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On the Grand Strand, water seems to be found in all directions. And when it comes to liquid fun, sometimes the best question is — which type of wet and wild adventure will you choose today?
The beach and the pool are go-to favorites, of course. But in the North Myrtle Beach area, there’s also a relatively new sport called cable wakeboarding — a rarely-found-elsewhere activity that sees riders being pulled by a high-tech pulley system rather than a boat. Making things even more exciting, those proficient in the sport can ride their boards while navigating an aquatic obstacle course filled with ramps and rails. Luckily for adventure-seekers staying at North Beach Plantation, cable wakeboarding can be learned, practiced and viewed at Shark Wake Park in the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex — which is located less than 10 miles from the resort.
This spring, you can add another option for finding your (watery) happy place when the Wake Park World Series visits Shark Wake Park this June.
The World Wake Association holds the Wake Park World Series annually at locations around the world. Recognized as the pinnacle of cable wakeboarding, the World Series will draw a diverse field of professional wakeboarders and new talent eager to compete for prize money while showing off their best moves.
During this year’s event in North Myrtle Beach, Shark Wake Park visitors can watch a field of roughly 250 competitors demonstrating wild tricks and creative approaches to the rapidly growing sport of wakeboarding.
Cable wakeboarding, one of the newest extreme sports, is seeing a quick rise in popularity around the world — and wake parks are making the sport more broadly accessible. There’s no need for an expensive ski boat with this iteration of the sport. Cable wakeboarders simply pay a visit to their local wake park, strap in, and take off. Instead of a boat, the rider’s tow rope is connected to a cable about 30 feet above the water. Because they’re being pulled from a higher angle than if they were riding behind a boat, cable wakeboarders can more easily make sharper turns and get “bigger air” when they jump from ramps and slide on rails that are raised out of the water. Lessons and gear are available for beginners, and experienced boarders can bring their own gear.
When the Wake Park World Series makes its North Myrtle Beach visit, the cable wakeboarding area at Shark Wake Park will be reserved for the competition. But there’s still plenty for adults and kids to do when they’re not watching the pros shred the course. Shark Park’s Aqua Park, a floating obstacle course for kids, will be open as usual. Plus, all the dry-land attractions of the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex — the batting cages, walking/biking trails, Go Ape! Treetop Adventure, 3-acre dog park, 10-acre meadow, and regulation baseball, softball and soccer/lacrosse fields — will be ready and waiting.
Shark Wake Park is located inside the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex at 150 Citizens Circle in Little River. For hours, rates, and directions, visit sharkwakepark.com.
After enjoying all the wet and wild fun at Shark Wake Park, head back to your comfortable (and dry) accommodations at North Beach Plantation to rest up for another day of adventure on the Grand Strand. Book your North Beach Plantation getaway today!