The adventure begins at the Bagno Pubblico in Tenero, at Beach Bar WakeInn to be precise. I have an appointment at the bar at 4.00 p.m. with two instructors, Fabio and Mattia.
My friends and I receive a warm welcome. After listening to the rules and safety information, it’s time to get the equipment and decide which of the many water sports we want to do: wakeboarding, wakesurfing, waterskiing or foil surfing? I’d like to try them all, but I choose foil surfing because I’ve heard it allows you to perform some very intense moves on the waves. Fabio approves my choice, assuring me that it will definitely be an unforgettable experience. For those who’ve never heard of it, foil surfing uses a long, hydrodynamic fin with wings secured under the board. The best thing is that it mitigates the effects of the wind on the surface of the water, reducing friction and making it possible to rise up and tilt more rapidly. This makes wakesurfing with a foil an exciting experience, with no need for big waves to have fun.
And what a boat! Mattia explains that thanks to the “power wedge” system, the waves generated by its passage are perfect for both beginners and more expert “riders”. We make ourselves comfortable and are out on the water in a few minutes. In the meantime I admire the surrounding landscape: the Bolle di Magadino and the nature reserve; the Maggia Delta where the waters are a crystal blue; the colourful houses along the shoreline and the peaks all around, reflected in Lake Maggiore. What heaven!