Friday, April 13, 2007

Camarines Sur: Home for Xtreme Sports in Asia

I have been to Bicol region just recently and the talk-of-the town there was about the new sport complex that is still being developed by the provincial government. It is a world-class facility that will house extreme sports such as dirt biking, skateboarding and the now popular cabled-waterskiing.

The Cam Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) was the first world-class facility in Asia located inside the Provincial Capitol Complex or commonly known as "Kapitolyo." The concept was patterned in Florida, USA who led the popularity of extreme watersports all over the world.

"Kapitolyo" is also the place of the regional government office. It has facilities for all sorts of public recreation. I remembered during my high school days when we regularly visited this place for our outing. I also brought my wife here before we get married three years ago.

This 6-hectares of reclaimed land has 6-point cable ski system that has become a favorite destination spot of sport enthusiasts all over Europe, Australia and the United States. It has a 700 meter long manmade lake constructed for wakeboarding or surfing. Aside from sports, the lake invites visitors to have a swim or bath under the sun.

Cable skiing as the name suggest, is a sport wherein a skier is being pulled by an overhead cable suspended 8 to 12 meters above water surface by specifically designed pylons. It is the same with the water ski being pulled by a motorboat. The cable travels continuously and run counter clockwise with an estimated speed of 20 to 65 kph.

The complex also offers more than just watersports. Some of its amenities are swimming pool, volleyball and basketball area, a clubhouse for dining and for live entertainment. It also houses indoor sports such as billiards and darts. And to those who want to relax while enjoying the spectacular view of Mt. Isarog, they also have Spa Pavilion that offers a variety of massage therapy that is a must experience for visitors.

This coming May 25-26, 2007, the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur will be holding the 1st International Wakeboarding Competition in connection with the "Kaogma Festival" to celebrate the Foundation Day of the Province.

I was very thankful that my high school friend Alan invited me to this place because he was amazed and entertained by the stunt performances of the foreigners who regularly visit the place. Aside from that, he wanted to test his newly-bought Finepix digital camera which gave us the chance to get a good photo-op for ourselves.

I teased him to try wakeboarding but he was preoccupied of taking pictures using his newly acquired cam. He knows that I am into photography that's why he took the opportunity to extract learnings from me. I gave him some tips and hints on how to make those photos look amazing and with the presence of these elements, the proper exposure, framing and composition. From then on, he became satisfied with the results of his shots. He had plans of selling his cam but changed his mind because he now knew its importance and the many benefits he would get from it. He went out of the place with a renewed mind for his newly-discovered photographic skills. His lens will never miss again those hot babes in their skimpy suits. :)

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