What is Cable Wakeboarding? What is a Cable Park?

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What is Cable Wakeboarding

Cable wakeboarding is a form of water-skiing that uses an overhead pulley system or “cable” to pull participants around a lake, instead of a boat. The rope and handle are attached to the overhead line instead of the back of a boat. The cable pulls the rider across and around the lake, allowing the rider to shred along the way. A cable park (also called a wakeboard park) is an industry term for any location that has one (1) or more cable systems. There are two (2) types of cable systems. Two-tower cable systems are great for learning and practicing, while full-size cable systems (multiple towers) are great for intermediate riders and above. Wake Nation has both!

Two-Tower Cable Systems

Two-tower cable systems typically pull one (1) participant at a time, and are excellent for learning, teaching, and practicing skills. With two towers, one on each side of a lake, the cable system spans and travels back and forth across the open body of water. The cable and/or rider will either stop at each side, or once their skills improve, turn and change directions without stopping. On this type of cable system, the operator/instructor has the ultimate control, and can make very fine adjustments to help the rider progress quickly. Because of this control, the operator can coach easily, pick up a fallen rider quickly, and allow them multiple attempts at a particular skill within a short amount of time. Nearly all of our wakeboard lessons are on the two-tower cable system, and those skills translate quickly to the boat or a full-size cable system. There is no better, safer, easier, or faster way to learn than a two-tower cable system.

Full-Size Cable Systems

At Wake Nation, we call our full-size cable system our “main cable”. A full-size cable system has 4 to 6 towers throughout the cable path and typically travel in a large circular pattern around a lake or body of water. At each tower, the cable path changes direction and allows the rider to continue on the course. The more towers a cable system has, six (6) is currently the most, the softer and easier the turns are for riders. Wake Nation boasts six (6) towers, creating a predictable, perfectly-smooth ride and mellow, 60 degree turns.

Full-size systems run continuously, with multiple riders at a time, each separated by a few hundred feet. When a participant falls, they swim to the shore and walk back to the start dock to begin again. A cable operator manages ropes, handles, and carriers, the gizmos that catch and pull the rope and handle, pulling riders off the start dock, and allowing them to ride around the lake.

A full-size cable system is ideal for the intermediate level rider and above. Most of the sliders and kickers (collectively called wakeboard features) at a typical cable park are at the full-size cable system. Wake Nation has over two dozen features – more than most cable parks. Imagine a floating skatepark with much softer falls. Features are exciting and thrilling for the rider as well as spectators.

Important Information for All Participants

All cable participants must attend a brief safety meeting prior to riding our main cable.

Practice Sessions/Slow Ride

Practice sessions (slower riding speeds) on our main cable are offered daily until 2pm. See our calendar page for our exact calendar and hours.

During these slower ride sessions, we operate the main cable at a slower speed, substantially reducing any fear or inhibitions a rider may have. Slower speeds on the main cable also make starting and turning significantly easier for those first few riding sessions. This is the best time to ride for all beginners, those that need to brush up on their skills, those that already know how to ride on a boat and are giving cable a try, or those working on new or advanced skills.

Experienced Cable Wakeboarders

If you have successfully ridden a full-size cable system before (meaning you can successfully navigate the start and the turns, and can control your wakeboard well enough to steer and avoid items such as wakeboard features, other fallen riders, and objects in the water) you can simply show up, shred, and enjoy. Have fun, be safe, and always ride within your abilities! Wake Nation has more features than most other cable parks, so get your shred on!

Never-Ever/First-Time Wakeboarders

Regardless of your skill level or experience, our goal is to help you understand what to expect at Wake Nation, and get you shredding in a safe and controlled manner. In order to provide you with an exceptional first-time experience, we never allow first-time/never ever wakeboarders on the full-size cable system. First-time kneeboarding however, is allowed, and is a fun, safe, and entertaining place to start your cable riding experience. This policy is primarily for your own safety, as well as the enjoyment of all participants. If you have never wakeboarded before, ensure your first experience is amazing. Check out our Cincinnati wakeboard lessons or plan on participating in another activity when you visit us.

You Know How To Wakeboard But Have Never Ridden a Full-Size Cable System

Experience matters. The speed of the cable and your ability to control your wakeboard is important. This is a gray area so please read carefully.

