Wakeboarding with spogo
Wakeboarding with Spogo.
Last May I was invited by spogo to see if I would be interested in trying out some wakeboarding as well as SUP (Stand Up Paddle-board) with them. Having never tried either of these sports before so I jumped at the chance. Even more so when I found out the day was being organised at Hove Lagoon, only a mere 15 minutes walk away. I thought it was worth re-posting this with Spring just around the corner, so if you’re looking to try something new then I would definitely recommend giving this a try!
For those of you that have never heard of spogo (me included), they are a sports & fitness website directory funded by Sport England National Lottery grant. Developed by UKactive the site allows you to search for over 121,000 sports venues, facilities and clubs, leisure centres, personal trainers and events across the U.K. They have a blog & online community and are all about encouraging the nation to become healthier.
I must admit I was quite nervous trying out wakeboarding for the first time but I didn’t need to be. The facilities at Hove Lagoon are excellent, they use a cable system that pulls you along in a controlled way as you learn with skilled instructors who make sure you’re okay & give feedback to help you improve.
The first session didn’t go well, not one for being known for my incredible balance & coordination I knew I was going to struggle & struggle I did. It was still great fun & when it came round to my second session of the day I was able to ride on the board from one end of the lagoon to the other beating the 10 second challenge set by the instructors.
Although cold, wetsuits & full kit were provided along with copious mugs of tea & coffee from the cafe they have on site, the day was glorious & couldn’t have been more perfect.
Nick Davies, wakeboarding pro & considered one of the best cable riders in the world, was on hand to show us all how it should be done. Seriously, this guy is a legend at what he does, certainly putting my attempts to shame. Though it was exciting to see what you can do on a wakeboard with some serious training & practise ( and a lot of skill).
In the afternoon, following a delicious lunch it was time to try SUP. All I can say about this is that it is so much harder than it looks! You would think with the board being as big as it is & on a very flat still lagoon I would have no problem in doing SUP. Wrong, very wrong. Luckily, I wasn’t the worst: Ollie from Spogo took that crown spending more time in the water & under the board than on it!
It was great fun though & I had an amazing day – so thank you very much guys for the invite!
I will be visiting Hove Lagoon in the very near future to have a second crack at wakeboarding and SUP & I would definitely recommend giving it a try to others.