Top 10 Lakes to Wakeboard
By Cliff Montgomery, ExtremeProSports.com
Lake Shasta, CA
Considered by many to be the best ski and wakeboard lake around. Shasta has
four arms, and each is itself like a separate lake. That's in addition to the main lake
near the dam. Add to that the thousands of little coves and secret inlets, and you've
got a body of water so big no wakeboarder can ever fully explore it.
Colorado River, US Southwest
Hot weather and cool, calm water make this one of the water-ski centers of
America. There are plenty of hot bodies and hot boats, and water events are the
dominant summer activities. The roar of the big V8s in the jet boats can be
incredible, along with the bright wakes spewing from boats and skiers alike. There
are also yearly speedboat races which employ the river's wonderful capabilities for
Stoney Park, Australia
Stoney Park consists of two man-made lakes which have been specifically built for
water-skiing and wakeboarding. The lakes have been carefully constructed at right
angles to each other, to best utilize the varying sun and wind conditions. The
Eastern Lake is fully equipped with a slider and a kicker ramp, to make for hours
of fun for the braver wakeboarder.
Boats come with a custom made high pole and wedge for wakeboarding.
These innovative pieces of equipment create the perfect shaped wake that
boarders crave, and take only minutes to install.
Lake Havasu, AZ
Giant Havasu stands out like a lone sapphire in a pile of coal. Only the
Colorado River breaks up the surrounding expanse of desert. It's 45 miles long
and covers 19,300 acres at the low elevation of 482 feet. This is one of the most
popular boating destinations in the entire southwestern United States, and its size,
weather, warm water, and proximity to Las Vegas make it one of the top vacation
and water-skiing hot spots in the West.
TSR Extreme Sports Complex, TX
The Texas Ski Ranch Complex says it all on its website: “No boat needed on this
lake! Experience the thrill and excitement that the cableway offers riders of all
levels. [...] Veteran athletes love the big air offered by loading the line or hitting the
kickers and sliders, and beginners love the ease of the cableway and the coaching
available from the experienced dock staff.”
They also have a tried-and-true, old-fashioned boat lake for you
sticks-in-the-mud, but with a subtle difference: “Imagine...no other boats, no other
wakes. Just you, buttery water, a Mastercraft towboat, and an experienced driver
and coach. It doesn't get much better than this.” Indeed.
Coble Ski Camp, NC
The camp in Lillington is ready to start its 11th season in operation. One of the
world's foremost and most comprehensive water ski/wakeboard training facilities,
Coble consists of 10 private lakes. Only one boat is allowed on each lake at a
time, so you will enjoy premier wakeboarding conditions. Thousands of boarders
from around the world have shared this one-of-a-kind facility.
Lake Lure, NC
The Chalet Club has been synonymous with water-skiing sports ever since the late
'50's, when they added water-skiing to their guests' activities list. Proudly
continuing in that vein, the Chalet Club hopes to have the same experience with
wakeboarding. It offers wakeboarding capabilities which take place behind
pontoon and ski boats - all using the latest Connelly equipment.
Bow Lake, WA
Located just 60 miles North of Seattle WA in the beautiful Skagit valley, at the
gateway of the San Juan Islands. Guests at Bow Lake Training Center may be of
any ability: from first timers to the professional wakeboarders and avid
water-skiers, they want all to enjoy their stay at Bow Lake. Spring and summer
season runs from April until October. During this season they offer some
outstanding features for the aqua-sports fan.
While they have most equipment, they do encourage you to bring your own
AquaSki Park, Costa Rica
Stimulate your senses as you cut across immaculate liquid glass. Take a deep
breath as you inhale the sweet fragrance of the constantly blooming flora, or simply
blink your eyes as you focus on the brilliant colors of an exotic tucan as he sails
across the sky. Whatever you're looking for, Costa Rica has it.
The ski/wakeboard park consists of a private, man-made 3,500 ft. long fresh
water lake surrounded by a 250-acre orange plantation and coconut palms with a
view of Arenal Volcano.
Neorion Bay, Greece
The Passage Water Ski Center's located on one of the greenest and most
picturesque islands in Greece, with some of the clearest, most beautiful waters on
Earth. Passage is owned by Sotiris Kyprios, a former European Slalom Senior
For wakeboarding Kyprios uses a 2005 Malibu Wakesetter VLX, a boat
specially built to tow wakeboarders. The wakesetter makes the biggest ridable
wake in Greece.