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GET STARTED YOU ARE WELCOME

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WAKEBOARDING it’s what it’s all about

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WAKESKATING more than a sideline

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BOAT RIDING it’s where it all began

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CABLE RIDing more time and less money

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TWO TOWER SYSTEMS a new generation

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WINCHING literally free riding

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PWC different is not bad

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OVERSEAS CAMPS quality time

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LISTINGS where to ride

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BOXED what’s hot

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SUBSCRIBE commit!

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STOCKED Syndicate stockists

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CALENDAR if it’s not in, it’s not happening

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A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR... ...GET STARTED

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Welcome to Syndicate Wake’s Bible, the one

stop shop for all places of wake worship. Listed within these hallowed pages are all the places you can get out on the water around the UK along with a run down on each of the different aspects of the sport. We are giving you the tools to go out there and find your local lake or your favourite place to ride and get involved out on the water. Now more than ever before, there can be no excuses for not hitting the wet stuff with more places to ride in the UK than you can shake a stick at. We have two tower cables opening up all over the country along with a brand new six point cable in Basildon opening its gates recently, wakeboarding really is moving forwards in the UK and we are happy to be a part of it, we hope you are too. We are all involved in this sport because we love it, and we hope you do too. There is something unmistakable about riding a board along the surface of the water that it is out there in its own league. It is that feeling which brings us together and keeps us going back for more and more. We hope that if you haven’t tried it before that this collection of wake delicacies will encourage you to give it a shot or two and who knows... you might even enjoy it... Our sport relies on new people coming into it and enjoying it just like all those that have tried it once or are a seasoned pro - we are all part of the bigger picture. Every single person is part of the big wake machine, and without all of us - there is nothing. So on behalf of everyone at Syndicate Wake, old and new; We welcome you.

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Editor

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International Editor

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Head Graphic Designer Richie Hiney richiehiney@gmail.com

Writers Collective

Dan Nott - Simon Powell - Scotty Broome - Richie Hiney - Toby Oliver Reed Watson - Stew Mackie - Matt Crowhurst

Photographers Collective

Chris Garrison - Borja Aguelar - Martin Hawks - Dan Nott - Lee Debuse - MC Inc - Sam Carne - Jose Gonzalez Richie Hiney - Mark Glendinning - MC Inc - OTT - Luke Lee - Tim Barnett - Callum Warren

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Music Column

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Wakeboard Intro

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words by dan nott - one of the most successful and stylish riders to come from our shores. When somebody asks me what wakeboarding is the usual response will be “It’s like snowboarding but behind a boat” although this is still true, wakeboarding has changed a lot in the last five years and has gone from being dominated by boat riding to being split between boat, cable and rail riding. It was officially started in the 80’s when surfers started designing smaller surfboards with foot straps to ride behind boats when there wasn’t any surf. From there the first wakeboard was released; the skurfer. It was basically a small surfboard with sandal bindings and has evolved to modern day boards with multiple fins, closed toe bindings, flex etc. Wakeboarding has come a long

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way and is constantly changing. Wakeboarding behind a boat is where it all started and internationally is still the main way people enjoy the sport. We normally use the wake of the boat as a ramp to throw tricks off of, or the just slash and carve. There is no better feeling then riding with a boatload of you friends cheering you on while shredding a flat calm lake with a massive wake to boost off. Starting out in wakeboarding means you only need a small wake so all you need is a small boat with an outboard to get your kicks. As you progress you will need a bigger wake which we get by adding weight to the boat, the more weight you

add the bigger the wake. Of course to get the most out of it you will need to ride behind a high level boat which there are many to choose from, and luckily for UK riders there are a lot of wakeboard clubs like Quayside or LDB wake school that have everything you need to just show up and ride. The next way to get your fix on a board is the cable park, which is a giant machine that works like a drag lift on the snow. They have 4-6 big towers and are connected by a cable that has carriers on it to connect a rope and handle too, which can pull up to 12 riders at the same time. This aspect of wakeboarding has grown greatly in the last few


Garrison Max Main takes to the water, Florida style years due to the accessibility of it especially in Europe where limited lake access make it hard for boats to be used. Most cable parks now have lots of kickers which you can use to do different tricks and jumps off of, as well as rails and different obstacles which riders use to grind like a skateboard. The roots of all cable wakeboarding though is the air tricks. This is when the rider loads the line of the cable and resists the pull until there is a large force against him, then he releases that pull so the cable yanks him into the air. This is very different to boat riding as there is no wake, so even though you can do most of the same tricks on boat or as an air trick on the cable they look very different. Recently the 2 tower cable was invented and it has changed how people ride and how the sport is brought to the public. Now with these systems from the likes of Sysitec, Rixen and GoRide mean that wakeboarding can be brought to places that would not have been possible before like small lakes and rivers in city centres. This in turn means the sport can be showcased to a larger audience and grow the sport. This type of riding has spawned riders that focus more on the obstacles rather than on air tricks or wake tricks which used to be the main aspect of wakeboarding. This is great for the sport because now there are so many different riders which different styles and techniques that focus on specific parts of the sport and just push that area. These are also a great way to learn to wakeboard or to learn new air tricks as you have the coach close to you at all times and the pull is from very good for new air tricks. Of course we can’t forget wakeskating which came from wakeboarding first as just a pass time for when they wanted to do something different, but now it is a sport in its own right and wakeskaters generally don’t wakeboard at all. They also use other types of pulls like PWCs as they don’t need the big wake of the boat to do all their tech tricks. The winch is another type of pull that is popular with the skaters as they can set it up anywhere and ride in areas that are normally inaccessible to other types of riding. It’s always great to see a skater or wakeboarding shredding in urban or flooded areas by just setting up a winch at the end. So this was an intro to what wakeboarding is and how to get out there and do it. Now check out the rest of this ride guide to find places to ride so you can get out on the water and shred your face off!

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Wakeskate Intro

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from humble beginnings wakeskating has risen to become a stand alone industry that is on the up and up. shredder Simon Powell tells us more

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Wakeskating started out with people taking bindings off their wakeboards and carving around on them without the bindings on, but since surfers used to get towed by boats when there were no waves, being unstrapped was essentially the first way people were riding. After wakeboarding took off, and it was realized what was possible, a select few decided they were going to try it a different way, and get back to basics. Since then there’s been a small but passionate following who have put a lot into wakeskating to ensure that it’s pushed in the right direction. I remember reading an interview with Thomas Horrell, (one of, if not the most influential characters in the development of the sport) who made it very clear that skateboarding was a significant part of what he

wanted wakeskating to be. He did a pretty good job of it too. But while it may be easily understood as a combination of skateboarding and wakeboarding, and similarities have always been present, wakeskating is growing to whole new levels, making it more and more of it’s own thing. When wakeboarding was just picking up, if you wanted to ride, you had to know someone with a boat or you had to live near a cable, whiches weren’t nearly as common as they are now which made it hard to get a ride. Also, as wakeboarders progressed, they decided that bigger wakes were necessary, making it even more difficult to find a decent ride. This is where wakeskating takes over. With the ability to have fun behind anything that can pull

you out of the water, PWCs and flat-bottomed outboard boats became the obvious choice. Also with the introduction, and recent comeback of the winch, riding has been made so cheap that it’s accessible to any group of mates that can pitch in to be able to ride any bit of public water they can find. The versatility suggests that wakeskating should be the more obvious choice for a lot of people, but due to the initial difficulty, and long time it takes to feel comfortable on one, most people stick with wakeboarding. Combine this with the fact that flips look cool, and most of the tricks done by wakeskaters happen too fast to realize what’s happened or how hard it is, and you can’t blame the majority. There has however been a very


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I’ve already mentioned the different ways of wakeskating, and it’s the flexibility that appeals to me on a personal level. Cable riding offers a big range of rails and kickers to play with. Boats allow for real WAKEskating, with lip tricks and wake-to-wake options. The most adaptable method of riding though, is undoubtedly winching. Any stretch of river, pond, puddle, lakeside, sea, waterfall or weir can be ridden using a winch. You can build a rail, slide a dock, ollie a gap, and so much more. It’s not only the new places to ride that makes winching great, but half the fun is in the search- spending hours finding new places on new rivers and planning out new trips is what gets me through the English winters. Finding new spots is half the adventure and then when the chance comes to finally ride, it makes it all worth it. For anyone considering wakeskating, I’d have to say that I couldn’t recommend it enough. Pick up a skate and give it a go. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to be throwing tricks or not, but the sense of freedom and relaxed feeling of being loose from your board will definitely not disappoint.

