With the popularity of the sport growing, wakeboarding in Sussex is building a reputation as one of the UK’s best wake destinations. In this article we look at two Sussex cable parks and two Sussex wakeboard clubs.
“Good old Sussex by the sea” is one of the most charming and beautiful counties in England. Home to picturesque villages, the South Downs National Park, stunning coastline and Brighton – a year round party town – all within an hour from London. Sussex has been popular with seaside visitors since Victorian times, however these days there is a lot more on offer than pebbles and piers.
Wakeboarding in Sussex: Cable wake parks
In case you are not aware a cable park is wakeboarding without the use of a boat. Cables are run above the water to tow wakeboarders and water skiers. Currently Sussex has two cable wake parks:
Based in the bohemian party city of Brighton (& Hove, actually), Lagoon Watersports offers sailing, powerboating, paddleboarding and wakeboarding tuition. It’s a cable park located on Hove Lagoon offering tows at about 20 mph as well as features for jumps and tricks.
There are BWSW Learn to Wakeboard courses available, pro coaching and private cable sessions for groups and individuals. The park is based around three Sesitic system 2.0 straight line cables, with adjustable speed to match your ability level. It’s suitable for all riders over the age of ten. For more info visit Lagoon Watersports.
Chichester Watersports UK
C.W.S are a British Waterski approved school with fully qualified instructors for all levels of ability. It’s a popular haunt with pro skiers and wakeboarders looking to improve on their technique, which is always a good sign.
The lake is situated just off the A27 around five minutes from Chichester town centre. It’s a 40-acre lake in an old gravel pit, supplied by fresh water from the South Downs and one of the best places for wakeboarding in Sussex. For prices and more information have a look at www.chichesterwatersports.co.uk.
Wakeboarding in Sussex: Wakeboard clubs
Most people identify wakeboarding with being towed behind a boat, but most people can not afford a boat of their own. This is where clubs come in, costs are dramatically reduced and boat quality dramatically increases. Win win!
Brighton Wakeboard and Waterski Club
Located at Brighton Marina, the Brighton Wakeboard Club is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. The aim is to create a friendly and welcoming environment for people to build on their skills and learn new ones. It’s all about having fun and promoting the sport.
They currently use a Mastercraft X2 with all mod cons, including a ballast system, full tower and heater. So, if you’re looking for some fun and affordable wakeboarding in Sussex, this is a very good place to start. Find out more at www.brightonwakeboard.co.uk.
This club and pro store was opened in 2011 by Mike Day from Sussex Watersports. It’s essentially a group of likeminded people looking to have some fun. Based at Goring Gap in Worthing, West Sussex, it’s a great location with top conditions.
They use a 21ft Mariah SX21 with Jobe Addict tower for generating some clean wake, rated for up to eight passengers. You can also hire all the necessary equipment, so get in touch to find out more at www.sussexwakeboard.co.uk.
So, with a choice of two cable parks to try and two clubs to join, wakeboarding in Sussex comes with plenty of options.