2016 season recap

Well we made it…Water Monkey Camp just wrapped up its fifth season of wakeboarding / waterskiing / wakesurfing / wake skating fun on the lake. While it has taken a lot of work behind the scenes to make it all happen, the credit goes to all of our loyal camper families for continuing to trust us to give your campers an amazing experience each summer. (At the bottom of this post are links to all of the 2016 pictures)


Year five was also the second year at our permanent property and we are really starting to get comfortable now. Seeing campers and staff take advantage of our epic location by playing Spikeball on the beach, having flipping contests off the dock, lounging in the hammock chill zone, or engaging in intense ultimate Frisbee matches on the field is just an added bonus beyond the time spent on our ridiculous boats.

A rider prepares for his set...

Speaking of boats, the 2016 Mastercraft NXT22 was the perfect addition to our program. It is versatile and ideal for teaching and shredding! We told everyone this summer that we would be replacing the 2015 Axis A22 for next year but, by overwhelming popular demand, we will be running it for one more summer. It is just loved by so many of our staff and campers that there is no rush to get rid of it yet.

Now some fun 2016 stats!

  • 103 campers over 7 weeks
  • Each camper stayed an average of 1.5 weeks at camp (longest stay by any camper was 4 weeks)
  • Average number of campers per week was 14.71
  • Campers were 61% boys, 39% girls
  • Average camper age was 13.9
  • 33% of campers were returners, 67% were new (huge growth summer!)
  • Campers came from 13 states (AS, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, OH, VA) as well as Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Hungary, and Turkey!
  • 17,068 unique visitors to in the past 12 months
  • 9,308 pictures uploaded for parents and campers to enjoy
  • Average water temperature during camp was 76 degrees
  • 4 broken screen doors (campers like to just walk right through)
  • 1 black eye
  • 608 homemade meatballs
  • 1,200 water balloons for 1 brand new camp game – Monkey Ball
  • 25 flotilla swim parties
  • 250 hours on the Mastercraft and 230 hours on the Axis A22 (for a total of 430 in 2 seasons)
  • 2,300 gallons of gas consumed on the lake producing roughly 20 metric tons of CO2 offset with a contribution to Cool Effect ( Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative to protect land in Peru from deforestation. (We offset an additional 10 metric tons to cover camper transportation to/from camp.)


Next summer is a ways off still but it is not too early to start planning! Enrollment is officially open and some families have already reserved spaces for their campers.  As you start thinking about next year I hope that you will keep us in mind for a week or two of camp for your camper(s). Word of mouth is far and away our biggest recruiting tool so please help us fill our bunks and take advantage of our $300 referral bonus for each camper you send our way who enrolls for at least one week.

I hope you all have a terrific year until we see you again and feel free to e-mail, call, text, write, Skype, or visit any time!




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Stay up to date with what we're up to!

Obviously we have not had much time this summer to update this blog with the goings-on of Water Monkey Camp.  Good thing we've been upping our Instagram game so our followers can experience camp vicariously through our pictures. Instagram:

We also update Facebook on a fairly regular basis:

So follow us and don't miss out on the fun!


What is Ryan up to?

One of our instructors, Ryan, has a pretty great life.  When he is not hanging out on our boats teaching kids how to improve their wakeboarding/waterskiing/wake surfing he is a student at Arizona State University and a member of their Wake Devils wakeboard team.  Add to that his intensive engineering degree and you would think that he would be out of time for other pursuits...but you would be wrong.  Last week Ryan ventured up to Yosemite National Park to enjoy one of his other passions, rock climbing. Looking Out

The above photo of Ryan is pretty staggering.  He is looking down a few thousand feet - and also rocking a Water Monkey cap (it's backwards, but trust me).

While at the park he and his climbing buddies attacked some massive rock faces.  He is one of the little dots in the below picture.

Hinrichs - wall face

And apparently in this sport of extreme climbing if you run out of energy and daylight you just take a rest at the nearest hotel...

Yosemite Lodge

Ryan actually spent the night on this little ledge, barely as wide as him.  Pretty crazy.

And what would a post about Ryan be without some backflips?

Hinrichs - backflip

The kid just can't stay on the ground!  I would not be surprised if this picture, taken by his climbing friend and photographer, ended up in a Yosemite brochure one day.

That is it for this update on Ryan.  If you ever want to be a little bit jealous of someone having a lot of fun you should follow him on Instagram @ryanhinrichs.



We are constantly amazed by cool people doing awesome activities in spectacular places. i.e. below video:

Caves are so fascinating for so many reasons: they are mysterious, immortal, majestic, and, most of all, limitlessly explorable.  Winching around the flat waters of this 'grotto' is just another means of exploring a tremendous natural wonder.

I was lucky enough to do some underground 'blackwater' rafting in New Zealand a few years ago and it was an experience of a lifetime.  Turn your headlamp off for a bit and all you can see are millions of glow worms like stars in a perfect night sky.

Descending into the abyss.

Of course, you have to get into the caves somehow.  In New Zealand the journey started with a 300 foot rappel into pitch black darkness.

Lebanon wakeboarding video spotted in this BBC Article.



This is how they do it in the cradle of civilization...

Came across this video whilst perusing the interwebs today.

My favorite quote from the web article was "Due to safety measures and preparations, there were no mishaps."  So funny.

Next time the streets in Egypt get flooded these guys should fly out the Water Monkey crew to show them what's up...and bring a real tow rope...and wakeboard...and burn that old kneeboard.  But props to these dudes half way around the world for having fun on the water!