Wakeboarding and Watersports in CamSur

It’s summer and school is on vacation. The search for the cool thing, literally and figuratively speaking, this summer has long started. Skydiving? Parasailing in Boracay? Bungee jumping? How about the in-thing for teenagers (and all other “agers”) — wakeboarding.

The lunchtime sun was fiery hot when we reached Pili, the town after Naga City in Bicol, on our trip to see Mayon Volcano (Bicol) and the butanding (Donsol, Sorsogon). We always thought that the famous water sports complex of Camarines Sur is in Naga City, the former provincial capital. Pili is the existing provincial capitol, but Naga seems to be more developed.

We’ve briefly touched on wakeboarding in Lago de Oro. It seems, though, that CamSur — specifically the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) — is now the center of Philippine wakeboarding.

Wakeboarding, according to the CWC website, “was created from a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques. Instead of using skis, the rider rides a single board with stationary non-release bindings for each foot, standing sideways. Wakeboarding, besides being one of the world’s fastest growing sports and is gradually being recognized globally, has become a lifestyle for others.” I never thought that there are many variations of cable skiing, all available at “first world-class watersports complex in the Philippines and in Asia”, the CWC.

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