Big Bear is a year-round vacation destination that is perfect for anyone that loves the outdoors! Although there are plenty of winter activities to do here, this resort city truly comes alive in the summertime. People from all over California, and the rest of the country, flock to Big Bear during the warm weather months to enjoy all of the fun the lake has to offer. Wakeboarding is a fun activity to take part in on Big Bear Lake! Whether you are new to the sport or a pro, wakeboarding in California is a must do!
Intro to Wakeboarding
Wakeboarding was created by combining elements of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing. The wakeboard is a rectangular shaped board with shoe mounts on it. Standing on the board in the water, the wakeboard is then pulled by a motorboat. Ride the waves in the wake of the boat, and if you get comfortable, even try a few tricks!
Learning Wakeboarding in California
Trying wakeboarding for the first time? Don’t worry, there are plenty of places in Big Bear that offer lessons to those new to the sport. Captain John’s Marina offers class that begin in June on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the summer resort season. Their instructor has 20 years of experience and will walk you through all the basics so you can get to having fun as soon as possible!
Several of the marinas around Big Bear Lake offer wakeboarding rentals. You can bring your own equipment or rent all of the equipment from the marina. Included in the rental is the motorboat, driver, gas, and any equipment you may need. An hour of wakeboarding fun typically costs between $175-$200, and there are often discounted rates available for large groups or multiple hours.
The Cable Park
For a completely different experience than traditional wakeboarding, check out the Cable Park! The Cable Park consists of two large ski towers, that pull the wakeboard through the water, no boat required! The cables pull you 500 feet through the water along the enclosed course and back. This is the first public ski tower system in Southern California, so it is certainly a must visit for the passionate wakeboarder. Perfect for beginners, instructors are on site to walk you through the basics, but experts will love the unique experience as well. The Cable Park is also available to rent for private parties or events.