I’m not getting any younger so, I want to try and experience everything while I can. So, I made a promise to myself to try to conquer as many fears that I can and do as many activities that I only dreamed of doing thus, commencing my GanapList 1: Wakeboard!
I’m not a very good swimmer, I just know the basics and I run out of breath really fast so when it comes to water sports, I kind of dread it. So when invited to go wakeboarding, it took me quite a while to get my mind conditioned. Ang hirap teh! Hahaha. I know I wanted to, but I also kept thinking I won’t be able to do it because of my poor swimming skills. Kelangan ko pa ng 1 on 1 session with Ate Dyesebel to improve.
Daming intro! Fast forward to the actual day:
After a very stressing graveyard shift, I went home around half 8 and went straight to sleep and get energized. I woke up around 1400 at told my self: Thiz iz it, but first, I have to eat. Lol. Linantakan ko muna ang shenegang before going to the park.
So when we got to the wakepark, ngatog levels na! There were a lot of people, which wasn’t really good for my confidence. I was very excited for the new experience yet I was really scared of the swimming part and not being able to get myself up on the board. I cursed myself a lot silently, tapos tagalog para ako lang nakakaintinde. After sorting everything out, I was asked to watch some instructional video, orienting me about the process, the park and I honestly couldn’t process any of it when I saw the part that said “must be a good swimmer, at least can swim 50m”. Shetland shetland shetland, buti nalang may life insurance na ako. Charaught. After that, I went to get my gear, and had to change into a wetsuit which I think took me 5 hours to get into. Ang hirap teh! After those gruelling hours (ok minutes lang talaga) of changing, I had to wait for a few minutes since there was an ongoing beginners session. Grab this chance, photo documentation!
Fastforward again to my actual session: Of course my instructor was British so instructions were purely english (duh!?) and nosebleed bakla! hahahaha! So when I got to the water, ang lameeeeeeeeg! And then, a few deep breaths, it’s time. Paaaaak
I learned the hard way. First pull was a disaster as I expected. Pull, try to stand then fall, ingest lake water, then repeat. I think that went on for about 5 more times until I was already doing a self pep talk “Aca, ayusin mo. Aca kaya mo to! Aca ano ba yang ginagawa mo, you can do it!” I was so worried as well because I was afraid my contacts would fall off and I drank too much lake water I was already getting drunk. Until, viola! I managed to stand and balance myself for a few meters, fell and then did it again. Second lap, I was able to finally do it! (Video proof to follow)
It was hard work really. My body’s aching all over since I don’t have much exercise. Balance, grip and not panicking did the trick. Despite all that, it was definitely FUN! Despite the body aches I have not I definitely enjoyed that ride and promise myself to come back soon.