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What is a Cable Park?


A cable park is a widely consolidated concept worldwide.
This solution consists of installing an overhead cable that is pulled by a driving force (electric motor), which provides a constant movement and allows continued practice.
These systems are usually installed on the banks of natural or artificial lakes, rivers or streams and even in coastal areas.
There are basically two types of systems: the “Full Cable” system, circular, where the cable rotates supported on 3 or more metal towers, allowing several practitioners to be pulled simultaneously, distributed along the cable; and the “Two Tower System", linear, where the cable has a constant reciprocating movement, normally pulling only one practitioner at a time.
WPA Wake Park is a “Two Tower” system.




What are the Cable Park Features?


The cable park features are obstacles that are on the water, along the wakeboarding course, allowing practitioners to perform stylish maneuvers.
Its use is only allowed by experienced riders or during duly supervised learning sessions.
Before you start to use the obstacles, you should be aware of the respective rules and restrictions for their use in the "Cable Park Rules" section.




What gear do I need to practice Wakeboard?


All the basic gear needed to safely practice wakeboard can be provided by WPA. However, you can bring your own gear. The use of an appropriate vest and helmet is mandatory. In addition to this safety gear, you only need a wakeboard with the corresponding bindings During winter seasons, it is mandatory to wear a neoprene wetsuit.
We advise you to bring your own towel and swimsuit, to use under the wetsuit.




How to turn at the end of the cable park?


Since our cable park is a two-tower system, the rider will have to turn at the end of the cable park to invert direction. In case the rider has a regular board stance, he will turn to his left. If the rider has a goofy stance, he will turn to his right. (for clarification on the type of position on the board see the previous question) To be able to turn at the end of the course without interrupting the movement, you must just be able to ride comfortably and follow the following steps: 1. Approach the end of the course through the center of the lake (continuous orange line in the image below); 2. After a few meters pass the obstacles, start to gradually curve out of the center (continuous orange line); 3. Stop leaning by centering the weight on the board, but keeping the intention of going in the direction of the dashed orange line; 4. Allow the cable system to guide you through the blue line; To make the turn correctly, try to avoid the following most common mistakes: 1. Approach the turn outside the obstacles (red line in the image); 2. Try to lean throughout the orange line, without centering the weight on the board in the dashed portion (part where you should only glide); 3. Trying to force the blue line turn. Instead, you should let the cable system guide you through the blue line itself;




What is my board stance: Regular or Goofy?


Before you start practicing wakeboard, it is good to have an idea of your most comfortable position on the board. A so-called "regular" position means that the left foot is in front. A so-called "goofy" position means that the right foot is ahead. If you have tried a similar sport, such as skateboarding, you should already have an idea of your favorite position. Regardless of the way you choose to start, when you feel more comfortable with wakeboarding, you can start switching between the two stances.




The first day of Wakeboard. How to begin?


While we don't have our own video tutorial, you can see in the video below how to get started.




How to arrive at our facilities?


For directions in order to reach our facilities, please access our contact page here.





Cable Park Rules

Mandatory Documents


If it is your first time at our cable park, you must fill and sign a liability waiver (provided below) or, alternatively, you must fill it after arrival at our facilities. To simplify the process and not hinder your session time and that of other clients, the liability waivers can be filled in digital format and sent in advance to our email address - wakeprojectazores@gmail.com.




Download the liability waiver here


  • Liability waiver (english) - Download
  • Liability waiver for under 18 years old (english)- Download




Cable Park Rules


  • It is not allowed to climb the cable park system's towers;
  • Avoid standing near the towers while the system is running;
  • It is not allowed to walk on the lake's margins that are not protected with artificial grass;
  • Only one rider is allowed on the water during the sessions and the lake is not intended for any other activities (eg diving, swimming, etc.);
  • Always follow the staff and operator's instructions;
  • Do not distract the operator;
  • Do not bring glass objects to the cable park;
  • WPA is not responsible for the improper use of its equipment;
  • Smoking inside the cable park's premises is strictly prohibited.




Wakeboarding Rules


  • We recommend that you schedule your session in advance, such as filling out the liability waiver, through our website;
  • The practice of Wakeboard can, eventually, imply the occurrence of accidents and, consequently, of injuries, as the risk of using the system is of the rider’s responsibility. It is therefore mandatory to fill out a liability waiver signed by the riders before starting the practice;
  • Also, for minors, Wakeboarding will only be allowed after submitting the signed liability waiver by the legal guardian;
  • Please arrive at the cable park 20 minutes before your session;
  • Instruction is mandatory on your first day at the cable park as well as on your first day with the obstacles;
  • Riders must be competent swimmers;
  • The use of protective helmet and vest is mandatory, regardless of the experience shown by the rider;
  • Riders should inform the staff of any disabilities, injuries or health problems that could compromise the Wakeboard practice;
  • Riders must not be under the influence of alcohol or any psychoactive substances;
  • The ingestion of food is not advisable 2-3 hours before your session, particularly in the winter, when the water in the lake is colder;
  • You must drop the handle when you fall or when you want to stop;
  • The time spent by the customer preparing for the practice will be accounted as session time if the scheduled period has begun.




Features' Use


Before using the cable park features, riders must be able to perform the following maneuvers while maintaining control of the board:

  • Move the board in both directions (both left and right) by making a constant aggressive “carv”;
  • Invert direction at both ends of the Cable;
  • Jump without using the features (Ollie);
  • While riding, invert the position of the board (switch) and return to the initial position;
  • Ride switch for at least 100 meters;
  • Invert from the normal position to switch (and vice versa) in ollie (180º).




Falling During Practice


When you fall into the water, during practice:

  1. Make the thumbs up gesture for 1 second to inform the operator that you are okay;
  2. If you are not close to the handle, swim to the center of the path and hold the handle that will be placed close to you by the operator;
  3. Before starting, make sure the cable is not wrapped around any part of your body;
  4. Make the thumbs upgesture for 1 second to let the operator know that he can start the system;




In Case of Injury


  • Keep calm and assess your condition;
  • If you think you can independently rescue yourself using the cable system, continuously wave a hand at the operator and grab the handle. The operator will start the system at low speed, slowly pulling you up to the water exit ramp. if you can, take the board off previously, which will facilitate your towing;
  • If you find that you cannot rescue yourself using the cable system, wave at the operator with both hands and then remain still. This signal triggers an emergency procedure and the staff will come to your rescue.