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Benefits of Wakeboarding - How to do it right!

Tipped to be one of the most exhilarating water sports varieties available in UAE, wakeboarding is one of the must-try water-bound activities for holidaymakers vacationing in the desert nation. Here are some helpful hints on how to experience wakeboarding in the country.


Find Suitable Accommodation

Travellers who are hoping to head down to Doha to enjoy a spot of wakeboarding must first and foremost reserve accommodation in a venue which offers easy access to wakeboarding activities or provides the facilities for the adrenalin pumping activity within the resort. Amongst many 5 star hotels in Doha the likes of Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is a good choice in this regard as it only provides state-of-the-art water sports facilities on-site but also serves as a top-notch resort base for a variety of activities when vacationing. The venue also offers instructors for tourists who are new to the sport of wakeboarding to hone their skills before heading to the water.


Selecting Tour Operators

Visitors who wish to engage in wakeboarding activities during their holiday must also enlist the services of a local tour operator to ensure the details of the experience are handled in the safest possible manner. Countless tour companies organize wakeboarding excursions at varying costs for packages of various durations. Visitors can consult online reviews to find the best tour operator for their particular preferences and read the comments of previous clients to serve as a warning for which tour organizers to avoid.


Package Inclusions and Exclusions

When selecting a package makes sure the tour operator is providing all the services one requires of the experience and this varies from traveller to traveller. Read the fine print and find out if aspects such as hotel transfers, refreshments, and guides are part of the quoted package price or whether additional charges will have to be paid after the experience. Most tour operators will list exclusions in their websites while another aspect to look into is the safety measures put in place in case of an accident.


Wakeboarding Hotspots

Top venues to experience wakeboarding in include the Marina which turns into a wakeboarding and water sports hotspot from 6 am to 6 pm. Wakeboarders will have to pay an hourly charge to use the Marina for wakeboarding activities which are conducted by a private company. A well-equipped and well-maintained water sports centre at Jebel Ali as well as JBR are also excellent stomping grounds for avid wakeboarders and water sports enthusiasts as a whole although the branch occupying pride of place at Jebel Ali is relatively calmer and mostly free of swimmers.
Another must-visit hub for all wakeboarding fanatics holidaying is, of course, the venue known as Xtreme Wake. Having opened its doors to the public in 2013 the locale comes complete with a wakeboard chalet as well as a once week wake camp at Ghantoot Marina for true blue enthusiasts.


Enjoying the Experience

As one of the more accessible water sports varieties, the key to experiencing the best wakeboarding is immersing one's self in the adventure once you hit the water. Don't forget to leave your cares and worries behind as you glide through the water with music blasting and a guide to help navigate a path along the water. Often regarded as one of the top locations in the Middle East to enjoy wakeboarding count your blessings that you got to encounter the thrill of a lifetime while on your desert island getaway.