Wakeboarding and Wakeparks in the Philippines

Wakeboarding is a fast-growing water sport in the world. For instance, wakeboarding has surged 32% in the US alone (3.5 million people) (Raggiotto, F., Scarpi, D., & Moretti, A. 2019). Before the year 2000, wakeboarding and other extreme sports were largely unknown and niche phenomena, they became a whole new multi-billion dollar industry (NFS-Sport Management 2017). With that huge growth in extreme sports, surfing rises up. The global
market for surfing is projected to reach “US$10.3 billion by 2024, driven by the growing interest in surfing as a lifestyle sport, increased accessibility to surfing through surf parks and innovation in the technology of wear and gears' (Global Industry Analysts 2016). And because of the heightened popularity of surfing, wakeboarding has also become well known as surfing has problems with catching waves(seasonal). This problem was solved by Tony Finn way back in the ’80s (founder of Liquid Force and a pioneer in the sport of wakeboarding). He invented a cross between water ski and surfboard until Herb O'Brien designed wakeboarding in order for the board to have more buoyancy. This innovation began the massive growth of wakeboarding in the marketplace (www.usawaterski.org, accessed Oct.9,2019, 5:49 PM). For that reason, the artificial wave pool and wake parks increased, as a result, last year, almost 4 million people across the globe participated in the wakeboarding sports event.

The increase in the number of wake parks has reached the Philippines. There are ten (10) famous wake parks as listed:

1. Decawake Clark Cable Park in Angeles City, Pampanga

2. Lago de Oro in Calatagan, Batangas

3. D'Spot Rail Park in Cauayan, Isabela

4. Cebu Wake Park In Cebu, Cebu

5. Danasan Eco Adventure Park in Danao City, Cebu

6. Decawake Davao Cable Park in Davao City, Davao del Sur

7. Pradera Wake Park in Lubao, Pampanga

8. Republ1c Wake Park in Nuvali, Laguna

9. Camsur Watersports Complex in Pili, Camarines Sur

10. Quirino Watersports Complex

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