Trio set for take-off

PUBLISHED: 02:01 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH is set to become the hub of extreme water sports with the launch of a wakeboarding school. A water sport trio launched the Exe Wake wakeboarding boat on Tuesday, April 1, with the naming ceremony delivered by Exmouth Mayor Joy Whipps Dave Foa, Mar

EXMOUTH is set to become the hub of extreme water sports with the launch of a wakeboarding school.A water sport trio launched the Exe Wake wakeboarding boat on Tuesday, April 1, with the naming ceremony delivered by Exmouth Mayor Joy WhippsDave Foa, Mark Rhodes and Ollie Gribbs introduced wakeboarding to Exmouth to give kite surfing enthusiasts another extreme sport during the summer months.Wakeboarding is a sport which involves riding a board along the surface of water while being towed behind a boat.Mr Foa, of Exmouth Beach, said: "Wakeboarding has taken the world by storm; the combination of speed across the water behind a powerboat on a board is a thrilling experience that has to be tried." Exe Wake has started a club providing lessons for eight to 16 year old children and offers special events for adults such as hiring the 'ringo' or boat for stag nights.The boat and club is sponsored by many businesses from the town centre and beachfront.Councillor Whipps said: "It is really lovely to see this enterprise in Exmouth. I wish them all the best to bring more water sports to the area and to encourage young people to participate. I will put my son forward for the lessons."The Grew 194 GR Wakeboard boat has a 'Monster Tower' fitted, which allows a superb tow point for those needing that extra height for big tricks. The layout of the boat allows seven people to sit comfortably with space for bags and equipment.The club began life on Thursday, April 3, and will run for the whole summer.

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