We are predominantly a Waterski & Wakeboard club, but this also includes activities like wakesurfing, wakeskating and foiling. We also enjoy the thrill of driving fast powerboats and jetskis. We tend to attract active people, and our members take part in all kinds of water based sports, including wakeskating, surfing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, kite surfing and even octopush (underwater hockey)!
We were originally based in Penarth on the Bristol Channel coast where we have our own slipway next to the Pier. We still meet there regularly over the summer months, on weekday evenings or weekends when the tides are right. It is a club tradition to ski (or board) on Boxing Day, and we have been putting on a show for Penarth Festival for over 50 years. However since the building of the barrage we have also developed Wakeboarding and Skiing within the Cardiff Bay Ski Zone, and most of our riding takes place there, on Saturday mornings and Friday, Sunday & Monday evenings, weather permitting.
Wakeboarding is growing in popularity now, especially with the younger generation, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Our club has a growing following for Wakeboarding we have some very skilled and competent members, including several BWSW trained coaches, who always enjoy encouraging and teaching others. We run regular taster sessions for anyone who would like to give the sport a try. We can coach you all the way, from your first pull up, right up to BWSW Platinum standard.
Waterskiing has been around for a very long time now, but still remains very popular. Again our club is fortunate to have very competent skiers and coaches who really enjoy teaching and helping people improve their skills.
For the more competitive skier there is also water-ski racing. This club over the years has produced both European and World Champions in Ski Racing. This is a serious adrenaline pumping sport, with lots of action and fun for both competitors and spectators. We helped to organize and run the European Championships held on Cardiff Bay in 2008, and have hosted a round of the British Championships there on several occasions. However most of the ski racing and practicing happens in the Bristol Channel off our slipway in Penarth.
Jet skiing is another sport which is growing in popularity. Several of our members are jetski owners, but it’s not essential. Our club also owns a jetski which members can use, provided they have completed the necessary training. We are keen to promote safe and sensible use of jet skis, helping reduce the risk of unnecessary accidents and annoyance to other watercraft owners and members of the public.
Finally our Club is fortunate to have a very friendly and sociable group of members, who believe that joining the club should mean much more than just getting together for our love of the sport. We frequently go out for meals after the skiing is done for the day, and often gather together for social events, such as bowling, trampolining and go-karting.