For the past 17 years, the same lady has worked behind the front counter at Ski Rixen USA. Her name is Renee Packard, but everybody calls her Renee Rixen. She's the mom in Ski Rixen's cable family. At Rixen, you're not simply handed a pass and pointed in the direction of the starting dock. From the minute you plunk down the $18 for your first one-hour pass, you're welcomed into a community that has nurtured some of wakeboarding's top pros, including Jimmy LaRiche, Rob Jacques and Brandon Thomas. "After going to Rixen three times, I felt like I belonged," says LaRiche, who used Ski Rixen to become one of the sport's best riders. Your initiation is a free 15-minute cable tutorial from one of Rixen's professional coaches. But the learning doesn't stop there. Rixen prides itself on teaching people to ride, so if you have a question about anything from making it around your first corner to landing that elusive S-bend, all you have to do is ask. Perhaps that's why Rixen is the longest-standing cable park in the United States.