Destinations / go
People travel from all over the world to enjoy what the Bay area has to offer. Besides the plenti- ful mountain biking and hiking
options, here are a few more reasons to stay
local this summer.
Look Ma, No Boat
gone are the days when you need a boat or
even a friend with a boat to perfect your wakeboard power slides. Now $30 and a drive to
Sacramento (well, pleasant grove, technically)
gives adventure seekers access to Wake Island,
an 80-acre cable park, the first in California.
HOW IT WORKS Cable lines are suspended
in the air from a series of towers surrounding
a small lake. participants wait in line at the
starting dock, holding on to a towrope. as the
cable arrives, it hooks up with a top rope and
continues on its way, pulling the rider off the
starting dock and out onto the water. “going
straight is fairly easy, but as you make the turn
around the lake the cable has to switch from
one tower to the next and this causes the line
to jerk,” says Josh michaels, a father of two
from tiburon. “I took a serious header, but my
14-year-old daughter managed it.”
michaels and his wife and kids first discovered cable boarding while visiting his parents
in florida. Upon returning to marin, they
looked for a park close to home. “the place in
florida didn’t have a beginner’s area, so you
kind of had to know what you were doing to
have fun,” says michaels. “What’s nice about
Wake Island is they have a practice pond that’s
great for anyone.” the main cable, however,
is not for the faint of heart — cable riding
definitely qualifies as an extreme sport. for
something slightly tamer, use a kneeboard
for your cable riding experience. as the name
suggests, you kneel rather than stand. Because
your center of gravity is lower, this method is
top left: The cable
easier to master than the wakeboard, which
requires the rider to be standing.
COST monday–thursday before 2 p.m., $29 for
one hour; all-day pass $59. friday–Sunday and
weekdays after 2 p.m., $39; all-day pass $69.
Includes wakeboard, kneeboard, helmet and
life jacket rental. wakeislandwatersports.com
ON A BOAT If you want to try waterskiing on
the real thing, here are a few places to rent
• lake Berryessa Boats and ski rentals, starts at
$465 for an 8-hour day, lakeberryessaboats.com.
• lake Sonoma Boat and ski rentals, starts at
$540 for an eight-hour day, lakesonoma.com.
• Clear lake Boat and ski rentals, starts $365
for an eight-hour day, disneyswatersports.com.
DAWN MARGOLIS DENBERG
Tourist for a Day
marin shares an international landmark
with one of the most visited destinations on
the planet, but when was the last time you
crossed the golden gate Bridge to visit San
francisco as a tourist? Besides the excit-
ing new america’s Cup village and park
(located at piers 27/29 right next to the new
exploratorium) there are so many interesting
landmarks in San francisco to visit.
ON A BUDGET get the nine-day San
francisco Citypa SS and save nearly 50 per-
cent on attraction admissions. take a Blue &
gold bay cruise, visit those adorable otters
at the aquarium of the Bay or spend time
at a classic fisherman’s Wharf restaurant.
at $69 for adults and $39 for kids, the pass