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steady growth in wakeskaters and with UK events like Think Tank bringing everyone together, the UK scene is now very strong. This is pretty much the case for the whole international sport. Forums such as wakeskating.com attract people from all over the world, and despite cultural differences, everyone is happy to catch up on what’s new in the world of wakeskating and discuss new topics and tricks.


Boat Riding

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Riding with your mates is the way to progress and have a lot of fun

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it’s where it all began and yet to this day continues to progress. Scotty Broome talks us through boat riding The boat is where it all began for the sport we now know as wakeboarding. Where pioneers, and more to the point people who were just generally over waterskiing, started going out behind there boats getting towed around on surfboards. After many years of ‘slayshing’ up the wake behind outboard boats, fishing boats and any other boat hanging around, the people and the beginnings of our sport started to evolve. Riders started strapping 3 fin directional surfboards to their feet with sailboard straps to try new aerial tricks. Soon boards got narrower and started losing fins for more control behind the boat. The bindings started getting better to support the impact generated from getting so much more height, and the newer trick variations, and of course the boats started tuning themselves up bigger and better to produce the best possible launch ramp they could produce behind it that we call the ‘wake’. Now with the invention of newer better materials and designers that have worked in the watersports industry for 20+ years, wakeboarding has some of the coolest looking and functioning gear out there. More twin tipped, made from everything, shaped how you need it, finned, finless or flat


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Sunset session with Max Main’s tail grab varieties of boards than you can poke a stick at. The evolution of the bigger wakes that boat riders in those early days were starting to ride, meant the demand on the gear and on the bodies of the riders was increasing. Years of research and development across the industry has led to stronger materials, more durable and more supportive products on the market so wakeboarders could really let their creativity fly. The boating industry in this time has evolved along with the sport of wakeboarding. It wasn’t long after tricks were being invented on lakes in Florida and around the world, that riders started filling small ski boats full to the brim with water bags, lead, sand bags and pretty much anything else that was lying around so that they could get a better launch ramp and of course more air. Move forward now almost 20 years from what was once an 18 foot low sided boat, probably an outboard, full of water bags and a street post as a high pole, to what manufacturers have now developed. 24 foot beasts with supercharged engines and enough depth and width to them that any tug boat driver would be impressed with their size. Bigger, better boats with inbuilt ballast systems and wake plates and anything else that could make that ride that little bit more pleasurable and increase the trick possibilities dramatically. Now thanks to these hip high wakes pumped out by these monstrous machines the tricks that are being landed by riders is truly

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Garrison amazing. Double flips, 1080’s, 1260’s, grabbed every which way, usually twice. The routes of wakeboarding in boat riding specifically are alive and well and are here to stay. During our history of wake was the rise of the cable park and winch systems. This push towards the wake park and different styles of tricks and the products available to use have also affected how riders now take to the wake. Styles of tricks that were typically cable based, are now much more achievable on the wakes of these massive boats and being learnt from riders of all backgrounds. Massive rails and kickers have always been a popular thing to session from the tow of a boat or PWC, and still today riders continue pushing the limits of what can be done. Massive rails and transfer boxes are the norm in major boat events across the globe. Riders are pushing themselves to do bigger gaps on larger obstacles all the time outside of events for that next amazing video part or next editorial photo in a magazine. Launching themselves from the wake of a boat and using artificially built down ramps or even the other way around. The ability to clear over a 100 feet booting out from kickers because of the speed possible behind powerful boats and watercraft. It’s not uncommon at all that some of the best rail riders in the world, are still riding in boat events, doing well as the complete rider because of the start they had behind the boat. Most people that

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have been around long enough in the sport can say that they have had their share of boat time and more often than not probably had their start there. So what is boat riding to everyone else? Well for most young people and families it’s a great social way to spend a few hours or whole weekends away together, figuring out the finer points of approaching a wake. Being a family who own a boat or have the luxury of being able to get out behind one regularly is a great way to spend time together. When other kids are trying there hardest to not spend time with Mum and Dad on the weekends, wakeboard families are out on the lake or river perfecting their skills and enjoyment of wakeboarding together. Similarly when groups of friends hit up the boat together, to have a laugh and pump each other up to learn a few new things, the boat is the social platform to make that all happen. There really is nothing like the feeling of landing something new with the support of the crew in the boat watching you and making it happen. Not to mention being someone in the boat and enjoying someone fist pump their way through the celebration of the first time they land a new trick. You can wakeboard pretty much how ever you want to now. Ride what you want and be pulled along by any number of things you choose. One thing is certain though, there is nothing quite like the feeling of riding behind the boat. Enjoying every time you get to hit that watery launch pad, we know as the ‘wake’. If you haven’t tried it before then go on and get out there. If you have, then you know just what I am talking about and are probably just about missing that feeling by now. It’s time to take to the water. Enjoy!

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Cable Riding

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Take a trip to the cable. - any cable and you are on for plenty of riding and a crew to ride with. Richie hiney give us an insight into cable life Cable wake boarding is and has been one of the fastest growing new sports in England for the last 5 years. In fact if you would have asked someone if they knew what it was 5 years ago the answer would more than likely be no. With new wake parks appearing across the UK it’s popularity continues to increase and more and more people are familiar with the sport.

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If you are looking for a place to learn how to wakeboard or to take your wake boarding skills to the next level then cable is the perfect place for you. Cable riding is without a doubt the most accessible and cost effective way

to get out on the water making it the perfect place to get started and hone in your skills. A ticket to ride the cable for an hour costs around £20 which in comparison to 15 minutes on a boat for between £15 and £20 is incredibly good value. If you don’t have your own you will also need a life jacket and hel-

met and the chances are that you will need a wetsuit! You can usually hire your equipment at the cable park for less than £10. Once you get started you are guaranteed to find a friendly operator, member of staff and even other riders at any cable park who will point you in the right direction and help you out with the basics on how to get up and negotiate the cable. The best part of all is that you don’t have to do it alone, most cable systems have at least 9 carriers which can tow at least 9 separate riders at any one time giving you a good amount of time on the water. This makes cable great for learning as you get so much more time out on the water to


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Eddy Ben Hitch flying high wit h this huge indy half cab find your legs and progress onto bigger and better tricks. As a cable rider you are always going to get more time out on the water unless you own your own boat, have a designated driver and a lot of money for fuel! This extra time on the water will help you to become very comfortable on your board quickly and most cable riders develop a natural style making everything look easy.

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Eddy Rail Time Rossi destroys another one In most modern cable wake parks it is also not uncommon to find a wide range of obstacles dotted around the lake that have become a big part of cable riding. In essence there are two different types of obstacles Kickers which are basically ramps with a curved transition and Rails which are designed to ride up and over and these come in all shapes and sizes. Kickers serve as an artificial wake which is great fun and probably

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Nott Robbie Rendo styling out this stalefish off the kicker

your first chance of getting some serious air. From the first time you hit the kicker you will never stop learning how to go bigger and building your repertoire of tricks. While kickers have a huge list of tricks for you to learn, the rails are more about style. The sense of freedom that you get when you are riding around the cable park is hard to beat. Although you are following the pull of the cable around a circuit you can choose your own path as you ride around. You have full creative freedom and can just cruise around making some nice big carving turns or you can go crazy and hit every obstacle in sight and use the cable that is towing you around to launch you into the air! And when you have had enough you can just let go and build up your energy to go again or get straight back out on the water and try to nail the trick you are working on. Whatever you chose to do you will be having fun and at your own pace which is just another of the many reasons that cable wake boarding is a great way to get out on the water and you will probably find that once you have tried it you will be hooked.

