Montpellier and its surroundings: Villeneuve-lès-Maguelone, Frontignan, Marseillan beach, Valras... are famous for their spots with ideal conditions for kitesurfing, windsurfing... But it happens that the tramontane is not there (like at the moment) ! But if, as for us, the call of the water is too important - then we'll take on new challenges!
Wakeboarding, the ideal fallback solution when kite or windsurfing are not in the spotlight! Indeed, this sport allows you to improve your kite skills, such as waterstarts, your position for upwind, pop for your jumps and tricks like 180° and all types of support transfers. We have selected for you the wake spots within a 100km radius around Montpellier :
For wakeboarding behind a boat :
L'Effet Kiteschool in Palavas-Les-Flots
You probably already know the kite school, but did you know that they also offer wakeboarding towed by a boat?
Wake lessons take place in the morning, on the sea side in front of Palavas and last 2 hours for 4 people.
These instructors, specialized in kitesurfing, will be able to guide you with personalized advice and allow you to work on the elements of kitesurfing and discover new sensations.
Ride Academy by Seb Garat at Pérols
Ride Academy founded by the multiple World Kite Champion also offers you initiations to the wake towed by boat.
Thanks to their state of the art equipment, this is an opportunity to learn how to ride on all types of boards used in kiting: Twin Tip, Surf Strapless (without straps), Foil and Foil Strapless.
Fluid-W at La Grande-Motte
You've probably already passed by the Kite, wake and water-ski school on the edge of the Ponan pond in La Grande-Motte!
Enjoy a sheltered stretch of water and a latest-generation specialized boat, from the Malibu Boats brand, ideal for wakeboarding, wakeskateboarding but also wakesurfing. Release the rudder and glide on an infinite wave, sensations guaranteed!
Eat on the spot with the Restaurant open from Thursday to Sunday and happy hours on Thursday from 6 to 7 pm!
Wake, Ride & Fun are in the spotlight!
Tiki Center in Frontignan
Tiki Center is a Kite, Wingsurf, Stand Up Paddle, Foil and Wake school located in Frontignan. They offer wakeboarding lessons from 50 euros towed by a boat. Music on board, atmosphere guaranteed!
You will be able to be towed on different types of boards for even more challenge :
- the Twintip, to perfect your kite jumping tricks, pass the wave;
- the Surf, without a strap to work on your support and train your Strapless;
- the Tiki, fun guaranteed with this long versatile wooden board, for a smoother glide;
- the Foil, to take off over the water and start kiting more easily afterwards.
Camargue Paradise at Aigues-Mortes
Camargue Paradise is a water skiing and wakeboarding school located at Domaine du Petit Chaumont in Aigues-Mortes, a small corner of nature only 30 minutes from Montpellier.
Guillaume Pomès teaches you the basics of wakeboarding but also wakeskate and wakesurf behind a specialized boat. The perfect place to combine sport and relaxation with a terrace that gives you a view of the whole lake!
To do cable wakeboarding :
Glisse & Kite in Saint-Pierre-la-Mer
The Glisse & Kite spot is equipped with a bi-pulley ski lift, that is a round trip, perfect for beginners. You are alone on the park, piloted by an instructor.
The line measures 225 meters, it's the second longest in France!
Discover new possibilities with the modules :
- 2 kickers to train for jumps, rotations...
- 1 transfer, composed of a box and a second part raised for more challenge. Objective, jump from the box to land on the roof in "transfer".
Kithau in Marseillan
Kithau is also a 2 towers ski lift, a return trip of the Sesitec brand. The spot offers 15 minutes non-stop sessions on the water and is equipped with various modules, including kickers that will allow you to improve your rotations, tricks... The instructor manages the speed of the cable, so it's ideal to progress!
Urban Wake Up in Alès
Urban Wake Up is like the two previous ones a 2-towers water ski lift. It is located in Alès Plage, open only in summer time and allows you to discover wakeboard or wakeskate from only 15 euros!
The wake park consists of two kickers, one in each direction and a box.
The spot is easily accessible by bus, with Zenbus!
Urban Wake Park in Le Pontet
The Urban Wake Park spot consists of 2-towers for 2 lines at different levels equipped with various modules from the Unit Parktech brand, one of the best on the market!
The "small line" is composed of 5 modules to progress in complete safety:
- A Grom Table
- A Pro Rail
- An Up Rail Wall
- Two kickers, one small and one medium
The "big line" for intermediate and experienced riders is positioned higher up with a blocking area set up for Air Tricks. The modules of the line :
- A signature module of the rider Steffen Vollert.
- A rooftop funbox rail system
- A spine kicker medium
- A flat down ledge pyramid
And if you want to try your hand at wakeboarding on a larger water ski lift, i.e. full-size with 5 towers, then you'll have to exceed the 100km mark to go to the Barcarès Water Ski Lift!
There you have the keys in hand for a new activity when the wind is not there! Do not hesitate to share your experiences with us!