These past years, a lot of extreme sports have made their way to Philippine shores. One of the most exciting of the bunch is wakeboarding. Before being officially called wakeboarding, the sport was formerly known under the names skurfing and ski-boarding. It is indeed very similar to surfing in that you have to ride a board on a water surface.
In the Philippines, wakeboarding has started to gain more and more followers. Current popular wakeboarding spots in the Philippines include Batangas and Camarines Sur.
To better explain wakeboarding, it is a sport where a motorboat (at great speeds) is pulling a person standing on some sort of surfboard. It doesn’t stop there. As the wakeboarder is pulled by the motorboat, he also must perform certain stunts. The sport has evolved from its humble beginnings to one very exciting sport with its own association and a place in the prestigious X Games.
Wakeboarding in the Philippines
Currently, there are two major wakeboarding locations in the Philippines: Batangas and Camarines Sur.
In Batangas, you can wakeboard and waterski facilities such as the Lago de Oro Cable Ski Park and Resort.
The newly-opened CamSur Watersports Complex provides locals and tourists with another major wakeboarding venue, as well as a place to try other water sports such as kneeboarding, wakeskating, and water-skiing. This water sports complex is very large and the facilities are state of the art. It is worth a visit if you are an avid wakeboarder.
As of this writing, there are also wakeboarding locations in Davao and Clark, Pampanga.
Lago de Oro – This is the country’s first cable wakeboard park and continues to be popular. Lago de Oro is also a resort that boasts of complete amenities available for its visitors. They have a number of restaurants where one can enjoy sumptuous food after a full day of water sports activities.
CamSur Watersports Complex – CamSur Watersports Complex was the site of the 2009 WWA Ultimate Wakeboard Championships, greatly adding to its reputation as a world-class wakeboarding site and water sports venue. Accommodations as well as other amenities are available in the complex, as well as nearby areas. CamSur is an abbreviation for Camarines Sur, which is the location of this water park.
DECA Wakeboard Park – located in one of the country’s premiere cities, the DECA Wakeboard Park is the largest wakeboarding park in Southeast Asia and is serving as a way to introduce the sport to the southern part of the country. The addition of DECA to the list of wakeboarding facilities in the country has greatly contributed to the Philippines’ reputation as a wakeboarding Mecca.
Clark Wakeboard Park – Newly opened and proving to be a prime wakeboarding location due to its proximity to Metro Manila, it is popular with city dwellers looking for their quick wakeboarding fix over the weekend. Clark Wakeboard Parks round out the list of world-class wakeboarding and water sports facilities this country has, and will surely help seal the country’s reputation as an important destination for water sports enthusiasts.