Wakeboarding is to water-skiing what snowboarding is to skiing. Try it
Time Out Dubai staff
The younger, and let’s face it, cooler, sibling to waterskiing requires a sideways stance, rather than the hovering-over-a-toilet-bowl squat required by its older brother. A similar technique is used; you lift yourself out of the water while leaning back and keeping your back straight, however there’s the added twist of, well, twisting. Once you’re up, though, it’s pretty easy and when you feel confident enough, you can try your hand at jumps and even flips. It all looks very impressive – until, that is, you fall flat on your face in spectacular style. Wakeboarding is a pricey pastime, with many places charging per 15 minutes.
This may seem like a very short period, but wakeboarding is tiring stuff. If you’re a novice, you will probably have to lift yourself out of the water more than a few times, and the next day you could struggle to lift a feather thanks to your aching forearms. You will also need to develop a taste for seawater – you’ll be snorting and swallowing litres of the stuff. Various locations across Dubai.
Al Boom Diving Dhs200 for experienced boarders (15 minutes), Dhs350 per person for a wakeboarding lesson for beginners (30 mins). Open daily 8am-6pm. Al Aqah, Fujairah, www.alboomdiving.com (09 204 4925).
Club Mina Dhs105 (15 minutes) for members, Dhs150 (15 minutes) fee for hotel & day guests. Open daily 9am-5pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Umm Suqeim, www.lemeridien-minaseyahi.com (04 399 3333).
One & Only Royal Mirage Dhs150 for 15 minutes. One&Only Royal Mirage, Umm Suqeim (04 399 9999).
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort Wakeboarding is along the resort’s beachfront. Corniche Road East, Al Markaziyah (02 677 3333).