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!

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DROP (video)

DROPDROP is deceptively short, with an abrupt end (you’ll be warned) but it’ll leave you wanting more. It’s packed with some big Wakeboarding action, and a few nice arty shots – courtesy of the sun which decided to poke out of the clouds on a cold day of February 2013.
Featuring some close-up Fronts from WAKEimperial rider Ant, some Fives and Half-Cabs from wakeboarding member Jan … and some action from the rest of the Imperial College London student wake club crew as well !
A big thanks to Jake for all the shooting and gear, and those who got involved.

Watch DROP – WAKEimperial



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”



Rodolphe and Rob both nearly landed tantrums during this session, too.

A couple of years ago, Ant brought his camera and told people “if you want me to take special pictures, let me know“. Of course, he meant “specific” instead of “special” but it was too late: his mis-use of the English language got him a few good laughs and, being French, a  reputation of being salacious that would stick for years to come.

Well, on the 24th of October 2012, the WAKEimperial team got together to shoot what really qualified as a “Special Picture”. The idea had been around the club for a little while ago (possibly sparked after Ant bragging about his antics at the staff party at one of the wake club he used to work at), but it had always been dismissed. This year, after a few drinks, the idea was thrown out again and this time, excitement was visible. Plans were immediately made … it was already too late to chicken out. The buzz was there, there was even visible excitement and expectation on the club’s Facebook page a few days before the session.


A few new members also did their first lap on that day

So after a few trial shots the camera was set up, a volunteer was found to press the shutter at the right time, the brave IC wakeboarders proceeded to take off their kit — observed by some amused bystanders — and got ready for the shot. Ant modestly kept a towel wrapped around him, but once he had hit the water — there was no hiding. A couple of laps, two Raileys, and the special shot was taken. The Imperial College Wakeboarding Club ‘s history was written.
It is also worth mentioning that the operators purposefully stopped the cable, thus forcing Ant to do a 25m swim in the rather cold water, in the nude. Thanks boys !

Anyway, it was a good laugh, nice to see everyone showing a bit of bravery. There was also some solid progress shown by our new members for this third session of the year. As usual, the £4.5 Burger+Drink, the 2-4-1 drink deal, the Sauna and Jacuzzi nicely concluded this epic session !