When I first started wakeboarding, it took me a good couple of hours to get over the many face plants and bad falls until I could stand up. I was determined to stand up and balance and it didn’t matter if I made a complete fool of myself while trying. We arrived at Camsur Watersports Complex ready to hit the cable. Being that CWC is triple the size of where I first learned how to ride, I was excited.
The park itself is world class and is often frequented by International riders who are looking to have a good time. It is located in Camarines Sur, Philippines and has many facilities including a 6 point cable park system, a wakeboarding lake, a skateboard ramp and a pool, enclosed in a 6 hectar complex. Every adrenaline junkies dream!
Camsur Watersports Complex
Wakeboarding in Camsur is both challenging and very enjoyable. The obstacles are well designed and are constantly being updated to challenge riders to progress. Although I am no pro at wakeboarding, I can manage to stand, loop around the park, and unintentionally hit some ramps and kickers
If you fall in one end of the park, you can either take the long walk back or hop on one of their vans to take you back to the starting dock. Although you can use the basic beginner boards that they have there (just slip on boards), you also have the option to rent better gear. Renting good boards or even bringing your own is a lot better than using the standard equipment. I personally found it harder to stand up using the slip on boards compared to using actual wakeboard boots.
The Cost of Wakeboarding in Camsur:
CWC often has a lot of good package deals which cover your accommodation and park fees. The beauty of this place is it also has a wide range of accommodations for their riders. You can stay in the camping grounds, in trailer houses, in log cabins, or in the large upscale mansions. The park fees are reasonably priced with the option to do night riding.
As of 2015, these are their published wakeboarding rates. For a more updates price list, you can check it on their website.
|Half Day||Php 460.00|
|Whole Day||Php 750.00|
|Night Rate (5:00 PM – 9:00 PM)||Php 590.00|
On top of this, there is a P500 deposit for the safety equipment which is refundable at the end of your ride.
What to Bring for a Day of Wakeboarding:
When you avail of the riding fee, this comes with the necessary protective gear (helmet and lifevest)
- Rashguard or tank top
- Change of clothes
The cable operators are helpful and can give you tips if you ask them. Beginners might find it a little daunting but if you ask for their help, they are willing to give you a basic rundown of what to do, what posture to assume, and how to hold on.
In CWC, you have the option to do a dock start where you slide your board in the dock as the cable pulls you, or a jumping start from their ledge. Again, this all boils down to personal preference and riding style. For the beginner riders, CWC has a winch park which you can use to help you get accustomed to riding. A winch is basically exactly the same as the cable, except it doesn’t loop around. It’s a one way ride to the other end of the dock and is designed just for beginners.
How to Get to Camsur Watersports Complex
Option 1: Take domestic flight to Naga Airport Pili, Camarines Sur (Philippine Airlines) then a local transport to
Camsur Watersports Complex. You can also look for flights to Legaspi City (next closest airport to Naga)
Option 2: Travel by land on a 8 hour bus ride for as low as Php700 (US$18) one way. Check out these bus companies which all offer bus service to Naga City Centre from Manila.
The bus terminal is located at Araneta Bus Terminal, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila. This is the most cost effective way to get there.
For me, CWC is a great place to go to if you want to combine getting away from the city and practicing your wakeboard skills. It is a sport that takes time to pick up, but is easy and fun once you get the hang of it. Although there are other cable parks closer to Manila, Camsur is a destination adventure haven for those that are looking to spend a few days improving their riding skills.