Wakeboarding Is Nation’s Hottest New Water Sport - No Boat? No Problem!
Cincinnati, OH - A unique, new cable wakeboarding complex is set to open its doors in spring 2011 in Houston. The new family attraction will be called Wake Nation Houston and it is a cable wakeboarding park where riders can wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard and wakeskate WITHOUT A BOAT! Instead, riders are pulled around a 12-acre lake at speeds of 18-20 miles per hour by an innovative, overhead circulating cable system that runs 35 feet above the water.
Plans for the new watersports complex, which will be located near Pearland, were announced today by Peter Kennedy, who is a partner in a similar cable wakeboarding park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Construction on the new Houston watersports park will begin in the fall with an anticipated opening in spring, 2011.
“We are very excited about bringing the area’s only full-scale cable wakeboarding park to Houston,” Kennedy said. “And we look forward to joining the many great family attractions this area has to offer.”
“Wakeboarding is the country's fastest growing water sport,” said Mike Olson, Director of Business Development for the Wake Nation brand.
“The cable system approach to wakeboarding and water skiing is particularly attractive to those without access to their own boats.” Since riders are pulled around the lake by an overhead cable system, there is no need for loud and often polluting motor boats, he added. Currently, there are only ten full-scale cable wakeboarding parks in the U.S. Wake Nation Houston will be located in Rosharon, near Pearland, south of the Sam Houston Parkway, 20 minutes from downtown Houston.
“Wake Nation Houston is being designed to provide the ultimate ride experience to both first timers and experienced boarders,” says Kennedy. “Beginners love that wakeboarding is fun, easy to learn and
allows everyone to progress at their own pace. Advanced riders love that they can amp up the adrenaline by doing air tricks they can’t behind a boat and by boarding off floating jumps and obstacles that will be in the lake.”
Riders can bring their own gear or rent equipment -- including boards and wet suits -- at the park. Riders must be at least 10 years old and helmets and life vests (available for rental) are required.
Wake Nation Houston will be a “pay-as-you-play” facility. Parking and admission to the watersports complex will be FREE, including access to a large outdoor observation deck that offers a panoramic view of the entire lake area. Riders will pay for “water time,” typically around $25 for two hours. The Wake Nation complex will also have a pro shop, concession area and numerous other services and amenities. There will be special group rates and season passes available.
Wake Nation Cincinnati opened to rave reviews in May, 2009. The venue has already won several “Best Of” awards and this past June set an officially sanctioned Guinness World Record for the greatest distance traveled on a wakeboard in a 24-hour period (509 miles).
For more information, call (513) 887-WAKE, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to WakeNation.com.