Wakeboarding in Phuket
Phuket Wake Park (more often called Phuket Cable Ski) is a lake in Kathu equipped with a 700 m long cable running counter clockwise at 30 km/h. It has been in Kathu for a long time, but we only started this thrilling sport in recent years. Wakeboard is much easier to enjoy than one would imagine! You will be surprised how fast you can succeed and how much pleasure you will get for each little step done.
Wakeboarding is expensive, starting at 750 Baht per hour, but they have some cheaper options (see lower in this page). They do have longer and less costly options, but if it’s your first time, you won’t survive one hour of this intense sport, even kneeboard is exhausting and will leave you panting, but happy. Oh, you better plan a spa or at least a beach massage after that: we promise you that next day will be painful!
Phuket Wake Park also has a shop and an open-air roofed bar and a restaurant, so you can comfortably stay the whole day and see who does better than you, but already look down with a condescending smile at the guy crashing on his first attempt 🙂
Almost anyone can succeed instantly on a knee-board, it is simple, exciting and a lot of fun. If it is your first time, you’ll get plenty of speed adrenaline as you glide close to the water.
Knee-board will also allow you to succeed the two most difficult moments for a cable ski beginners: take off and manage your first curve. You will fall, no doubt about that, but it won’t hurt (yet), and staff will come and pick you up in no time on their motorbike with sidecar.
The cable rotates permanently around an O shape lake with an island in the middle at an average speed of 26km/h. A series of numbered hooks are attached to it. People queue on a platform at the start station, and staff hand them the rope before the hook approaches, so they have time to get ready.
The hook then catchs the rope, and off you go. No rush, no stress. Staff is also there to teach the basic of each option, and beginner’s equipment is free of charge. This way, you can show up with just your swimsuit (and your money of course).
Once you have achieved your few rounds on a kneeboard, you’ll start noticing some cool guys around doing some pretty cool jumps (like me). So it’s time for you to move on to the next level. Staff will recommend few rounds on double ski to get a feel for the ‘standing’ position, but it’s tedious and cumbersome, plus trying to negotiate a curve with two skis is a knee nightmare. Up to you to try it, but what you want to play with is WAKEBOARD!
So you are now ready, all nervous and impatient. Phuket Wake Park crew will let you borrow one of their old wakeboards with a pair of massive but light shoes attached to it. Don’t worry; these old wakeboards are good enough for what you are about to do: take off and crash. Once again, it won’t hurt, unless you forget to let the cable go and you’ll do what they call a ‘Superman’; bouncing flat on the water. You won’t do that twice; you will never forget to let go of the rope.
First, you’ll start on a ramp, more or less sitting on your wakeboard. If you manage not to fall when cable pulls you out, your next challenge will be to stand up. Tricky. And once you do, your success will be short, the curve is not far, and not many succeed both challenges in a row!
Pass that point; you are all set to get going round and round for hours with a silly smile on your face. But soon, you’ll get bored. Once again you’ll look at these cool guys doing casual jumps with one hand while chatting with the girls waving on the lakeside (me again). You might need to rent a proper wakeboard or start investing in your own, and you’ll need a helmet.
Ramp jumping is fun and not too hard; all you have to do is to align yourself well (at beginner’s level) and bend your knees when you are about to enter the ramp. Landing is also tricky, but I’m not going for a full lesson here, you’ll have to do a lot of swimming.
Last, you want to go for the real corner jump, or even a flip to hear ‘oh’ and ‘ah’ and have your photo taken by the ecstatic visitors… Well, that’s not me, to my shame, I never succeeded that one. I tried but crashing while attempting this kind of jump is like being hit on the face by a wrestler. You think twice before you try again!
Phuket Wake Park Photos
Phuket Wake Park Street View
Phuket Wake Park Info
Address: 86/3 Moo 6 Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket, 83120
Open: 7 am – 9 pm
Phone: 089 873 0187 – 076 510 151
Cable length: 680 metres
Wake Park Prices
Adults Price: 1 hr: 750 baht, 2 hr: 950 baht, 4 hr: 1,400 baht
Kids Price: 1 hr: 450 baht, 2 hr: 450 baht, 4 hr: 700 baht
All Day: 1,600 baht (Kids 800 baht)
Phuket Wake Park Map
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