Situated right within the Provincial Capitol Complex in Pili, Camarines Sur and with a splendid view of Mt. Isarog in the background, 6 out of 118 hectares is home to the country’s first world class water sports complex besting those found in Lago de Oro and Punta Fuego, Batangas. A 6 point cable ski park for extreme water sports such as wake boarding, water skiing, knee boarding, and wake skating, it also has a restaurant, pro shop, spa, grandstand and facilities for beach volleyball.
During its soft launch at the Kaogma Festival in May 2006, over 40 wake boarders and water sports enthusiasts from other countries such as the USA, Germany, Australia and Japan came upon Governor LRay Villafuerte Jr.’s invitation for an exhibition and to rave over its top of the line facilities.
One of the few women on site, Danielle Crawford from Florida, USA, is a history and geography teacher who has been wake boarding for over 3 years now. She frequents 2 watersports complexes in Florida (Ski Rixen and OWC) and finds CWC the best for its size, number of obstacles and friendly atmosphere. She is also a member of the WCWC (World Cable Wakeboard Commission), an international council promoting cable wakeboarding worldwide. She hopes that CWC will be host to future international events and competitions and looks forward to returning to the Philippines soon. The kindness, warmth and hospitality of the Filipino people and the beauty of the country have left a lasting impression in her mind.
Brett McBriar from Australia, a full time cable rat, wake boarding operator and teacher sporting cool dread locks and pierced ear lobes, has been wake boarding for around 9 years now and been injured twice, the last time 5 years ago. He is fully recovered and back in the game. He says wake boarders are not “beach bums” (lazy people), they just love the water and enjoy the sport. There’s nothing he would rather do than be in the water every time the sun shines. He says CWC is one of the best in the world.
18 year old Heather Johnson came on behalf of Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando, Florida, of which she is a team rider. Heather, who holds numerous national and world rankings for both boat and cable wake boarding is known as the “Queen of Rails” in the US. When asked what her favorite part of visiting the Philippines was, she responded that besides spending the day at the cable park (which she feels is one of the best in the world), she also enjoyed the beauty of Naga City and its surrounding area, as well as making new friends. Heather and her mother, Mina Johnson, both stated that they were overwhelmed with the hospitality of the local population, so much so that they are already planning their next visit. Mrs. Johnson and several of the other visiting US representatives were so impressed with Camarines Sur they are exploring the possibility of purchasing homes in the cable park vicinity.
Photos of former Governor LRay Villafuerte Jr. courtesy of Mr. Jun Pasa/ CAMSUR Provincial Tourism Office