Wakeboarding – a great new summer activity!
We are pleased to announce a new and exciting summer activity available for our guests this summer – wakeboarding!
For those that don’t know, wakeboarding is a mixture of water skiing and surfing and was invented in the 1980’s. The idea originated whilst surfers patiently waited for the next ‘big’ wave which often took a very long time, or never came at all. Then someone came up with the idea of towing themselves and their surfboard with a motorboat. The sport which was initially very similar to water skiing, has developed into its own full blown sport.
The wakeboard gets its name from a small type of wave known as a wake. Boarders use the wakes to perform jumps, tricks and turns.
The wakeboard itself is a similar form to that of a surfboard but is smaller, shorter and has rounded off edges so it easily glides over the water’s surface. As with water skiing and surfing, the wakeboarder stands on his board in the same direction that he or she wants to travel. Wakeboarders are pulled along by either a motorboat, jetski or a mechanical line or winch. A boat or jetski can tow wakeboarders at speeds of up to 35kph and a winch up to 30kph.
Many wakeboarding centres will also have a variety of obstacles including jumps, ramps, slides and rails used to perform spectacular jumps and tricks.
Wakeboarding in Stall
About 30 minutes drive from the AdventureAustria base in Lienz, is a brand new outdoor wakeboarding centre. The wakeboarding centre is located on the Gössnitzsee (Lake Gössnitz) in the town of Stall in Carinthia. The centre itself also includes a bathing area, chill out zone, slackline, giant trampoline, volleyball court and balance board. Refreshments and changing rooms are also available onsite.
The wakeboarding park on Lake Gössnitz is one of the most unique in Austria and is worth a visit, not just for enthusiastic water junkies, but also for anyone who would simply prefer to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings of the lake and mountains.
Wakeboarders get winched across the lake on a course stretching 200 meters. The speed and direction of the winch is done by the controller onshore. In the lake are a number of obstacles for the extra adrenalin kick – similar to the snowboarding ‘funparks’ that you mind find in a ski resort in winter. The biggest jump here is four meters long, two meters wide and over a meter high. It’s also possible to go water skiing, surfing, wake-skating, paddle-boarding and knee-boarding.
The wakeboarding centre is open every Friday-Sunday from 11am to 5pm throughout summer. For groups of five people or more it’s also possible to visit during the week with prior arrangement.
The only main requirement for visitors is that they must be competent swimmers. Children are also welcome provided that they are good swimmers. Wakeboarding for beginners is often very tiring and many underestimate how strenuous the movements can be – particularly on the arms and upper body.
Entrance to the wakeboarding centre is free for visitors and spectators. For those wanting to do wakeboarding the daily price will set you back €30. This gives you unlimited runs for the whole day. Wakeboards, wetsuits and helmets are all provided by the centre and are included within the price.
By visiting the wakeboarding centre in Stall, guests could also use the opportunity to combine their trip to the wonderful Raggaschlucht (canyon and waterfalls) and the all year round Mölltal Glacier in Flattach.
Please get in touch if you are interested in wakeboarding and would like to include it in your next activity holiday with AdventureAustria.