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Cable Waterskiing & Wakeboarding

Cable park Cable waterskiing or wakeboarding as its name implies, is waterskiing or wakeboarding where the participants are not pulled by a boat but by an overhead cable, very similar to a cable car system.

The cable system runs counter clockwise around the lake and the participants are. Very simply, hooked up to the cable on the move, it can travel at the same boat speed as recreational and tournament waterskiing and wakeboarding. It is powered by a variable speed electric motor that can maintain speed between 24 - 58 kph.

All skiers and wakeboarders have to begin from the same starting dock. This also helps ensure that the cable operator has some control over the people getting into the water. There is no limit as to how many rounds a participants can go.

The obvious advantage to cableskiing and wakeboarding is the dramatic reduction in the cost for participants. Participants are not restricted to wakeboarding and waterskiing - they can slalom, trick ski or kneeboard. Up to 8 skiers or wakeboarders can participate at the same time on one cableway, with an average of 300 - 400 participants per day (depending on the size of the cable park).

It is because of the masses that can use this system it is possible to reduce the cost for participant as compared to if they were riding behind a boat."

Historical Background
At the end of the fifties, during a holiday in Holland, Mr. Bruno Rixen from Munchen, Germany, experienced water-skiing for the first time. He liked it very much, but did not like the long wait at the overcrowded ski school. Being an inventor by nature and profession, he placed himself behind his drawing table to invent the ideal skiing machine – the cable system. In 1966 the first cable ski park opened in Spain.

Safety & Environment

Cable skiing is safe, clean, quiet, and environmentally friendly, there is no risk of oil or fuel contamination.

World Wide Cable Parks

There are currently about 150 cable parks world-wide. In Germany alone there are around 53 cableways operating and every year there are 3 - 5 additional cableways which are put into operation.

Official Use
Cable waterski/wakeboard systems are approved by national and international associations as an equivalent pulling facility.

There are national and international competitions at cable waterski / wakeboard systems and even World Championships since 1998.

SWWF Cable Council
Chairman - Argyrios Daskalopoulos

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System Description

Cable systemGeneral

A cable system can be built as a 4, 5 or 6 cornered cableway with single lateral lengths of maximum 1033 foot (315 meters). The depth of water should be higher than 4 foot (1.2 meters) in its cruising radius. The two main running cables which are connected through the carriers run over a pair of horizontal installed aluminum spoke wheels. The drive, including all necessary elements (infinitely variable speed regulation between 0 mph (km/h) and 38 mph (62 km/h)) is installed at the cantilever of the pylon, which is next to the starting point. At a different pylon the stirrup is held by a rigging device for counterweight. The remaining pylons each have one cantilever which keeps the stirrup. All pylons and cantilevers are held by rigging cables. Due to the right-angled starting principle the waterskier / wakeboarder can be coupled in with a very smooth acceleration at all driven speeds.

Pylons, Cantilever
The pylons and cantilevers of triangular steel lattice construction tower between 33 to 40 foot (10 to 12 meters) above the watersurface. They are held through anchors and rigging cables in its necessary position. Due to the fact that the whole system merely causes pure pressure force in the pylon, a footplate of 1,2 yd² (1 m²) size , which sits on the waterground or shore, is sufficient.


According to the local circumstances the concrete anchors can be placed either on the waterground or can be concreted at the shore into the ground.

Pendant Ropes

The pendant ropes have to keep the pylons and cantilevers in their position. They also take up the forces which are caused by the main running cables.

Wheels, Axles, Connecting Head

The aluminum spoke wheels are seated on bearing supported axles. All wheels have a plastic lining. Axles are attached to the cantilever through the connecting heads.

Drive; Control

The main running cables are powered by a frequency regulated electric motor. All required processes of operation and control can be made either from the operating stand or from the maintenance platform at the drive.

Running Cables

Using a pair of running cables, made from a special, almost non rotating running cable, secure waterskiing is guaranteed not only at high speed but also under the strong stress of the skier.


In case of emergency the main running cables can be immediately stopped through a disk break.

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To get a waterskier/wakeboarder started the operator only has to push a button on the switch panel. A pneumatic cylinder makes sure that the rope will engage into the next coming carrier.

After finishing his turn the rope can be uncoupled by a pneumatic controlled catch fork just by pushing one button.

Speed Variation
Speed can be adjusted either through a infinitely potentiometer or various adjustable fixed speed buttons. The current speed can be seen at the Speedo.

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