SCHOOL IS COOL this summer in the North Kawarthas.
But, take note, this school doesn’t include pencils, books or teachers’ dirty looks. Instead it involves water, bindings, boards, soaring jumps and acrobatic flips.
Shadow wake, situated on the calm waters of Shadow Lake, five minutes north of coboconk, is in its second year of business offering quality instruction.
Of all the extreme sports offered to a new generation of thrill seekers, wakeboarding may be the safest because water is one of the most forgiving terrains.
Shadow Wake’s proprietor and head instructor, Mike Janke, has been involved in the sport for over eight years and is an active competitor at top wakeboarding meets across the province, including the upcoming Wakestock World Cup in Toronto at Toronto Island. Last year Janke placed first at Wakestock in the intermediate division (16 -19 male division) “my years of formal instruction and competing provide me with the necessary skills to run a great wakeboard school,” said Janke.
It is a great sport to learn because the sport is very easy to pick up. However, the limits are endless because there are so many different tricks to master.” “I have been wakeboarding for 8 years and have never been board.
The school specializes in teaching young children and teenagers. Every lesson is catered to the rider’s level of experience. Each lesson can accommodate between one to six riders and includes land and water training. While Shadow Wake provides all of the newest equipment and quality instruction, safety comes first at the school. Janke is qualified to give first aid in case of an emergency. “I have been wakeboarding for eight years and never hurt myself. Just know your limits and you won’t get hurt."
- OWSA (Ontario Watersports association)