Camsur Watersports Complex

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The Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) is a world-class 6-hectare watersports park located in Pili, the capital of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of the Philippines. The park offers facilities for various water sports, especially for wakeboarding, wakeskating, kneeboarding, and waterskiing, day and night. Various types of accommodations, a restaurant, a spa, a swimming pool, and different entertainment and sports facilities are also found within the complex. The park is run by the provincial government of Camarines Sur.

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History

The CWC was opened in May 2006 by the local government of Camarines Sur during the term of Gov. Luis Raymond Villafuerte, president of the Philippine Waterski and Wakeboard Federation. As of its opening, the park had 1 manmade lake with cable wakeboarding facilities.

Conceived in order to boost tourism in the area, the CWC was an immediate success. Not long after it opened it was acclaimed in an Australian magazine as the best wakeboarding facility in the world. Following the opening of the park, as many as 2 million foreign visitors were drawn to the Bicol region within the first 8 months of 2007, whereas only 47,000 foreigners toured the region in 2006. The tourists included visitors from Germany, Austria, Japan, the United States, and Australia. The site has come to be favored by European wakeboarders, with the world’s top ten wakeboarders in both the men’s and women’s division visiting the park. Tourism in the neighboring cities of Daet and Naga was boosted as well.

In October 2006, the 1st Cable Wakeboarding Nationals were held in the newly opened CWC. Since then, the event has been held there annually. In July 2008, the complex hosted the 2008 World WakeBoarding Competition.

In 2009, the 18-hectare Lago del Rey, another man-made lake, was added to the park as a venue for other water sports, especially family activities. Altogether, the CWC has become the top tourist attraction in the Bicol Region.

Amenities

The park has 2 large man-made lakes where various watersports can be practiced. With a 6-point cable system, it can accommodate wakeboarders, wakeskaters, kneeboarders, and waterskiiers at different levels, from beginner to expert. Spotlights allow visitors to practice these sports even in the evening.

The complex also provides other forms of entertainment. Facilities for other sports like water volleyball, water polo, aqua wall climbing, paddle surfing, kayaking, boat racing, and dragon boating are available in Lago del Rey. It also has a children’s activity center where children can engage in appropriate activities in the water. There are giant water slides, a swimming pool, and a game room that has pool tables, a foosball table, an air hockey game, and a basketball court plus bouncy houses. Free wireless Internet is provided. Other attractions in the area include the Camsur Skate Park, the Camsur Bike Park, and the Eco-Village.

The clubhouse restaurant and bar serves local, Asian, and Western Cuisine. There are cabanas available for rent. There is also a spa in the complex and a room-service massage may be provided upon request.

Accommodations

There is a wide range of accommodations in and near the complex, including huts, cabanas, containers, and first class hotel rooms.

References

  • Camsur Watersports Complex Official Website. [1]
  • Fernandez, C. R. “Wakeboard Nationals at CWC: Promoting Tourism thru Sports.” In Multimedia Education Center.

[2]

  • Menor, Dominic. “Xperiencing the Xtreme.” In BusinessMirror. [3]
  • Subido, Enrico Miguel. “A Blueprint for Success.” In Philippine STAR, March 13, 2009. [4]

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