An entrepreneurial couple have made a big splash literally and figuratively in opening a cable wakeboarding park in Fruita.
Since Victor and Kodi Imondi opened Imondi Wake Zone in June, more than 1,000 people have come to the park. Of those, 70 percent have come from outside the Grand Valley — some from as far away as Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
The Imondi Wake Zone uses cable systems to tow people on wakeboards and kneeboards. The park features two systems — one with six towers installed around the lake that can tow up to seven riders at a time and a two-tower system that tows one rider at a time.
While most customers at the park are recreational wakeboarders or beginners who’ve never before tried the sport, several professionals also have come to the park.
Imondi Wake Park also rents and sells wakeboards, helmets and lifejackets as well as offers instruction. Standup paddleboard rentals and instruction also are available, including standup paddleboard yoga classes.
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. Between them, the Imondis also hold the Colorado Wake Association state championships in wakeboarding and wakesurfing.
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.
Imondi Wake Zone is located at 1583 Cipolla Road, just south of U.S. Highway 50 and 16 Road. The facility is open to the public from noon to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For additional information, call 639-0327 or visit the website located at www.wakeboardcolorado.com.