Waking up the boarding legs.
Wakeboarding is one of those sports I've always associated with noisy boats blasting up and down, akin to Jet Skis - terrorising the peace of the water with petrol and roaring engines. However, one of our local lakes has a marvellous set up which uses cable pulleys on its training lake. No noise and completely controlled by the operator to go slow, fast or stop depending on what stage of beginner you are. And we truly were beginner level!
We sat on the jetty side, watching as each person plucked up the courage to helmet up, strap feet in and head on out. The Crocs and Keen sandals have been a staple of the summer and this outing - half in the water and half jettyside - was no exception.
Obviously, we were fully expecting to be nose diving on first go, dragged through the water headfirst. And there were a few moments like this, where I was thankful to be wearing a helmet (man, water hurts when you hit it hard!). But, surprising to us all, was the fact that we all managed to get up and stay up and even start to turn the corners!
"Keep your arms straight!" was the top shout advice - it felt so counter intuitive but, amazingly, the force of the pulley really did pull us out of the water. Ramona did an incredible job of holding on and riding the water, putting all her skateboarding and surfing skills into practise. Getting back on up time and time again after each wipe out for another go. Eomer was a little more nervous but more because of his constant worry about there being eels in the lake water! Still, he clipped in and had a go, short but sweet!
We all tried something new - and it was amazing! It was definitely one of the most hilarious activities to explore, even though we did all ache for days afterwards! Lots of belly laughs and muscle aches from learning a new sport - what a perfect place to start. Thank-you Backpaddock Lakes for opening up the world of wakeboarding to us all :)
About the Author
About Me & Mine
Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.
Favourite place in the world:
Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.
Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.