Why Wakeboarding is the Hottest Water Sport in Camarines Sur
Every tourist leaves a trail in Camarines Sur by visiting the famed, world class facility and the only one in the entire Philippines, the wake boarding sport.
On season or off season, professionals and amateurs are frequenting the site in order to compete or just savor the different feeling once you get there at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex.
With the backdraft of Mount Isarog, you'll be enamored with the scenic beauty of the place, a very good source of outdoor photography which you can use as wallpaper on your laptop or desktop computer.
It's a different feeling when you get there. This is an invitation to everyone in order to learn the ropes of the wake..that is, wake boarding!
Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves the expertise on water skiing, snow boarding and surfing. If you got all those three, then you're ready to do the thrills on the waters.
If you're a newbie, there's a separate area at CWC where you learn the rudiments of the water sport.
The facilities include the closed-course cable, winches that carries a wakeboarder round the circular course.
There are watchers and trainers standing by to watch your progress in the sport. Rentals on sport equipment are available, including your deposit that will be returned once you surrender your borrowed things.
The operation of the said sport facilities includes night time. Most of the troopers are foreign wakeboarders that stay at nearby hotels and some locals who are mostly students and practicing veterans.
There are many maneuvers that you can learn from the experts themselves. It was even name after them. There are brochures that you can get and learn the basic movements on the said sport.
Actually this kind of X-Game started in New Zealand in the late 1980s combining the skills and techniques on skiboarding (now snowboarding) but now on water.
The names that a fan should remember are the likes of surfboard shaper Allan Byrne and friends such as Kevin Jarrett. Allan Byrne lent a 'Skurf board' to Jeff Darby and friends in Queensland Australia who started to make their own and who later came in contact with Tony Finn who was to later produce their brand 'Skurfer' under royalty.
The term "wakeboarding" originated from Paul Fraser(Vancouver, Canada), as well as the concept and design, along with his brother Murray and a Pro snowboarder they sponsored. Paul approached Herb O'Brien with the idea and the introduction of the "liquid force" boards, named by Eric "The Flyin Hawaiian" Perez, laid the groundwork for evolution of the wakeboard throughout the 1990s.
Wakeboarding is organized by the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). The IWSF (Renamed the IWWF in 2009) is founded in 1946. The IWSF was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as official partner since 1967. Wakeboarding is part of the World Games (Non Olympic Games patronized by IOC) since 2005. The IWWF has more than 90 Member Nations all over the World and is organizing the Nationals Championships together with this Federations all over the globe.
Since the establishment of the wakeboarding facilties in the province, Camarines Sur government officials saw the boom in tourism industry and was even hailed as the 'prime tourist destination in the Philippines, surpassing the feat that Boracay island used to hold.
Interest on the sport has never been this strong since its creation more than five years ago.
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