Houston, TX - It’s the weekend area wakeboarders have been eagerly awaiting - the official Grand Opening of Wake Nation Houston, the city’s only full-scale cable wakeboarding park near Pearland, south of the Sam Houston Parkway on the 288 Freeway.
Grand Opening Weekend is June 4-5. (The cable wakeboarding park opened May 7 on a limited basis for sneak-peek preview days.)
The Grand Opening weekend will include two days of live music, free giveaways, free food, professional wakeboarding exhibitions and non-stop activities. And, Sunday, June 5, is the date for a special Liquid Force “Free For All” event. Liquid Force, the biggest name in wakeboards, vests, clothing and accessories, will provide riders with free ride passes and free rental use of its latest wakeboarding equipment during the event. This exclusive free ride time runs from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Each Free For All participant will have the opportunity to demo all of the new 2011 Liquid Force wakeboarding gear, and several Liquid Force professional wakeboard team riders will be on hand for wakeboarding and wakeskating demonstrations, to give pointers and riding tips, and sign autographs.
“The Free For All event is a great opportunity for the public to come out to Wake Nation Houston, learn to ride, meet the top professionals in the sport, and get tons of giveaways…all for free,” said Wake Nation co-owner Peter Kennedy. “If you don’t have a board -- no worries. We will have new Liquid Force demo boards and vests available for you to try that day!”
Among the professionals on hand will be Texas’ own Tom Fooshee, the reigning Wake Park World Series champion and Alliance Wakeboard magazine’s 2010 Rider of the Year. Also at the event will be two top professionals from Florida – Aaron Reed and Ben Greenwood – plus numerous other wakeboard and wakeskate professionals.
The new Wake Nation Houston features five 35’ high steel towers carrying a unique overhead cable system enabling riders to wakeboard, wakeskate, water ski and kneeboard without a boat around a 12-acre lake. Six riders can be on the water at the same time, being pulled around the lake at speeds of 18-20 miles per hour.
For experienced riders, the lake is outfitted with custom-built jumps, grind rails and sliders. In addition to the main lake, there is also a separate area called the Practice Pond featuring an “easy start” ride system. This area is designed to give kids and wakeboarding beginners a place to learn to ride a wakeboard at a slower speed than on the main lake. All riders must be at least 5 years of age and are required to wear a Coast Guard Approved (CGA) life vest and a helmet, all of which can be rented at Wake Nation.
A unique feature of Wake Nation Houston is the overhead cable that moves around the lake in a clockwise direction -- currently the only clockwise cable system in Texas and only the second of its kind in the USA. Clockwise cables are ideal for left-foot-forward riders, which is how the majority of today’s wakeboarders ride.
The Wake Nation Houston complex has a full pro shop, equipment rental shop, concessions’ area, huge outdoor observation deck offering a panoramic view of the entire lake area and numerous other services and amenities.
Wake Nation Houston is open daily through October. Operating hours are 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily except on Mondays when the park opens at noon.
Wake Nation Houston is a “pay-as-you-play” facility. Parking and admission to the cable wakeboarding complex are FREE, including access to the outdoor observation deck. Riders pay only for their “water time,” at $25 for two hours, $30 for four hours and $35 for an all-day pass. Wake Nation also offers lessons, special group rates and several season pass options. Currently, there are only 10 full-scale cable wakeboarding parks in the U.S.A.
Wake Nation Houston is the second cable wakeboard complex operating under the Wake Nation brand. Wake Nation’s first cable wakeboard complex, Wake Nation Cincinnati, opened in May, 2009 to rave reviews from the local community as well as professional wakeboarders worldwide. The popular venue has already hosted two nationally sanctioned tournaments, won several “Best Of” awards and last year set an officially sanctioned Guinness World Record for longest distance traveled on a wakeboard in a 24-hour period.
For more information, call (281) 431-4444, email firstname.lastname@example.org go to wakenation.com or Facebook.