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Two Tower Cable Riding

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System 2.0 park owner Toby Oliver talks us through the newest form of cable riding

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When you picture cable wakeboarding, most would imagine a full size cable running at a constant speed on a big open lake, great for getting a lot of time on the water with your mates at a reasonable price. However, not so good for learning new tricks as every fall results in a long swim, and walking back to join the queue. Two tower cables are changing the image of cable wakeboarding, and fast. With over 14 of these 2 tower systems in the UK currently, any many more in the pipeline, for the first time, they outnumber the traditional full size rigs around our little island. As a result, there is greater access to this area of the sport and learning for complete beginners has never

been easier. Currently, Sesitec, Go Ride and Rixen, are the 3 main manufactures of two tower cables, and while each system has its unique selling points, they are all serving the same purpose. Each rider rides up and down the same line edging out to the side at each end to make a ‘P’ shaped turn, as the rider edges out, the cable reverses keeping the line tight and pulling the rider around the corner. The operator has control of the turning point and the speed at which the cable runs , giving a completely customized ride to each person. Two tower cables do not need large areas of water to be run effectively, so they can be

situated in very sheltered spaces, meaning even on windy days when riding wouldn’t typically be an option, the lake will often still be nice and flat. The towers stand at up to 10m high and usually between 80m and 300m apart. The height, combined with precision speed control from the operator, gives a smooth upward pull for beginners almost guaranteeing success in their first session. More experienced riders can benefit hugely from riding two tower systems as they get ‘one-to-one’ coaching whilst on the water, and get picked up by the cable after every fall. This allows for many more attempts at tricks over a shorter period of time resulting in faster progression and the ability to


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help take your riding to the next level. Obstacle riding (kickers and rails) is now a large part of wakeboarding and no way of riding suits hitting obstacles better than the two tower systems. The smooth pull of the cable gives you the perfect tow in every time to your favorite obstacle, which you can get twice as much out of by hitting it again on the return pass, which isn’t currently possible when riding full size cables as you were only ever ride in one direction. Obstacle shapes are fast becoming more creative, and better to his to hit, as obstacle building companies and wake parks work with riders and engineers around the world to develop the next big thing. With the growth of obstacle riding, has come the development of the safety of building the rails. In the past, obstacles were made from timber, water pipes and decking boards, held together

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with screws and nails. The result of which was many broken boards and increased likelihood of injured riders. Obstacles now are often purpose built steel frames covered in Polypropylene on the tops and sides, all bolted to a frame with countersunk bolts and locking nuts. Therefore, making completely smooth surfaces to hit reducing the risk of injury and greatly increasing the life span of the obstacles, and of the boards. As well as being great for the obstacle riding, two tower cables are the prefect way to learn inverts. Shorter lines get riders up in the air with relative ease and you’re never far from nailing that next trick whether it’s your first raley or a double s-bend. The two tower system, combined with the right coach will bring your air tricks on leaps and bounds in a much shorter time period than many other ways of riding Wakeboard demos and events worldwide have changed vastly since the invention of two tower cables. The London Boat show, Wakestock’s Pool Gap, Red Bull events .e.g. Harbor Reach, Wake of Fame and Wake Lab and O’Neill’s Wake The Line all use this kind of cable system to tow riders in front of crowds of thousands of spectators. The two directional riding and the relatively small amount of water space required to use them makes it the perfect choice for these events, bringing fast exciting action up close to the crowds. Considering the riding potential you get from these two tower systems they are relatively cheap to set up once you’ve got water and someone to drive. The cost for a two tower cable system to be installed adds up to around £25,000, which is less than half the cost of a new boat and about a tenth of the price of a full size cable. Running costs are also low, as the efficient three phase motors use about as much money in electricity in a year as you’d put into a boat in fuel in a week! Along with this huge financial saving, the ability to ride knowing you’re doing your bit for the environment with the cables not polluting the lakes and having very little effect on the surrounding natural area is equally worthwhile. If you’ve never ridden on a two tower cable system now’s the time to give it a go! The water’s warming up nicely and there’s plenty of time to get new tricks dialed ready for the summer competitions ahead.

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Winching

Syndicate’s International Editor Reed Watson talks winching and exploring Have you ever looked out the window while driving along and spotted a creek, fountain or pond that would be perfect to ride your board across? Stared out from the train on your way to work, watching canals and cement ledges roll by? Explored an unmarked road only to stumble across waterfalls, waves, or dams that have you planning out tricks and lines? If only you could ride these magnificent spots somehow? It’s during these moments that a boat small enough to fit in the few feet of water at the bottom section of that creek, somewhere after the waterfall but before you hit the rocks would come in handy, although never going to happen. Instead you need a small portable machine that winds your rope up to pull you across the water. It’s in these difficult to access spots that you need a winch.

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If you’re already nodding to yourself, reminiscing all the missed gaps, ledges, waves and waterfalls, it’s


time to try out a few options to get you started. Ask friends if they or their friends have a winch. You could build a winch, buy a winch or find a winch park. If you are really keen you could enter a winch competition. Most winches are small 6.5-9 hp petrol engines and weigh about 40 kg. There are a few electrical winches around too. Not every winch is the same, so look around a little before you decide. The winch is the cheapest available option if you want to be exploring different waterways regularly, but can’t afford a boat or get bored going around hitting the same obstacles at the cable. Two litres of petrol could last you and your friends the entire week. Sometimes there will be an abundance of possible winch spots around and at other times you may need to go hunting for them. Ask friends or other riders if they know of a weir or an interesting gap or transition you can go and hit. You can always get in the car and drive around searching rivers and waterways for potential spots. Check out Google maps or do an internet search and see what you can find. Try to find a gauging station website or similar sites that could assist in finding a spot. There are all kinds of spots you can find such as waterfalls and weirs, fountains in the city, cement ledges, land gaps, and even waves in the ocean. You can also always build a few rails in a pond or dam up a little creek. Let your imagination run wild, you may just find or create a fun new spot. Take a road trip with a winch and you’ll be bound to have a good time. Pack a few tools for the winch and any obstacles you may encounter. You never know when a bolt may loosen or a chain decides to pop off. Keep a stake and rope with your winch; you don’t want it to go for a swim. Always check out the landing of your winch spots. If you can’t visibly see the bottom, then get in the water and check it out. You don’t want to fall on to a sharp object. The water can be turbulent at times too, always watch for dangerous water that can pull you under or wash you down stream. Don’t let this scare you off though, as there are plenty of safe places to winch. Just enjoy the time and create the memories.

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Winching is still young and its popularity continues to grow. The winch provides the opportunity to get creative on the water, for a fraction of the price of boat or cable. Its major appeal though is the freedom it provides riders to explore new places and ideas. Wakeskating has helped winch-riding blossom. Rider’s

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video parts are pushing the increase along with dominant winch use. The Pro Wakeskate Tour, a five-stop tour across the US, started this year and is dedicated to winch riding competitions. The winch gives all skill levels of riders the opportunity to learn, create, and explore, on a far cheaper budget. The greatest appeal though is the freedom to take your riding in whatever direction you want. This freedom can spark a renewed passion for the sport you love. If anything you’ll get to spend some good times with your friends exploring lines to ride, trying new tricks and witnessing some awesome stacks.

