October 12th, 2011 by Tim Woodhead

A few weeks ago Liverpool Council let the team at Industry Wake Parks loose in one of its most famous docks. Situated bang in the middle of the city centre the location was simply stunning! Salthouse Dock was constructed in 1753 and is surrounded by tons of history and culture including the Beetles Story, Albert Dock and Maritime Museum. The brief from Liverpool Council was to setup a System 2.0, install a kicker and have a load of fun riding them for two days! Now that is the kind of brief we like.

The reason wakeboarding was allowed into this normally calm dock was for the ‘On the Water’ Festival, which is a series of water based events that are run in Liverpool Docks and the surrounding area. Sharing the water with the wakeboarders were pirates, tall ships, P1 Power Boats, Coast Guard rescue demos, SUP boarding dogs and all sorts of other random activities.

Over the duration of the two days at least six thousand people must have stopped to check out the action. James Hackney and Toby Yeo MC’d most of the day and all the Industry Wake Park team got some well over due water time. One of the highlights was parking a P1 Power Boat in front of the kicker and jumping over it.

 The crowd favourite was anyone who went upside down, and Hackers and Dave Knight duly obliged on many occasions. Due to the need for the odd sailing boat to go under the cable the towers had to be setup 13m above the ground, as you can imagine this lead to some crazy air trick sessions.

 Hopefully this won’t be the last time you will see riding in Liverpool Docks, watch this space.

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