January 09, 2018

Wakeboarding Spots near Manila

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  • Wakeboarding is somewhat like skateboarding, only you do the tricks on the surface of water instead of concrete ground while being towed behind a speeding motorboat or driven by an electronic cable. It is both thrilling and fun, and can be enjoyed even by first-timers and beginners.

    If you’re looking to try out a new water sport or to harness your wakeboarding skills, check out these wakeboarding spots that are just a short drive away from Manila!

    Republ1c Wakepark
    Sta. Rosa, Laguna

    IMAGE Republ1c Waterpark website

    Located within the prime commercial and leisure complex of Nuvali, Republ1c Wakepark houses two wakeboarding lakes for beginners and a separate area with ramps and obstacles for the pro wakeboarders.

    Republ1c Wakepark offers day rides from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with rates ranging from Php 250 (one-hour ride) to Php 995 (eight-hour ride), and night rides from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with rates ranging from Php 350 (one hour) to Php 800 (four hours). You can also get a pass for one week, one month, six months, or one year.

    For beginners, they also offer private coaching sessions, starting at Php 750 per hour. Wakeboard rental starts at Php 350 (one hour).

    Location: West Diversity Blvd., Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
    Operating hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Mon. to Thu.); 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Fri. to Sun.)
    Website: republ1cwakepark.com

    Lago de Oro Wake Park
    Calatagan, Batangas

    IMAGE Lago de Oro website

    Just two hours away from Manila, Lago de Oro Cable Ski Park is said to be the first wake park in the Philippines. The wake park uses a cable system that is specially designed for wakeboarding. For beginners, they recommend trying their “Little Bro Easy Start System,” wherein professional instructors will help you learn wakeboarding in the safest way.

    An hour of wakeboarding costs Php 200, a half day costs Php 500, while a whole day is priced at Php 800, all inclusive of wakeboard, gear, and instructor for beginners. For those who are checked in at their hotel, rates are 50% cheaper.

    Location: Bo. Balibago, Calatagan, Batangas
    Operating hours: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Php 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)

    Website: lago-de-oro.com

    Deca Wake Park
    Angeles City, Pampang

    IMAGE Decawake Clark Cable Park Facebook page

    If you’re driving north, Deca Wake Park in Pampanga is a good place to visit and have fun in the water. They also use a cable system to propel wakeboarders across the water and into ramps.

    Their weekday rates start at Php 400 for two hours, while weekend and holiday rates start at Php 500. An all-day ticket that’s good for eight hours is priced at Php 1,000 on weekdays and Php 1,200 on weekends. Basic wakeboard and gear are included in the rates. Beginners may also get assistance from professional instructors.

    Location: J.P. Laurel St., Brgy. Margot, Angeles City, Pampanga
    Operating hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Facebook page: www.facebook.com/decawake.clark

    Pradera Wake Park
    Lubao, Pampanga

    IMAGE Pradera Verde Facebook page

    Just two hours north of Manila, Pradera Verde Wake Park can be found within a vast recreational estate surrounded by greens and mountains in Lubao, Pampanga. It is also said to be the first and only wake park that has two starting docks and a regenerating lake, which means that the water in the lake is cleaned naturally. The wake park has three practice lakes for beginners and a big lake with obstacles for advanced wakeboarders.

    You can enjoy wakeboarding starting at Php 250 for an hour. Extreme riders can avail of a whole day of wakeboarding at Php 1,000. All rates are inclusive of basic wakeboarding equipment and an instructor.

    Location: Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga
    Operating hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Facebook page: www.facebook.com/praderaverde.ph

    Written by Rizelle “Rei” Leaño

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