Womens Wakeboard Camp: September 2018

September 1st saw the last of our Wake Daze events at Club Wake Park for the season, and was it a great event!  As usually we had a totally mixed bunch of abilities and three repeat customers (which we loooove and we’re very pleased to say this has happened multiple times over the past two summers!).

On this event, we had five boat riders, one beginner and two complete – had never looked at a wakeboard – beginners, one of which had a fear of water (which was smashed after her first couple of minutes!!).  The best part is that everyone stood up, got riding and started tackling the corners by the end of the day.  And all of the boat riders were working on their first feature, being the wedge!  We literally couldn’t have been more happy with how everyone progressed!

We had excellent weather on the 1st September, not a breath of wind around and sun was shining.  After a quick cuppa and a chat, we kicked off the day with a yoga session right on the dock.  The yoga was lead by the lovely Parker Rose, who always manages to cater for everyones ability.  We usually get people who have never done any yoga, or that have done it a couple of times a few years ago, and then people who practice regularly & also instructors!  So a real mixed bag.  We love that people are willing to get involved and try out some yoga as we believe it aids your wakeboarding, but thats another blog post.  Parker leads everyone through a great set of stretches and warm ups, with more challenging options of the more advanced yogis, which gets everyone ready for their wake sets.

Following a very nice hour long energising yet relaxing yoga session, fuel was needed to get everyone stocked up for wakeboarding.  Which we did with some tea and cake, and also a more healthy option of coconut water and a selection of fruit and vegan energy bars.  The cake always goes down well.

We went through the first sets where everyone got used to the cable, started progressing on their goals for the day.  This was mostly the wedge; to either hit it for the first time, or to get more comfortable hitting it along with 180’s.  And over on the non park cable we had the beginners up riding and getting used to corners, and the total beginners standing up and riding for the first time ever!

Fuel was needed so we broke for lunch, and just to let the lunch settle, we did a bit of Nalu Bead braiding.

The second sets started and the women were on fire!  New tricks being thrown, most of them being landed, some epic edges were caught as well.  Lots of grab variations going on, 180’s being claimed and some being claimed by the 180’s.  The big kicker was even hit, and again, some stacks were had as well as it being mastered.  Then over on the non park cable, all the beginners were mastering their board skills.  They were all standing up and riding the entire length of the cable, starting to transfer their weight to start turns, and also started work on the corners!  So much was thrown down!  After all the riding, the hot tub was calling for a little soak and a round up of the day, and everyone was stoked on what they had learnt.

We have loved meeting all of the new Wake Daze’ers on our last WD event of the season, and throughout the entire summer!  We have thoroughly enjoyed coaching each and every one of you and helped you progress in one way, shape of form.  We will be working away over the winter to bring you more of what you love next year!  Keep shredding all you Wake Daze Babes and we will see you soon!

And just one more huge shoutout to everyone who made this season happen!  Toby & Janni at Club Wake Park!  And thank you for letting us take over the lake to create the best day possible!  To Coach Lex who helped each and every one of you progress this summer.  And to Nalu Beads for always stocking our swag bags!

Womens Wakeboard Camp UK: May Roundup

We kicked off the 2018 Wake Daze events this year on the 19th May down at the wake haven that is Club Wake Park.  It was the same day as the Royal Wedding so naturally we had to have a peek at Megan’s dress when she stepped out the car!  Thats about as much involvement as we had in the wedding… we were too busy wakeboarding!

After all saying hello and getting to know each other, (and a cup of coffee….) we kicked off the day with some amazing yoga from Parker Rose.  We were right by the lake, and because of the nature of our day, she took us through some yoga moves to get us stretching out our wake muscles, and getting us warmed up, ready for our day on the water.

After a quick snack and loads of liquid (it was a really really hot day!), we started the wake portion of the day.  And did the girls bring it!  We had eight riders with levels of riding ranging from complete beginner right up to landing air tricks and transfers.

We were massively stoked to have a couple of riders from the adventure charity IDID, that promotes the use of action sports to help build confidence and resilience to marginalised individuals, and also from Battle Back which supports wounded, injured and sick Service people from all of the armed services.  Our coach Lex Balladon, had worked with both of the women before and was really excited to see them attending the event!

We had a break in the middle of wake sets to refuel with lunch, have a rest and hang out during a Nalu Bead Workshop where everyone got to make something with their Nalu goodies.

