'Inclusive' wakeboarding centre planned for Halvasso, near Falmouth
A WAKEBOARDING instructor who worked with disabled war veterans is seeking planning permission to turn a disused quarry into a fully ‘inclusive’ centre near Falmouth.
Alex Sly will find out if his plans for Kernow Wake Park at Kessel Downs Quarry near Longdowns, are accepted by Cornwall Council in two weekson January 30.
Mr Sly is one of the only instructors in the country who has adapted wakeboarding and water skiing for disabled users, which he developed during his work with injured war veteran charity Help for Heros at Heron Lake, a cable wake park near Heathrow.
Heron Lake, like Mr Sly’s proposed development, uses a cable system rather than speedboats to pull skiiers and boarders along the water.
Mr Sly said: “We have adapted bits of kit to get wakeboarding accessible to disabled people.
He has trained a one-legged wakeboarder, Owen Pick, who has been leading the national scene.
“Wakeboarding has had an upsurge in popularity recently,” said Mr Sly. “But I strongly believe that everything should be inclusive. It should just be the norm.”
Mr Sly’s application, under the trading name Kernow Community Leisure, will be decided on January 30.
He said: “The early indications are quite good.”
Wakeboarding facilities will include three cable runs attached to motor towers.
The cables would pass over the submerged former granite quarry to the opposite side where they would be anchored into the rock face.
The towers would be just under nine metres tall.
Floodlights are also proposed.