Coaching

Prices:

One-to-one: £35 per hour (cable / straight line cable fees not included). 

Group Booking: £15pp per hr with minimum of four people.

**24 hour cancellation policy.**

 

Bookings:

Email: lexballadon@gmail.com

Phone: 07749 142938

 

Qualifications: 

-1st for Sport Level 3 Wakeboard Coach

-BWSW Wakeboard Coach

 

Checks / Insurance: 

-Full insurance

-First Aid

-Safeguarding and Protecting Children

-DBS Checks

 

Coaching background:

I have been wakeboarding for the past 14 years and I’ve seen the sport grow and develop into what it is today.  While I have dabbled in boat riding over the years, my main focus has been cable parks as I like the extended time I get on the water and can spend laps and laps working on specific tricks.

I have competed for the past eight years here in the UK from the Ten Feet Highs to the Nationals, from Wakestocks Pool Gap to the European Tour and have gained valuable knowledge along the way.

Rolled into my wakeboarding career is a fair amount of coaching.  I started off working at MK and teaching the FastStart lessons taking complete beginners from kneeboarding to wakeboarding nearly 14 years ago.  I then started doing Ladies Mornings over at BEP.  I then branched out and hosted them at WakeMK as well.  Over the past nine years I have also hosted Ladies Morning and Girls Days / Workshops at FestWake, Quays, JB Waterski and Club Wake Park.  All with one goal in mind, to create a path for getting more women into the sport and making sure they had fun while doing it.

One-to-one Coaching started towards the end of 2012, when I took on now GB Team rider Lottie Harbottle, and so I decided to work towards my Level 3 Wakeboard Coaching Qualification.  When I started working with Lottie she had a couple of inverts, a kicker invert and spin and some rail work under her belt.  By the end of 2013 she was ranked No. 1 in the World in the Girls category.  And with a plethora of inverts and flips, kicker flips and spins and technical rail variations, she then moved up to Junior Ladies and was ranked No. 2 in the World along with a couple of National Titles, a Silver Medal at the Europeans and a Bronze and the Worlds.  She is currently ranked No. 1 in the World in Junior Ladies.

In 2014 I started working with BWSW as Assistant Coach on the Talent Development Programme alongside the British Team Head Coach.  This is an entirely different level of coaching as, here in the UK, we are fortunate enough to have some of the best wakeboarders in the world who push the standards to ridiculously high levels.

In 2015 I started working with athlete Izzy Goode.  She had only been riding a short while but is now landing multiple air tricks, kicker flips and spins, and a great improvement on her rail work.  She is the British Champion and has also been ranked Number 1 in the world.

Whether you’re looking to try wakeboarding for the first time or you’re a seasoned pro, it always helps to have someone on the sideline supporting you along your journey.

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