Aim of the game: to make sure everyone improved their wakeboarding in one way, shape, or form.  We had loads going on!  Complete beginners standing up for the first time, some gaining confidence in the water and practicing turning, others learning how to navigate the corners on the cable.  Then we had some trying out different grabs off the kickers, spins, flips and generally just boosting!  We also had some raley practice and also backroll training!  We had a bit of everything and we loved it, everyone was cheering each other on while lapping up the sun and good vibes.

Obviously we rounded up the amazing day with a dip in the log burning hot tub to just recap on our Wake Daze!

Huge thank you to all the women that came to play and well done everyone! We had a blast and can’t wait until the next one!

Here are some photos from the day!

Photos from: Janni & Keegan Rigby from Club Wake Park, & Lex Balladon.

(NB: We ask at the beginning of every event if people are happy with photos / video being taken and also if they would like them to be used on social media, we do not post photos without consent.)

The next event in June is currently fully booked.  However, we still have space on our Weekend Retreat in July!  28th & 29th, all the info on the website.

Girls Wakeboard & Yoga Weekend Retreat Roundup

The raddest bunch of wake babes around.

Oh. My. Daze.  Wake Daze that is.  We just had our very first weekend retreat last weekend and it was lit.  We had a blast hanging out with such an amazing bunch of babes, it was ridiculous!  Its taken a few days to get the snaps out, we had to edit them down from nearly 1000 down to around 100… it took some time, (check out all the photos here).  So here is a little blog rounding up the weekend.

Here it goes… we kicked things off on Saturday with a thunder storm.  Yep, we had it down to rain for a while but not a full blown storm.  Good ol’ England.  So we hit the giant bean bags with some Nalu Beads and coffees, and got to know each other a little better.

Once we had the all clear to ride, everyone was raring to go after being mesmerised by knotting their Nalu creations.  We had a great mix of abilities, four complete beginners and four riders that had been wakeboarding for over a year or more.  The great thing about CWP is that it has two cables set up, one which is shorter with no toys and so its great for beginners.  And the other cable is tighter with a third cable running through it which is great for learning air tricks, and it also has loads of fun toys to play on.

On the first day we kept the group as one and everyone was chilling together while someone was riding, which is cool because everyone was cheering everyone on.  We had riders getting used to the cable and the toys, learning new cuts into kickers, and total beginners standing up on their first ever time wakeboarding!  Whaaaaat?  Then we swiftly moved on to learning new tricks for the intermediate riders, and starting to use an edge for the beginners.

Once the wakeboarding part of the day was wrapped, the groups headed to the hot tub where they were waiting for their Coach, Lex Balladon, to join in with a welcomed prosecco toast!  What a great way to end a wakeboard session.

Fuel was needed and it came in the form of a BBQ laid on by the clubhouse, which went down a treat.  The night was not over, we led the group back to the lake where Toby (from CWP) had set up a fire pit so we could toast marshmallows and cozy up.

The next morning arrived after a night of camping where a brew and cereal bar were provided to wipe away the sleep heads.  We met Yogi Parker Rose on the dock ready for some morning yoga to get our bodies moving and ready for the wakeboarding that lay ahead.  Parker took us through a fantastic morning flow filled with stretches and vinyasa, along with a some balancing poses, it was the perfect way to start the second day of our wakeboarding and yoga weekend retreat.

Lex and Toby went for a quick demo set each before the wakeboarding part of the day started.  Amped to ride, the girls were changed and ready to go.  There was also a continental breakfast laid out so people could eat as they pleased throughout the morning to keep them fuelled up.

This time, the group was split in two and we had both cables running with four girls on each cable.  Lex spent an hour over on the beginner cable coaching the girls through using edges and turning, and even corners!  These babes did good!  After that, Lex spent an hour coaching over on the other cable coaching the intermediate group who were killing it!  They were going huge off the kickers and getting the different grabs, pressing on the fun box, hitting the incline and even the side of the transfer!  Well done you wake babes!

The food and hot tub kept us going through all the riding as it was a little chills, but sadly it was time to bring our weekend retreat to a close.  We rounded up with a huge pat on the back to all the shredder babes for riding so well, and thanked everyone for joining us on our first ever Wake Daze, wakeboard and yoga weekend retreat!

We cannot wait for our next events, stay tuned as 2018 dates will be dropping over the winter.

A huge HUGE thank you goes out to Toby and Janni from Club Wake Park for being such awesome hosts, and to Nalu Beads for providing all the goodies.