Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Republic Wake Park: Wakeboarding in Nuvali, Laguna

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Finally! I got to see and experienced wakeboarding at Republic Wake Park in Nuvali. It's been two months since I first heard this thrilling sport is happening in Nuvali and since then I've been wanting to try it myself. Good thing that my rest day from work was matched with my friends' rest days also. So there's no stopping for this trip to happen.

How to get there?
Nuvali is just a 2-hour drive from Manila. You can take South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and turn right as you reach Sta. Rosa Exit. Turn right again after the toll gate and just follow the main road.You'll know your're in the right direction if you passed by Paseo de Sta. Rosa (found in the left side of the road). Just a few kilometers away, you'll see a big sign of Nuvali and Solenad. This is the time you'll turn left (from the traffic light). Just go straight ahead until you see a guardhouse which is half kilometers away from Solenad. Just tell the guard that you are going to the Wake Park and they'll give you an instruction on how to get there. It's easy but you have to listen carefully. Tada! Welcome to Republic Wake Park!

Be attentive on this sign... we almost missed it (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
By the way, food and drinks of your own are not allowed to bring-in at the Wake Park. So don't plan on packing your own food. They serve food inside. An open view restaurant is available so you don't have to worry in case you're hungry. Going back... as you reach the Wake Park, go directly to the information area to have your registration. You'll need to fill up a sheet with your information and in the same sheet you'll also see the rates:

Cable Rate 
1 hour pass – P250
2 hour pass – P475
4 hour pass – P595
8 hour pass – P995
Day & Night pass – P1,500
Night riding pass – P595
Private cable rent – P800/hour
VIP pass – FREE!

Unlimited riding package
1 week unlimited – P5,000
1 month unlimited – P15,000
3 months unlimited – P24,000
6 months unlimited – P35, 000
1 year unlimited (cash) – P55,000
1 year unlimited (monthly) – P60,000

Aside from the ratings above, we have also deposited 800 pesos each (Wristband – P200 plus Life vest & helmet – P600). This deposit is refundable. It was returned to us after we had brought back the gears at the counter (beside the registration area) at the end of our play. This deposit will become a fee in case the user damage or didn't return the gears.

feel free to choose your board (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
After gearing up, we proceed in the activity. The activity area has two parts, one is for the Pro wakeboarders (the course has ramps and obstacles) and the other one is for beginners (a plain course). Of course, we belong in the beginners area. There is also a deck near the activity area where people can put their belongings as you play.

I dream myself, wakeboarding here... The Pro area (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
Area for beginners (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
Viewing deck in the activity area (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
I suggest to arrive in the area as early as you could to maximize your time unlike us who came late in the vicinity. We only got to try gliding twice due to the long wait since there were so many people who wanted to experience this sport as well.


Photo op while waiting for our turn (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
We're almost there... still waiting (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
Before you do your turn, there is an instructor to teach you the basic and also the right positioning on riding the board. Listen to him because he knows what he is saying (which i didn't do). For non swimmers, you should also inform the instructor that you cannot swim so they will be more attentive once you get in to the water (which Aizel didn't do).

Byron listens and I don't... I have my own world. Naaaa! (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
The park opens at 8:30am and closes at 9:00pm, Monday to Sunday. However, beginners area is only open until 5:30pm. Tip: If you're going in big group, Wake park offers a private cable rental. This is a full exclusive use of the wakeboard area which costs 8,000 pesos and can accommodate a maximum of 30 people.

Aizel in her full wakeboarding gear (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
Baron, author of Baron the Explorer (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
and of course, me :] (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)
In the end, I didn't made a stand in the board which makes me a loser. Hahaha. It was tougher than surfing and I didn't anticipate that one. Nevertheless, it was a fun adventure and a good alternative destination. A must try for thrill seekers and adventurous type of person. That was definitely not my last time. I'll visit the place time after time until I start wakeboarding at the Pro area. Now, that's a promise!

Contact Information:
Republ1c Wakepark - West Diversity Boulevard, Nuvali, 4027 Calamba, Laguna
Email: info@republ1cwakepark.com

A shop for wakeboarding apparels is also available in Republic Wake Park (Photo from Baron Cantonjos)

53 comments:

  1. How much did you pay for your wake-boarding? and how long was it?

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    1. all in all, I paid 1,050 pesos. 800 pesos of it was back to me after i brought back the gears (helmet,life vest and digiwatch) that i borrowed at the counter. So my real expense for an hour of wakeboarding is 250 pesos only.

      Other rates and packages is stated in the body of this blog. Thanks

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    2. Thank You so much! Nice Blog ;)

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  2. do they have any contact number?

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  3. Thank you. nice blog, anyway. :)

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  4. Hi! May personla trainor ba dun na pwedeng i-hire? thanks

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    1. I'm not sure about this but I've heard that one can have a personal trainer at 700 pesos/hr. However I cannot confirm this if it's true.

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    2. okay thank you.. :)

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  5. Nice blog! Republic Wakepark is a better and more convenient alternative to Camarine Sur WaterSports Complex! :D

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  6. Hi. interesting post. wanna ask about that one hour. you mean you can try as many times in one hour?

    thanks.

