WakeSport Ranch Newsletter
January 20, 2010
The Six Tower Rixen Cable System is in Action!
After finally getting the permanent power hooked up, the Rixen system was switched on, some adjustments made, and the first laps were ridden at WakeSport Ranch. It was about 2:30 in the afternoon, the weather was fantastic - sunshine and over 70 degrees. It was hard to believe the lake had been frozen with two inches of ice just the week before. A small crowd mysteriously appeared as Dustin Shows, the first rider got out his wet suit and equipment and prepared to be the first rider on the cable. The system was switched on, the motor began to hum ever so quietly, the cable began to move, and the rider was pulled onto the lake. After 14 months and two days, this was quite a milestone to see and experience. Two other riders then made laps around the lake.
The plans are to continue filling the lake - currently fed by two wells that are running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any reasonable rain storm will raise the lake a foot or two at a time.
When the lake was being dug, it seemed quite large. Now that it is filling with water, it looks even bigger. The color an clarity of the water is a sight to behold. Once the lake is deep enough to ride safely, we will announce a Saturday or Sunday where riders can come out and ride for the afternoon - just to fully test the system. I expect this to be sometime in February, so bring your wetsuit.
I wish to thank everyone who has had a hand in getting this monster six tower cable lake operational.
I will keep you posted as to any further developments.
Jack V. Farr