Cable waterskiing or wakeboarding as its name implies, is waterskiing or wakeboarding where the participants are not pulled by a boat but by an overhead cable, very similar to a cable car system.
The cable system runs counter clockwise around the lake and the participants are. Very simply, hooked up to the cable on the move, it can travel at the same boat speed as recreational and tournament waterskiing and wakeboarding. It is powered by a variable speed electric motor that can maintain speed between 24 – 58 kph.
All skiers and wakeboarders have to begin from the same starting dock. This also helps ensure that the cable operator has some control over the people getting into the water. There is no limit as to how many rounds a participants can go.
The obvious advantage to cableskiing and wakeboarding is the dramatic reduction in the cost for participants. Participants are not restricted to wakeboarding and waterskiing – they can slalom, trick ski or kneeboard. Up to 8 skiers or wakeboarders can participate at the same time on one cableway, with an average of 300 – 400 participants per day (depending on the size of the cable park).
It is because of the masses that can use this system it is possible to reduce the cost for participant as compared to if they were riding behind a boat.”
At the end of the fifties, during a holiday in Holland, Mr. Bruno Rixen from Munchen, Germany, experienced water-skiing for the first time. He liked it very much, but did not like the long wait at the overcrowded ski school. Being an inventor by nature and profession, he placed himself behind his drawing table to invent the ideal skiing machine – the cable system. In 1966 the first cable ski park opened in Spain.
Safety & Environment
Cable skiing is safe, clean, quiet, and environmentally friendly, there is no risk of oil or fuel contamination.
World Wide Cable Parks
There are currently about 150 cable parks world-wide. In Germany alone there are around 53 cableways operating and every year there are 3 – 5 additional cableways which are put into operation.
• Cable waterski/wakeboard systems are approved by national and international associations as an equivalent pulling facility.
• There are national and international competitions at cable waterski / wakeboard systems and even World Championships since 1998