Wakeboarding is like playing Super Mario: without great feats of hand-eye coordination, you fall in the water and have to start over. Get away from the console and out on the lake with today's Groupon to KC Watersports in Paola. Choose between the following options:
• For $20, you get a four-hour watersports package (up to a $45 value).
• For $25, you get an all-day watersports package (up to a $55 value).
Both options include admission, life-vest, helmet, and board.
KC Watersports makes a splash with wake riders of any skill level by engaging them with boat-free boarding technology on a 7.5-acre lake. During the outing, expert instructors dish on tricks and techniques, and rails and ramps challenge the most experienced of water wizards. Overhead cables suspended by lakeside towers let wave riders mimic the experience of gliding behind a boat, only with less time required to reset between runs and fewer football coaches needed to yell at the engine to start. The lake is closed until noon for private instruction, after which aspiring wave grinders can saddle up on the provided wakeboard, wakeskate, or kneeboard of their choice and take to the lake to refine their waterborne prowess. Twelve board-bound feet cut across the glassy lake at a time, taking five laps before returning to shore to await another round on the water. An on-site snack shack refuels exhausted riders and migrating geese.
As speeding wakeboarders bail from their runs, plunging into the water as the tow cables snap away from their grasp, no boats will ever circle back to pick them up. They're not stranded, however, because at KC Watersports, overhead cables pull riders along the water instead, ushering them toward the rails and ramps peppering the 7.5-acre lake. Families cheer on water-skiers from the beach, grab bites at the snack shack, or fasten water-skis on hot dogs and get them to race. Beginner sessions feature slower cable speeds to acclimate newcomers to the wakes, and the camp's sets of sliders and kickers challenge veterans to pull off new, more impressive stunts than merely back-flipping over a human pyramid. Back on shore, spectators can cheer on athletes from shaded beach or grab bites at the snack shack, and an onsite pro shop stocks rental or retail gear from brands such as Liquid Force, Body Glove, Go Pro, and Master Craft.
25825 Edgemore Rd.
Paola, Kansas 66071