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PWC Riding

More than just a toy, PWCs are affordable and accessible

it’s all about the pwc, with MAtt crowhurst Not just for your turbo Terrys out there! Not just for straight lining at full throttle. Not just for your one and only attempt at doing something active that may or may not impress the ladies on the lad’s trip to Aya Nappa! Personal Watercraft, PWCs or jetskis as they have been more commonly referred to (incorrectly, as it goes), are incredible bits of kit. OK, so dropping the hammer and flying along at 60mph+ on the water can be a lot of fun, in quite a scary way. So can pulling a few power turns to chuck the Mrs, I mean mate, off the back, but if this is all you’re doing on a PWC then you are sorely under utilizing one of the most accessible forms of towable watersports. In broad terms, PWCs are less of a strain on the wallet than a boat, far easier to handle and nowhere near as dangerous in the hands of a relative newbie behind the

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wheel. For example, with lots of water to play with and some solid instruction from me, my good lady was towing me up and down the west Sussex Coast line in no time having never really driven a PWC before. It is also because of these above positives that PWCs get a bad rep. There is far less involved in owning and using one compared with a boat from the overall expense, to storing, towing, launching, and actually getting your water time. This means that they are more subject to abuse in the way they are handled. So, to all out there who are keen on the idea of getting their hands on one of these rather awesome water vehicles, take heed. It’s highly recommended that you get some training with experienced PWC drivers or at a PWC centre and learn how to drive and handle them properly and safely.

With the ‘Mother Hen’ warning out of the way we can get on to explaining exactly why PWCs are so good for wakeboarding and wakeskating, aside from everything already mentioned. We’re stuck for water here in the UK, far more so than on the continent perhaps and the many watersports heavy parts of the world such as the US, Australia, S.A. and so on. Well, we are at least tight on ‘towable watersports’ permissible water. So, owning a boat if you want to get out wakeboarding or wakeskating is, logistically, a bit more difficult. However, throwing your own PWC in at the local beach launch or estuary slipway, is so easy and makes finding those small stretches of calm water to play in more achievable but also a lot of fun playing around in more choppy conditions. Talking more specifically about what is possible, actually out


Then there’s the multitude of extras that PWC’s can have such as cruise control, touring and sport mode, beginner driver restrictor keys (limiting the speed), jet trimming, changing the shape of the wake, braking systems and so on. All in all, making owning, driving and riding behind a PWC an incredible experience all round. There are a multitude of PWC

Ride, chase, film.. wakeboarding and PWCs are friends too centres up and down the country both on the coastline and fresh water sites too. Here you’ll be able to hone your driving skills with expert guidance. On some of these lake-based centres they will even let you get out for a pull behind your ski as well. Long and the short of it is that

if you already own a PWC and don’t use them for towing, you are seriously missing out. If you’re thinking of getting one for yourself, awesome! Definitely do it. Get yourself some wakeboard lessons at a wake school, then go out and play behind your ski and you will be hooked!

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Over more recent years with the huge growth in popularity of wakeskating and obstacle riding, PWCs have found themselves yet more popular with the wake world. The simple reason is that a big wake is far less necessary with wakeskating and not needed at all when sessioning ramps and rails. The turn around time on getting picked up after a fall is so quick, and this is key with wakeskating where you have to get used to a lot of falling.

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behind a PWC, they do in fact cover many more bases than you think. Many of the newer ones have more than enough power to help a struggling beginner out of the water for the first time, especially those out there which have ski pole attachments designed specifically for towing. With the right coaching, you’ll have the entire family up and riding with ease. Once you’re over the ‘beginner’s hump’, carving around, throwing some slashes, riding switch, getting all your surface turns, ollie’s back and forth and throwing some, all be it smaller, wake jumps can all result in seriously fun times on the water.

Don’t rely on the cable being open, get yourself a PWC and get on the water

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Nott Sam Carne making the most of some winter sun at Chain of Wakes, Florida

Overseas Camps National Coach Stew Mackie gives us the low down on riding abroad

After wakeboarding in the UK for a few years, I was given the opportunity to travel stateside back in 1995 with my good friend Andy Blackman. Destination Florida, wakeboard Mecca, wow I still remember the excitement like it was yesterday.

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Off of the plane, first thing was getting in the rental car and the fact that you needed AC to keep you cool! The thought of getting into a lake with just board shorts just got even more appealing. We headed to performance Ski and Surf and asked who to go and ride with, they directed us to Dean Lavelle who one year later won his first word tittle. We had no clue what to expect and as

you can imagine we were slightly apprehensive, we turned up to a house on the Butler chain were we met Dean for the first time who went on to become a good long term friend and inspiration to us both. We loaded all our kit into the boat and found some glassy water and started to ride, this was the first time I had ever ridden more than 15 mins and not from a stationary dock, I didn’t stop for 45, I thought this was amazing until 2 days later when I couldn’t move! So going to camps first advisory is don’t over do it on your first day - it could play havoc with the rest of your trip. My first trip was only

5 days and I just wanted more from that point and started my dream of a Florida Camp. This started a yearly migration during winter for me to train in the best conditions with the best coaches. I met Matt Rini that summer who also had a camp in Florida and I started training with him along with some other Brit’s for a few years. Matt’s setup was awesome, we stayed in his house and rode until we couldn’t any more. Matts positive attitude and understanding was a huge influence to me not only as a rider but as a coach. Shortly after this I got my chance to run Quayside in the UK and inbetween the winters I would always head to a warmer place


So Wake camps have evolved since my early experiences along with coaching techniques, boats and boards. Long have the days gone when you would simply say “cut harder” to assist with landing a new move... We now have the ability and the time to break things down piece by piece to bring it all together on the water. Video coaching and trampoline training will also set you up for positive faster results on the water. It’s good being

able to spend some time on theory as this alone often opens the mind of the rider to a new understanding of the physics of whats happening on the water - this is often overlooked when you are run at home or not paying too much attention to your riding but at a camp there is more time for one on one tuition and learning. For most riding is the priority but don’t pass up the opportunity to embrace a new way of life. It’s about experiencing something completely different from home, instead of riding 15 mins twice a week (if we are lucky), to riding an hour a day in an environment that cries for you to go and ride. With the biggest wakeboarding population on the planet Florida is a go to destination. There are also many awesome camps in Europe now for those that want something a little closer to home that offer great riding and coaching. What to expect; If like me you were raised on the 15 min get it done policy, it will make a

pleasant change to your learning process. With total emersion into the world of wakeboarding with no outside distractions from work and every day life it’s a fantastic time to realize your goals and set things rolling. Camps are not just for the seasoned Pro, they are great for everyone from first timers to people riding on the pro tour. You get to make new friends and see some great riding first hand that will totally inspire you to push yourself. You’re all there for the same reason - it doesn’t matter if it’s your first surface 180 or your first 720 the buzz and achievement is the same the goals just get bigger.

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to ride. I rode with the Heaney’s at their camp in Orlando and then again with Dean in Fort Lauderdale. South Africa was also a winter home for a couple of years with Ross, Dieter and Jono. Then some 12 years later I finally realized my full dream of setting up the Chain of Wakes In Winter Haven. I have tried to take into account all my experiences and best places on the way and to put them all together, from camper to rider and coach. To be able to share my experiences and bag them up at my favorite location blows my mind.

Most camps accommodation will be on the lake you will be riding on, for most of us from Blighty it’s a dream come true, when you wake up in the morning and see the sun rising over the lake that your about to shred all day. You can’t beat the lake lifestyle; grilling, chilling and wakeboarding. Sun up to Sun down you’re living the lake life and this to me is something

The Spanish sun beaming at Xtreme Gene for David Coates

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Carne If you’re looking for conditions or coaching, travelling is a good bet day on the water there is nothing like watching the sun go down from the dock or the boat, it is a beautiful part of the day and just a reminder that your next day of riding is a little closer... When should you go? Well, most people go at the start or the end of their domestic season. If you go at the start it will set you up for the season ahead. Going at the end of the season also has its benefits as your riding fitness will be high and getting straight into some serious riding will be less

of a strain. Going to a wake camp any where in the world is a great way of getting some amazing quality time on the board, with warm water, sunshine and an amazing experience that once you start you’ll want to make it part of your must do each year.