We certainly don’t want you to be a liability to yourself or others around you, but if you ride behind the boat often, and/or can control your wakeboard well enough to navigate the starts and turns on the main cable, and can also avoid items such as wakeboard features, other fallen riders, floating buoys, water barriers, and other objects in the water, you will likely be ok riding the main cable when it is moving at a slow speed. We would recommend showing up early in the day, during one of our practice sessions, ask for some free tips and tricks, and learn the starts and turns of the main cable at the much slower speed. We always recommend a Main Cable 101 lesson if you wish to ride the main cable. Priced less than a day ticket + rental, it’s a no-brainer. However, if the cable speed is slow, and you can already shred on a wakeboard, we’ll let you go for it without a lesson when the cable speed is slow. If you are unsure, check out the Main Cable 101 lesson. At 3 total hours in length, it’s plenty for your first time on a full-size cable system, and you’ll have a much better, and most often, absolutely perfect experience.

All of the above applies only when the main cable is moving at slow speeds. The first-time main cable experience is entirely different at full speed/normal speed. No matter how good you are on the boat, the falls you will surely have at normal, main cable speeds your first time out, are not soft, and are completely unnecessary. If you are persistent or insistent on trying…yes, you know who you are, we’ll let you try it, but pay close attention to our “3 try, 3 fall, no refund” rule. No matter how much you insist, we will always encourage you to avoid this type of experience altogether. It’s not fun and it’s never a good idea. If you arrive late in the day, on any given day when the cable is moving at normal/faster speeds, we will always encourage you to return the next day and try for the first time when it’s slow. This is always a much safer, and much more fun experience! We have a 100% success rate with our lessons so it’s always worth looking into.

Last: Below is an excerpt from our waiver listing cable safety rule #1. In addition to the actual wavier that every participant must read and sign (or parents on their behalf) this rule is posted clearly at our waiver stands, at checkout, on signage in the proshop, and at the start dock. It is also covered at least twice in our verbal safety checks and verbal orientation.

Cable Safety Rule #1
Without exception, no first-time or never-ever wakeboarders are ever allowed on the main cable system. Experienced wakeboarders must possess enough skill to safely control and steer their wakeboard through starts and turns and avoid items such as wakeboard features, other fallen riders, floating buoys, water barriers, and other objects in the water before attempting to ride the main cable. Regardless of your actual or claimed wakeboarding experience, we never allow anyone to try the main cable for their first time at normal/faster cable speeds. Based on your experience and skill level, exceptions are permitted (with or without a lesson) at slower cable speeds only. This and all rules are for your own personal safety. If you insist on trying, or try to “wing it”, or slip past our staff, safety checks, orientations, rules, and signage, by claiming you’ve done it before, or are more experienced than you are, or if for any reason we feel you are a liability to yourself or others, we have a standing “3 try, 3 fall, no refund” rule that can be enforced at any time. Be smart. Be safe. Keep it fun.

Tickets and Pricing

Note: These prices reflect our every day retail prices. To get the ultimate insider discounts, buy online or follow us on social media and/or sign up for our newsletter (links at the bottom of any page on this website). Be ready to act fast! Specials, deals, and fun contests and games come and go in a flash, and that’s the only place you’ll ever see them! Don’t be surprised if your next visit or activity is substantially discounted, or even free! No kidding. All ticket and pass purchases are non-refundable.

Cable Tickets

Cable All Day Ticket – $49
Purchase online and save $5. ($44)
Use coupon code: save5 at checkout.

After 4:30PM Cable Ticket – $39
Purchase online and save $5. ($34)
Use coupon code: save5 at checkout.

Kneeboarding All Day Ticket – $24
(Includes kneeboard, life jacket, & helmet)
Purchase online and save $5. ($19)
Use coupon code: save5 at checkout

Cable 5 Pack – $219
Five (5) Pack of Cable Tickets
Approximately $44/ticket
Valid For Any Public Ride Session

Cable 10 Pack – $399
Ten (10) Pack of Cable Tickets
Approximately $40/ticket
Valid For Any Public Ride Session

*All cable ticket packs must be used by the same person and expire at the end of the season.

Optional Add-On’s for Tickets, Packs, and Non Season Passes 
Aqua Park Day Ticket + $10
Superslide Day Ticket + $10
Aqua Park & Superslide Day Ticket + $15

Equipment Rentals

Equipment Package – $30
Wakeboard, Life Jacket, & Helmet
Purchase online and save $5. ($25)
Use coupon code: save5 at checkout.