    Shie

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    1. Hi! Yes that's right. You can try as many as you want within that one hour. The number of times vary depending on how many people are there because after your turn and you want to try it again, you have to fall in line and wait for your next turn.

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  7. gusto ko pumunta with my friend.. . exciting :) kaso baka may mga ibang charges fee pagdating dun... hope meron man mura lang hehe

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    1. Don't worry po. On my experience, wala naman. Naexplain naman samin lahat ng terms sa payment and wala kaming binayaran na di nila nasabi. Just listen carefully to their instructions po and magiging maayos ang trip na to senyo :] Try na!

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  8. Mahirap po ba yung wakeboarding gusto namin ma try ng wife ko. TIA

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    1. Para sa akin, yes po. Hahahaha. Mas nadalian po akong mag surfing kaysa mag wake boarding. Pero ayus ito itry sir. May beginners area naman po for newbie.

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  9. thanks for this blog! been looking for near wake park anlayo kasi ng CARAMOAN...

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    1. Yup, this is way nearer compare to Caramoan :] Thanks also for visiting and following my blog. Cheers!

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    1. naku medyo madalang lang sir. malayo pa din kasi siya kung tutuusin :]

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    2. Ah I see... Anyway nice blog ah.. Goodjob Sir!

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  11. Hi Geejay,

    Do we need to pay extra for the wakeboard? I mean do we need to rent one?planning to go there this sunday and we're all first timers :) Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi

      No, you don't need to pay extra for the wakeboard. It is included in the Cable Rate stated above. You just have to deposit additional P800 pesos but it is refundable as you timed-out and if you don't break any gears.

      Have fun po!

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  12. keep blogging!! well done and lovely photos :)

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  13. Pano kaya pumunta dun kung magcocommute?

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    1. I don't know if this is still the way going there, nagkaroon kasi ng pagbabago sa route ng Buses sa Manila kaya di ko na ma-sure kung nandun pa sila.

      1. Take the LRT-1 to Gil Puyat or ride a jeep to Buendia corner Taft Ave.
      2. Cross Taft Ave. towards Atrium Suites.
      3. Ride a bus to Balibago/Sta. Rosa Town Proper.

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  14. Hi! Thank you for this post! Try namin ng mga pinsan ko. Nice blog! :)

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    1. Welcome. Have a great adventure ahead of you! :]

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  15. Hi, Geejay. Thanks for the very helpful notes. Just wondering if there is a comfort room available to shower after. Thanks. :)

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    1. Welcome po. Yes there are comfort rooms/showers in the area. The facilities are clean and quite impressive too.

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  16. di din po ako marunong magswim, what happens pag minalas, i think the vest is not enough to help me float

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    1. There will be no problem about that. Just inform the facilitator na hindi po kayo marunong lumangoy para po naka bantay sila. And yes, the life vest is enough to make you float. Yung girl na kasama ko dito is hindi siya marunong lumangoy yet still nakapag wakeboard naman siya :)

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  17. Meron po ba commute papunta mismo dito? Is there any taxi, jeep or any way of public transportation around the area papunta mismo dun sa wakeboarding site?

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    1. Yup, possible po mapunta yung Wake Park by commute. Sa likod ng Nuvali (bandang Robinson). May mga shuttle/van na nagdadala ng visitors going to Wake Park. Ipagtanong nyo nalang sa mga guards dun. Alam na po nila yun. Di ko pa po siya nata-try kaya di ko po alam kung magkano or kung free ba siya.

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  18. Hi geejay! I like to try it with my kids.. is there any height or age limit requirements? thanks a lot... nice blog.

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    1. I'm not sure what is the age limit but I saw kids during my visit who are about 12-15 y.o. and trying this sport. I suggest try to email at info@republ1cwakepark.com for your inquiries. Not sure if its active but it is worth to try po :)

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  19. Hi! Is this place different from the Nuvali where you can go biking, picnic etc? Thankyouuu!

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    1. It is still part of the Nuvali development but in order to visit the place, you have to take the nuvali shuttle bus (in case you don't have your own car/service)

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  20. balak namin pumunta dito kaso commute lang.. malayo ba lalakarin or if may masasakyan papasok ng republic wakeboarding site?

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    1. Sobrang layo po nya from Nuvali so I recommend you take the shuttle to go there. Just ask the guard at Nuvali for the location of the shuttle terminal that can take you to the wakepark

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  21. Kuya May age limit po ba? Pwede po ba ang 16below?

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    1. Nung nasa beginners site ako, I saw kids trying the sport parang nasa around 13-15 years old lang sila. so parang ok naman.

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  22. hi sir pag 10 yrs old below ba pwede mg wake board,.tska if ever pwede bang matry un png pro area kahit first timer lng,..

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    1. I saw some kids during my visit na nag wewake board pero di ko po alam kung ano age limit. Pwede naman itry yung pro provided na mag babayad ka ng pro rate to try it. :)

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  23. thanks! a good read as we're planning to go there soon. Would you know if they allow gopro cam to be attached sa board?

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    1. Sorry but im not sure if they allowing go pro to be attached on their boards.

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  24. Hi! Nice blog!:) very informative!:)
    Would you know if they enforce a weight limit?

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    1. as far as I know there is no weight limit for this activity

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