Sort of Cable Review

While on our little vacay to Florida, we decided to go in search of a cable; well I did and so dragged the family along for the ride.  We found Miami Aktion Park about half an hour from where we were staying.  Its a brand new cable, not even open yet, the pro shop was still empty and the rental kit hadn’t even been christened.  The place looks like its going to be insane though.  You walk down to the dock where you get to take your pick on which cable to ride, a clockwise or anti-clockwise!  Both cables have a few unit features so far, with much more planned.  Over at one end you have a System 2, and the other end you have your wakeboard boat… it caters for everyone.  Up top, its got a tiki style rest area where you’ll be able to chill and refuel after your ride.  The pro shop is massive and I can only imagine what its going to brimming with, it is the States after all!

I’m almost glad it wasn’t open as I wouldn’t have been able to sink my teeth into it – and it would have majorly depressed me if Jon could have ridden I me not!  How much would that have sucked!  

Choices choices… 

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Just some of the rental kit… Hyperlite sponsored lake, yeah! 


So you know where you are


Mandatory family holiday snap


B A T T L E | B A C K

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A couple of weeks ago I went down to Heron Lake (a Disabled Waterski Facility in Wraysbury) to coach the guys and girls who were involved in Battle Back.  Battle Back is an organisation that was set up by Ash Clare, Recreational Adventure Therapist (RAT) at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.  He was there with budding adventurists who were ready to get on the water.  Its amazing what Ash has created and developed, he takes the guys away skiing, kayaking, you name it, they’ve done it or are working on doing it.

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photo 3-3I have never coached anyone with any kind of disability before so I was pretty nervous but luckily I had Owen Pick there to introduce me to everyone.  He started wakeboarding because of Ash and Battle Back, so he knew everyone.  The types of injuries these guys have suffered are all extremely different but they all managed to get on the water.  Honestly, its amazing to witness.  One girl I coached had been in a wheelchair for two years and had only started walking again in January, and she was up and riding on the Little Bro and on boat!  Another guy was kneeboarding behind the boat who is a triple amputee, (who surfs as well I might add).  It was really interesting and very different to what I usually do.  I was fascinated to find out about everyone and to see how they got on the water, and how long it had been since they had done anything like this and had this kind of excitement and joy from sport. 

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photo 2-2Ash took me out on a sit-ski.  I’m not going to lie, I was pretty scared because you don’t have the use of your legs, they are tucked into a footstrap and you are sitting in a little seat with a bar underneath your knees for support.  It was a very strange feeling but I figured I’d just watched these guys do it, so I had to give it a go.  Once the boat got going we were off!  Ash was teaching me how to jump the wake, have sit-ski fights (where you try and push the other one off) and we even cranked the boat speed right up; what a rush! It was only then I really understood the reason of Battle Back.  The smiles and excitement that shine through after a set on the water for these guys, who possibly haven’t had that kind of rush for two or more years, would feel incredible.  At the end of the day, what better feeling is there than skimming across a lake… and Battle Back is about giving that chance to people.

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I N | D A | C L U B

Loved my ride over at Club Wake yesterday.  The sun was out, the wind was up (but didn’t affect the lake because its so sheltered) and the park was shred ready – all you need for a good time.  I was putting in some time on the lovely roof top, and also their long flat bar.  I want to be in the flat bar club – I want to dominate that flat bar by the end of the summer, at the moment, its kinda dominating me.