In this week’s Fill Out The Blanks we talked to the man behind Elevated Wake Park: Morgan Batchelor.
If you haven’t heard or seen of Elevated Wake Park before, you’re not late to the party. It only recently opened on May 23rd and is one of the very few wake parks in the world to have a permanent land pool feature. But also generally a really dope lookin’ home-made setup combined with a fine selection of HDPE features. You know, one of those parks that gets you excited to find out: where one earth is this? But now let’s hear some insights from Morgan.
My name is M̳o̳r̳g̳a̳n̳ ̳B̳a̳t̳c̳h̳e̳l̳o̳r̳ ̳ and I‘m the o̳w̳n̳e̳r̳ of Elevated Wake Park.
I have been wakeboarding for 2͎0͎+͎ ͎y͎e͎a͎r͎s͎.͎
Elevated Wake Park is a F̳u̳l̳l̳ ̳s̳i̳z̳e̳ ̳c̳a̳b̳l̳e̳ ̳s̳y̳s̳t̳e̳m̳ ̳ and is located in L̳e̳x̳i̳n̳g̳t̳o̳n̳,̳ ̳N̳o̳r̳t̳h̳ ̳C̳a̳r̳o̳l̳i̳n̳a̳.̳
It has been in the planning for ˙sɹɐǝʎ
Major inspirations when it came to the wake park design came from ᵗʳᵃᵛᵉˡⁱⁿᵍ ᵃʳᵒᵘⁿᵈ ᵗʰᵉ ʷᵒʳˡᵈ ᵃⁿᵈ ᵉˣᵖᵉʳⁱᵉⁿᶜⁱⁿᵍ ᵃ ˡᵒᵗ ᵒᶠ ᵈⁱᶠᶠᵉʳᵉⁿᵗ ᵖᵃʳᵏˢ.
Our vision for Elevated Wake Park is to 𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚙 𝚜𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝 𝚠𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚐𝚛𝚘𝚠 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚖𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚊𝚌𝚛𝚘𝚜𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚌𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚔𝚜.
Challenges that we had to overcome were ᵖᵉʳᵐⁱᵗᵗⁱⁿᵍ, ᶻᵒⁿⁱⁿᵍ, ᵃⁿᵈ ᶜᴼⱽᴵᴰ⁻¹⁹.
The Pool feature at our Full Size Cable is 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚍𝚢𝚗𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚌. 𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚗𝚎𝚠 𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛 𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚕𝚢, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚍𝚟𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎𝚍 𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜.
Last weekend we had our grand opening and it was 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚎 𝚎𝚡𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚎𝚍. 𝙴𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚒𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚜𝚎𝚝 𝚞𝚙 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚕𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚜𝚝 𝚕𝚊𝚙𝚜.
If you want to come visit us, the closest airport to fly in is G͎r͎e͎e͎n͎s͎b͎o͎r͎o͎ ͎o͎r͎ ͎C͎h͎a͎r͎l͎o͎t͎t͎e͎,͎ ͎N͎o͎r͎t͎h͎ ͎C͎a͎r͎o͎l͎i͎n͎a͎.͎
Thank you 𝚖𝚢 𝚏𝚊𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜. I couldn’t have done it without 𝚃𝚊𝚢𝚕𝚘𝚛 (@𝚝𝚊𝚢𝚗𝚘𝚛𝚖𝚊𝚗) 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚂𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚝𝚘𝚗 (@𝚜𝚑𝚎𝚕𝚝𝚘𝚗𝟼𝟿_𝚎𝚠𝚙)
Thank you Morgan and Taylor and congratulations on your successful opening. We’re sure we’ll see a lot more great content coming out of Elevated Wake Park in the near feature.
Photos: Jefferson Mathis