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Old 09 June 2005, 08:38   #1
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Wakeboarding in Torbay/Dartmouth???

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I used to live in the Torbay area (now moved to South East) Do you know anybody with a boat who is looking for a couple of wakeboarders to share fuel costs with? We visit the area pretty regularly but don't know any boarders. We have all our own suits/boards/impact vests etc Is criminal to have a lovely sunny weekend, flat water and not be able to go boarding!

Any ideas welcome

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Old 09 June 2005, 08:53   #2
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Do you know anybody with a boat who is looking for a couple of wakeboarders to share fuel costs with? We visit the area pretty regularly but don't know any boarders. We have all our own suits/boards/impact vests etc Is criminal to have a lovely sunny weekend, flat water and not be able to go boarding!
Any ideas welcome
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If your willing to give tips to a newbie then we could be interested. My board I got for Christmas is still dry

Only got a ski eye though no tower if it makes a differance?

Give me a heads up when your next coming to Torquay
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Old 09 June 2005, 12:38   #3
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Hi there,

We're actually coming down this weekend if you're about? You would be most welcome to try our boards out too if you like? I have a Double Up Antidote 136 and Gavin (him indoors) has a O'Brian Demented 141. We are only really beginners ourselves, got wake to wake jumps sorted and some toeside 180's and riding switch but really nothing to show off about, we just love the sport! Happy to offer tips and advice tho - what board you got?

We boarded off a 115bhp Rib 2 weeks ago with a ski eye and it was fine, we're not really getting so much air that we need a tower yet anyway!!

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Wakeboarding is something that I really want to take up... any tips on a board to buy for a newbee, plus any other bits I will need?

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Old 10 June 2005, 04:35   #6
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Wakeboarding is something that I really want to take up... any tips on a board to buy for a newbee, plus any other bits I will need?

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Best to try out a few boards before you decide on one to buy. A good pro shop should let you try out some to see how they ride. Check out www.wakeworld.com for general advice but don't take too much notice of their 'board buying wizard' you type in your weight and height and it supposedly tells you your ideal board. In my experience it lists every board under the sun! You probably want a board with quite soft rails (shape of the board edge), and fins that can be changed as your riding progresses, as you start to jump you will want the board to release from the water quicker. You will also need a good impact vest and I find watersport gloves useful as the handle kills your hands when it gets wrenched away by the boat!

Hope this helps!
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There a good few wake boarders out in the area here (Herne Bay) at weekends.
Might be worth contacting the local ski club if your this part of the South East.

That's if you wanted somewhere other than the West Country to play at weekends.

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Old 10 June 2005, 07:12   #8
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Hi Jon,

Thanks for the info, we are members of a ski club in Taplow (near Maidenhead) I think Herne bay is about 1.5 hours away. We visit Torbay quite frequently to see family so we were looking for somewhere to board there every now and then. Always good to know of new places to go at the weekends tho!

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There a good few wake boarders out in the area here (Herne Bay) at weekends.
Might be worth contacting the local ski club if your this part of the South East.

That's if you wanted somewhere other than the West Country to play at weekends.

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No worries.
Herne Bay and the surrounding coastline is a bit of a watersport Mecca.
Skiing, Jet-Skiing and the like.
On a busy weekend ther can be as many as 300 jet-skiers about.

I think a lot of it is to do with that launching is free.
You only pay for parking.
The council also do not insist on club membership or the like to use the various public slips.

Also a nice place t visit too and you can always pop in and visit the premier radio company in the world

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On a busy weekend ther can be as many as 300 jet-skiers about.
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