Saturday, April 7, 2012
On the way there I was stoked. I couldn't wait to get to the park and get my riding on. When we got there it was... umm... not what I expected. Rolling in was the parks big sign, which was a piece of plywood laid up against a tree with a spray painted "ECWP" on it. On the road into the park you pass the scenic trailer park on your left side. And then this big park I was expecting turned out to be a pond with a cable on it. There where a total of 4 obstacles to hit, one of which was not working. I was just expecting a lot more and it didn't turn out to be what I payed for.
All of the obstacles were not weighted down properly, so they would float all over the place and not be in the same spot each time you went on the coarse. They also were constructed poorly so the risk for injury was greatly increase. One of the students riding with us, an international student from Switzerland at that, ending up shartering his shoulder falling on one of the ramps there. We (not the parks supervisors or owner) had to drive him to the hospital, which they couldn't even tell us where it was, to get him the help he needed.
We ended up going out on this "wake park" for two days, Saturday and Sunday. Overall it was a fun trip, but I would never go back to this place again. The park was a redneck pond to say the least. I would much rather pay a lot less and ride behind a boat than go to this place again. So case in point; don't go to the ECWP, ride behind a boat if you are going wakeboarding. Thank you.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Myself, I'm picking the East Coast Wake Park and for a couple reasons. Let me make a list:
- The water is flat, non-choppy, and safe.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
They have been battling it out for years. The wakeskaters versus the wakeboarders; which one is better? Who has more tricks? Who gets more girls? There's a lot of factors here but lets go over some.
Both sports are fun. Wakeboarding you can get huge air; wakeskating you can do badass tricks. They both have their advantages. With wakeboarding you can do backrolls, tantrums, 1080's, and get higher than Bob Marley at a Jamaican concert in May. With wakeskating you can do shuv's, kickflips, butterslides, and your feet don't have to stay on the board which makes for a ton of flexibility (and new tricks to come).
But with advantages comes disadvantages. For one, with wakeboarding, all that air comes with some consequences. Lets say you overspin that 1080 and come down hitting the other wake sideways... a world of pain. The boat is going at least 22mph, your going sideways and coming down, which increases the speed tremendously and then face planting the water at who knows how fast! When something like this happens concussions are a definitely factor here. Second, your strapped to your board. This can be a good thing for tricks like backrolls and tantrums, but what about more flexibility of tricks? Not only that, like I said before, being strapped to the board on falls equals a world of pain.
If that's the case, what could be the disadvantages of wakeskating? Well with wakeskating, you are not attached to the board which provides a huge variety of tricks, tricks very similar or the same as skateboarding. The only disadvantages would be not being able to get as big of air (which is actually okay sometimes ex. concussions), as well as not being able to do some of the big tricks you can do on a wakeboard, such as the backflips I was talking about before.
So while both sports have their advantages, I'm definitely in favor of wakeskating versus wakeboarding. This is because the variety of tricks, as well as knowing you aren't going to become brain dead because you went to high on a jump and got scared in the air. Tootles!