The skiing and wakeboarding techniques taught in the TCI are the most up to date and advanced in the Caribbean market. Nautique Sports exclusively uses Mastercraft from Mastercraft and Edgewater of Turks and Caicos. A boom system is used on their ski specific boat where the student can learn while holding on to a fixed bar to the boat and only being 7 feet from the coach. From there, a 7-10 foot rope is added to the boom, giving the skier the experience of trying to balance themselves while being on the rope. Finally the skier advances to the long line behind the boat and 95 percent of the time, gets up on the very first pull. “This has totally revolutionized our industry”, states J.P, “what was one very frustrating and challenging to new students, has become a method of learning and excitement. Wakeboarding and wakeskating are taught with the exact same progression method, thus allowing the rider to advance with confidence.
The sport of barefoot skiing when performed on a glassy day on the north shore of Big Water Cay is close to the feeling one must get when taking that first step out of the entrance of a plane at 14000 feet and must I say, with a parachute.
The adrenalin runs through your body as the prop of the boat bites into the turquoise water and begins it’s rapid push to 44 mph. “The best way to describe the feeling is comparing it to a really good foot massage” states Nautique Sports instructor, J.P. Fidele. Reflexology comes to mind as every pressure point in the foot is simultaneously stimulated to produce a common result of one’s arm being lifted and either giving the “thumbs up” or the international sign for surfing or boarding, the ole extended thumb and pinky finger while waving the hand back and forth.
Nautique Sports, on Provo at the Graceway Sports Center, behind IGA Supermarket and soon coming to Turtle Cove Marina, can get you hooked up for gear. They are representatives for Connelly Skis, CWB Boards, Liquid Force Boards, Jet Pilot Vests, Sportstuff towables, Straight Line Ropes, Ski Gloves, Fox Racing Board Shorts and even the boats to tow you by. Come check them out for all your gear when you hear the calling of the tranquil waters of the TCI to jump in and get wet! Their knowledgeable staff, all of which are USA Water-ski certified ski instructors, can guide you to the exact board or ski to make the most out of your water-ski or wakeboard experience, not to mention the coolest looking impact vests and board shorts this side of Miami! Towable Tubes, Wakeboards and Water-skis may be rented by the day or by the week for the tourist coming to Provo to seek out a little Caribbean ski and ride action.