Five mechanized towers stand along the shoreline of Wake Nation Houston’s manmade 12-acre lake, steering riders across the water as they grip cables rather than lines attached to boats. Cruising clockwise from the cables, up to seven people at a time can wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard, or waterskate around the aquatic arena. Wake Nation designed the main lake for beginner- through elite-level riders, and peppered it with manmade obstacles and floating jumps, allowing boarders to zip along and pull off tricks that sometimes aren’t possible behind a boat. They also have a smaller practice lake for beginning and younger riders.
Experienced staff members observe boarders at all times, supplying safety tips, training, and navigational tips for circumventing Poseidon’s rose bushes. Visitors can bring their own equipment, or rent or buy necessary gear from Wake Nation’s pro shop. A cast of instructors lead lessons, or observe riders during freestyle riding, fun summer camps, or special events such as birthday parties.