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Lone Star Adventure: Hydrous Water Parks

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Wakeboard Camp at Hydrous Wake Park - no boats required.  Instead there's an overhead  cable system to pull the wakeboarder around the water.

"It only takes kids a couple days to get used to the beginner speeds and get the repetitiveness of making the turns and going around the system," said Chad Lacerte. "Then we start adjusting the speed up every day. So, by the end of camp they are running at the same levels as the professionals.">>

Once they're used to the speed -- they start working on tricks -- amazing stunts with floating ramps and rails.

Michael O'Connell first tried wakeboarding when the park opened last September. "You start to pick up different stuff, you talk to people, they give you tips. You slowly learn new stuff and it just gets better and better."

The technology has actually been around awhile. It was developed about 40 years ago in Germany. There are still just 15 of these parks in the United States. Most of them built in just the last three years.

Victor Toledo is another owner. "It's really taken off in the US in the last four or five years. We went from having one park in Texas three years ago to now there are six in Texas.

Jade Whirley, a transplant from Minnesota, now makes his living as a wakeboarder. "Between coaching and traveling and competing I do make at least enough to keep doing it." He sees parks like this growing the sport, both for spectators and athletes.

"The more time you spend on water the more comfortable you are going to be on the water. This gives people an opportunity to spend tons of time on water.

"It's going to bring the sport to a whole new demographic of people."

"It makes it available to everybody. You can come by yourself. You can come at night," said Toledo. "You can come for an hour. Versus having to be pulled by a boat. Our goal is really to grow the sport. To provide an alternative, to provide people access to wakeboarding where they don't have to own a boat."


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