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to embrace just on its own. It makes a fantastic break for those that don’t even ride. You start to realize that the boat is more than something that just takes you wakeboarding it’s a lifestyle that is amazing and a great place to hang out and bond with your friends and family with nobody else around. Sitting in the boat in your boardies waiting for your ride is the best, normally you’re so hot that you can’t wait to get out there, especially when you have been amped up from the rider before you. After a great

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WHERE TO RIDE IN THE UK & IRELAND

SCOTLAND NORTHEAST NORTH WEST YORKSHIRE MIDLANDS WALES EAST ANGLIA SOUTH EAST SOUTH WEST IRELAND

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SCOTLAND LOCH LOMOND WAKEBOARD

ACTIVE SCOTLAND

ABERDEEN WATERSKI CLUB

KYLE WATERSKI CLUB

LOCH KEN WAKEBOARD SCHOOL

LOCH LOMOND WATERSKI

SCOTTISH WATERSKI CENTRE

FOX LAKE ADVENTURES

Rowardennan Hotel Roardennan Loch Lomond G63 0AR 07545 561360 WWW.LOCHLOMONDWAKEBOARD.COM

Loch of Aboyne Aberdeenshire AB34 5BR 01224 818563 WWW.ABERDEENWATERSKI.CO.UK

Loch Ken Marina Parton Castle Douglas 01644 470333 WWW.SKILOCHKEN.CO.UK

SNTS, Town Loch Town Hill Dumfermline KY12 0HT 01383 620123 WWW.WATERSKISCOTLAND.CO.UK

Lochearn Watersports Centre Lochearnhead FK19 8PU 01567 830321 WWW.ACTIVESCOTLAND.COM

Kilbirnie Loch Glengarnorck, Near Beith Ayrshire KA14 3AZ 07950 152831 WWW.KYLEWATERSKICLUB.ORG.UK

Balloch Pier Loch Lomond 01436 860632 WWW.LOCHLOMONDWATERSKICLUB.CO.UK

Dunbar East Lotian EH42 1XF 01368 863615 WWW.FOXLAKE.CO.UK

NORTH EAST MERLIN BRAE WATERSKI CLUB Little Whickhope Kielder Water Northumberland 01429 872350 WWW.MERLINBRAEWATERSKI.CO.UK

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BALDERHEAD WATERSKI CLUB Balderhead Reservoir Barnard Castle Co. Durham DL12 8AA 01833 650310 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK


TEESSIDE WATERSKI CLUB

PORT HAVERIGG WATERSPORTS

PRESTON WAKEBOARD CLUB

SOUTHPORT WATERSKI CLUB

Tees Barrage Navigation Way Stockton On Tees 01642 595604 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

River Ribble Preston Lancashire WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

Port Haverigg Caravan Park Haverigg Cumbria 077465 39636 WWW.PHWATERSPORTS.MOONFRUIT.COM

Marine Lake Southport Lancs 01704 226864 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

NORTH WEST BLACKPOOL WAKEPARK

SALE WATERSKI CLUB

CLUB NAUTIQUE WATERSPORTS

WHITWORTH WATERSKI CLUB

The Lake, Ream Hills Farm Mythop Road, Weeton PR4 3NB 01253 836543 WWW.BLACKPOOLWATERPARK.CO.UK

Pine Lake Resort Carnforth Lancashire LA6 1JZ 07850 185150 WWW.CLUBNAUTIQUE-WATERSKI.CO.UK

Trafford Watersports Centre Rifle Road Sale M33 2LX 01613 555479 WWW.NEWFORESTWATERPARK.CO.UK

Crown Resevoir Tong Lane Whitworth, Rochdale OL12 8BE 01706 852534 WWW.WHITWORTH-WATERSKI.CO.UK

YORKSHIRE TEN FEET HIGH

c/o Sheffield Cable Waterski, Rother Valley Country Park, Mansfield Road, Sheffield, S26 5PQ 01142 511717 WWW.TENFEETHIGH.COM

YORKSHIRE WATER SKI CLUB

Welton Waters Brough East Yorkshire HU15 1PT 01482 666133 WWW.YORKSHIREWSC.FREESERVE.CO.UK

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CALMWATER BAY SKI CLUB

WHITE CROSS SKI CLUB

SOUTH YORKSHIRE BOAT & SKI CLUB

WHITE ROSE WATER SKI CLUB

Farnham Quarry Boroughbridge Knaresborough near Harrogate 01423 322977 WWW.CALMWATERBAY.COM

Treeton Lake Off Wood Lane Treeton Rotherham 01142 540898 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

The Boatyard Rythergate Cawood,Selby York 01757 268216 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

Cromwell Lake cromwell Bottom Elland Road Brighouse 01423 322977 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

MIDLANDS BOX END PARK

CLUB WAKE PARK

TEN-80 WAKEBOARD & WATERSKI CENTRE West Midlands Waterski Centre Tamworth Road, Cliff Warwickshire, B78 2DL 01827 870203 WWW.TEN-80.CO.UK

CHASE WATERSPORTS CENTRE

BROMERE WAKEBOARD & WATERSKI CENTRE Bromere Pool Condover Nr Shrewsbury SY5 7AP 01743 872122 WWW.BROMERE.CO.UK

BOMERE WATERSKI CLUB

Box End Kempston Bedford MK43 8RQ 01234 846222 WWW.BOXENDPARK.COM

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Grendon Lakes, Main Road Grendon Northants 01933 665303 WWW.CLUBWAKEPARK.CO.UK

Pool Road Brownhills WS8 7NL 08448 584754 WWW.CHASEWATERSPORTS.CO.UK

Bomere Pool, Condover Shrewsbury Shropshire SY5 7AP 01743 872122 WWW.BOMERE.CO.UK


COVENHAM WATERSKI CLUB

GRENDON LAKES

MARNHAM BOAT CLUB

NENE VALLEY WATERSKI CLUB

NOTTINGHAM SKI LAGOON

SKEGNESS WATER LEISURE PARK

TALLINGTON LAKES

TATTERSHALL PARK

BARTON LAKES WATERSKI CLUB

DUDLEY WATERSKI CLUB

Covernham Reservoir, Firebeacon lane Covenham St Mary Lincolnshire LN11 0PA 01472 887953 WWW.COVENHAMWATERSKICLUB.CO.UK

The Brownlow Arms High Marnham Newark Notts 01623 824176 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

National Watersports Centre, Adbolton Lane Holmepierrepont Nottingham, NG12 2LU 01159 811316 NOTTINGHAMSKILAGOON.CO.UK

Barholm Road, tallington Stamford Lincs PE9 4RJ 01758 710066 WWW.PHWATERSPORTS.COM

Barton Quarry, Walton Lane Barton Under Needwood Staffs DE13 8EJ 07831 472077 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

Grendon Lakes, Main Road Grendon Northants 01933 665303 WWW.GRENDONLAKES.CO.UK

Ditchford Lane Rushden Northants 07889 243889 WWW.NENEVALLEYWATERSKI.CO.UK

Skegness Water Leisure Park Walls Lane Skegness, PE25 1JF 07889 243889 WWW.WATERSKEGGY.CO.UK

Belton Lake Tattershall Park and Country club Tattershall, Lincs LN4 4LR 01256 348800 WWW.TATTERSHALLPARK.CO.UK

Lodge Farm Reservoir Highbridge Rd Netherton Dudley DY2 OHB 01908 67019 WWW.DUDLEYWATERSKI.ORG.UK

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PARKLANDS WATERSKI CLUB

DEESIDE WAKEBOARD & WATERSKI CLUB

Stoke Prior Droitwich Worcester, B60 4EQ 07970 297066 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

10a Dock Road Connahs Quay Deeside Flintshire 01244 821728 WWW.DWWC.ORG.UK

CHARWOOD SKI &WAKEBOARD CLUB

CHURCH WILNE WATERSPORTS CLUB

Murphy’s Lake Canal Street Thurmaston Leicester 07860 605643 WWW.WATERSKIINGLEICESTER.COM

Sawley Road Draycott Derby DE72 3QF 01332 875574 WWW.CHURCHWILNE.CO.UK

WALES OFF AXIS

GLASFRYN PARC

Glanafon Garage Lon Engan, Abersoch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 7HP 01758 713407 WWW.OFFAXIS.CO.UK

