22 May 2013
in Published Writing
Tags: Adventure, Australia, Bli Bli, Go Wake Cable Park, Jetpilot, Ladies on the Lake, Liquid Force, outdoors, Wakeboard, Wakeboarding, Wakedition, Wakedition Magazine
Published article at Wakedition
The ladies of the lake rallied together to squeeze in one more session at Go Wake Cable Park before winter set in. With a massive turn out of over 30 ladies aged between 10 and 64, it’s safe to say the state of women’s wakeboarding is looking stronger than ever.
After a highly successful season the Ladies on the Lake ride days have seen close to 100 new women having ago at a wakeboarding. The monthly morning sessions have boosted confidence and created friendships that push each of the ladies to reach new skills and to see what each of them is really made of. And it was on a crisp Sunday morning in the middle of May, 30 ladies, some in steamers and some braving the chilly conditions, took to the Go Ride and main cable. By the end of the session, everyone had achieved something new, including 3 ladies landing raileys on the Go Ride, one butt sliding the flat bar for the first time, and two ladies attempting back rolls on the main cable. There were a cheers of excitement for Jane Taylor as she continuously rode away from this flat-water trick lap after lap.
Coach Tara Pyers said “we are already organising dates for September and into next season. These sessions have been so much fun and we want to get them back up and running as soon as winter is over.” A huge thanks goes out to all the coaches over the season: Tara, Sam Golledge, Bel Dipple, Anna Bielan, Steve Dipple, and Mike Golledge. Also to the sponsors for the time given and the goodies for the ladies to celebrate their achievements and motivate them to keep pushing the sport of women’s wakeboarding. Thanks to Go Wake Cable Park, Go Ride, and Jetpilot for their continued support throughout the 2012/2013 season.
22 Jan 2013
in Published Writing, Sport
Tags: Australia, Black Diamond Wakeboard School, Bob Soven, Cables Wake Park Penrith, Grom Camp, Grommets, Liquid Force, outdoors, sports, Wakeboard, Wakeboarding, Wakedition Magazine
Published on Wakedition
January 18, 2013
It was only a few years ago that a roll to revert off a kicker would get you through the semis of a comp & a 9 off the kicker would give you the win, and that’s in the Pro division. Now days kids not even in their teens are busting out 9’s consistently. And that’s just during a normal cable session.
The Grom’s of wakeboarding are shredding. And in recent years both cable and boat have seen an explosion of talented youngsters with a drive to succeed and a passion to take wakeboarding to a whole new level. With the likes of young Aussies, Harley Clifford, Tony Iacconi, and James Windsor, killing it on the world stage, the greats of Australian wakeboarding have converged on Cables Wake Park Penrith to coach the rising stars of Australian wakeboarding at the third annual Gromstock wakeboard camp.
Bob Soven & Zahra Kell
Gromstock consists of two days cable riding, followed by three days at Black Diamond for boat sessions. Scotty Kell, Daniel Pyne, Bob Soven, Amber Wing, Sophie Hogben, Daniel Grant, Bec Gange, James Windsor, Manu Rupp, Massi Piffaretti, Aaron Gunn, Courtney Angus, Jamie Neville and Tony Iacconi coached 26 eager groms on the left and right foot cables, and the 2.0 system. Kids hit quarter pipes for the first time, learnt inverts, nailed spins, and got heaps of tips to improve riding technique during the hour-long sets with their designated coach. Teaghan Bartley landed front rolls off the outside kicker on the right foot lake, while on the left foot lake 9-year-old Sam Brown stomped his first toe 9 off the wave kicker.
Organiser Scotty Kell said “Gromstock is the most awesome experience for these kids. They get to ride with the best coaches and riders in the world. What more could any kid ask for!” So with cable wakeboarding short-listed for the 2020 Olympics, Australia’s groms look set to continue in the footsteps of their idols, dominating international podiums for a long time to come.
19 Dec 2012
in Published Writing
Tags: Australia, GoRide, GoWake Cable Park, GoWake Cable Park Bli Bli, inspiration, mental-health, outdoors, Sunshine Coast, Wakeboard, Wakedition
Published in Wakedition
Published 17th December 2012
For the full 2 part article go to the wakedition online magazine or below is an extract from Part 1 of the article.
Just Go Ride
What if you had been told you would never walk or talk? Would you just give up and accept it? Or would you prove everyone wrong? And once you proved everyone wrong, would you stop there? Or would you keep pushing your own expectations for yourself and continue to exceed the imposed limitations placed on you by those at birth?
Meet eight-year-old Bek and ten-year-old Max. Both were told they would never walk or talk. Bek has Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Max was born with multiple physical impairments due to his brain not fully forming during birth. Both now walk, talk, and with the help of the GoRide and Steve Dipple, both can now wakeboard.
It might not be wakeboarding in the true sense of going around on the cable or hitting obstacles, it is after all only their second lesson. But for Bek and Max it’s an accomplishment so huge, that you can’t wipe the smiles off their faces, or their mum’s and dad’s for that matter.
