|Just finished submitting my application for graduate schools for the University of Florida and I plan on attending UF if approved. Assuming I'm approved, what is the wake scene at the local lakes around there? I know there are three or four cable parks in Florida, what are the closest ones? I'm in Kentucky now, and have only been to Florida a couple of times in my life, so I'm stoked to move down and ride year round. Any info or websites to check is appreciated.|
|Cable Park links below...McCormick's is probably an easier trip down I-75. I don't know the scene up in that area at all, but we ride an hour South of there pretty often on Lake Weir. |
|Hey Cory - I used to ride on Taylorsville Lake every evening years back when I lived in Louisville. I loved that lake! Lots of good memories out there. |
Ive heard there is a wake scene in Gainsville - UF may even have its own collegiate wake team or club, seems Ive heard people mention it from time to time on here.
That said - I live 30 minutes south of Gainsville and typically head to Orlando or Tampa every weekend to ride. Occassionally Kat is nice enough to tow up to Ocala and I get a driving break!
|I went to UF for grad school as well. When I was there the school had its own wakeboat and you could schedule times to go ride at Lake Wauberg...and it is included in your student activities fee! Fortunately, I actually brought my own boat with me, so we spent a lot of time at Lake Alto...to this day my most favorite lake on earth. Check to see if the UF Wakeboard club is still active, there is a lot of networking to do there, meet other people with boats. OWC is the closest cable park for sure.|
|Ted- Yea man, Taylorsville is a great lake to ride at. The Boatworks crew have really pushed the scene down there. Even on weeknights its not uncommon to see 4 or 5 wake boats pulling people. The weekends get a little crazy now because of all of the Louisville people coming down to go boating and tubing. |
Kat- Thanks for the links. I'm really looking forward to pushing my cable and rail riding once I get down there.
Timothy- Its covered in the student activity fee! that is insanely awesome! I will definitely see if I can look the wakeboard team up and start networking. I just hope graduate school allows me enough free time to get some shredding in.
Thanks to all for the information...keep it coming.
|I remember when Boatworks was starting to get going. I was at the first Tourney they did at Taylorsville. Im glad to hear the scene is progressing. I also remember the lines at the ramp - Im sure they are worse now. That Chevron on the corner had the best PBandJ sammies!! |
Taylorsville was always better than riding the dirty Ohio!
|I'm going to UF next year too and I checked out the scene a little. Lake Wauberg is good for sure, you can get 1 set per week wth your student activity card behind a new malibu 21 vride. Then on the other lakes around there I'm sure there is a scene but I haven't talked to anyone who is a part of it. |
I am a local at McCormicks this year and will definitely be making the trip down there every couple of weeks, you are welcome to come with.
|Lake Santa Fe with your own boat or the Universities Lake Wauburg plus a bunch of little lakes in between. You'll love it. Trips to Orlando and the St. Johns River are a must. I would ride in morning before classes and weekends. Except for a couple cool months, the water and weather will be great. |
Its said you spend 4 years trying to graduate then the rest of your life trying to get back. There's some truth to that. Good luck and Go Gators!
|Hey I'm on the UF wake team so if you ever need information about riding when you're up here let me know. Facebook is the easiest way to find me. |
But if anyone has a boat that they ride on besides the school's Malibu it would be a lot of fun to head out and ride on a different wake sometime.
|I went there a few years ago. and will second the Lake alto comment. Best public lake in the area. if you can get on Cowpen that it is a bit better typically. Santa Fe is nice on occasion but it is much more crowded and it can be hard to find good water.|