The Coolest Places to Wakeboard in the World

The title says it all: there are some awesome places you can ride out there – and these are our favorites

The idyllic beauty of the Turks and Caicos
Even with a storm on the horizon, the idyllic beauty of the Turks and Caicos can't be beat. Wakesurfer and skim boarder Austin Keen has been multiple times over the last few years, and for good reason.Bryan Soderlind

Now more than ever, wakeboarding is a global sport. Contests are held every year in places like Korea, Austria, Russia, Chile, New Zealand, Thailand, Sweden, and many, many more. If you think you might be able to find a ride or a pull somewhere, chances are you can. Whether it’s a boat, a cable system and wake park, a PWC, or even a winch, there is wakeboarding to be had in nearly every corner of the planet. Heck, we’ve seen guys like Parks Bonifay jib icebergs in Newfoundland and Brian Grubb wakeskate through canyons in Jordan. But there are some places around the globe that stand out from the rest. Whether they are iconic spots that have a lengthy watersports history, or they’re exotic locales that happen to have a wake boat, these are all locations you should put on your bucket list. Below you’ll find what we’ve deemed as the coolest places to ride in the world, and who you can contact to make it happen for you. Go ahead, look them up, then once you’ve stopped drooling and dreaming, make some plans and start your next big wake adventure.

Turks & Caicos

Amazing views of the Turks and Caicos
These two pictures are not Photoshopped...Courtesy Wake to Wake TC

You’ve all seen the images on social media. Pros and amateurs alike have been flocking to the tiny island nation in the Bahamas for a couple years, thanks in large part to the operation of Wake to Wake TC. With some of the most visually stunning clear, blue water in the world, it’s easy to see the appeal—and to get jealous. To top it off, the Wake to Wake TC crew also have a close relationship with a wild dolphin who likes to surf and swim with them, access to an insane shipwreck you can climb on and a crazy contraption called a subwing that you’re going to want to try when you see it.

What is it about ultra blue water that makes you want to go ride? Fortunately in the Turks and Caicos you can go ride it with the Wake to Wake TC crew. Video courtesy Wake to Wake TC.

Boats: Axis A22 & T23, Nautique G25
Web: waketowake.tc
Instagram: @waketowaketc

Bora Bora

Wakeboarding in Bora Bora
Yes, you can wakeboard in paradise. It's in Bora Bora and there's a new wake boat to pull you.Photo Courtesy Bora Bora Xtrem Sports

Take the craziest turquoise-blue water you’ve ever seen, then drop it into a tropical paradise with lush, jagged mountains rising out of the ocean toward the sky. That’s Bora Bora, and yes, you can ride there. Bora Bora Xtrem Sport operates out of the Four Seasons Bora Bora, and when you see it for yourself you’ll have to pinch yourself. A lot. Whether you want to ski, wakeboard, wakesurf or just tube, Bora Bora Xtrem Sport can make it happen—even while you’re laughing in disbelief.

Catching air in Bora Bora
Big airs just look better in Bora Bora.Photo Courtesy Bora Bora Xtrem Sports

Boats: Nautique GS22
Web: boraboraxtremsport.com
Instagram: @boraboraxtremsports

Lake Como, Italy

Hitting the wake in Lake Como
Massi Piffaretti grew up with Lake Como as his backyard. Talk about a nice playground...Photo Courtesy Red Bull

Want to ride next to lakeside villas that date back to Roman times, then eat some of the best food on Earth when you’re done? Lake Como has you covered. Home to wakeboarder Massi Piffaretti, Como features several wakeboarding/wakesurfing clubs and schools—and we recommend Club Morgan at Crotto Del Misto in the town of Lenno. With a Nautique G23 ready to pull you, you can ride to your heart’s content, then eat to your stomach’s.

Crotto Del Misto marina
Crotto Del Misto has a solid setup.Photo Courtesy Crotto Del Misto

Boat: Nautique G23
Web: crottodelmisto.com
Instagram: @crotto_del_misto

Lake Powell, Arizona

Lake Powell looks otherworldly
For many wake riders, Lake Powell is the ultimate destination. From this picture it's easy to see why.Photo Courtesy Surf Lake Powell

You’ve heard it before. “It’s like riding on Mars!” And while that saying is as old as the lake itself, it’s still used today because it’s true. There really isn’t another place quite like Lake Powell. Yes, other lakes have long, winding arms and unique canyon formations, but Powell has a grandeur that can’t really be described until you see it. Plus, it’s huge. Most riders have Powell on their bucket list for a reason, and you should too. With a full complement of Axis boats, Surf Lake Powell can make it happen for you with ease. Pick your poison, bring your boards (or rent them, too) and go ride in one of the most unique lakes in the world.

Lake Powell looks like Mars
Yes, it is like riding on Mars.Travis Burke

Boat: Axis A22, A24, T22, T23
Web: surflakepowell.com
Instagram: @surflakepowell

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Amazingly clear waters of Lake Wanaka
The South Island of New Zealand is incredibly beautiful. And you can wakeboard there.Photo Courtesy Wake Wanaka

Are you a fan of “Lord of the Rings?” How would you feel about riding in the Shire? You basically can, thanks to Wake Wanaka’s setup, located on Lake Wanaka in New Zealand’s Southern Alps on South Island. The deep blue hues of the water are thanks to the lake’s depth, estimated at more than 900 feet. The gigantic mountaintops surrounding it are thanks to Mother Nature and are almost unbelievable.

Boat: MasterCraft NXT
Web: wakewanaka.co.nz
Instagram: @wakewanaka

Dubai, UAE

Skyline of Dubai
The soaring, ultra modern high rises along the Gulf's edge - smack in the middle of the desert - almost don't make sense. It is very cool to ride there.Photos Courtesy Xtreme Wake UAE

Dubai probably takes the cake in this list for the most surreal backdrop. The mind can’t quite grasp the absurdity that is countless high-rises towering over the beachfront and water. It’s modern-day development to the nth degree, and Xtreme Wake UAE can offer you a variety of pulls on a variety of boats so that you can take in the craziness while you ride. With a club/camp in Ghantoot, next to the famed Blue Marlin Ibiza, as well as boats in Dubai Marina, your bases are covered with Xtreme Wake. When you’re done riding on the water, you can go ride the frozen stuff at the Mall of Dubai’s indoor snow slope.

Sunrise over Dubai
Sunrise in Dubia can be spectacular.Photo Courtesy Xtreme Wake UAE

Boat: Centurion Enzo, Malibu 23 LSV, Epic 23 V
Web: xtremewakeuae.com
Instagram: @xtremewakeuae