cable parks bring the sport of wakeboarding to a lot of people. Few can afford the expense and time of owning a ski boat, so cable parks provide a place for people to improve their boarding skills. Sure, there isn’t a “wake” at a cable, but they provide a wide variety of obstacles that allow riders to do a bunch of cool tricks.
Jason Rich is an up-and-coming wakeboarder from Deerfield Beach, Florida and has been wakeboarding for six years. He originally started when he was 15 because he was being homeschooled and didn’t have much going on. Then he found Ski Rixen and now his life has completely changed.
Jason also placed 1st Overall in the Ski Rixen Pro Points Chase division. But, his biggest win has been this year when he took 1st place in Open Men’s Features and also won 1st place in Cable at 2014 TSR Cablestock. Click here to see the Cablestock results.
Julian Cohen is a killer wakeboarder to follow – he travels the globe for the sport! After watching a few videos, I am really impressed with his style, especially on the rails. In this video at Orlando Watersports Complex (his home cable), you’ll notice how much he presses… which I think is cool. Don’t get me wrong… this guy gets boosted big time on the ramps too. I should be able to name all the tricks he’s doing, but I can’t… all I know is that they rock.
According to Julian’s Facebook Page, he was in Israel on May 5th and then went to Cablestock hosted at the Texas Ski Ranch May 8th – 11th. I think it’s freakin’ awesome that he’s a globe trotter like that… it really shows that the sport has made it big time.
I haven’t made it to the Texas Ski Ranch, but after checking out their website, I am definitely going to have to make a trip out there! They host a lot of events and the cable looks top-notch.
I haven’t been yet, but Wake Nation gives me a terrific reason to visit Ohio! From the looks of their photos, they have a five pulley system and a collection of cool obstacles. Their website is great, and you can tell they are active with blogging about wakeboarding and they are always posting new pictures and information.
Wake Nation also participate in an Annual Points Chase Qualifier and the top wakeboarders move on to compete in the National Points Chase Finals being held at Hydrous Wake Park. Click here for more information.
I especially like when cable parks have a beginner lake; this lets new people get acquainted with the sport of wakeboarding. I can remember feeling a little intimidated when I was first starting out and the people in front of me were doing raleys. I think more and more cable parks will start building beginner lakes to encourage new people to join the sport.
Wake Nation Location
201 Joe Nuxhall Way (Joyce Park) Fairfield, OH 45014
Terminus Wake Park is a new member of the LakePoint Sporting Community. They offer plenty of action for people of all skill levels, from beginner to professional athlete. Terminus is currently one of the largest and most unique cable wake parks in the country. Be sure to check out their website for more information.
Revolution feels like a truly underground cable park, almost as though it’s not supposed to be there. Sure, they have all the permits and such to operate, but it has a clandestine feel, similar I’m sure to what “Pop Up” shops are like in New York. The obstacles appear to be hand made, which gives them a somewhat scary feel. Don’t get me wrong, this is a fun, full-featured, five-tower cable park running at 18mph and they have over 10 cool obstacles. They are in Fort Myers, so it’s going to be a long drive for almost everyone, but I highly recommend making the trip. I’ve been there twice and they were friendly and welcoming both times.
My favorite obstacle is a big (bloated) A-Frame located after the 3rd pulley. It’s wide and high and positioned perfectly after the turn. The first time I went, it was a little intimidating to hit it, but the second time, with yet another year of riding under my belt, it was fun.
You certainly don’t want to fall anywhere near the 3rd or 4th turn because you have to either walk a LONG way, or swim across the lake to get back. Other than that, I definitely recommend hitting this park. It doesn’t have the “polished” feel of OWC, but with a sport like wakeboarding, sometimes you’ve got to get rough around the edges.
Revolution Cable Park is located at:
17590 East St.
North Fort Myers, FL
(239) 656-3000 Google Maps
Every six months or so, I get an urge to take a road trip up to OWC. Riding the same cable over and over allows me to get to know the lake really well, but doesn’t provide much variety, so on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 my girlfriend and I packed the board up for a quick road trip to Florida’s biggest cable park.
OWC seems to be always improving and changing. Since I was there last, all of their obstacles have been moved and their pro shop has been completely upgraded. The shop looks great, but honestly, I think they have less merchandise than when I was there last. Nevertheless I got myself a cool new HyperLite vest.
The advanced cable lives up to its name. It’s running at 20mph, which is only 2mph faster than I’m used to at Ski Rixen, but I can feel the difference instantly. Honestly, if I had more time to get used to it, I’d say the faster speed is actually better for hitting the obstacles, but since I only go there once or twice a year, the increase in speed makes me feel like a beginner again. By the end of the day though, I always wind up comfortable on most of the rails and ramps. My favorite new obstacle is the A-Frame right by the dock… sure I bit it a few times, but once I got the hang of it, I loved it.
Where We Stayed
For this trip we stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton, which was only about 3 miles away from OWC. The hotel is a little older, but has been redone completely. It’s right down the street from Universal, so I’m glad we booked it in advance… and because it’s in such a good location, the $139 a night rate didn’t surprise me. We weren’t in the room much, but it was really nice.
5905 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819 View Map
Where We Ate
Saturday night after boarding all day, we went to Emeril’s, which is in the middle of Orlando’s CityWalk. We didn’t have a reservation, so we wound up eating at the kitchen bar, but that proved to be a fun experience. We ordered the somewhat pricey Chef’s Tasting, and the waitress kept bringing out one delicious plate after another… well worth the price.
One thing about me as a wakeboarder; I go every weekend. I’ve been boarding in the rain, in the cold, in the wind…Shoot, I’ve been when it’s rainy, cold and windy at the same time. So, today wasn’t that much of an exception. It was a sunny day, about 65 degrees, and the water was a cool 61 degrees; definitely a good day for the full wetsuit.
On days like this I like to stick to the rails; hitting the ramps isn’t as appealing when my hands are kinda numb. But as always, it’s good to get out there. Riding always makes me feel better; partly because of the inherent exercise involved with the sport, but also because of the connection I feel with the board. It must be a similar connection that surfers feel with the ocean.