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North Myrtle Beach to have area's first cable wake park

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A new way to enjoy wakeboarding and water skiing is coming to North Myrtle Beach. 

City council passed an ordinance Tuesday night to lease part of the lake to Apex Cable Parks, which will install and operate a cable wake park in the lake at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex.

North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Director John Bullard said this idea has been around for a while and the department has been negotiating with Apex Cable Parks for more than two years.

The lease agreement is now officially approved and the company can move on to construction.

"We will receive a certain percentage of their revenues to allow them to use the facility. It's a win for us and it's a win for the private sector as well."

A cable wake park tows people over the water while they ride wakeboards or water skis. Greg Norman Jr., founder of Apex Wake Parks, said there are only 25 cable wake parks in the country. He said this is the first one for this area.

He said he saw a growing need for them as wakeboarding as a sport becomes more popular. Cable wake parks are more convenient because people can practice without needing a boat, he said.

"The expense of owning and having a boat, not everybody has that capability, so cable parks let you get out there, experience wakeboarding," said Joey Roper, assistant manager for Sail and Ski Connection and also a wakeboarder himself.

The cable system will have six towers and be longer than 3,200 ft. It will be able to pull eight to nine riders at one time, Norman said. There will also be a linear cable with controlled speed for beginners as well as jumps and rails for people with more skills.

The hope is to have it all constructed before the next tourist season begins.

"The primary reason is March is a very busy time for our sports park," Bullard said. "We'll have well over 200 ultimate frisbee teams each staying a week. We'll also have over 80 girls collegiate softball teams. There will be a captive audience here."

Norman said prices including rentals will be $32 for two hours, $42 for four hours and $52 for the full day. He said rentals cost $10, so that would be deducted from the ticket price for people who have their own equipment.

Bullard said the plan is to include space on the lake for Jetpack Adventures as well as kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing.

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