Have you been to Whiplash?

Whiplash Cable Park | West Kelowna

Have you ever thought about trying a watersport but been wary of the cost or difficulty? Many people are, but it may be easier and cheaper than you think.

Conrad Wiker’s mission since 2012 has been to dispel doubts and to get people on the water. He has turned it this into a unique business on Okanagan Lake –  Whiplash Cable Wake Park.whiplash-west-kelowna-22

This lake park uses variable speed overhead cables instead of boats to pull wakeboarders through the water in a cost effective, environmentally friendly way that also allows for a more controlled environment to teach wakeboarding.

It is easy too. Riders range in age from three to 78, and Conrad guarantees success. More experienced riders can try out the various jumps and rails that are installed on the water. A first time rider can have lessons, equipment rentals, and 20 minutes of cable time for only $37.99 (plus tax).

Whiplash is about more than wakeboarding, however. The cables can be used with wakeskates, waterskis, and even surfboards.

Being right on the water, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, jet-skis, and powerboats can be rented from the facility. They have proved so popular that all the powerboats were rented when we arrived to take photos!whiplash-west-kelowna

The location also includes a few camping spots, a nice lounge area over the water, and bleachers to watch the watersports. It is centrally located, across the lake from downtown Kelowna and with a great view of the bridge. The atmosphere is relaxed, yet well maintained and professional. Conrad uses his space to host day camps for kids as well as private functions like corporate getaways and family gatherings.

I have never been wakeboarding, but I know next time I visit it will not be to take pictures. I will be riding!


Whiplash Cable Wake Park
On the lake at
Campbell Rd Interchange, West Kelowna
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, Closed Mondays. Last day of 2016 season Sept 11 | 2017 season in June


Author: Chris works at the West Kelowna Visitor Centre. For more information on Whiplash and other attractions, stop by the Visitor Centre at 2316 Dobbin Rd, West Kelowna


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