HRVATSKA VERZIJA: WAKEBOARD VIKEND AVANTURA
I have heard about the water sport called the wakeboard and I knew you can find it in Croatia, but that I will try it in Varaždin (north Croatia) I´d never guessed!
Quite spontaneously, my travel-buddy Lana (my husband and I met her on our trip to Cuba – but that`s another great story!) suggested a weekend in Varazdin on some local – you can call it – beach resort on some cleansed lake.
Today it is officially Aquacity Varazdin within there is a restaurant (expensive, say the locals), sports facilities (which do not look like as they are in use), toilet and beach – quite decent. We were particularly interested in the wakeboard zone within Aquacity.
Wakeboard (Cable Wakeboard) is actually similar to snowboarding – a skier has a board attached to his feet and in this case he uses water surface for boarding or skiing. Skier is of course holding the handle which is tied to the cable pulled by the electric motor. Wakeboard lift can be circular or linear. The speed is managed by a person in the wakeboard park. Given our own experience and examples of other participants, wakeboarding is extremely easy to learn and after just a few rides most of the people get on their feet fast and enjoy the ride.
During discussions with the instructor Matija I had learnt that foreigners despite the language barrier (I can assure you that Matija speaks English very well) learn to wake faster than local people who have much easier understanding with instructor. And they say that Croatians are an athletic nation? Don`t care about your age, because this sport can actually try everybody – both young and old!
Experienced boarders do all sorts of stunts, from jumping, riding backward, back flips… whatever they are willing to try. If a wakeboard park is very well equipped and it will probably have water ramps that can be used by experienced boarders for more attractions and jumps.
Varazdin Aquacity is an excellent substitute for the sea, especially if you’re not going there, if you`re a short of money or the sea-side is not in near. Given the summer heat, Varaždin is excellent refreshments for Zagreb citizens who can Jarun or Bundek replace with this one-day trip.
How does it feel to wakeboard? Great, specially when you know that your competition is much younger than you, and really everyone can try! I have to admit, while falling couple of times I drank a lot of water and some of the falls were a bit painful. However, the brave do not give up and enjoy another water activity.
Wakeboarding is an extremely young sport – appeared in 1984. In Croatia, wakeboard became popular in the last few years and there are a few lifts: in Porec, on the island of Krk and Pag, and now we have a lift in Aquacity Varazdin and on Jarun in Zagreb.
What does cost this escapade? Price in Varazdin is 50 kn (about 7 euro) for 15 minutes or 100 kn (about 14 euro) for half an hour. Good thing is that you don`t have to spend all the time at once but in several occasions. For beginners learning and the first ride is free. Lift works every day from 12-20 p.m.
Just another activity you have to try! And one more thing, if you are not in good shape, then certainly expect sore muscles. I feel the pain for the second day now.