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Local Business Fixing to thrill


Adrenaline Adventures leaves excitement in its wake


By Brenlee Coates I


t’s a concept you can’t find anywhere else in the world. “Tere’s nothing like this in North America,” says Jason Rohs of Adrenaline Adventures’ acres of outdoor enter- tainment. “Just to come and experience everything we


have in one day at one location… I don’t think you can do that anywhere in the world, quite frankly.” What used to be 50 acres of farmland in Headingley is now awash with action throughout the hot and cold months – its wide-ranging activities bundled into one neat little package. Adrenaline Adventures’ premiere cable wakeboarding park is busy all year long with its multitude of attractions – a rope course, ziplines and paintball quarters – not to men- tion a hub of 20 beach volleyball courts in near-constant use. Touch football and ultimate frisbee are played on three Ca- nadian Football League regulation-sized fields. “Just sitting here and people-watching is amazing,” says


Jason. Hundreds of people congregate at the adventure park seven days a week due to ongoing programming. Along with the new sports (football and ultimate) came


improvements to the site: a walk-up bar has been added next to the volleyball courts. A wrap-around patio one floor up at the clubhouse offers a remarkable panoramic view of the whole park.


How it sprouted


Jason and his wife, Michelle, had originally planned a wa- ter park akin to Fun Mountain, which they felt was missing west of the city. Finding they only needed about 15 acres for a water park, they cast their net a little further. In his research, Jason stumbled on the concept of cable wakeboarding, which had some modest success in North America and was thriving in Germany. “I saw about five different places in the States and saw


there were already 65 in Germany alone,” remembers Jason. He loved how it opened up the lake sport to anyone who


didn’t have a cottage or boat access outside the city. “It’s so simple; you can just show up,” says Rohs. “Not everyone has a boat… It’s allowed those people who’ve always wanted to wakeboard to go wakeboarding.” Te concept is catching on in Winnipeg: Adrenaline Ad-


ventures has seen its wakeboarding memberships shoot up about 40 per cent year after year. Once the cable wakeboarding infrastructure came to be, another novel idea was born out of the necessity of digging


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lakes. Tey took the ground they removed and piled it back up on another portion of their site, forging a ski hill. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders can hop on a tow-


rope or pitch up the hill to ride down, and many kids spend the day snowtubing, making the most of inclement weather. Te perfect staycation


While there’s always action stemming from the park,


Adrenaline Adventures has also made a name for itself as a host for traveling concerts and festivals. Its wakeboarding facility has welcomed the Wake Park


World Series and the Canadian National Wake Park Cham- pionships, hosting some of the best riders in the world. Tis past summer the Fullflex Express Tour came to the


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