The first wakeboard was created at the very moment when Benjamin Franklin realized his newest invention made a terrible horse saddle. Mount turbulent waters with today’s Groupon at Wake Nation Houston in Rosharon. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get a two-hour wake-boarding or water-sport outing (a $52 total value), which includes the following:
- Two-hour session (a $30 value)
- Two-hour equipment rental (a $22 value)<p>
- For $30, you get a full-day water-sport outing (a $70 total value), which includes the following:
- An all-day pass (a $40 value)
- All-day equipment rental (a $30 value)<p>
Five mechanized towers stand along the shoreline of Wake Nation Houston’s manmade 12-acre lake, steering up to seven riders at a time across the water. Rentable equipment includes beginner wake boards, knee boards, water skis, and wake skates, an excellent piece of equipment for off-season ice skating. For true neophytes, a practice cable tows athletes as young as 5 through the lake’s shallows so that they can hone foundational skills. Experienced staff members observe boarders at all times, supplying safety tips, training, and navigational tips for circumventing Poseidon’s rose bushes. Wake Nation Houston also outfits their guests with helmets and lifejackets for safety and easy flotation. The venue freely provides parking and admission to all guests, so those who simply wish to watch their friends skate across the waves or perform their best bowling-ball impression can wait on the large observation deck or grab a snack at the on-site eatery.
Wake Nation Cincinnati
Mechanized towers stand along the shoreline of Wake Nation Cincinnati's 10-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 at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Wake Nation designed the main lake for everyone from beginners to 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 beginners and young riders from 5 years old and up.
Experienced staff members observe boarders at all times, supplying safety tips, training, and navigational advice 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 and observe riders during freestyle riding, fun summer camps, and special events such as birthday parties.