Y Ffor Pwllheli North Wales LL53 6PG 01766 8102020 WWW.GLASFRYNPARC.CO.UK

OCEAN BEACH WATERSKI CLUB

GO-WAKE

Marine Lake Promonarde Rhyl 01745 330168 GLYNSTOCK@AOL.COM

ALWEN WATERSKI CENTRE Alwen Resevoir Nr Denbigh North Wales 01978 233519

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SA1 Waterfront Swansea 01792 367453 WWW.GOWAKE.CO.UK

DEGANWY QUAYS MARINA Deganwy Quay Deganwy North Wales LL31 9DJ 01492 576888 WWW.QUAYMARINAS.COM


LLANGORSE LAKE WATERSKI CLUB Llangorse Lake Lakeside Caravan Park Llangorse, Powys LD3 7TR 01874 658226 WWW.LLWSC.COM

PENARTH QUAYS MARINA Marina Office, Penarth Marina Penarth Vale of Glamorgan CF64 1TQ 02920 705021 WWW.QUAYMARINAS.COM

EAST ANGLIA FESTIVAL WAKEBOARD PARK

SOUTH LAKE

BRIGHTLINGSEA POWERBOAT CLUB

BUCKDEN WATERSKI CLUB

EAST SUFFOLK WATERSKI CLUB

GOSFIELD LAKE

NORWICH WATERSKI CLUB

PENTNEY WATERSPORTS CLUB

Waterfront Walk Basildon Essex SS14 3WB 0844 8879253 WWW.FESTWAKE.COM

Point clear Bay North Channel Brightlingsea, essex CO7 0AX 01206 298656 WWW.BWSPC.CO.UK

c/o Felixstowe ferry Sailing Club Felixstowe ferry Felixstowe, Suffolk Ip11 9RZ 01394 283785 WWW.ESWSC.CO.UK

Costessey Lakes Cotessey Road Tavenham Norwich 01603 741895 WWW.NORWICHWATERSKI.CO.UK

South Lake Ski School Little Paxton, St Neots Huntingdon, Cambs 01480 216966 WWW.SOUTHLAKE.CO.UK

Buckden Marina Mill Road Buckden, Cambs PE19 5QS 07832 732825 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

Gosfirld Lake Church Road Gosfield, Essex CO9 1UD 01787 475043 WWW.GOSFIELDLAKE.CO.UK

24 Chenery Drive Kings Lynn Norfolk 01603 416341 WWW.PENTNEY-WATERSPORTS.CO.UK

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PREMIER WATERSKI CLUB

STEWARTBY WATERSPORTS CLUB

STONE WATERSPORTS CLUB

WAVENEY WATERSKI CLUB

WELLS & DISTRICT WATERSKI CLUB

WOODHAM FERRERS WATERSKI CLUB

Pentney Lakes, common Road East Wich Kings Lynn PE32 1NN 07947 752704 WWW.PENTNEYLAKES.COM

River Blackwater Essex 01621 772280 WWW.STONEWATERSPORTSCLUB.COM

Wells Next to the sea Lifeboat House Norfolk 01603 415031 WWW.WELLSSKICLUB.COM

Stewartby Lake Green Lane Stewartby MK43 9LY 01234 767751 WWW.STEWARTBY.ORG.UK

Bath Hill Road Earsham Suffolk 01986 788375 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

Marsh Farm Rd South Woodham ferrers Chelmsford Essex WWW.WOODHAMFERRERSWATERSKICLUB. CO.UK

SOUTH EAST PRINCES CLUB

JOHN BATTLEDAY WATERSKI

WAKE UP BRIGHTON

LDB WAKE SCHOOL

Clock House Lane Bedford, Middlesex TW14 8QA 01784 255568 WWW.PRINCESCLUB.COM

Lagoon Watersports, Hove Lagoon Kingsway, Hove East Sussex BN3 4LX 01273 424842 WWW.WAKEUPBRIGHTON.CO.UK

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Thorpe Road Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8PH 08706 061270 WWW.JBSKI.COM

Thorpe Road Chertsey Surrey KT16 8PH 08706 061270 WWW.LDBWAKESCHOOL.CO.UK


QUAYSIDE WAKEBOARD & WATERSKI

OXFORD WAKEBOARD & WATERSKI

WAKE MK CABLE PARK

LIQUID LESIURE CABLE & BOAT PARK

The Cable Building V10 Brickhill Street Willen Lake, Milton Keynes MK15 9HQ 01908 67019 WWW.WAKEMK.COM

Datchet Berkshire SL3 9HY 01753 54200 WWW.LLSKI.COM

HARDWICK PARKS

THEALE WATER SKI CLUB

Downs Road Standlake Witney Oxon, 0X29 7PZ 01865 300841 WWW.HARDWICKPARKS.CO.UK

Wellmans Water Mill Road Theale Reading 01142 511717 WWW.TWSC.ORG.UK

TAPLOW BOARD N SKI

RUSSELL WATERSPORTS

CHICHESTER WATERSPORTS

NEW FOREST WATER PARK

Coleford Bridge Road Mytchett Surrey GU17 0BT 01252 524375 WWW.UKWAKE.COM

Taplow Lake Amerden lane Bucks SL6 0EA 01628 782113 WWW.TBNS.CO.UK

Coach Road West Hampnett Chichester west Sussex, PO18 0NX 01243 776439 WWW.CHICHESTERWATERSPORTS.CO.UK

Queenford Lake, Burcot Lane Dorchester-On-Thames Wallingford, Oxford OX107PQ 07974 369982 WWW.OXFORDWSC.COM

Fox Lane Eversley Cross Hook, Hants RG27 0NQ 01252 877337 WWW.RUSSELLPOWERBOATS.CO.UK

Ringwood Road Fordingbridge Hants SP6 2EY 01425 656868 WWW.NEWFORESTWATERPARK.CO.UK

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ROCKSTAR WAKEBAORD SCHOOL

GRAVITY WAKEBOARDING

DENHAM WATERSKI CLUB

SOUTH COAST H20

west Quay Marina Poole dorset 07772 395261 WWW.ROCKSTARWAKEBOARDING.CO.UK

North Orbital Road Denham Green SouthBucks UB9 5HE 01895 820007 WWW.DENHAMWATERSKI.COM

Dorset Lake Ship Yard Hamworthy Poole Harbour 07979 535327 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

Hilsea Lido London Road Portsmouth Hampshire 07905 175077 WWW.SOUTHCOASTWAKEBOARDING.CO.UK

SOUTH WEST EXE WAKE

THE CRAIG COHOON WATERSKI SCHOOL

Rother Valley Country Park Exmouth, Devon EX8 1ER 07825539450 WWW.EXEWAKE.COM

Whelford Road Fairford Glos, GL7 4DT 01285 713735 WWW.CRAIGCOHOON.CO.UK

PENWITH WATERSKI CLUB

WM SKI

PLYMOUTH WATERSKI CLUB

MIDDLEMOOR WATERPARK

Hale Esturay Cornwall 07017 001889 WWW.BRITISHWATERSKI.ORG.UK

South Bank River Plym Plymouth 07941 344308 WWW.PLYMOUTH-WATER-SKI-CLUB.CO.UK

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Summer Lake Spine Road, Souh Cerney Gloucestershire GL7 5LW 08458 959000 WWW.WMSKI.COM

Middlemoor waterpark The Causeway Bridgewater TA7 8DN 01278 685578 WWW.MIDDLEMOOR.CO.UK


IRELAND THE EDGE WATERSPORTS

CARRIG SKI & WAKEBOARD CLUB

CORK POWERBOAT & SKI CLUB

WATERMARK SKI CLUB

IRISH AQUATIC SPORTS CENTRE

LOUGH MUCKNO WAKEBOAR CLUB

233 Loughan Road Coleraine, County Antrim BT52 1UD 02826 68999 WWW.EDGEWATERSPORTS.CO.UK

Agherinagh Lower Dripsey County Cork 00353 863069202 WWW.WATERSKIIREALND.COM

Arods Town Summerhill County Neath 00353 866016340 WWW.WAKEBOARDINGWATERSKIING.COM

