Cable wakeboard in Malmo
It was a big surprise for me to find people practicing Cable wakeboard in Malmo. After walking through the Hamnen area I arrived on the back side of Malmo’s central station and found it! It’s amazing to find that in the middle of the city. If you remember the pictures I took of “Surf in Munich” in 2016 seems the same it was kind of the same scene and same feeling !
During my three days week-end in Malmo I took some photography in the streets, it’s what I always enjoy when I travel. Specialy when it’s a new place that I’m discovering. Malmo was the first city that I discovered in scandinavia. After many years travelling to Germany now it’s a new chapter of exploration maybe.
I really enjoyed they way that people feel comfortable with a foregner taking photography of them. You ask and they say yes. Here in this cable wakeboard place those folks were having good time on a sunny sunday morning and really easy going with me taking photography.
Cable wakeboard in Malmo
What is Cable wakeboard (Text from wikipedia)
Wakeboard is a way to water ski (or cable skiing), in which the skier’s rope and handle are pulled by an electrically-driven cable, whereas traditionally a waterskier is pulled by a motorboat. The mechanism consists of two cables running parallel to one another with carriers between them every 80 metres. The carriers are metal tubes that can hook up tow ropes with riders. Tow ropes are detached and attached at the same time without slowing the system down, which is a main reason for its high efficiency. With a main cable of 800 metres long, 10 riders can waterski or wakeboard at the same time. The speed of the main cable can be up to 38 mph (61 km/h), and slalom skiers can reach much higher speeds. The most common speed is 19 mph (31 km/h), which suits wakeboarders best.
The cable is generally suspended 26–30 feet (8–9 metres) above the water. This makes for a different feel than when riding behind a boat, whether wakeboarding or water skiing.
The higher angle of pull makes bigger “air” and sharper turns possible. Generally, on wakeboard-only cables, there are ramps and sliders for the riders to use. Another way for wakeboarders to get air on the cable is to “load the line.” Loading the line is putting tension on the rope and using the water as a spring to fling oneself into the air. Though it is possible to do this behind a boat, the higher angle of pull and the slight jerk on the corners allow good riders to get much higher.
Other important advantages of the cable compared to the boat are environmental friendliness and the enormous capacity. The electric motor of the cable is quiet, clean and energy-efficient. A cableway with a main cable 800 metres long operated at 19 mph (31 km/h) makes 38.8 rounds in one hour (456 miles per day if used round the clock) and the users get 19 miles (31 km) of water skiing or wake boarding in that hour. (Source wikipedia)
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