There are times when the things you do in life—even our usual trips and vacations—go duller by the minute and it feels like there is nothing we can do about it, but actually, we just have to open our eyes and see how unlimited the number of activities we can do! So why not do something action-packed —something that needs a leap of faith? The most fun things in life are the ones that give you the thrill. Try wakeboarding!
Check out Republ1c Wakepark’s website, description, and opening hours here: Republ1c Wakepark.
Basically, wakeboarding is a water sport which involves riding on a, of course, wakeboard while being towed by a motorboat or a cable, in different cases. You’ve probably heard about it all the way from Camsur but with the new wakepark open in Nuvali, Calamba City, wakeboarding has never been so accessible. And with this guide, getting all the information you need to try out wakeboarding has never been so easy!
HOW TO GET TO REPUBL1C WAKEPARK
First things first, how do we get there? Now, there are several ways to get to the wakepark and we’ll be sharing here the route that’s most accessible from any place of origin, traffic-free, and provides options for sidetrips.
Via Private Transportation:
– From Metro Manila/Laguna/Batangas, take SLEX and exit at Eton City/ Greenfield Exit
– Drive to Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road, you’ll be passing South Luzon Hospital and Paseo De Santa Rosa
– Once you reach Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road, turn left (Tagaytay Bound)
– Once you reach Nuvali’s intersection, turn left to Nuvali Blvd. and drive straight
– At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit
– Continue straight onto Nuvali Main road and turn left at the end, you’ll see the wakepark at the left side
– Travel time from Eton City/ Greenfield Exit: 15-20 minutes
Via Public Transportation (Commute):
– Ride a bus to Balibago, Sta. Rosa (bus terminals at GMA-Kamuning and LRT Buendia) from Metro Manila or ride a jeepney (terminals at Calamba City) from Laguna/Batangas
– Alight at Coca-cola plant (near Sta. Rosa Exit) and proceed to the tricyle terminal
– Ride tricyle to Solenad 2 to and go to the terminal near Robinson’s Supermarket
– Ride Nuvali’s shuttle to the wakepark (shuttle leaves every hour from 7:00am)
WHAT TO BRING TO REPUBL1C WAKEPARK
Here’s a simple visual guide on what and what not to bring at wakepark. Take note that the attire are for best practices and are not required. You may always opt to wear your favorite swimsuit or any clothing (like t-shirts/ sleeveless shirts) you’re comfortable of getting wet.
REGISTRATION AND RATES AT REPUBL1C WAKEPARK
Once you arrive in the wakepark, you’ll proceed to the counter which can be easily seen in front of the park. For first timers, you’ll need to fill out basic information about yourself and you’ll also need to sign a waiver ensuring your safety and that all the possible risks are of your own responsibility. This is because wakeboarding is a physical sport and if you don’t follow the guidelines, injuries might occur. You also must have a proper health condition before trying out one.
Upon registering, you can choose from these rates:
|Day Ride (8:30 am to 5:30 pm)|
|1 Hour Pass||P250|
|2 Hour Pass||P475|
|4 Hour Pass||P595|
|8 Hour Pass||P995|
|Night Ride (6:00 pm to 10:00pm)|
|1 Hour Pass||P350|
|2 Hour Pass||P600|
|4 Hour Pass||P800|
|Day and Night Pass||P1750|
|Monday to Thursday||8:30 am to 5:30 pm|
|Friday to Sunday, Holidays, Summer Time||8:30 am to 10:00 pm|
Remember, longer riding time means less price increments so plan according to your free time and budget.
They are also requiring you to deposit P600 if you do not have your own gear so they can lend you one. No worries, since the money is refundable once you return the gear. So once payment is done, proceed to right side of the counter to fit your rented helmet and vest.
WHAT WILL WE SEE AT REPUBL1C WAKEPARK?
Reception and shop. This is the first building you’ll enter in. There’s the counter, reception area, gear fitting area, and a shop selling wakeboarding items.