Caum Cross, Carrigadrohid Macroom Co Cork Ireland 00353 872311179 WWW.CARRIGWATERSKI.COM

Lough derg portumna 00353 872573661 WWW.IRISHWATERSKI.COM

Castle Blayny County Monaghan 353 (0)87 7402806 WWW.IRISHWATERSKI.COM

CAMPS THE WAKEBOARD CAMP

XTREME-GENE

THAI WAKE PARK

DOUBLE WAKE

848 W. Osceloa St Clermont Florida, USA (352) 394 88 99 WWW.THEWAKEBOARDCAMP.COM

Thai Wake Park 18/4 Soi Sudsawas Lieab Klong 6 Rd, Lumlukka, Pathum Thani, 12150 +66 (0) 88 606 3776 WWW.THAIWAKEPARK.COM

Embalse da la Brena Almodavar de Rio Cordoba 14720 0034 667739392 WWW.XTREME-GENE.COM

Harbour of Gelves Sevilla Spain 0034 667366256 WWW.DOUBLEWAKE.COM

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SNOW & WAKE BULGARIA

WAKE-A-LOT

MCCORMICKS

CAMSUR WATERSPORTS COMPLEX

PROPAGANDA WAKE SCHOOL

CHAIN OF WAKES

HIP NOTICS CABLE PARK

CAB WAKE

THE ORLANDO WAKEBOARD ACADEMY

Santa Clara a Velha South Portugal Portugal 00371 29498150 WWW.DELAWAKE.LV

c/o MANGOTREEADVENTURES Co.Ltd 49/2-26 Moo 6 , Thambon Nong Tamrung, Ampher Phan Thong , Chon Buri 20160 ,Thailand ( 66 ) 08 60450341 WWW.WAKE-A-LOT.COM

Provincial Capitol Complex Cadlan, Pili 4418 Camarines Sur, Philippines (054) 4773344 WWW.CWCWAKE.COM

Winter Haven Polk County Florida +1 (863) 207 1420 WWW.COWAKES.COM

Cab Wake School Islabon, Cabarete, Puerto Plata Dominican Republic WWW.CABWAKE.COM

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Lake Iskar Rila national Park Bulgaria 00359 884515753 WWW.SNOWANDWAKEBULGARIA.COM

2020 McCormicks Lakes Way Seffner Florider WWW.SKIMCCORMICK.COM

Liptovska Mara Lake Slovakia +421 917 707 282 WWW.WAKEBOARDSCHOOL.CO.UK

Burun Ucu Mevki, Cakis Koyu Manavgat Yolu Koprulu Kanyon Kavsagi / Antalya +90 (242) 762 32 34 WWW.HIP-NOTICS.COM

Orlandowake Orlando 407-374-WAKE (9253) WWW.ORLANDOWAKEBOARD.COM


One to one coaching sessions available, as well as introductory sessions for beginners, or you can simply have a session riding with some friends. With 8 UNIT obstacles including a pipe rail, 3 kickers, and rooftop you’ll have plenty of options on which trick to learn next. Find us on Facebook to see our progress: ‘Hannam’s Wake Hub’

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2012 CWB Sabre Flexcore Board – RRP £299.00 Building on the success of the Vibe, CWB have brought the Sabre out to play for 2012. The Vibe is so bomb proof you will find it in most of the cable parks and System 2.0s as their rental board, the Sabre builds on this strength and adds more to the put. The tip and tail remain flexi, and the grind base stays the same, but they have added a super stiff central section, giving the board awesome pop off the wake and meaning you can still kill it on the air tricks and own those rails all on the one board. Add the Prizm boot to this package and you have the ultimate price point cable set up for a season of shredding those obstacles and killing it on the air tricks!

Fox Hydroblast Short: £56

For the days when you are going to do it all. Fox Hydro Series Shorts are designed to look like a walk short but function like a boardshort. Constructed using technical performance boardshort fabrics, they dry fast yet they are styled for wearing around town... with pockets for your keys and wallet.

2012 Mystic Force Wake Vest D30 £109.00 Mystic’s flagship wake vest has been totally revamped for 2012, the new Force d3o vest come in a sick new graphic, orange seems to be the colour for the coming season. Features wise the vest is packed, starting with the d3o, the intelligent impact technology offers genuine protection rather than just padding. Then we have the Teddyprene lining on the inside, when riding with a suit it means the vest will not ride up, without a suit and it means you have a super comfy feel. All this without compromising on the stretch of the vest so its easy to get on and off, even after a hard days riding. Then last but not least we have price, which despite all these new features the price has been dropped for 2012 down to £109.00 which is a steal!

O’Neill Gooru GBS Long Sleeve Shorty 2mm: £100.00

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True to the Goo and redesigned for Spring 2012. This Series is constructed with buttery UltraFlex DS, light and flexible GBS Seams, Lumbar Seamless Design (LSD), unfinished cuffs, and Krypto Knee Padz. The light weight, quality materials and attention to detail make this series a team inspired favourite.


Liquid Force Ultra Bindings The Ultra is the most unique binding in our line and perhaps the wake industry. Arguably the most supportive, yet flexible boot we have. No other boot conforms to the foot quite like the Ultra and no other boot in our line flexes as smoothly. The unique overlay provides a wrap-around fit and super smooth flex profile that gives a unique energy return not found on stitched bindings.

Obrien Team T Reactor Handle Flexible injection molded frame Comfort micro-fiber suede grip T-Bar for wrap tricks 5.5" control arms provide anti-roll Spectra core w/ braided cover / (55' + (3x5') = 70')

Jobe Brigade Size: 134, 139

This board still has the only true "flat top deck" in the industry and is now built to take more abuse around the obstacles than ever before Explosive "rocker" that carries a lot of speed into the wake and out to the flats, delivers smooth carving with a crisp turn in Super clean bottom makes landings softer than ever; less is more The "flexi" attitude of the Brigade allows riders of all levels to "shred rails" and press to their heart’s content 2.45"/2.55" "Hybrid Hard Rocker": Big clean "pop" when you want it, without having to stomp out a hard landing Four 1.0" polycarbonate fins 75


Super Air Nautique G23 For years Nautique has been working with its elite team of athletes on a project that will change the possibilities of what you can do behind a wake boat. We started with a clean slate and created a wake that gives every rider the opportunity to do things they have only dreamed possible. The Super Air Nautique G23 represents the start of a new era, and will push your limits and expectations as a rider. Inside and out, this boat delivers an experience that surpasses every wake boat in the marketplace. The all-new Super Air Nautique G23 has redefined what a wake boat can be.

Slingshot - Whip Raising the bar again, Slingshot introduces the most versatile wakeboard ever. Taking the best attributes of our Ballistic Line, the 2012 Whip features enhanced molded channels and fins that increase its edging power, magnify its pop, and reduce its impact on hard landings.  Fastrack Stance Options: 135 - 20" – 26" 139 - 20" – 26" 143 - 22" – 28" This all NEW board combines a rider friendly outline and continuous rocker with specific bottom features designed to make it fast, poppy, smooth on landings, and still hold up to the gnarliest torture riders can inflict. Whether you’re shredding obstacles and boosting huge airs at your local cable park like Steffen Vollert or showing off behind your favorite boat, the 2012 Whip is sure to make it better.

