Decawake Clark

Posted by: Carlo Lorenzo
I've got poor sense of balance. I'm not athletic. But look at this, I did it!!! And so can you.

I’ve got poor sense of balance. I’m not athletic. But look at this, I did it!!! And so can you.

Wakeboarding for non-sporty people like me can be very difficult in the open sea. Good thing wakeboarding is made easy at Decawake Clark. No need for speedboats. No hassle from choppy waves. No need to check for good weather conditions. Decawake Clark sure is a fun place to spend time learning something new with friends and family.

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My first wakeboarding experience was in Batangas. There was a storm brewing and the waves were choppy. I tried to do it twice, but I was never able to stand.

The second time was in Laguna. There weren’t any storms, but using a professional wakeboard just wasn’t for me. Every time I fell, it was exhausting to keep my head afloat with just my arms and my life vest supporting me. I couldn’t move my legs because they’re attached to the wakeboard.

Going to Decawake Clark was such a relief. This wakeboard park gives you the option to use the professional wakeboard where you get to strap the boots attached to it to your legs below the knees, or, you can use the slip-ons. I love the slip-ons. When you fall, you can easily remove the wakeboard from your feet, much like removing slippers.

There are two areas. One is called the beginner’s area, and the other, the big lake. The beginner’s area has the cable going on a straight path and is much smaller compared to the big lake. Beginners can start at the beginner’s area but professionals may also choose to practice moves here since the cable line is shorter, easier to start again when you fall. Newbies and pros can both enjoy the big lake area too. The cable lines go around the lake where there are obstacles that you may or may not try. During my visit here, I wasn’t able to catch anyone trying out the obstacles. But when they do, based on the pictures I saw, the wakeboarders can slide up the ramp and soar in the air. But if you’re a non-athletic beginner like me, I recommend the beginner’s area.

Photo courtesy: Decawake Clark and IWWF

The Big Lake Area is also called the Main Cable Area (Photo courtesy: Decawake Clark and IWWF)

Before you begin, you have to pay at the cashier and sign a waiver. After that, they give you a helmet and a life vest to put on.

I went to the beginner’s area and waited in line. There were slip-on wakeboards near the instructor. When it was my turn, I sat on the ledge where I slipped the wakeboard on while my feet were already submerged in the 4 feet deep water. I was given the handle that was attached to the motorized cable above. The instructor told me to hold the handle but I shouldn’t pull it. He added that I should keep my hands far from my chest while maintaining a squatting position.

Sit on the edge of the ledge, put on the wakeboard, and hold on to the handle attached to the cable

Sit on the edge of the ledge, put on the wakeboard, and hold on to the handle attached to the cable

Squat while the cable pulls you and keep your hands far from the chest

Squat while the cable pulls you and keep your hands far from the chest

When the cable pulled the handle I held on to, I suddenly forgot all the instructions. Instead of wakeboarding, I did butt-boarding. My behind was on the water because I pulled back too much while the motorized cable pulled me to the end of the pool.

"Butt-boarding" -- slide on your behind while being pulled

“Butt-boarding” — slide on your behind while being pulled

I got water in my nose and mouth, but the fall was terrific. I had this tremendous appreciation because I’ve already experienced how challenging it was to fall in the open sea and lake. Here, it was easy. The wakeboard slips off, and I could just stand up in the shallow water. No need to struggle to keep my head afloat.

keep you head low, for beginners

keep your head low, for beginners

Falling is a breeze

Falling is part of learning

ready to start again

Athena gives a thumb up, ready for another attempt

After three more attempts, victory!!! I was able to stand… for a few seconds. But that was all that I had wanted. Now, I’d love to be able to stand for a minute, but I’m reserving that for my next visit at Decawake Clark.

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I was only able to do four attempts because I got tired of waiting in line. Here’s a tip… go here during weekdays when there are less visitors. The place has a lot of guests during weekends.

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I spoke with Mike Hudson, the general manager. He said what I experienced was normal. “As long as you have a normal sense of balance, it’s enough to get you going. One of the problems beginners encounter is when they try to pull themselves up, whereas really, you just let the cable pull you and then you won’t have so much frustration. Nobody gets it on the first try. You just try and try again and you’ll get it. After five or six tries you’ll eventually be able to stand-up,” said Mike.

With Mike Hudson, general manager of Decawake Clark and Decawake Davao

With Mike Hudson, general manager of Decawake Clark and Decawake Davao

What’s amazing here is that kids are doing stunts! It’s actually inspiring. Mike clarifies that kids need their parents or guardians with them if they want to go wakeboarding. “It requires parental consent. Eight years old is the normal starting age. But we have members here who are five years old, six years old, and it really depends on the kid if they’re capable of that. Some kids can, some kids can’t. I’ve had four year old kids to try it but have not been very successful,” Mike explained.

This little girl is actually in the pro area...amazing!!!

This little girl is actually in the pro area…amazing!!!

They also have a branch in Davao, aptly called Decawake Davao. And here are some Decawake Davao photos Mike sent me…

Decawake Davao Photo Courtesy: Decawake Davao and Zero82 Association

Decawake Davao
Photo Courtesy: Decawake Davao and Zero82 Association

Photo Courtesy: Decawake Davao and  Zero82 Wakeboard Association

Photo Courtesy: Decawake Davao and
Zero82 Wakeboard Association

Photo courtesy of Decawake Clark and Zero82 Association

Photo courtesy of Decawake Clark and Zero82 Association

Decawake Clark Cable Park
Address: Bgy. Margot, Angeles City
Operating Hours: Open Everyday 9:30am-5:30pm
Email: decawakeparks@outlook.com
Website: www.decawakeboardpark.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/decawake.clark
Mobile: 0918-4598488 / 0905-3301013
Decawake Clark Rates:
Weekdays: Php400 for 2 hours / Php700 for 4 hours / Php1,000 All day (8 hours)
Weekends: Php500 for 2 hours / Php800 for 4 hours / Php1,200 All day (8 hours)

Decawake Clark Cable Park Logo

Decawake Davao Cable Park
Address: Bgy. Mintal, Davao City, Davao Del Sur
Operating Hours: Open Everyday 9:30am-5:30pm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/decawake.davao
Mobile: 0927-6628082 / 0929-5123878
Decawake Davao Rates:
Weekdays: Php400 for 2 hours / Php500 for 4 hours / Php600 All day (8 hours)
Weekends: Php500 for 2 hours / Php650 for 4 hours / Php750 All day (8 hours)

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*My first visit to Decawake Clark was part of my shoot for I LOVE PINAS. It’s the travel show I host. That was the time I had my photo taken with Mike Hudson, special thanks to the show’s staff for taking that picture. I LOVE PINAS airs every Thursday 11:59pm on GMA News TV, and every Saturday 5:30pm+ on Light TV 33. It also airs abroad through GMA Life TV International. Like I Love Pinas on Facebook, click here. The rest of the photos were taken during my second visit to Decawake Clark with my friends Einj Santos (who took the amazing photos of me standing on the wakeboard), Ben Rodriguez, Francis Yanga, Markley Villarin and Athena Imperial. The photo of the man doing a stunt at Decawake Clark, and the photos from Decawake Davao, were sent to me by Mike Hudson.

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