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What is Cable Wakeboarding? What is a Cable Park?

If you already know what cable wakeboarding and cable parks are, keep on scrollin’. If you don’t know, hang out a second and we’ll get you up to speed. Cable wakeboarding is a form of water-skiing and wakeboarding that uses an overhead pulley system and cables, to pull participants around a lake, instead of a boat. The rope and handle are attached to an overhead line, aka cable, instead of the back of a boat. This “cable” pulls the rider and allows them to zip across the lake, shredding along the way. A cable park (or a wakeboard park) is an industry term for any location that has 1 or more cable systems. There are 2 types of cable systems, two-tower cable systems and full-size cable systems. Wake Nation Cincinnati has both!

  • Two-Tower Cable Systems
    Two-tower cable systems typically pull one participant at a time, and are excellent for learning, teaching, and practicing skills. With 2 towers, these cable systems span, and travel back and forth across an open body of water. At each side of the lake or pond, a cable operator can pause or stop the cable. The rider will either stop at the end, or once their skills improve, turn and switch directions without stopping. On this type of cable system, the operator/instructor has the ultimate control, and can make very fine adjustments to help the rider progress quickly. Because of this control, the operator can coach easily, pick up a fallen rider quickly, and allow them multiple attempts at a particular skill within a short amount of time. Nearly all of our wakeboard lessons are on the two-tower cable system, and the skills translate quickly to the boat or a full-size cable system. There is no better, safer, easier, or faster way to learn.
  • Full-Size Cable Systems
    At Wake Nation Cincinnati, we call our full-size cable system our “main cable”. A full-size cable system has 4 to 6 towers and turns throughout the cable path and typically travel in a large circular pattern around a lake. The more towers (6 is currently the most), the softer and easier the turns are for riders. (Wake Nation Cincinnati boasts 6 towers, creating a predictable, perfectly-smooth ride.) Full-size systems run continuously, with multiple riders at a time, each separated by a few hundred feet. When a participant falls, they swim to the side and walk back to the start dock to begin again. A cable operator manages safety, ropes, handles, and carriers (gizmos that catch and pull the rope and handle, pulling riders off the start dock, and allowing them to ride around the lake). Operators have little to do with the rider experience once a rider leaves the start dock, the trickiest component of the full-size cable system. Since the cable never slows down, riders must learn to slide, jump, or otherwise start/initiate their ride. This particular skill, going from at rest/zero mph to instantly riding 16-19mph, takes a time or two to master, thus we don’t allow anyone to ride our full-size system that doesn’t already know how to wakeboard. (This would be the equivalent of going down a blue or black run your first day on a snowboard.) This said, once a rider knows how to wakeboard, a single lesson on “starting & turning” will get them off and shredding. A full-size cable system is ideal for the intermediate level rider and above. Most of the sliders and kickers (called wakeboard features) at a typical cable park are combined with the full-size cable system. Imagine a floating skatepark – with much softer falls into water. Features are exciting and thrilling for the rider as well as spectators.

Important Information for All Participants

Practice Sessions
Practice sessions (slower speeds) on our main cable are offered daily, the first two (2) hours of operations. This is the best time to ride for beginners, those that need to brush up on their skills, or those working on new or advanced skills. During this time, we operate the main cable a little slower, substantially reducing any fear or inhibitions a rider may have. Slower speeds also make starting and turning a breeze for those first few ride sessions.

Experienced Cable Wakeboarders
If you have successfully ridden a full-size cable system before (meaning you can make the start and the turns), you can ignore the remainder of this section. Simply show up, shred, and enjoy. Have fun, be safe, and always ride within your abilities!

First-Time/Never-Ever Wakeboarders
Regardless of your skill level or experience, our goal is to help you understand what to expect at Wake Nation Cincinnati, and get you shredding in a safe and controlled manner. In order to provide you with an exceptional first-time experience, we never allow first-time wakeboarders (those that have never wakeboarded) on the full-size cable system. First-time kneeboarding however, is allowed, and can be a fun, safe and entertaining place to start your cable riding experience. This policy is primarily for your own safety, as well as the enjoyment of all participants. Rarely, if ever, does someone successfully blast down a blue or black run their first day on a snowboard. Wakeboarding is no different. Although much easier than snowboarding, wakeboarding still has a short learning curve. We encourage you to enjoy the learning process, as it can be incredibly fun with the right instruction! If you have never wakeboarded before, check out our Ohio Wakeboard Lessons or plan on participating in another activity when you visit us.

You Can Wakeboard But Haven’t Ridden a Full-Size Cable System
This is a grey area. We certainly don’t want you to be a liability to yourself or others around you, but if you ride behind the boat often, you will likely be just fine riding the main cable. We would recommend showing up early in the day, during our practice sessions, so you can learn the start and turns at a much slower speed. If you don’t ride often, but do know how to wakeboard, a start & turn lesson is a better place to start. At 3 hours in length, it’s plenty for your first time on a full-size cable system, and you’ll have more confidence in your new skills by the time you finish. It’s also priced similar to a 2 hour ticket + rental so it’s a no-brainer if you are starting out. 