Teva Fuse-Ion We spend an awful lot of time around people that live for adventure. When we asked them for the biggest problem with high-performance shoes, we kept hearing the same one: "I can't wear them to the bar." So, what'd we do? We designed a shoe that they would gladly wear to the bar, then we figured out a way to make it the highest performing water shoe we have ever built. No big deal. With Ion-Mask technology to keep your shoes dry and a Jstep and Spider Rubber outsole that will stick to a grease-covered aluminum ramp (true story), wet rocks and slick bar floors shouldn't be a problem. 76


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MAYLES WATERSPORTS Riverside Balloch Alexandria Dunbartonshire G83 8LF 01389 750587 www.mayleswatersports. co.uk

WALES

ABERSOCH OFFAXIS

Rother Valley Country Park Mansfield Road Wales Bar Sheffield S26 5PQ 0114 2511717 www.sheffieldcablewaterski.com www.tenfeethigh.com

NATIONAL WATER SPORTS CENTRE Adbolton Lane Holme Pierrepont Nottingham NG12 2LU 0115 982 1212 www.nwscnotts.com

ABERSOCH WATERSPORTS

MIDLANDS

North Quay Pwllheli Gwynedd LL53 5YR 01758 612750 www.euro-watersports.co.uk

GLASFRYN WAKE PARC Y Ff么r, Pwllheli Gwynedd. LL53 6PG 01766 810202 www.glasfryn.co.uk

NORTHERN IRELAND THE LIQUID REPUBLIC

Coleraine 028 95 81 0726 www.theliquidrepublic.com

QUAYSIDE WAKE AND SKI

GLASFRYN WAKE PARC

SKEGNESS CABLE

JB SKI AND SURF

WAKEMK

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LIQUID LEISURE

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EAST

EURO WATERSPORTS

BOX END PARK

Skegness Water Leisure Park Skegness, PE25 1JF 07889243889 www.waterskiskeggy.co.uk The Cable Building Willen Lake, Milton Keynes MK15 9HQ 01908 670197 www.wakemk.com

WM SKI

Lake 11, Spine Road South Cerney. GL7 5TL 0845 895 9000 www.wmski.com

NORTH

Glanafon Garage Lon Engan Abersoch Gwynedd LL53 7HP 01758 713407 www.offaxis.co.uk

Lon Engan Abersoch 01758 712483 www.abersochwatersports. co.uk

CABLE PARKS

OFFAXIS

18B High Street Aldeburgh, Suffolk 01728 454341 www.offaxis.co.uk

NOBLES

Units 1-3 Wymeswold Ind. Est Burtin-on-the-Wolds Loughbrough LE12 5TY 01509 881111 www.nobleboards.co.uk

SKEGNESS CABLE SKI Walls Lane Ingoldmells Skegness PE25 1JF 01754 899400 www.waterskiskeggy. co.uk

TALLINGTON LAKES

Barholm Road Tallington Stamford Lincolnshire PE9 4RJ 01778 347000 www.tallingtonlakes.com

SOUTH

JB SKI AND SURF

Thorpe Road Chertsey Surrey KT16 8PH 01932 579750 www.jbski.com www.wakeboardisland.com

QUAYSIDE WAKE AND SKI Coleford Bridge Road Mytchett Surrey 01252 524375 www.quaysws.co.uk www.ukwake.com

BOX END PARK

Kempston Bedford MK43 8RQ 01234 846222 www.boxendpark.com

WM SKI

Lake 11 Spine Road South Kerney GL7 5TL 0845 895 9000 www.wmski.com

JUSTWATERSPORTS. COM

Skipjack Marine Leisure Complex Ingworth Norfolk NR11 6PL 01692 406679 www.justwatersports.com

TRIBAL WATERSPORTS

Unit 3. Manston Industrial Units Preston Road Manston Kent CT12 5BA 0845 388 7065 www.tribalwatersports.co.uk

WAKEBOARD CAMPS/SCHOOLS LOCH LOMOND WAKEBOARD Loch Lomond Scotland www.lochlomondwakeboard.com

ABERSOCH OFFAXIS Glanafon Garage Abersoch 01758 713407 www.offaxis.co.uk

TALLINGTON LAKES LTD. Barnholm Road, Tallington, Stamford PE9 4RJ 01778 347000 www.tallington.com

SOUTHLAKE WAKEBOARD & WATERSKI SCHOOL St. Neots, Cambridgeshire 01480 216966 www.southlake.co.uk

LDB WAKE SCHOOL

JBSki, Thorpe Road, Chertsey, Surrey 07833 362733 www.ldbwakeschool.co.uk

LIQUID LEISURE

Horton Road Datchet, Berkshire SL3 9HY 01753 542500 www.llski.com

CLUB WAKE PARK

Grendon Lakes Main Road, Grendon Northamptonshire NN7 1JW tel 07805270575 www.clubwakepark.co.uk

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THE CALENDAR MAY 5

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Ultra Sport Demo Day 2 CRAIG COHOONS, GLOUCESTER

12

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GERMANY

1st-5th Watersports World Demo Day

FESTIVAL WAKE PARK, BASILDON, UK

Ultra Sport Demo Day 3 BOX END PARK, BEDFORD

4th Festival Big Air

12 Wake The Line Qualifier Cable Obstacles OWC, ORLANDO, USA

2nd Ultra Sport Demo Day 4

17th-18th Retention

8th-9th

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GEORGIA

17th-20th

FiSE - Obstacle, System 2 MONTPELIER, FRANCE

19th 10 Feet High Stop 1 - Cable SHEFFIELD CABLE

FESTIVAL WAKE PARK, BASILDON, UK

WAKEUP DOCKLANDS

US Pro Tour 3 - Boat BRANSON, MO., USA

16th-17th South Lakes Old skool Comp SOUTH LAKES, BEDFORDSHIRE

16th 10 Feet High Stop 2 - Cable SHEFFIELD CABLE

19th US Pro Tour 1 - Boat ACWORTH, USA

21st-24th Wake N Country Cable Board/Skate TNG CABLE, TOULOUSE, FR

26th Watersports World Demo Day

23rd

26th-27th Wake N Beach - System 2

23rd

27th Watersports World Demo Day

24th

27th Wake The Line Qualifier

28th - 30th

WAKE MK

LE BACARES, S. FRANCE

PRINCES CLUB

Cable Obstacles LANGENFELD, GERMANY

JUNE 1st-2nd US Pro Tour 2 - Boat FORT WORTH, TEXAS, USA

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1st-2nd Wake The Line Obstacle, System 2

Ultra Sport Demo Day 5 JBSKI, SURREY Longest Day - Cable WMSKI, MILTON KEYNES AOD Stop 1/UKPT Boat 1(2) - Boat QUAYSIDE, SURREY Battle Falls CENTRAL FLORIDA

29th - 30th

US Pro Tour 4 - Boat MONROE, WASH, USA

30th-1st July UK Open Boat Wake & Skate Nationals QUAYSIDE, SURREY


JULY 5th-8th Wakestock

ABERSOCH, NORTH WALES

14th Ultra Sport Demo Day 6 TBC WMSKI, CIRENCESTER

21st-22nd Wake Challenge - Boat PORTUMNA, IRELAND

21st-22nd UK Cable Wake & Skate

Nationals JBSKI, SURREY

27th-28th Red Bull Harbour Reach

AUGUST 2nd-5th WWA Wakeboard

US Nationals - Boat OHIO, USA

4th UKPT Boat Stop 2(3) QUAYSIDE, SURREY

4th-5thIrish National Champs - Boat LOUGH MUCKNO, IRELAND

10th-12th WWA World Series 2/World Champs, Wakestock - Boat ONTARIO, CANADA

Obstacle, System 2 LYME REGIS

11th-12th Riverfest - Boat Demos

28th US Pro Tour 5 - Boat

18th 10 Feet High Stop 3 - Cable

KNOXVILLE, TENN, USA

COLERAINE, N. IRELAND

SHEFFIELD CABLE

16th -19th WWA World Series 3, Worlds - Boat WISCONSIN, USA

16th-19th Glass Butter Beach ABERSOCH, NORTH WALES

20th -26th E&A Boat Wake & Sk8 Champs KIEV, UKRAINEWISCONSIN, USA

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Syndicate Wake Ride Guide 2012  

Your Wake Bible for everything you need to know about getting out on the water and where to do it in the UK. Covering all aspects of riding...