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CamSur Watersports Complex and Its Eco-Village

More than a month ago, I spent my second vacation (February 20-March 24, 2014) in Pili, Camarines Sur, and part of my supposed travel itinerary was to  to take a bath at Tinandayagan Falls in Libmanan and visit the first ever tropical Strawberry Farm in the south at Ocampo. However, the ever powerful intruder called budgetary constraints got in the way so I resorted to the more economical plan: to watch the first extreme sport I tried at the very popular cable park in the nearby town and to take a breath of fresh air at the ecovillage adjacent to the former. (In case you want to check the story out, please read this: “My Chunk of Extreme Sports at the Best Cable Park in the World“.) Both activities are possible with only a hundred pesos at hand.

In the middle of the hot yet gloomy summer day of 22 March 2014, I zoomed off once again to CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) in Pili’s Provincial Capitol Complex in Cadlan. (This is actually my seventh time doing this since 2007.) I was surprised to see just a few people around. CWC has always been a crowded place.  Well, classes were still ongoing and company outings were not yet overflowing that time. At this point though, I am sure CWC is now teeming with visitors, waterskiers, wakeboarders, kneeboarders, and cable skiers until the end of May.

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I was lucky to catch three Australian wakeboarders, who are obviously professionals, when I was nearing the man-made lake where the cable park was erected. Once again, I spent an hour in awe watching their mesmerizing blindside spins, which are unfortunately tough to capture subjects, among other tricks. Witnessing something so different from what I regularly see such as this always gives me an exquisite form of entertainment. The lofty Mt. Isarog behind me was my witness to the awesomeness of this extreme sport.

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At exactly 3:00 PM, I stood from my seat at the elevated spectator area to distance myself from the gregarious crowd and to do the next activity on my itinerary.

I wandered around the facility in reverence before I traveled the three kilometer distance of the eco-village nestled within the outskirts of the complex from the cable park, on foot. The ramps, obstacle courses, beach volleyball court, and, of course, the Clubhouse where I had my snack, laid out along the area are still something to lay eyes on.

Before I forget, what I am about to say is good news for my fellow netizens. This cable park now boasts Wi-Fi capability that enables guests to break free from the bustles of urban life yet remain connected to the social necessities of the modern world. You would not be “missed out” there.

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A few minutes later, I got to the park that is gated with tall trees and guarded with a 20-peso entrance fee. The entrance is not so inviting from a nature lover’s point of view. However, once I got inside, I felt like I was suddenly pasted to a page of a fairy tale book. What is more interesting is that there are already numerous species of foreign birds flocking the place. Had I carried a super camera I would have captured a thing or two.

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CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) is defined by the province’s various tourism websites as a perfect harmony of modernity and natural splendor. I would like to add that CWC as a whole is now my most accessible place of respite.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

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(The picture is a memento of one of my visits [2010] to CamSur Watersports Complex.)

One of the things I do to celebrate summer is to go home to my second province, Camarines Sur, in order to check the estival wakeboard tournament at CamSur Watersports Complex in Cadlan. While climbing mountains or swimming at the beach gives me that intense feeling of solitude and liberation, watching people do some mind-bending tricks, particularly professional wakeboarders, gives me that sense of carefreeness. I am overwhelmed at how they execute the kind of tricks they do with so much ease.

My Chunk of Extreme Sports at The Best Cable Park in the World

One of the things that I dreamt to accomplish is to experience just one of the various extreme sports man has known today. The adventuresome spirit that possessed my wandering feet a long time ago has gone a long way that such inclination comes natural since then. I just thought that I should do one extreme sport while I’m at my peak.

So, when my then girlfriend (now wife) invited me to spend my Hallowmas to their beautiful province four years ago, at the best cable park in the world (Camarines Sur Watersports Complex or CWC) at the town of Cadlan, I gave in right away! The reason is that long before I learned about her proposition, I had already known about wakeboarding at CWC through Sports Unlimited on TV.

Before I might mislead you with what you will saw in the featured photo, let me explain why that’s no wakeboarding but kneeboarding. Well, I didn’t know that kneeboarding is a precursor or training course for those who want to do wakeboarding. This is so because your center of gravity is very low when you are standing on your knees and the human body offers less scope for wind resistance to affect one’s surfing, according to the trainers. Further, it may be hard to believe but according to what I researched on this subject, standing on your knees gives you more maneuverability and makes it easier to handle the board. Hence, using kneeboards is the best way to get introduced to the water sport of wakeboarding.

“Wakeboarding was created from a combination of water skiing, snow boarding and surfing techniques. Instead of using skis, the rider rides a single board with stationary non-release bindings for each foot, standing sideways. Wakeboarding, besides being one of the world’s fastest growing sports, is now gradually being recognized globally”(camsurwatersportscomplex.com).

On the one hand, although using kneeboards is recommended for beginners, this does not mean that kneeboarding is just a training course for wakeboarding enthusiasts. Rather, it is a full fledged sport in its own right. It has its own set of rules to be followed and has its own set of tricks to be performed by the kneeboarding enthusiasts.

“Kneeboarding is an aquatic sport where the participant is towed on a buoyant, convex, and hydrodynamically-shaped board at a planing speed behind a motorboat or cable. In the usual configuration of a towsport kneeboard, the rider sits on his heels on the board, and secures himself to the deck with an adjustable strap. As in wakeboarding or water skiing, the rider hangs onto a tow-rope”(camsurwatersportscomplex.com).

But let me tell you this, it’s not as easy as I thought it is based on what I said earlier. In the first place, it wasn’t called extreme sport for nothing.

The experience of doing it last 01 November 2007, together with my then significant other (who served as photographer since she somehow suffered from aquaphobia that time), a friend of mine (Heartly) and his girlfriend (Jing), proved it’s, indeed, NO duck soup.

Once I stepped onto the rotomolded board, with my knees to my chest in a squatting position, my heart was pounding like I was facing death. Good thing the so-called adrenaline rush took over by the time the cable pulled me to the water. I’ve never felt so alive after that! … Of course, I also wiped out a million times before I finally got the hang of it.

We were lucky the CWC manager, Reuben Buchanan, who happens to be a world-class wakerboarder placing second in the Australian nationals (2004 and 2005), was there to give me and my companions a hands-on training during the afternoon when I decided to kneeboard again. The guy’s words are a mouthful; I couldn’t help but feel motivated to do this extreme sport again and again.

So remember this in case you get there for the same reason: Don’t think twice to approach Mr. Buchanan because he will sure help you.

Before we left CWC, I had the opportunity to get a photo of the breathtaking rainbow’s tail using my late LG camera phone.

Truly, I enjoyed every bit of my stay in CWC not only because of fulfilling the dream of doing an extreme sport or the world-class facilities it has but moreso because of the beautiful landscapes around (e.g. the glimpse of Mount Isarog which is supposed to be standing imperially at the background of the photo below) and its accommodating people.

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The Camarines Sur Watersports Complext (CWC) is, undoubtedly, the best Cable Park in the world!

For more information like accommodations, tour packages, rates, rental fees, and other amenities (e.g. EcoVillage – An Eco Tourism Showcase, Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar, Cabana, Swimming Pool, Game Room, and Massage Parlors), please visit this website: www.camsurwatersportscomplex.com.

PS: iPhone 2G, GE X5 and LG Camera Phone