PUBLISHED: 13:02 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:02 12 July 2017
Emily Cotton investigates Essex’s newest sporting hotspot.
If you’re up for a challenge and eager to give something new a try this summer, there is only one place on the Essex coast you should visit.
Similar to many other coastal villages St Oysth is a quiet place, perfect for enjoying the perks of the countryside. However, the village’s newly opened water sports centre is sure to shake things up. Turning Mill Dam Lake into a floating obstacle course, Curve Wake Park offers visitors the chance to don a wetsuit and try their hand at a variety of water sports in a safe and controlled environment.
Upon arriving at Curve Wake Park, you’re instantly greeted with sunny blue skies – apparently it’s always sunny in St Oysth – and incredibly friendly staff, who all tell me they believe they have the best job in the world.
Providing wakeboarding and stand up paddle boarding coaching on a one-to-one basis, the staff at Curve are all avid water sport fans. Despite being pros themselves, they make taking to the water exciting for even the most nervous of beginners.
Whatever your ability though – whether beginner or advanced – a lesson on one of the centre’s two System 2.0 wake cables is guaranteed to be your first of many. Driven by your instructor on the sidelines, the cables allow you to repeatedly travel backwards and forwards. This means once you’re on your feet – and have learnt how to change direction and manoeuvre around obstacles – continuous riding up and down the dam is more than possible.
Wakeboarding introductory sessions include both a lesson in and out of the water. Once you’ve managed to master the technique on dry land – getting onto your feet and holding the ‘frog’ position – you’ll be straight into the water to put your newly acquired skills to the test for 15 minutes.
A dry land lesson and one 15 minute water session costs £30, whereas this plus an additional 15 minutes in the water (often with a break in between) will cost £50. General riding sessions after your introductory lesson cost £22, with the hire of a standard wakeboard, a buoyancy aid and a helmet included. Wetsuits can also be hired from the site for a purse friendly £2.
For those who want to be out on the water more regularly, Curve Wake Park also offers season packages and membership options. With a shop, café and relaxing decking area to sit and spectate from, it would be easy to spend a good portion of your summer in one spot.
Not sure if you’ve got the co-ordination or balance needed for wakeboarding, but you’ve got pretty good grip? Exhilarating fun can also be had by adrenaline junkies on a ringo inflatable. Or if you’re after something a little less extreme, why not enquire about the centre’s paddle boarding lessons?
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