Learning to wakeboard in Cabarete

in Adventure Travel / Dominican Republic / Travel Fitness
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I know I’ve only just recovered from that little kiteboarding accident that landed me in the Cabarete ER not long ago. But how could I possibly turn down an offer to learn to wakeboard on the Rio Sabaneta de Yásica?

The truth is, I couldn’t.

I mean, Cabarete isn’t called the Adventure Sports Capital of the Caribbean for nothing. This town is a youthful, water sports haven, and I am a hopeless sucker for any sport, in or out of the water. So, I was sure I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to have an adrenalin-fueled aquatic adventure.

And I’m so glad I dragged my bruised hip out on the water. Not only did I get to see a unique part of Cabarete river life — with farmers working along the riverbed and kids swimming out to collect reeds on a surfboard — but I learned that wakeboarding feels very similar to kiteboarding. So familiarizing myself with the body mechanics of riding a wakeboard is sure to help me when I finally return to kiteboarding for another try.

As far as adrenalin goes, wakeboarding didn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a fun adventure, a rush of excitement, and a new sport you can pick up on your first day out, I highly recommend giving wakeboarding a try.

But if you need a little more convincing, no worries…we made this little video just for you. Enjoy!

Learning to Wakeboard in Cabarete, Dominican Republic – Turf to Surf from Tasha Hacker (Turf to Surf) on Vimeo.


If you want to see more photos of us as we learn to wakeboard, visit our Wakeboarding on Rio de Sabaneta de Yasica Photo Album on Facebook!

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  • Michelle May 28, 2013, 9:45 am

    Looks like so much fun!

  • Tasha Hacker May 29, 2013, 7:59 am

    It was! You should try it!

  • Dennis June 8, 2013, 12:41 pm

    We used to call this water skiing. Looks similar. No?

    • Tasha Hacker June 8, 2013, 1:09 pm

      Hey Dennis, Waterboarding is to waterskiing what snowboarding is to snow skiing. It’s the same, just using a singular board, rather than two skis. Do you water ski then?


  • Julian June 12, 2013, 11:26 am

    Hey, there’s Ashley! Top bloke.

    • Tasha Hacker June 13, 2013, 10:34 pm

      Great guy! And great boat for wakeboarding! If you know him, send him this link and let him know I’d be happy to help him promote his outings. He’s a great instructor!

  • Trev May 31, 2016, 3:30 pm

    This looks awsome. How much money was it to do?

    • Tasha June 5, 2016, 2:12 pm

      It was actually free for us — the guy whose boat it was is a wakeboarding instructor and he was a friend of Morgan’s so he took us out on his day off for free. It was a lot of fun! We now do a lot of wakeboarding off the back of our new dinghy, Bananas — she’s a got a 25 HP Yamaha that’s fun to zip around flat harbors!

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