For those not up on Welsh festivals, Wakestock provides visitors with a lively weekend full of wakeboarding competitions, live music and DJ sets from over 70 acts representing some of the best urban, acoustic/folk, and pop music around. In 2012 the line-up features Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Katy B, Rizzle Kicks, and Doctor P.
The 3 day festival is split over 3 wakeboarding competition sites, and a main festival site, located on the Llyn Peninsula in North West Wales. The main festival site can be found in an area between Abersoch and Pwllheli, which overlooks the scenic vista of Cardigan Bay. Like any good festival, Wakestock welcomes campers, who can choose from standard or VIP camping options, a campervan area, and either the main campsite or quiet camping area. Food stalls, a funfair, licensed bars, and pre-festival campsite entertainment are just some of the other things available to keep you happy and entertained.
At the heart of Wakestock Festival though is the sport of wakeboarding. Originating in Carlsbad, California, is has swiftly spread throughout the world, and the Wakestock contests attract some of the best riders, and around 8,000 spectators each year. For the riders, wakeboarding is a high action watersport, where they are towed behind a speedboat on something resembling a snowboard. Each rider will use the boats ‘wake’ to lift themselves into the air, and perform all kinds of technical tricks and awe inspiring spins. The main wakeboarding events at the festival take place at Pwllheli Marina, and here you can view practice sessions, pro qualifying rounds, and the pro mens final, all played out along a route fitted with wakeboard rails. Over in Abersoch, festival goers will find the Mystic Big Air Competition, while there’s also the Pool Gap area, on the Wakestock Festival site. 3 different competitions are scheduled, and there are prizes to be won, so it’s sure to be lots of fun for competitors and spectators alike. The festival website will have details of some of the best UK riders, and videos of them in action, so you’ll know what to expect come festival time. To make things easy there is a shuttle bus running between the main festival site, and the other wakeboarding locations, so you won’t miss any of the action.
If this sounds like your kind of festival and you’d like to get more involved, there are opportunities to join the festival ambassador scheme. Those chosen get to work alongside Wakestock Festival promoters to help with marketing activities in towns and cities. Open to over 16s who are passionate about festivals and live music, this could provide valuable experience, and some exciting monetary and festival related rewards. The festival is getting bigger and better each year, so why not visit, take part, or help promote, this summertime sport and music festival. Whichever way you decide to ride the Wakestock wave, a good time is assured this festival season.