Beginner's Wakeboarding Lesson at Singapore's New Cable Ski Park
I am a big fan of water sports and I have been at it since I was 9. Whether it is swimming, kayaking, dragon-boating, or even jet-skiing; I honestly enjoy all sorts of water sports. Apart from windsurfing and sailing which I haven't got the opportunity to explore yet; I am really glad that I recently had the chance to pick up some basic wakeboarding skills at Singapore's new cable-ski park, the Singapore Wake Park at East Coast Park (no, this post has got absolutely nothing to do with anything Korean).
While I am not exactly sure how big Singapore's wakeboarding scene is, I really do hope to gain mastery of the sport over time and be able to teach the sport to others in the future. In fact, after a few try-outs at Singapore Wake Park (the only local cable-ski park); I am totally hooked to the sport.
For those who are entirely new to wakeboarding (myself included), you might have the impression that this sport is super expensive and that it is only meant for the angmohs. You might even have doubted yourself and thought that wakeboarding is a difficult sport to learn.
Well, after my first wakeboarding experience at the Singapore Wake Park, I am more than happy to tell you that wakeboarding is an affordable sport for everyone; yes including children above 6 years old to seniors in their 50s! I honestly thought that wakeboarding is a difficult sport to pick up but much to my delight; the new cable-ski park at East Coast features three state-of-the-art cable systems comprising two System 2.0s designed for beginners and a full-size cable system for experienced wakeboard enthusiasts all in an enclosed body of water.
If you have previously been to East Coast Park (2015 and earlier)and passed by the cable-ski park; you might have noticed that the previous cable-ski park had only one full-size cable system where amateurs and even experienced wakeboarders go onto the same system which made the sport pretty unsafe.
The new management (Island Lifestyle Group) partnered Sesitec, the German company renowned for designing and building cable systems worldwide, to install the latest cable-ski systems in the park to cater to both beginners and experienced wakeboarders at the same time.
The System 2.0 marked its first set-up in Singapore, featuring a two-tower system that is especially well-suited to novices, with only one wakeboarder allowed at a single time, thus allowing the instructor to focus fully on the individual. This makes wakeboarding more accessible for adventure seekers, groups of friends, and families who wish to try a new sport. Furthermore, it has a gentle increase in speed from 0 km/h to 25 km/h, which helps the wakeboarder anticipate the pull of the cable and is controlled manually to allow for personalised adjustments.
Honestly, for the rate of SGD$40/hour (weekdays) and SGD$60/hour (weekends); I really feel that it is worth the money to have an instructor who is fully present to take you through the basics of wakeboarding while enjoying a good workout. My muscles were aching the day after and yes; it worked my abs too.
The new Sesitec full-size cable system has size towers and six evenly-spaced carriers to take experienced wakeboarders around the cable-ski park. It uses advanced sensor technology to ensure reliable interaction among all components of the system. Stable floating walkways on the edges of the lagoon both serve as wave breakers for a smoother riding experience as well as platforms for wakeboarders to climb on and walk safely back to the starting docks.
Both the full-size cable system and the System 2.0s are environmentally friendly, with low noise and zero greenhouse gas emissions. This improves the overall wakeboarding experience where the water quality in the lagoon is not compromised. What's more, the lagoon is also equipped with floodlights to illuminate the area so that wakeboarders can enjoy themselves until 10pm daily.
Aside from the three cable systems, what I really like about the Singapore Wake Park is that it also features many amenities such as shower facilities, changing rooms, lockers for the safekeeping of belongings (you have to bring your own personal padlock though), and free wireless connectivity!
Cable-ski equipment, vests, and helmets are included in the cable-ski package although you are welcome to purchase your own wakeboard and swimwear accessories from their pro shop onsite. If you're a regular wakeboarder, you can also have the option of renting storage space at the park for added convenience.
Furthermore, the park offers many spots for people to gather and relax. Wooden decks next to the lagoon allow for comfortable lounging by wakeboarders who wish to take a breather or for spectators who wish to get a closer look. The café and bar next to the lagoon, Coastal Rhythm, is another great spot to watch the action on water. It is open to the public and it serves a full food and drinks menu, so family and friends can chill out over food while joggers and cyclists at East Coast Park can grab a bite before going on their way. I personally feel that the café and bar is a good place to hangout and chill.
I am so looking forward to wakeboarding again and just so you know, the Singapore Wake Park is having an exclusive one-for-one promotion that starts from today till the end of November 2016. What this means is that for SGD$40, you can bring another friend to come and wakeboard with you for free!
I'm so going to jio my siblings for some core body workout!
For more information, do check out Singapore Wake Park Facebook Page!
Operating Hours of the Park's Cable Systems: 10am to 10pm daily Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 9am to 10pm
Operating Hours of Coastal Rhythm Café and Bar: Mondays to Thursdays: 10am to 11pm Fridays and Eve of Public Holidays: 10am to 1am (next morning) Saturdays: 9am to 1am (next morning) Sundays and Public Holidays: 9am to 11pm