Wakeboarding on Lake Davos started life as a crowdfunding project. Now it's a firm fixture on the summer programme: the season runs from end of June to end of August.
A slight pull on the arms – then a sudden, strong jolt that catapults the wakeboarder into the lake. A splash and a spray of water. Soaked. A beginner’s first ride ends just a few metres after it begins, which is all part of the daily routine at standard wakeboarding facilities. Things are different on Lake Davos. With its 190-metre-long cable system, the WakeWeeks Davos cable tow is one of the longest water ski lifts in operation.
Another special feature is its clever two-tower system: the constant upward pull of the cable makes boarding easier. And both beginners and professionals alike value the fact that there is only ever one boarder on the water at a time. The lift operator can also adjust the speed to suit individual riders. Even the Californian wakeboarder Tony Finn, who invented the sport on a waveless afternoon in the mid-80s, would be impressed.
Wakeboarding is one of 70 activities on the free Davos Klosters Active programme for summer visitors. The programme runs from 17 June to 18 October 2019.