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Why spend the summer under the air-con when you can cool off the old-
fashioned way? Get inspired by these aquatic activities for the young and
the young at heart. Some splashing required.
STAND UP PADDLING
If you never left your house last summer, you may be forgiven for not being
familiar with the acronym SUP. One of the world’s fastest-growing watersports,
it provides an overall workout targeting strength, endurance and balance.
What’s more, out on the ocean, there’s no gym membership required, nor
a sweaty towel or treadmill in sight!
“SUP is definitely one of those sports that have taken off, as it’s just so
accessible,” explains Elemental SUP instructor Caroline Bradley. “It’s a great
workout for most people and it’s extremely beneficial because it targets all the
muscles in the body. In fact, it uses muscles most people have never used before.”
For beginners, Caroline says, getting the stroke paddles right is the first priority,
along with body posture and balance. She even recommends a yoga workout on the
sea, atop a soft, buoyant SUP board. “We paddle out somewhere glassy and calm
and practise some yoga moves out there,” she says. “It definitely takes yoga to a
whole new level, and as you can’t hear anything out there, it can feel quite surreal.”
Some days you need more than a backyard pool to
keep cool. Splash into summer at one of these cool
water venues for some serious aqua fun.
LABYRINTH WATER FOUNTAIN
There’s no better way to beat the heat in
the CBD than dodging the jets of this city
favourite. Forrest Place, Perth.
Perched on the Maylands Peninsula, Waterland
offers up four pools – including a splash pool
for little ones – barbecue facilities, playground
and a bouncy castle, making it the perfect day
out for young families. Maylands.
At Naturescape in Kings Park, kids can wade
through the creek and pond as they build, climb
and discover the wetland habitat. Kings Park, Perth.
ELLENBROOK RAINBOW WATER PARK
This is the largest free water park in the Perth
metropolitan area, and with 15 interactive water
features including fountains, spray guns and bubble
jets, it’s certainly a family favourite. Ellenbrook.
JUST 4 FUN AQUA PARK
With trampolines, water slides, climbing
walls, water volleyball and an obstacle course,
you may never get the kids out of the water.
Rottnest Island and Mandurah.
For thrills and spills, you just can’t go past the water
slides at Adventure World. Make an afternoon of it
at Kahuna Falls or scare yourself silly as you hurtle
through the Tunnel of Terror. Bibra Lake.
KALAMUNDA WATER PARK
Formerly known as Kalamunda Wet ’n’ Wild, this
water park provides two slides, an Olympic-sized
pool and kiddies’ paddle pool area. Kalamunda.
Bodyboarding is another one of those sports that sees Perth aficionados spoilt for choice. While
Ledge Point, Lancelin and Yanchep provide some bumper waves for those in the north, to the south of
Perth, Safety Bay, Mandurah – and for the bravest of souls, Margaret River – offer excellent bodyboarding
opportunities. Around Perth, the best beaches are at Scarborough, Trigg, North Beach and Mettams
Pool; at Rottnest, Salmon and Stark bays provide brilliant, consistent waves, with Strickland Bay ranking
as one of the world’s top breaks.
Combining the skills of water skiing, snowboarding,
skating and surfing, wakeboarding, according to West
OZ Wakeboarding President Gavin Jones, is now considered
the fastest-growing board sport worldwide. “Wakeboarding
was once a sport enjoyed by a small group of pioneering
individuals, but is now a hugely popular global pastime with
its own unique attitude and style,” says Gavin. And with a new
wake-park coming to Perth next year, access and popularity
will undoubtedly continue to soar.
While Perth’s long-running Bonney’s Waterski Park is
available for those with a boat, there are also designated
areas on the Swan and Canning rivers, Waroona and Logue
Brook dams and Glen Mervyn Dam near Collie. Lake
Towerrinning, 240km south of Perth, also provides a great
freshwater playground for wakeboarders. For those wanting
to try their hand at the sport, a Come and Try Day at
the Burswood Water Sports Complex on January 12 will
provide a taster. westozwakeboarding.com.
words Sam Whiteley
Photography Mike Maxted Images
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