Summer Tour 13: Cheese, Baguettes & a Saucisson

For the third time in the era of WAKEimperial we descended on France. With 2 pretty French boys in our midst – Antoine and Rodolphe (one infact isn’t so charming but the other, being the chief hair stylist for Mens Health makes up for it by the bucketload – of hair gel that is) and a badass grey van with an equally infamous Jake at the wheel we were prepared to stomach all the baguettes, cheese and pate that could come our way. Also decorating the back of the van was Claire and myself (Will) and the dark horse of the trip (who would join us later) Ben Grabham himself. Grabham not only shocked everyone with his ham and his incredible ability to spin 360s but also with his rather bizzare Guerkin fetish.

Anyway, I digress – the road trip consisted of a gruelling never ending drive to the bottom of France with a re enactment of the 60s including sing alongs to yellow submarine and Mrs Robinson. After sessioning the fabulous cable that is Cergy we had a fantastic barbecue (with some equally amazing sausages) with the Desmets (who also kindly accomodated us for the night before).

We then proceeded to a big leisure center at Albi where above all other things, I conquered  my fear of heights (funny that eh?) much to the approval of Jake who was sandwiched between me and Rodolphe on a zip wire. We did do some wakeboarding but were more enthralled by the other activites on offer inluding a downhill buggy track (that got the better of Jakes iPhone) and a self controlled roller coaster type machine (despite several signs warning my co-pilot Rudolf to slow down on this machine he never once touched the brakes – I can only assume this is because his hair wasn’t quite wind swept enough to make the cover of Esquire and being an Imperial student, he was trying to improvise).

Our next stop was TNG near Toulouse, where we stayed in some lakeside bungalows for the best part of a week. Needless to say, with 7 hours of riding a day and a bungalow that was closer to wakeboard to than walk from the cable our riding and physical ability deteriorated rapidly. Antoine sessioned his back (for lack of a better word), Jakes elbows were giving him stick, I still think I’ve got a fractured rib from a very intimate encounter with a large pipe and Rudolf, well let’s just say his hair was suffering from the effects of gravity. Claire was the only sensible one that found more productive things to do with her time!

Additional highlights include:

  • -Offering an all you can drink night for the Toulousian mosquito population whereafter Jake, Rudolf and I had a cosy night on the terrace under the stars only to be woken by a “Russian tart” at the foot of my sleeping bag with a bear on a leash yelling something along the lines of “Shaggy”,
  • -Grabham and his ham on said pipe
  • -Antoines Pain Au Chocolat joke as we were eating our pain au chocolat.

Unfortunately during our time at TNG we didn’t venture far from the lake and I didn’t follow through with my plan to test out my French on the Toulousian nightlife: “Tu veux un quickie derrière les buissons? L’herbe est confortable.” That will have to be saved until next time!

When it was finally time to pack up our bags many tears were shed and thank you’s given and Mr-Crazy-Man-With-Orange-T-shirt came around to apologise for harassing me on the cable and to buy some of Rudolfs latest hair styling products. Our journey home consisted of dropping off Grabham with a plentiful supply of large guerkins for his lonely night at the hostel and his flight home. Jake was a superb driver and ferried us all the way home whilst his passengers were busy being drunk and loud or fast asleep.

All in all it was a fantastic trip and the weather couldn’t have been any better (until we crossed the channel into the U.K).


Expect photos soon.

WHAT’S NEW 2013/2014


In typical WAKEimperial fashion we have changed our regular cable and once again have decided to go back to the JB in Thorpe!
What does this mean? As many of you will know JB is a much more down to earth, no nonsense cable but don’t let that put you off because the wakeboarding is still second to none! With friendly staff, a cafe serving burgers and beer, a system 2.0 cable to help beginners learn, a very out of place broken bus to shelter in and a better wakeboard boat for the die hard boat lovers, JB promises a great day out at much reduced prices!
As all good things come at a price- memberships will need to be bought!
  • Club Membership £10:
This will give you access to all club social events, club equipment, weekend trips and the summer tour.
  • Cable Membership £15:

Combined with the club membership the cable membership is necessary for our weekly trips and allows you to ride at JBSki at incredibly cheap prices on weekends, Wednesdays and any other times they may be open.

£7 = 2 hours in September

£7 = 4 hours October – April

£7 = 2 hours in May

£14 = 2 hours in June

All prices include full equipment rental and instruction on the starting dock.

Buy them here

Regular Wednesday Sessions

These will be running in their usual format: we will meet at the union at 12:00 in the afternoon ready to travel via minibus to JB. Travel via minibus will be priced at £6 and will be included in the super cheap ticket price of £13After riding, some form of social carnage usually ensues but we should be back at the union by 20:00. Tickets will need to bought a week in advance, minimum by the Saturday before the Wednesday. If there isn’t enough interest the minibus will be cancelled and ticket price refunded.

