No snow is required for this sport at Arenal

The sport has been around for years, and wakeboarding seems to be a combination of water skiing and snowboarding.

As residents around Lake Arenal know, surf is not required. The participants are towed behind a boat, and the more advanced can do tricks and flips. Instead of water skis, the sport requires a board similar to a snowboard.

The sport is among the lesser known.  Flyzone Costa Rica decided to do something about that. The firm at Lake Arenal sells water skiing and wakeboard equipment and also runs a school.

The company put on what was called totally unofficial Costa Rican Wakeboarding Championship, which attracted 34 competitors in four categories. The location was at Puerto San Luis on Lake Arenal.
The company managed to get corporate sponsors, including Red Bull energy drink.

FlyZone’s Sander Werink said that the number of participants was more than had been expected. Some had never had a chance to do this sort of water sport, the company said.

The company reported that Sergio Barquero was declared the winner in the advanced men’s category. Other winners were: Tomás Echandi, juniors: Melissa Liscano, women, and Arturo Echandi, men. Guiliano Doninelli won what was called the crash of the day award, and Matías Arriola received an encouragement award.

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