It's just days from opening to the public, but the owners of Vision Wake Parks are already making waves -- and FOX 9's Leah Beno got to take the plunge.
"It's like a have lake-front property now," said Jake LaFerrier.
Isanti City Council members unanimously agreed LaFerriere and business partner Kris Jedda could use city land and Blue Bird Park for their project. As the owners of Vision Wake Park, the seven-year contract ensures they are responsible for all the costs, liability and expenses. The city will collect 5 percent of the profit. Mayor George Wimmer says the wake board park already exceeds his expectations.
Crews started digging the man-made lake last month. It's six feet deep and about the size of two football fields. More recently, a cable running the length of the lake was put several feet above the water. An electric remote control pulls boarders up out of the water, similar to being behind a boat.
"It's overhead so you are getting the pull from above," explained LaFerriere. "You get a little sway with the cable and it eases you up -- versus getting dragged behind the boat, and you keep getting banged up and you don't want to ski anymore because you've taken so many poundings. This pops you up in a forgiving way."
For now, owners are testing the cable system and working out the kinks with experienced riders -- but with a skateboard park and soccer fields close by, it doesn't take long for people who are curious about the sport to line the fence, waiting for their turn.
"No I've never tried wake boarding actually," says Danny Clark. "I think I might try it. I don't think I'll splurge for a season pass right away, but I might try it for a couple of minutes."
For LaFerriere and Jedda they are happy their vision is becoming a reality.
"Last time, I said it was surreal; this time, it's amazing," said Jedda. "Now that we are up and riding, it's just amazing. It's going to be the best summer of my life that's for sure."
Vision Wake Parks will open to the public Memorial Day weekend.