You might - or not? have heard about the Grassroots Wakeboard competition!
Ok, "what's wake boarding?" - Well, it's like snowboarding up a ski lift, just on the water &...differnt. This year's first Stop in Ireland was in Ballyhass Cable Wake Park.
Ballyhass Cable Wake Park is located near Cork. If you're missing the exit through Mallow you realise it is still a good 40 minutes from Cork city till you end up in the rural countryside through quiet Irish backroads. What's waiting for you is well worth the trip!
Last weekend John Tully didn't only "fish" 6 of those yummy trout fish** - they are up to 1kg! He also fished himself a 1st in the man's opens at the Ballyhass Grassroots tour stop - well deserved, his stuff is unreal! (apologies for poor humour :))
Followed by David O'Caoimhe - or "superman" - how entertaining was that!! That's why you should never go home before the show finishes!
3rd came David Coates who has put quiet a show together - we are loving his raleys!
Let's not stop - 14 year old Brian Kavanagh made it to the men's open this year and came 4th! Brian's home cable is Wakedock in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4 - you have to see his hight over the kicker!!! There's no hashtag for that!
Stocked about the quality and competitive level of the girls - we had comps last year with one rookie competitor only a few in intermediate and open - this year it's serious business!
The ladies' open 1st Nicole Carroll is setting high standards! Cable or boat that is!
Mila Pichet gracefully got herself the 2nd place.
Followed by Ruta Buracite - a very close race in the female comp! The standard is extreme - great to see such talent on the water!
The standard of Ireland's young wakeboard talent is simply insane - I will need to have a word with my parents! Those kids cut through glass at such young age like it's a walk in the park.
My personal highlights: Our 3-bed accommodation for the weekend was right at the park & overlooks the beautiful lake with all its activities & a BBQ in the garden - what more do you need! Sure, walking distance to all the fun stuff! It's fab for families & groups etc. who love a relaxed get away, chill in the house & walk over to the lake, mega secure & fun if you're into extreme sports like wake boarding or just relaxing with a fishing rod on the dock. I'll bring my camping chair next time!
Fishing @Ballyhass Lakes...
Some of the banter & other activities...
Next Grassroots stop in Ireland is in Dublin's urban Cable Wakedock September 5th & back to Ballyhass in October. Grassroots tour originates from the UK, so do check Grassroots tour dates in the UK. If you can't wait as long do visit or even take part in the Nationals Wakeboard competition 27th/28th June in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4.
Stop over to the full Grassroots results here.
**no animals have been harmed, they have all been released back into the nature! Tip: Trouts are most yummy when they are in their new home for about 6 weeks and nurture on their normal food - rather then nuts, so give it some time when you want to fish them for your dinner!