Wakeboarding Beginners: Where Can I Go Wakeboarding In London?
There are plenty of places to go wakeboarding in London, you just need to know where to look….
Wakeboarding in London might seem like an oxymoron. After all the capital of the UK isn’t a natural hub for wakeboarding. However, there are some brilliant wakeboarding schools to be found right here in and around the M25.
Wakeboarding has one of the quickest learning curves out of any watersport, especially compared to surfing. You can take a wakeboarding beginners lesson and be standing up after a few goes. Take a couple more lessons and you’ll be jumping the wake before you know it. We’ve written a guide on beginners wakeboarding tips plus how to choose a beginners wakeboard right here - check them out.
Experienced riders will want to make sure their wakeboarding centre has a rad wake park with kickers, rails and pipes for stomping wakeboarding tricks. Take a look at our piece on the best wakeboarding parks in the UK.
Just because you live in a city doesn’t mean you can’t go wakeboarding. The beauty of wakeboarding is you can try it pretty much anywhere with flat water - whether that’s a lake or a river. We’ve picked three of the best centres for wakeboarding in London. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down there.
Waterfront Studios, 1 Dock Road, London E16 1AG
Price: 15 minute cable session - £30 per adult
WakeUp Docklands is the only place you can go wakeboarding in London’s city centre. Located in the Docklands right next to the giant ExCeL arena, WakeUp is a cable park suitable for wakeboarding beginners right up to advanced shredders.
Don’t worry if you’ve never been wakeboarding before. These guys offer wakeboarding beginner lessons - starting on the land before progressing on to the water. You can also learn to stand-up paddleboarding here.
Advanced riders can take on the two kickers, 21m pipe and a 12m ollie box. After you’ve finished riding and your arms feel like jelly, head to The Oiler Bar, an ex-Royal Navy barge converted into an open-air bar.
It costs £30 for 15 minute wakeboarding session, however there are membership offers if you want to go along more regularly. They have an awesome student deal - every Wednesday during term time you can ride all-day for just £25.
Visit the WakeUp Docklands website here.
Thorpe Road, Chertsey KT16 8PH
Price: 1 hour cable session - £23 per adult, 15 minute boat session - £32 per adult
Just outside the M25 near Thorpe Park, you will find JBSki, arguably the biggest and best wake park in the UK.
If you are looking to learn wakeboarding in London, you can get a great beginners lesson at JBSki. You can choose from a boat or a cable lesson, depending on how much you want to spend.
They also host a Ladies Morning every Wednesday from May to September where coach Kirsten Mitchell can help first-timers get to their feet up as well as experienced riders looking to progress their wakeboarding tricks.
The cable wake park is the reason most wakeboarders come down to JBSki. It has the biggest and best kickers and rails in the UK.
If you want to get into competitive wakeboarding, professional wakeboard coach Lee Debuse of LBD Wake School trains up wakeboarders here for the British team.
Find out more on the JBSki website here.
Horton Rd, Slough SL3 9HY
Price: 1 hour cable session - £25 per adult, 15 minute boat session - £32 per adult
Liquid Leisure is the biggest aquapark in Europe, set around a big freshwater lake in Datchet in West London.
Liquid Leisure offer wakeboarding beginners a one hour cable lesson for £30, plus they have a cable beginners club with a slower cable speed, running on Saturday and Sundays from 11.30am. Experienced wakeboarders will enjoy the wake park with kickers and rail to practice your tricks. Relax in the hot tub with a pint afterwards.
They also offer stand-up paddleboarding plus open water swimming for those who prefer taking a dip in natural surroundings.
If you’ve spent a little too much time watching Total Wipeout, then you need to have a go on their huge aqua park. It’s a giant inflatable obstacle course for adults and kids alike.
Visit the Liquid Leisure website here.