Bali Wake Park broke grounds with a splashing wakeboarding festival in mid April 2015, as Bali’s one and only water sports arena of its kind. The park is hard to miss, located near the entry into the Bali Mandara toll road and Benoa Marina in Pesanggaran, and features five hectares of artificial lakes and verges sculpted and landscaped out of a marshy plot. The spot features state-of-the-art, full-size cable systems built around a five-Hectare Lake. It’s the first and only wakeboarding park of its kind in Bali; they opened its doors to the public in 2015.
The main full-size cable has five towers strategically placed around a five-hectare lake with eight carriers on two cables connecting them all to the motor tower. Eight riders at a time are able to do continuous laps until they fall off or get tired and let go. The two-tower system goes back and forth in one line. It was created for beginners to learn, as it’s a one-on-one experience with the instructor. It also controls the speed for a much easier learning experience. We have also combined it with another level where professionals can transfer from a raised pool with rails and obstacles down into the lower lake. This is a similar situation to when a skateboarder or snowboarder slides down a set of stairs using a handrail to reach the bottom.
Currently, they have both their cable systems, a Rip Curl outlet combined with a pro shop, which offers a range of brand new wakeboards and wakeskates, along with life jackets and helmets. They are also proud to have partnered with the famous Made’s Warung restaurant, which has a strong reputation for quality food in Bali since 1969.
Instead of boats pulling the boarders, a looming crane-like tower structure has been constructed above these manmade lagoons to provide the essential rigging for its specialised cable-towing system. The unique system makes possible for up to eight boarders to enjoy their rides at the same time, and riders can continue riding even if one of them completes a course and decides to finish earlier. Pros can hone their tricks on a series of slides and obstacles throughout, while it is also great even if you haven’t tried wakeboarding before, but interested in trying out a whole new sport.
Bali Wake Park is a whole lot more convenient compared to the conventional boat-pulled action. Well-thought out and carefully designed, the park even features manned golf buggies around the lagoon perimeter, readily picking up fallen riders, and piggy-backing them back to the starting point for another go. The cable system also enables you to not only wakeboard – you can try out all the other ‘towed’ water sports known to man, such as wake surfing, water-skiing and knee-boarding. Budding riders aged 6 to 14 can join the exciting kids club program.
You can bring your own board and gear, or come as you are and use their equipment available onsite. Riding passes, Memberships and annual passes are also available. After some laps, gruelling sliding and well accomplished aerials, or just anywhere in between, you can time-out with an ice cold juice or enjoy a light bite and a hearty nasi goreng at the Made’s Warung onsite. There’s even a retail shop and a spa to knead those tired muscles.
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