Switzerland is a landlocked country surrounded by the European countries Germany (North), Austria (East), Italy (South) and France (West) and it is know for cheese, chocolate and mountains- the famous one called "Matterhorn" in Zermatt.
There are approximately 8 million people in Switzerland. Demographic trends are being influenced by multilingualism, the rising average age and high proportion of foreigners living in the country.
A lot of Swiss people engage in watersports such as wakesurfing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, river surfing, kiting, windsurfing, rowing and sailing.
As a pro wakesurfer from Zurich, here are 5 things you should know about wakesurfing in Switzerland:
Watersports zone: 300m from the coast. Outside of this 300m zone you are allowed to do watersports activities. There is also an inner water zone of 150m for swimmers, SUP, etc.
There is a minimum of people required to be on the boat when towing a wakesurfer etc. This means totally 3 People (= watersport person included). This is for safety reasons.
Watersports time is from 8:00 until 21:00 – as per sunset timetable the session can be finished before 21:00). This is because of visibility reasons.
Towing of more than 2 people is not allowed.
Sailings boats and cruise ships have always priority on the lake.
By Korina Smyrek