A cable system at Hove Lagoon has been in the planning for almost 18 years, and yeaterday it finally opened. Most cable parks use a continuous cable, with a group of riders travelling round in a circle, but Wake Up Brighton uses a System 2.0 which is set in a straight line.
I have never tried cable wakeboarding before, and was pretty scared (but this was mostly due to the fact that loads of people were watching and I didn't want to make a fool of myself!), but Alistair, the instructor, put everyone at ease, telling us simply but clearly what techniques we needed to employ on the water. We were in a group of five and most of us had never tried wakeboarding before, but we all seemed to pick it up very quickly and take to it like a duck to water.
When it came to my turn I jumped eagerly into the water, not realising that it was absolutely freezing, but I wasn't down for long as I was soon being dragged up out of the water by the cable. I was pretty wobbly at first, but soon managed to stay up, encouraged by Alistair's yells of "KEEP YOUR ARMS STRAIGHT!"
I had a good few gos up and down the cable, and was even trying to do a couple of turns by the end, although not very successfully. Getting out of the water I was exhausted, but had a great big smile on my face from the exhilaration. I was also pretty happy that I hadn't made a fool of myself, and had actually managed to impress myself with my skill!
I enjoyed cable wakeboarding loads more than I thought I would, in fact, I plan to return to Wake Up Brighton in the Summer and get some more wakeboarding under my belt!
Prices start at £20 for a ride pass.
Lessons cost from £50 and all equipment is provided.
Suitable for experienced riders or complete beginners (as evidenced by me!)
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What is System 2.0?
The Sesitec System 2.0 is a two-tower straight line cable wakeboard rig which has completely revolutionised the sport of wakeboarding over the last two years. It is extremely easy to operate and offers incredible speed control; there is no better tool than a System 2.0 to teach people to wakeboard. The System 2.0 can span lengths of up to 220m and offers a continuous ride, meaning that you don't have to drop the handle or get dunked in the water at each end of the course.
All elements of wakeboarding and wakeskating are possible with a System 2.0, by using a short line you can very easily learn all the cable air tricks, from Backrolls and Air Raleys to double S-Bends and switch mobes.
The System 2.0 also offers the best way to hit rails and kickers, as no other towing device can give you the same amount of time on the obstacles.
When you fall in you get picked up instantly and can try that trick again. The turns at each end are quicker than a boat, jet ski or lap of a full cable and allow you to hit the same rail over 30 times in a ten minute session!