Equipment Package Season – $299
Wakeboard, Life Jacket, & Helmet for the Entire Season

Other Individual Items
Wakeboard Only – $20
Wakeskate – $10
Kneeboard – $10
Helmet – $7
Vest/Life Jacket – $7
Long Sleeve Wetsuit Top – $10
Full Length 3/2 Wetsuit – $20

cable Passes

Season Pass - On Sale! $549

$799On Sale Now! $549
Season passholders receive unlimited and direct access to the cable park, aqua park, and superslide throughout the entire season. Passholders also receive exclusive, bonus cable riding and other significant benefits each year. See below. Pay attention to the discounts, they’re as good as it gets. To purchase a pass online, visit our shop page. All passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Unlimited and direct access to the cable park, aqua park, and superslide. No restrictions or blackouts of any kind. Check-in is not required.
  • Exclusive access to passholder-only ride sessions. See calendar for dates, hours of operation, and bonus times. No guests or non passholders are allowed.
  • 50% off all youth summer camps and daily drop ins for youth camps.
  • 25% off all other camps.
  • 25% discount off all lessons and private cable sessions.
  • 25% off all gear – retail, pro shop, or special order item.
  • 25% off all food & beverages.
  • 25% off all equipment rentals, private shade rentals, etc.
  • 25% off all birthday party/group packages and additional persons.
  • 25% off “Buddy” discount. Bring up to 4 guests per visit. Valid for all cable lessons and all ticketed activities (cable, aqua park, and superslide). Be the hero and hook your family and friends up!
  • Free locker rental as needed.
  • Inside Scoop Newsletter: Passholder-only updates. Be the first to learn about the latest park info, before the general public.
  • Returning passholders, and/or additional passholders in the same household, email us for a $50 per pass discount code, valid for the Season Pass and Youth Season Pass only.
  • Passholder discounts are not to be combined with any other promotion, sale, or discount.
Youth Pass - On Sale! $409

$599On Sale Now! $409
The Youth Season Pass has all the same benefits and discounts of the Season Pass, but is for shredders under the age of 15. Pay close attention to the 50% discount for all youth summer camps and daily drop ins for youth camps, along with the 25% discounts on gear and other items.

Returning passholders, and/or additional passholders in the same household, email us for a $50 per pass discount code, valid for the Season Pass and Youth Season Pass only.

To purchase this pass online, visit our shop page.

Value Pass - On Sale! $169

$179On Sale Now! $169
Value passholders receive exclusive, bonus cable riding and other benefits each year. See below. To purchase a pass online, visit our shop page. All passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Unlimited $25 per visit/day access the cable park. No restrictions or blackouts of any kind. Check-in is required.
  • Access to passholder-only ride sessions. See calendar for dates, hours of operation, and bonus times. No guests or non passholders are allowed.
  • Inside Scoop Newsletter: Passholder-only updates. Be the first to learn about the latest park info, before the general public.
Month Pass - $199

Month passholders receive exclusive, bonus cable riding and other benefits for 30 calendar days after first use. See below. To purchase a pass online, visit our shop page. All passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Unlimited access to the cable park for 30 days after first use. No restrictions or blackouts of any kind. Check-in is required.
  • Access to passholder-only ride sessions. See calendar for dates, hours of operation, and bonus times. No guests or non passholders are allowed.
  • Inside Scoop Newsletter: Passholder-only updates. Be the first to learn about the latest park info, before the general public.
Week Pass - $99

Week passholders receive exclusive, bonus cable riding and other significant benefits for 10 calendar days after first use. See below. To purchase a pass online, visit our shop page. All passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • Unlimited access to the cable park for 10 days after first use. No restrictions or blackouts of any kind. Check-in is required.
  • Access to passholder-only ride sessions. See calendar for dates, hours of operation, and bonus times. No guests or non passholders are allowed.
  • Inside Scoop Newsletter: Passholder-only updates. Be the first to learn about the latest park info, before the general public.
Season Pass Insurance - $49

Life is full of the unpredictable, and no one wants to miss a good shred session. Plan your wakeboard season with peace of mind. If one of the listed life events (see below) prevents you from shredding during the season, you may be eligible to receive a pro-rated, Season Pass credit for the days you missed. Any loss of days is based on our summer season from approximately Memorial Day to October 1.

Covered Life Events – Other Events Subject to Insurance Approval

  • Job Loss or Transfer
  • Personal Injury
  • Personal or Immediate Family Illness (Spouse, Significant Other, Child)
  • Pregnancy
  • Jury Duty (More than 30 days)
  • Military Transfer