Five Steel Towers Going Up Friday At Wake Nation Houston
Soft Opening Targeted For May At Houston’s Only Cable Wakeboarding Park
(HOUSTON, TX) – With a little help from a 70-ton crane, five steel towers are going up Friday at Wake Nation Houston, the new cable wakeboarding complex set to open this spring near Pearland, south of the Sam Houston Parkway on the 288 Freeway. A soft opening is targeted for May 1 with a Grand Opening June 4.
Currently, five steel towers – each one 35’ tall – are being erected on the cable park’s 12-acre lake. The towers will secure a unique overhead cable system enabling riders to wakeboard, water ski and kneeboard WITHOUT A BOAT! Six riders can be on the water at the same time, being pulled around the lake at speeds of 18-20 miles per hour.
“It’s an exciting time for us,” said Peter Kennedy, co-owner of Wake Nation Houston. “Once the towers are up, the whole project begins to take shape and we know we will have riders on the water in the not-too-distant future.” When opened, the watersports’ complex will be the only full-sized cable wakeboarding park in the Houston area.
Wakeboarding is the country’s fastest growing water sport, says Kennedy. “The cable system approach to wakeboarding and water skiing is particularly attractive to those without access to their own boats.” Currently, there are only 10 full-scale cable wakeboarding parks in the U.S.A.
For experienced riders, the lake will be outfitted with custom-built jumps, grind rails and sliders. For beginners, there will be a separate area called the Practice Pond featuring an “easy start” ride system. This area is designed to give beginners a place to learn to ride a wakeboard at a slower speed than on the main lake. All riders must be at least 5 years of age and are required to wear a Coast Guard Approved (CGA) life vest and a helmet.
Wake Nation Houston will be a “pay-as-you-play” facility. Parking and admission to the cable wakeboarding complex will be FREE, including access to a large outdoor observation deck that offers a panoramic view of the entire lake area. Riders will pay only for their “water time,” and will be charged $25 for two hours, $30 for four hours and $35 for an all-day pass. If patrons don’t have their own gear, Wake Nation also offers everything they need for rent. The Wake Nation Houston complex will also have a full pro shop, concessions’ area and numerous other services and amenities. Wake Nation will offer special group rates and several season pass options.
Wake Nation Houston is the second cable wakeboard complex opened by Wake Nation. Wake Nation’s first cable wakeboard complex, called Wake Nation Cincinnati, opened in May, 2009 to rave reviews from the local community as well as professional wakeboarders worldwide. The popular venue has already hosted two nationally sanctioned tournaments, won several “Best Of” awards and last year set an officially sanctioned Guinness World Record for longest distance traveled on a wakeboard in a 24-hour period.