We boarded a van in Sabang after getting off the boat from Caramoan. We still have a ways to go before our next stop. This is the same van we rode getting here from Naga very early on Friday morning, 2 days ago. My companions had an agreement with the driver. He’ll be driving us to Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC). CWC was an addition to our Caramoan trip. A side trip. CWC is a huge complex that is designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. They also have a skatepark. We were there to wakeboard.

The pro course of CWC at night

The pro course of CWC at night

Wakeboarding. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this that particular day. The first time I tried wakeboarding, although a good experience, had some bad feelings associated with it. I think it gave me a sense of apprehension to try wakeboarding again, but I really wanted to make the most of the trip. So instead of giving in to the negative juju in my head, I decided to set a goal for myself. Today’s goal was to reach the end of the course and master the turn.

Paying for the gear. With Ryan Mach of pinoywanderingboy.com. Photo credit: Grazel Gorriceta

Paying for the gear. With Ryan Mach of pinoywanderingboy.com. Photo credit: Grazel Gorriceta

After changing into our wakeboarding attire and renting out our equipment (PHP665, PHP165 for the rental of vest and helmet +PHP500 deposit, which is refundable upon the return of the vest and helmet), we headed over to the beginner course.

Waiting for my turn. Photo Credit: Grazel Gorriceta

Waiting for my turn. Photo Credit: Grazel Gorriceta

There wasn’t much of a line when we got to the beginner course, so I didn’t waste any time and immediately got in line and got ready to wakeboard. The instructor gave clear instructions on the how-tos of wakeboarding and when it was my turn, I was off.

Off I go. Waiting for my turn. Photo credit: Grazel Gorriceta

Off I go. Photo credit: Grazel Gorriceta

Surprisingly, reaching the opposite end of the course was easy.

Successful wakeboarding = Happy Marj. Photo credit: Grazel Gorriceta

Successful wakeboarding = Happy Marj. Photo credit: Grazel Gorriceta

I think it has something to do with how the operators handled the course. I talked to the instructor assisting us and he said that they adjust the speed and pull of the rope  based on the wakeboarder’s skill.

Look at my determined face. Waiting for my turn. Photo credit: Grazel Gorriceta

Look at my determined face. Photo credit: Grazel Gorriceta

This was good news to me. Not only did I meet my first goal of reaching the opposite end of the course, I also managed to do the turn (thrice!) when you get to the opposite end. I won’t say I’ve mastered the turn, because I haven’t. I think I’d need another session to fully master that and then I’d be ready for the pro course.

Our group that day. Obligatory Jump Shot. Photo credit: Grazel Gorriceta

Our group that day. Obligatory Jump Shot. Photo credit: Grazel Gorriceta

The positive outcome of that day’s activity made me tired but happy. CWC was a great stop to end our Camarines Sur trip (which I have yet to write about completely).

Sooner or later I'll be on that pro course and I'd get to wear one of these things instead of those strap ons.

Sooner or later I’ll be on that pro course and I’d get to wear one of these things instead of those strap ons.

*** Since 2013 is off to a slow start, I’ve decided to catch up on some posts. This trip took place Nov. 25, 2012. ***

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