Get up on the board – which is the hard­est part. Once you get the hang of it, it be­comes like rid­ing a


Once you have a few ba­sic tricks down, it es­sen­tially be­comes an ex­er­cise in over­com­ing your fears to go big­ger. Yes, you’re go­ing to hurt your­self a few times dur­ing awk­ward splash­downs, but if such tum­bling about doesn’t ex­cite and thrill you, you should be back home in your comfy arm­chair play­ing video games. From the day you start, learn­ing through fail­ure is what’s such fun about wake­board­ing.

If you’re not into wa­ter sports ac­tion or you’re won­der­ing what your par­ents or kids are go­ing to do while you’re tear­ing it up at the park, worry not. There’s a sweet pool at Bali Wake Park with a bar. There’s also an out­let of Made’s Warung serv­ing se­lected favourites. There’s also a lovely lawn with bean­bags where you can tan in com­fort while watch­ing the ac­tion on the lake. You’ll meet a lot of dif­fer­ent peo­ple at the park. There are kids, sea­soned pros, mid­dle-aged cou­ples, and teenagers. Then there’s Norm, a 70-year-old slalom skier who ab­so­lutely tears it up.

Lis­ten. The Wake Park

peo­ple will give you ad­vice on start­ing. If you lis­ten, you will suc­ceed.

Have fun. The place

can be down­right in­tim­i­dat­ing, es­pe­cially if some­one is do­ing 360 back flips in front of you

all day.


Give up. Even af­ter fail­ing to take off ten times in a row. You’ll get


What’s ap­peal­ing about Bali Wake Park is that un­like most other wa­ter sports fa­cil­i­ties out there, it’s in­de­pen­dent of nat­u­ral con­di­tions. You don’t have to worry about tides, swells, and gales in­ter­rupt­ing your fun. The whole process is me­chan­i­cal and static, which means you can pick a time of day and it won’t get can­celled no mat­ter what (ex­cept when there are light­ning storms). There’s a cer­tain beauty in pre­dictabil­ity. Along with the tri­umph of learn­ing some­thing new al­most ev­ery time you ride, it’s nice to be able to get out there and have a guar­an­teed great time.

For­get that it’s not about show­ing off, it’s

about hav­ing fun.

For­get to bring your ad­ven­tur­ous friends. The

more the mer­rier.

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