Note: We do have a standing, “3 try, 3 fall limit without a refund” rule. This can be enforced at any time by the cable operator, whom is not always one of our instructors. If the operator feels you are a liability to yourself, or are hindering the experience of other participants, they must enforce the rule. There is some flexibility if we are not busy, but this rule is always enforced when there is a line of more than 5 people on the start dock. (Here’s why: When you fall, you are not having fun and you could injure yourself. It also holds up the start line for 1-3 minutes while you swim clear of the start area. This is not fun for others waiting for you to clear the start area. We are in the fun business and need to consider the enjoyment of all participants.) If you are unsure of your skills, or just want to ensure you have the best experience possible, take advantage of our daily practice sessions or lessons, where you can learn, practice, improve, and gain confidence.

Tickets and Pricing

Pricing Note: These prices reflect our every day retail prices. To get the ultimate insider discounts, follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter (links at the bottom of any page on our website). Turn on your notifications and be ready to act fast! Specials, deals, and fun contests come and go in a flash and that’s the only place you’ll ever see them! Don’t be surprised if your next visit or activity is substantially discounted, or even free! No kidding.


2 Hour Cable Ticket – $32.00

4 Hour Cable Ticket – $37.00

All Day Cable Ticket – $42.00

Child 2 Hour Cable Ticket – $10 or $20
(Ages 12 and Under. $10 With Any Paid Adult, $20 Without)

1 Hour Kneeboarding – $15.00
(Includes Kneeboard, Helmet, Vest)

2 Hour Kneeboarding – $20.00
(Includes Kneeboard, Helmet, Vest)

Equipment Rentals

Equipment Package – $15.00, $20.00, $25.00
(Board, Helmet, Vest – 2 Hour, 4 Hour or All Day Rental)

Child Equipment Package 2 Hour – $10.00
(Board, Helmet, Vest, Ages 12 and Under)

Board or Skate Only – $20.00

Kneeboard – $10.00
(Kneeboards Are Free With The Purchase Of a Kneeboard Ticket.)

Helmet – $5.00

Vest/Life Jacket – $5.00

Long Sleeve Wetsuit Top – $10.00


Week Pass – $99

Month Pass – $199

Value Pass – $199

Season Pass – $799

Child Season Pass – $399

VIP Season Pass – $1599

Pass Details

Week Pass – $99.00
Unlimited cable riding, during normal operating hours, for up to seven (7) consecutive “riding” days. The week pass also allows access to exclusive, season pass holder sessions. See calendar for dates and hours of operation.

Month Pass – $199.00
Unlimited cable riding, during normal operating hours, for thirty (30) calendar days (31 days in July). The month pass also allows access to exclusive, season pass holder sessions. See calendar for dates and hours of operation.

Value Pass – $199.00
The Value Pass will earn you a discount on each visit throughout the year. There are no restrictions or limitations on the number of visits, or how long you ride on each visit. Simply pay the initiation fee, and then pay $19 per visit. This pass does not include any buddy passes but does allow you access to season pass holder-only equipment discounts and ride sessions. See calendar for dates and hours of operation.

  • No Buddy Passes Included
  • Exclusive Season Pass Holder-only sessions. See calendar for dates and hours of operation.
  • Maximum pro shop discount on any retail item or special order.
  • Inside Scoop Newsletter: Be the first to know about features, pro visits, and other park info, before the general public.

Season Pass – $799.00
In addition to unlimited cable riding, during normal business hours throughout the entire season, season pass holders receive significant benefits that expire at the end of each year. Season pass holder must be present and participating to receive discounts and benefits.

  • Exclusive Season Pass Holder-only sessions. See calendar for dates and hours of operation.
  • Two (2) total “Buddy Passes” including rentals: Two (2) free all day cable tickets including Two (2) free Equipment Package (board/helmet/vest) rentals redeemable during any ride session, including pass-holder only sessions.
  • 50% “Bring a Friend” discount. Up to 4 guests on a single visit. Valid for all cable lessons and other ticketed activities.
  • 50% discount off all cable lessons and other ticketed activities.
  • 25% discount off all boat activities.
  • 25% discount off all camps.
  • 25% discount off food & beverages.
  • Maximum pro shop discount on any retail item or special order. (It doesn’t get any better, anywhere.)
  • Inside Scoop Newsletter: Be the first to know about features, pro visits, and other park info, before the general public.

Child Season Pass – $399.00
All the benefits of the Season Pass, but for kids. Must be 12 and under at the time of purchase. 

VIP Season Pass – $1599.00
In addition to all of the benefits included in the Season Pass, VIP pass holders receive the following:

  • Ability to access the VIP/fast line at main start dock, that alternates with the normal line. (Think Disney Fast Pass for Wakeboarding). Friends/family using Buddy Passes cannot access the VIP/fast line.
  • Golf cart pickups when available, and a fresh bottled water for the ride back.
  • Exclusive access to other park activities.