My friend Rachel and I spent an afternoon last week at the new Shark Wake Park in North Myrtle Beach. The park features cable wakeboarding—a pretty new addition to the world of extreme sports—and Shark Wake Park is the first of its kind here along the Grand Strand.

At the park, kneeboarders and wakeboarders take hold of a cable that runs around a lake in about a 1.1-mile loop. So there’s no boat! And what you pay is determined by how long you plan on being on the water and whether you need to rent the equipment or not.

Now Rachel actually has her own wakeboard, and it definitely wasn’t her first time on the water (which is pretty evident in the video clip). It was, however, my first time trying this out. If you’re a beginner like me, they recommend kneeboarding first. Long story short, it’s A LOT easier than it looks. But while I stayed on the kneeboard the entire time we were at the park, it didn’t stop me from having a blast.

If you’re really interested in learning more about wakeboarding, Shark Wake Park offers lessons on site with pros. But the nice thing is that if you already know what you’re doing you have a lot of freedom to do your own thing.

We only spent a few hours out but we could have easily spent more time. They have a bar and snacks at the park on the water—so you can watch others while you take a rest and just entering the park to watch is always free. If you’re going to participate, just keep in mind that you need to be able to swim and if you’re under age 18 you’ll need a parent of legal guardian to sign the waiver for you.