The process for teaching Bek and Max is different to normal coaching. Steve Dipple works along with a coach, and even the parents, in the water. Every step is broken down into it’s smallest part to build confidence in their ability and to take the fear out of the end result – standing up on a wakeboard and cruising along on the water.
02 Dec 2012
in Published Writing
Tags: Adventure, Australia, GoWake Cable Park, GoWake Cable Park Bli Bli, Jetpilot, ladies wakeboarding, Liquid Force, Published Article, wake magazine, Wakeboard
Article published on Wake Online
December 1, 2012
Chloe going for a tail grab off the jetpilot kicker
Cally with Sam after getting a Jetpilot prize for learning to hit the taxi rail
Ladies Wakeboard Sessions: Wake Mag online
27 Nov 2012
Tags: Adventure, Australia, Beach, Great Barrier Reef, home, Lady Musgrave Island, nature, outdoors, Snorkelling, Travel
The first time I went to Lady Musgrave Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, I was three weeks old. My dad was competing in the Australian Scuba Diving Championships, so it was only natural that I went along on the boat too. It was the place where my love of the reef and ocean began, so it seems almost fitting that almost 30 years to the day, I returned to Lady Musgrave Island on a day tour to snorkel and hang out with the fish.
While I don’t remember my first outing to the Great Barrier Reef, I surely remember some of the other milestones lived out in this natural wonder of the world. I remember the first time I went snorkelling at five years old. Mum and Dad were on either side of me, holding my hands, and we leapt of the edge of the dive boat and plunged into the water. It was dark, but after a moment I adjusted and could make out the dark shapes of thousands of little bait fish swimming around us in a tight circle. I remember the first time I ever went spear fishing. I was so excited to spear my first fish, a docile Coral Trout that had sat there looking at me, while I lined it up. Later that night we cooked the fish up on our fire on the beach at Manta-ray Bay on Hook Island in the Whitsundays. Most of my weekends and school holidays from as early as I can remember until I was 14 years-old, were spent out on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. And after the two-hour boat ride from the town of 1770, I walked out on to the pontoon and knew I’d arrived back home.
04 Nov 2012
Tags: Adventure, Australia, Bli Bli, Cable Ski Logan, friends, GoWake Cable Park, Halloween, Jetpilot, Liquid Force, outdoors, Wakeboard
I’ve been a bit neglectful lately, my blog site has taken a back seat as university, writing and other work and Malawi commitments have taken over my time. Well, that and it has warmed up here so if the sun is out and the sky is blue, then you’ll generally only be able to find me if you are also attached to a wakeboard going around in circles at a cable park somewhere.
But with one exam left, then university over for another year and less than one month at home before I head back to Africa for my Summer break, I thought it was time I paid some attention to my website. Instead of constantly only writing things for magazines or work or assignments, I can start to get back to writing for fun.
In the meantime as I get back to writing, please feel free to check out new things I am adding, giving my site a lovely little make over. It’s a slightly slow process, but this is really just due to my lack of technological know how. And it’s not that I’m trying to make things fancy or over-complicated, in fact I’m trying to do the opposite. I’m trying to simplify finding information or stories, as I discovered the other day that I’ve got quite a few in the archives on this site.
So until I set off to do something more exciting with my days than study for exams, here are a few pics of random bits and pieces when I have managed to escape the house in the past few months…
02 Oct 2012
in Published Writing, Sport
Tags: Australia, Courtney Angus, Daniel Pyne, Gimmie Pop, Grom Camp, Liquid Force, Penrith City Star News, Published Article, Wakeboard, wakeboarding school
Published on Penrith City Star Online
Rider: Courtney Angus
By Emma Makepeace
The Olympics might be over for another year, but Olympic fever has just begun at Cables Wake Park Penrith. Cable wakeboarding has been short listed as a feature sport for the 2020 Olympics Games. From October 1-5 the park will hold a Grom Camp, an intensive coaching clinic for children aged 10-18 years to progress their cable wakeboard skills.
The International Wakeboard and Waterski Federation (IWWF) have launched a campaign world-wide to have cable wakeboarding succeed in becoming an event at the Olympics.
Cable wakeboarding is not only an environmentally friendly sport, reducing the impact and fuel consumptions used by wake boats, it’s a youth orientated and affordable sport. The appeal of wakeboarding is definitely in the adrenalin rush. With rails and kickers (obstacles) to use for tricks, as well as flat-water tricks, progression in the sport is limited only by the imagination of the rider.
Cables Wake Park is providing Australian kids with the best start, through their pre season Grom Camp. Coaches include Australian Junior Women’s National Champion, Courtney Angus; Gimmie Pop Wakeboarding School founder and former Pro Wakeboarder, Daniel Pyne; and Liquid Force Pro Team riders. For information on the camp or to book a place contact Cables Wake Park on (02) 4722 2537 or at www.cableswakepark.com.au