Adventures and Sports

Internationally Acclaimed Watersport's Park in the PH: CWC

Camarines Sur

Enzo Lacap | Apr 08, 2013

By John Mark Guda

The six-hectare water park has established itself as a haven for the growing sport of wakeboarding. If you're an active and sports-minded vacationer, a trip to CWC just might be the thing for you- strap your feet on a board, grab a cable and get ready to be pulled around a watercourse (easier said than done)!

The main draw at CWC is its six-corner water course where beginners and pros latch on a six-point cable ski system. Depending on your skills, you can perform maneuvers ranging from skimming the smooth, glassy water to performing daredevil maneuvers over a series of obstacles that allow riders to go airborne. An artificial beach lining the course absorbs the waves and keeps the water calm.

Trivia: Internationally, the CWC can hold it's own as a watersports park: it was the host of the 2008 World Championships and the 2011 Ultimate Wake Championship.

The atmosphere in CWC is cool and hip plus the young staff is cheerful, helpful and enthusiastic. Diehard boarders actually stay for weeks or even months since the region enjoys good weather most of the year. The park is open all year round. Aside from wakeboarding, CWC offers other water sports such as knee boarding, water skiing, water skating and even climb an inflatable iceberg.

Nighttime boarding is possible as the park has spotlights for guests who can't get enough of wakeboarding during the day. For those interested in less tiring pursuits, guests can frolic in a big swimming pool or rent a boat in a lagoon.

For rest and relaxation CWC has a restaurant, a coffee shop, sand bars, a spa and a pro-shop.

Getting there:

Air

From Manila, there are daily flights from NAIA 2, NAIA 3 and the Manila Domestic Airport (Php1500-2000, 45 minutes) to Naga Airport.

From Naga Airport the CWC is just a 3-minute (1.5 kilometer) drive. Vans charge Php100 for a group of 5. If you have a reservation, CWC fetches visitors from the airport to the complex.

Bus

The hub for Bicol-bound buses is at the Araneta Bus Terminal (just across Ali Mall) in Cubao, Quezon City. There are also overnight trips (Php500-up, 8 hours) from the tourist belt in Ermita. Some bus lines run overnight deluxe express to Legazpi and Naga. (Tip: make sure you bring a padded jacket or a blanket if you're taking the overnight bus, drivers often turn on the airconditioning to uncomfortably cold levels. Bring a personal music player and earphones if you don't want to watch the onboard movies.)

Where to Stay

Accommodations within walking distance from the CamSur Watersports Complex are readily available for anyone who wishes to visit the cable park for a weekend or week-long getaway. For budget-conscious travelers, The Ecovillage inside the Capitol complex offers basic cabins (Php350/500, fan/aircon). The Villa del Rey Cabanas are designed for adventure enthusiasts who want close and ready access to the CWC, Skatepark and Bike Trail. Rooms for two (2) start at Php1700/ night.

For more luxurious digs, try the Villa del Rey Villas (Php6250/ double) where guests can avail of their own private garden, a personal outdoor hot tub, quick access to the spa facility, a swimming pool and upscale dining. Note: the accommodation rates do not cover the use of the watersports facilities though. Ask if you can check the rooms, especially the budget ones. Take note of rusts, bathroom drainage and insect infestation before deciding where you will stay.

Contact CWC @: CamSur Watersports Complex Provincial Capitol Complex Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur, Philippines Tel. Nos: (054) 477-3344 / (054) 477-3349 Fax No: +63 (054) 477-5162 email: [email protected]

What To Expect:

If you want to experience the thrill of watersports, the rates depend on what you want to do and the gear you'd need for it. For example, an hour/half-day on the water with helmet, vest and board willcost around Php265/640.

Wakeboarding: a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques. Instead of using skis, the rider rides a single board with stationary non-release bindings for each foot, standing sideways. Wakeboarding, besides being one of the world's fastest growing sports and is gradually being recognized globally, has become a lifestyle for others. Think surfer dudes meet skateboard thrashers.

Kneeboarding : here the rider is towed on a buoyant, convex, and hydrodynamically-shaped board at a planing speed behind a motorboat or cable. In the usual configuration of a tow-sport kneeboard, the rider sits on his heels on the board, and secures himself to the deck with an adjustable strap. As in wakeboarding or water skiing, the rider hangs onto a tow-rope. Compared to other tow-sports, kneeboarding has an easier learning curve and does not require as much effort to have fun!

Water skiing: is a sport where the rider is pulled along by a rope with a handle fitted at one end and the other attached to a powerboat. Beginners on two skis are usually pulled along at around 25-35 kilometers per hour, while more advanced skiers travel much faster - the more confidence you gain the faster you can go!

Wake skating: is an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from plywood or from fiberglass. The fact that the rider is not bound to the board in any way gives wake skating its own unique challenges from wakeboarding. Instead, the top surface of the board is coated in grip tape in a similar fashion to a skateboard or soft, high-traction foam covering that is kinder to riders in the inevitable crashes. Riders usually wear shoes while riding to afford themselves extra purchase on the board similar to skateboarding.

If you never tried any of these sports have no worries since CWC offers free use of basic equipment (beginner wakeboards, water skis and knee boards) and free basic and safety instruction by resident instructors and operators.

For those who prefer a more relaxing visit, the park has a beach volleyball area, a boat lagoon and a swimming pool (Php150). There's a clubhouse that serves as the guest dining area and a venue for live entertainment. The clubhouse also offers rounds of billiards, darts and foosball. An elevated spectator area is placed beside the watercourse so guests are afforded a great view of the wakeboarders in action. Spa and massage services are also available for restoring and relaxing stretched muscles as well as soothing the mind.

What To Bring

Since water is central to CWC, a pair of durable, quick-dry shorts would be useful. ·Some guests noted the tiles in the facility gets slippery when wet so a pair of flip-flops can save you from a nasty spill. ·Cooling/ relaxing pads as well as aspirin for aches/pains and stretched muscles. ·Sunblock lotion with SPF 20 and above rating for skin protection. ·If staying 'connected' is a must, CWC has Wi-Fi so you can bring your laptop and other portable web-browsing electronics.

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