Archive for category: Uncategorized

Problems with contact form resolved

15 Aug
August 15, 2016

I apologise to anyone who contacted us via the website over the last 3 or 4 days. We had a problem with the contact form but it has now been resolved. Unfortunately I lost any messages sent over that time so please re-send if I did not reply to you.

Thanks

Jamie

Beginners Guide: What is Wakesurfing?

07 Dec
December 7, 2015

If you are new to water sports, you might hear the words wakesurfing and wakeboarding and wonder if they are the same thing. While wakesurfung is similar to wakeboarding in some ways, there are several major differences in terms of equipment, method and technique. Even seasoned wakeboarders need to bear these differences in mind when they decide to try wakesurfing, but don’t worry, we at Wake UP! Wakesurfing Koh Phangan are here to help you get up and riding in no time.

11081228_10153138036848328_3219824475731158769_nHere’s a quick introduction to wakesurfing to get you started:

The most obvious difference between wakeboarding and wakesurfing is the method. In wakeboarding, the rider is pulled by the boat via a tow rope while a wakesurfer only uses a tow rope to get them started on the wave. Once a wakesurfer is up and on the wake, they drop the rope and ride freely on the wave, much like ocean surfing. Look! No hands!

Wakesurfing is popular with surfers because the wave doesn’t just end and wash you up on the shore after those exhilarating few moments. An ocean wave usually lasts for between 5 and 30 seconds, then the surfer has to paddle back out to catch the next one. A wakesurfer can ride for as long as the boat keeps providing the wave, or as long as they can stay up. Despite all this, it was a long time before wakesurfing became a distinct sport in its own right. Until the 80’s and 90’s, wakesurfing was very much a fun experiment by ocean surfers. Over time, it has evolved and become a hugely popular sport outside of traditional surfing. The other advantage is that you don’t actually need to be near the sea to do it. Many wakesurfing spots are inland in lakes. We just happen to be lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful, warm, azure waters here so wakesurfing in Koh Phangan is enjoyed right off the stunning sandy beaches.

We have two boats at Wake Up! Both are suitable for wakeboarding but we favour the MasterCraft for wakesurfing- not just because it has a cool name either. MasterCraft is the most well recognised (and popular) brand for wakesurfing, water skiing and wakeboarding. As well as good quality and high-performance, an important thing to look out for is a boat that can be weighted heavily towards the back. The weight helps create the wake and we do this with ballast in the form of water in the onboard ballast system and extra containers filled with sand to create a nice fat wave.

Another nice little difference is that compared to wakeboarding, wakesurfing happens much closer to the boat. This makes it more sociable as your friends can sit at the back of the boat and chat to you while you ride- hopefully with words of encouragement, but that depends on the friends.

Wakesurfing continues to grow in popularity as more people realise how much fun it is and how easy it is to get up and riding if you have a little professional tuition. If you would like to try wakesurfing in Koh Phangan, contact us to make a booking or to find out more. We are happy to answer any questions and look forward to hearing from you.

PS- Watch this space for the next article in which we explain some of the basics on wakesurfing techniques!

New Connelly Odyssey Water Skis

04 Aug
August 4, 2015

We have received more and more requests for water skiing here at Wake Up! so we have decided to update our equipment with these brand new Connelly Odyssey Water Skis. Come and check them out at Wake Up! Wakeboarding Koh Phangan.connelly

Wake Up! Closed 26th of May – 18th of June

06 May
May 6, 2015

Wake Up! Wakeboarding will be closed from the 26th of May until the 18th of June this year. Just a short 3 week break as I will be heading back to the UK for family commitments. Please contact us to arrange a session from the 18th of June.

TruTravels episode 5 – Wake Up! Wakeboarding video and review.

30 Apr
April 30, 2015

Thanks to Luke, Matt, Joe, Holly and the rest of the crew at TruTravels for the great video. Check out the review and promo of our day out on the water. Some great footage with the drone and GoPro camera :)

Check out the full TruTravels review here: http://www.trutravels.com/portfolio-item/wakeboarding-koh-phangan-wake-trureviews-episode-5/

Wake Up! T Shirts on sale.

09 Apr
April 9, 2015

New Wake Up! Wakeboarding T-shirts are now on sale for 400bht.
We have 3 colours:
Black with Yellow logo
White with Red logo
Grey with Blue logo
Please contact us to make an order…
tshirt

Ronix Krush 134

01 Apr
April 1, 2015

Evgenia modelling our new girlie board. A 134 Ronix Krush has now arrived at Wake Up! Wakeboarding Koh Phangan!GennyKrush1GennyKrush2

TruTravels video promotion

30 Mar
March 30, 2015

Just got back from a great day out making a video with TruTravels Can’t wait to show you guys the footage we got, we have GoPro shots from the wakeboarder and from the boat, plus loads of great video but the best toy was the drone. Got some incredible shots from 400ft up in the air!!! Looking forward to seeing the final cut…………

Low season at Wake Up! Wakeboarding

18 Mar
March 18, 2015

The low sesaon has arrived a little early this year. Not the best for business but still the best time to be on the island. The roads are quiet with few speedy mopeds zipping about, the parties are more chilled with more space to dance and not lose your friends in the crowd. Most importantly the water is flat and warm giving the some of the best wakeboarding conditions in the year. The quiet time also means I get to go and play myself, so just back from a great session getting the muscles back in shape and awake. For all customers we can take our time during this season and enjoy the session with plenty of breaks inbetween so you can use your strength and energy to maximum affect. Hope to see you up here soon…….Chaloklum Bay

Play Time!

17 Mar
March 17, 2015

DSCN6099

UA-40325696-1