It’s hard to catch Holden Marceaux and his teammates on the LSU wakeboarding team on their phones because when they’re not at work or school, they’re on the water this time of year.
The sport can be addicting, Marceaux, president of this year’s team, said by phone from the back of a boat in between runs.
They’ve grown steadily over the past few years. The team started in 2006, Marceaux said, with “probably about 10 people — just enough to say it was a team,” but it is probably triple that size this year.
The sport has grown in popularity in the past few years, as well, which accounts for some of the numbers jump.
“We don’t really have tryouts, exactly — just everybody who wants to join is welcome to come out with us,” he said.
They get a lot of interest from waterskiers who are looking for something a little more laid-back and less formal, stylewise.
This year, the LSU wakeboarding team came in first in overall points during the Louisiana Collegiate Wakeboarding Tour, Marceaux said, and also had a good showing at the USA Water Ski 2015 Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals, coming in fourth in points among 11 teams.
The team competed May 29-31 at Cypress-Black Bayou recreational area in Benton.
Marceaux said wakeboarding can be an intimidating sport to get into because of all the equipment required, but a good, low-cost option to getting started are the cable water parks, which allow riders to wakeboard, wakeskate or waterski on a controlled lake without a boat.
“There’s one in Lafayette called Cajun X Cables. That’s a great place to start,” he said.
For information on cable water sports, visit cajunxcables.com.