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Cardiff Warf Wakeboarding Park Support

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The following petition is to support the wakeboarding planning application currently under review with Cardiff city council and is aimed at show that the plans are fully supported especially by Cardiff University sports clubs who would greatly benefit from the sport.

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A water-ski and wakeboard park will open in Cardiff city centre under new plans, yourCardiff can exclusively reveal.

The 735m-long cable-tow water ski system is being planned for East Bute Dock, next to the Atlantic Wharf housing development in Butetown.

The 153-year-old dock, once at the heart of South Wales’ industrial revolution, is currently only occasionally used for events such as dragon boat racing.

Cardiff Bay Wakeboarding this week submitted a planning application to Cardiff council. If the plans are approved, operations director Gareth Stevenson hopes the facility will open next March.

Mr Stevenson, a 41-year-old wakeboarding enthusiast from Rhiwbina, said it would be the first water-ski park in the world to be located in a city centre.

He said accessibility, nearby transport links and shelter from the wind made it the ideal location. Tests of the water also showed it was good quality, he added.

“Being in the city centre people will be able to turn-up in whatever they are wearing, hire the equipment, have a session and then go on with their day,” Mr Stevenson said.

“We will be able to run nine people at one time and it’s far cheaper and more accessible than skiing behind a boat. Anybody can have a go, as long as you have the strength to hold onto the cable.”

The idea is that skiers will be taken on an exhilarating three-lap ride of the circuit at 18 miles per hour, with “kickers” and “sliders” for more advanced wakeboarders.

It will operate from late March to the end of October each year. Mr Stevenson said it would be suitable for beginners aged as young as nine through to experienced skiers.

According to the planning application, five 10-metre high pylons to support the cable would be installed in the dock, which fronts onto the Cardiff council headquarters, County Hall.

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