The WAKEparty £15 (membership not required)

This is the wakeboarding taster session at JB on the 9th October and is the perfect chance to see what we have to offer. Learning to wakeboard has never been this fun, with riding, equipment rental, coach transport to and from the union and a burger and beer included, this is the best use of your Wednesday and promises a day of adrenaline, laughter and hopefully not too much consumption of lake water! Stay on for a healthy dose of the union bar from 20:00 onwards!

Buy your tickets here - get on it they will sell out fast!

Other Events

Weekend trip, Boardsports social, all you can eat feasts, film screenings, it’s all on the cards with WAKEimperial, stay tuned!

Check out our facebook page here:



Will demonstrating the strength of his knees

Jake brought his GoPro camera on a chilly winter day, at the end of November 2013. Out of the handful wake riders present, e few WAKEimperial riders were even crazy brave enough to straddle a kneeboard, freeze their feet in the cold water and brave the danger of collision with a fellow rider … just to get some close-up wakeboarding shots on the obstacles and rails. In this new video, Jake demonstrates his new talents with spins and nosepress, Danielle, her die-hard perseverance, and Will his mastery of very, very, very high airs. There’s also a few priceless random shot of the classic shenanigans that goes on on a typical IC Wake club students session … Plus some cameos of some 2012/13 newbies, and even credits for a rider which didn’t come to the session!
Because it was a bit dumb to go riding in such weather, we thought we had to make this a silly video. Next time, promised, we’ll try to do something a bit more respectable. Enjoy.

In this video, Jake does his first Nosepress tart

In this video, Jake does his first Nosepress tart

Note: I saw the typo on the caption for the image above, thought it was funny so I didn’t fix it :-p

Note: Those who are easily offended by butts may find this video a bit disturbing

WAKEimperial’s “BABY’S GOT WAKE”

FRESHER EVENT – The Beach Party – 10 Oct 12:00PM

The Beach Party. It’s the first event of the year and it’s guaranteed to be a big one. Selling out for the past two years, we take a coach of eager freshers to a local cable where they get to try wakeboarding for cheaper than anyone would dream possible!

Wakeboard beginers instruction at the IC Wake freshers event 2011-2012

Tuition is provided for every level

Here’s what we offer:

  • Transport to and from the venue.
  • An afternoon of wakeboarding.
  • Free tuition by cable instructors.
  • Free rental of all gear.
  • Food and drink afterwards.
  • Party with Reading University (they have a ludicrously good ratio).

All of this is yours for just £15!
To get your ticket, check out this page.

Wakeboard beginers instruction at the IC Wake freshers event 2011-2012

All equipment and tuition provided

There really isn’t an easier way to try wakeboarding. Simply meet at the Union at 12:00pm sharp with a towel and some beer money, jump on the bus and we’ll take care of you from there. You’ll be back at the union for around 10:00pm.

The beach party really is a great way to introduce yourself to WAKEimperial and see if the club is for you. It’ll be busy compared to normal which means if you know you’re going to end up at WAKEimperial, you may want to sit this one out. However, for those of you who are unsure, come down and get hooked!

Below are some of the pictures of the beginners from Beach Party ’11.

THIS YEAR – what’s new for 2012/2013

Get ready for a long post boys and girls. This will explain everything you need to know about the upcoming year.


This year, membership will cost £30. Buy it here. This entitles you to the following:

  • Discounted riding as detailed here.
  • Access to all of our events.
  • Access to our regular Wednesday sessions.

Most importantly, if you buy before the Beach Party, you can choose from one of the following:

  • A free ticket to and two free drinks at the Beach Party.
  • A free regular Wednesday session, including transport.

Note that the regular Wednesday session will have to be taken between 1st October ’12 and 30th April ’13. Once you’ve bought membership, make your choice by using the contact form to let use know which option you’d prefer.

Finally, this year, every member of WAKEimperial will get a membership card as proof of your membership. This is a requirement of the local cable and will be needed on our Wednesday sessions.

Regular Sessions

Our Wednesday sessions will run similarly to previous years but there have been some changes in the way the minibuses operate. Minibuses now must be cancelled four days in advance if the club is to incur no penalty.

This means that we will keep track of ticket sales and if we have insufficient numbers at midday Saturday, we’ll have to cancel the minibus for the upcoming Wednesday. You’ll be refunded fully of course for the minibus transport cost.


Arguably the biggest news of this year, we’re changing cable. We’re returning to Liquid Leisure!

For those of you who don’t know, Liquid is a super social cable. Modern facilities, including changing rooms, a hot room and a sauna make life of the water too easy. The cable itself has great instructors, plenty of obstacles and good opportunities for flat water tricks that will encourage you to push your riding to the next level regardless of where you are at currently.

For details on the affiliation, check this out.


We’ve already got a heavy first term lined up but have plenty of events in store for the rest of the year as well. In the first term, watch out for:

  • The Beach Party
  • The Halloween Special
  • A Weekend in Sheffield

For some idea of what to expect throughout the rest of the year, check out our events page.

That’s all from us

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See you on the water.