15 years ago, Wakeboarding appeared in England and little by little it expanded to different countries and trickled down into major cities such as Orlando, Florida.
The best place to wakeboard in Orlando and even meet famous wakeboarders is the Orlando Watersports Complex. Not only can you wakeboard, you can also kneeboard (mostly for beginners) and Wakeskate.
Sliders and Ramps featured at Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC)
Orlando Watersports Complex requires riders to wear a helmet when using sliders or ramps. The offer the following to their riders:
- Bi-Level Ramp / Rail
- Big White
- The Cheesewedge
- Mini Launch
One of the coolest guys in Orlando Watersports Complex it is my cousin Julian Cohen better known as ” Jewlian”. He is 17 years old and has been riding since he was 14. Jewlian decided that he wanted to become a professional Wakeboarder and so he was home schooled to have more time to ride and perfect his tricks.
A year later, he was performing International Pro Tour and every year from mid April to mid August. Competitions take place all around the world. Last year he went to different states in USA, Canada and even Mexico.
Since he was pretty good, was featured on a whole page of ” Wakeboard Magazine”. Pro Wakeboarders began to pay attention to him and they became friends. Most of his friends are older than 20 which makes him very mature for his age. Every day at the Cohen’s home there is a bunch of Wakeboarders riding with Jewlian on his boat in Lake Down.
A month ago, 2008 Pro Tour started and he did so well he was selected for the Finals. Since he is not 18 yet, he can only be in Junior’s Team. Julian will have to wait a little bit more to be able to compete professionally, but until then he still has sponsors that contact him and right now and Obrien is THE one !
Here is Jewlian’s video from November… ( he is too busy with competitions, school and girls to update youtube )
It seems that he can be the next “star” for Wakeboard since he is trained by Mike Ferrero, one of the best Wakeboard trainers in the world, and he has his family and friends supporting him on a daily basis.