Advance Course. You’ll immediately see (and be overwhelmed, if it’s your first time to see a wakepark) a big elliptical ‘lake’ with obstacles as you enter the park. And chances are, if you’re not the earliest bird, you’ll see experieced riders already doing tricks and moves. Cables here move fast so we suggest you get a handle of the Beginners’ Course before you try it here.
Beginners’ Course. For first-timers and beginners, this is where we’ll go. It’s a much smaller rectangular course where you’ll see people riding back and forth. They also have instructors here to guide you on how to ride the wakeboard. Cables here slowly accelarate to make it easier to take-off.
Republ1c Café. The wakepark has their own restaurant/ bar where you can buy refreshments, eat good food, and play billiards (P175/hour). This is a good place to hang-out and chill with friends before or after riding.
Playground. If you tagged along kids, Republ1c made sure they won’t get bored while you wakeboard. They have swings, slides, a hoop, and a small skating area for the skaters out there.
Swimming pool. Here’s another alternative to both riders and non-riders, for only P120, you could enjoy swimming in their pool.
Cabanas. 5 two-storey cabanas are built beside the Basic Course. This is where you’ll leave your stuff or your non-rider friends as they watch you ride at both Advance and Beginners’ Course. By the way, it’s free. Check the table number in your receipt to see what your assigned cabana is.
Shower/ Dressing Rooms. You’ll find two of these in the wakepark. The main one’s near the Reception building and there’s a smaller one beside the Café.
Very Important Reminder: There are no lockers yet in the wakepark and this means you have to be mindful of your belongings. It’s good if you can tag along friends who won’t ride so they can watch your stuff while you ride. But if you can’t, we suggest you leave your valuables in your car and lock it.
Now that you know how the process goes, let’s take it to the real deal, let’s do some action!
-First, you need to secure your helmet and your life vest. You do not need to worry about your footwear because you’re not going to need that when wakeboarding anyways.
-Patience is key when wakeboarding at the park! You are not the only one who is interested in trying out the super awesome water sport here, so expect a moderate to a long queue before you can get your feet on an actual wakeboard.
-Decide on your dominant foot. Once you get on the board, you’ll have to put your best foot forward as soon as you start moving. Let’s put it like this, try to let yourself fall forward. Whichever foot you naturally catch yourself with is the dominant one, so use that one as the forward.
-There are two docks at the Beginners’ Course. The main dock have instructors to brief and guide you on how to ride. We suggest you ride on this dock first. Once you know how to ride and you see that the other dock has a shorter queue, feel free to try it there.
DURING A RIDE:
During a ride, you have to remember only FIVE THINGS. These may sound simple, but seriously, don’t forget to remember them!
1. Get a good grip of the cable handle with both hands and your elbows slightly bent, and no matter what happens, stay in that position.
2. Sit at the edge of the dock, and as you’re about to move, remember to always point your toes up, because if you don’t, the board will sink and you’ll never take off.
3. Don’t pull the cable while you’re moving as this will also lead you into falling down.
4. Once the cable accelerates, put your weight at your back foot so the board would easily glide on the water.
5. In the case which you fall off the board (which is very likely to happen during your first few tries), get your board quickly, swim out of the middle of the course immediately, and go for the nearest ladder. Get out of the water and hand the wakeboard to the next rider in line.
Tip: Never get discouraged when you can’t get it on your first attempts. It’s perfectly normal to fall off. Sports like this requires muscle memory so remember that practice makes permanent! You could take a video of your rides so you could analyze what went wrong afterwards.
-Grab hold of your things and never leave anything at the cabana.
-You can take a shower and change clothes at the provided shower rooms.
-Return the helmet and vest at the counter, present your receipt, and claim your refund.
-Plan your next visit.
Tip: You can always try kneeboarding on the Advance Course. This way you get a feel of the cable speed without falling off the board. And after your riding time or when it seems a bit hopeless for you to wakeboard some more, you can always go swimming, play billiards, go shopping, or chill at the bar.