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Most water sports activities in Phuket are played on the sea but a few choices inland offer plenty of wet and wild action as well. The island is home to two wakeboarding centres and a flowboarding venue.
Phuket Wake Park is a cable-ski operation set on a lake near Kathu waterfall between Phuket Town and Patong. The park’s been around for many years and is now undergoing an upgrade and expansion, with a number of different obstacles along the circuit for more advanced boarders to try.
Rates are 900 baht for two hours or 1,200 baht for four hours, or 1,500 baht for a full day, including rental of a wake board, helmet and life jacket. Discounted rates are available for early morning or evening sessions. Memberships are also available on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis, starting at 4,900 baht for one week.
The park accommodates all skill levels and beginners are offered instruction. In addition to a shop where equipment may be bought or rented, Phuket Wake Park has a restaurant and plenty of seating for people to watch the action on the lake. The park has also built 26 rooms available for rent, with prices starting at 1,190 baht per night for a standard room.
Anthem Wake Park opened in January 2013 on a lake in Cherng Talay, about three kilometres west from the Heroines’ Monument towards Bangtao beach. Anthem operates two cable systems, a 200-metre cable with obstacles for experienced wakeboarders and a 160-metre long cable for beginners and children. Its cables run in a clockwise direction, offering riders a different experience since most cable parks have counter-clockwise cable systems.
Riding passes are available at 800 baht for two hours, 1,200 baht for four hours or 1,500 baht for a full day. Discounts are available for kids under 12. They also offer seasonal passes starting at 6,500 baht for one week up to 20,000 baht for one month, and an annual membership.
Anthem also has a restaurant and shop to buy or rent equipment, and it recently opened a club house, with accommodation coming soon. It’s set to host the cable boarding events later this year for the 4th Asian Beach Games from November 14 to 21.
The opening of Surf House Phuket on Kata beach in January 2013 brought the first flowboarding venue to Phuket. With decent surfing only possible during the southwest monsoon months of May through October, surfers now have a year-round venue to play on. A large blue tarp-like material is stretched out at an angle with water flowing over it, giving surfers a continuous “wave” to ride on.
The price is 800 baht per hour, 2,000 baht for three hours or 6,500 baht for a full day, plus a first-time registration fee of 200 baht. Memberships are also available.
The atmosphere here is lively and fun, and you can’t be too shy about wiping out in front of others since the two-level restaurant and bar is orientated so that everyone has a full view of the action on the water. Surf House puts on regular weekly theme nights including ladies nights on Friday where women can flowboard free of charge.
Phuket Wake Park
Open daily 07:30 to 23:00
86/3 Moo 6 Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu
T: (076) 202526; (089) 873 0187
Anthem Wake Park
Open daily 09:00 to 18:30
194/6 Moo 7, Sri-soonthorn sub-district, Cherng Talay
T: (076) 620034
Surf House Phuket
Open daily 10:00 to 24:00
Kata beach road (between Club Med and Kata Beach Resort)
T: (081) 979 7737
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 17th September, 2014.