Cable wakeboarding park opens in Fruita

An entrepreneurial couple have opened a cable wakeboarding park in Fruita, adding to the attractions drawing outdoor recreation enthusiasts to the Grand Valley.

Victor and Kodi Imondi opened Imondi Wake Zone at 1583 Cipolla Road, located just south of U.S. Highway 50 and 16 Road. The attraction uses cable systems to tow people on wakeboards and kneeboards.

The couple said they’ve traveled thousands of mile to use cable wakeboarding parks, so they’re excited to bring a park to Western Colorado.

Imondi Wake Park features two systems — one with six towers installed around the lake that can tow up to eight riders at a time and a two-tower system that tows one rider at a time.

Imondi Wake Park also rents and sells wakeboards, helmets and lifejackets as well as offers instruction. Standup paddleboard rentals and instruction also are available

The Imondis bring to their venture education in engineering and business and sports management as well as their experiences in wakeboard competitions Victor Imondi holds a degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in bioengineering and life sciences from Colorado School of Mines. Kodi Imondi studied business and sports management at Colorado Mesa University.

The Imondis received the 500th loan from the Business Loan Fund of Mesa County to help open Imondi Wake Zone.

The Imondis said assistance from the fund, a program of the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction, helped them realize their dream of opening a cable wakeboard park.

Since its inception in 1985, the Business Loan Fund has issued a total of more than $26.6 million in loans. Those loans have in turned leveraged an additional $65.8 million in financing and helped create or retain more than 2,100 jobs.