I will admit, wakeboarding isn't typically something I would look into. I've had many unsuccessful attempts at it in the past, but the part of my mind that advises "take every opportunity you get or you'll regret it later" won out when a group from GES decided to go to the wake boarding park on monday.
Wakeboarding here in Thailand is a little different than wakboarding elsewhere. While I've heard there are places where you can wakeboard behind a boat (for a steep price), most people go to wakeboard parks where, instead of being pulled by a boat you are pulled by a cable, and, instead of a wake there are several jumps for those with enough skills to do tricks. I am not one of those people.
As we approached the park I was a little apprehensive. Not only because I wasn't confident in my wakeboarding skills, but more over because I didn't know what the water would be like. Standing water in Thailand doesn't have the reputation of being the most pleasent, and I wasn't exactly extatic about getting mouthfulls of swamp water everytime I inevitibly wiped out.
My worries, however, were unwarrented. The place (Thai Wake Park) was beautiful. Large patios littered with chairs and tables sat on the edge of the lake where the water was light blue and very unswamplike. It was a small lake, most likely manmade, in the middle of rice fields, with a small island in the middle, so the cable would take you around in a circle.
Here are some pics of me doing what I did best, and then finally, sort of making it.
And some pics of Craig doing a much better job