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Our Story


Our Story

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Our Story


Our Story

 

Welcome to Lakeside Watersports!

Started by two local guys who decided to share their passion for watersports with Connecticut’s greater Candlewood Lake region, Lakeside is based on two very important principles: Safety and Affordability.

It is our mission to provide every customer with fun-filled summer memories.  Come take a ride behind our boat and experience what it feels like to glide across the water with nothing but a smile on your face!

Lakeside Priorities

Safety

Safety is our number one priority.  Boating and watersports require quite a bit of preparation and responsibility. It is our goal to not only provide you with the best possible experience on the water, but also ensure the safety of everyone on board. All customers will receive proper instructions and top notch, Coast-Guard approved safety equipment. Rest easy know that your instructors have 1,000s of hours of boating and teaching experience combined with lifeguard and EMT training.

Affordability

Our other main focus is promoting affordable watersports. We understand that enjoying the water can become expensive very quickly. The boat alone can be a huge expense, which does not even include the cost of gas and equipment. These prices will scare just about anyone away from the watersports lifestyle. Here at Lakeside Watersports, we intend to provide all kinds of summer fun, without having to break the bank.

Meet the Owners

Mike

Professor of Wakeology

Mike grew up on Candlewood Lake and has been riding in boats ever since he was a baby. He started to wakeboard while in middle school and has not looked back since! After teaching friends and family on Candlewood Lake, he began working at a summer camp in Maine teaching kids how to wakeboard and waterski. Mike worked his way up to the Program Director position for the entire Ski program, where he was in charge of a 14 person staff, two boats and two jet skis. At this camp Mike perfected his teaching method and has been very successful at getting just about anybody up and riding. Not only has Mike worked at a summer camp in Maine, but he has also worked for a watersports company in Orlando, Florida. While in Orlando, Mike came up with the idea for Lakeside Watersports. He realized the need for a watersports service provider in the northeast, and his history with Candlewood made it a perfect spot to make this idea a reality. As a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a Masters degree in Education, his career as a High School Social Studies Teacher allows him to not only teach kids in the classroom, but to also teach people out on the water during the summer months. Mike’s ultimate goal is to help others succeed both in the classroom and behind the boat. 

Chris

Biz Guy

Chris has the privilege of not only being good friends with Mike, but he is also one of Mike’s very first wakeboard students. Mike introduced him to the watersports culture more than ten years ago, and ever since then he hasn’t been able to get enough of it. Early morning sessions on Candlewood have become part of his summer routine.

After becoming proficient in wakeboarding, Chris began sharing his passion with friends and family, which proved to be a truly rewarding experience. As you can see, he is the business end of this partnership. Chris graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Business Management: Entrepreneurship. A former lifeguard and swim instructor, while in college he moved into the corporate world, where he gained valuable business skills.  His schooling and professional experiences have given Chris the ability to organize the business operations of Lakeside Watersports LLC. Chris is excited about bringing watersports to Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. He has a true passion for helping people and having fun…Two things that Lakeside excels at!

 
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Candlewood Lake


Candlewood Lake

Candlewood Lake


Candlewood Lake

Believe it or not, Candlewood Lake’s majestic beauty is man-made. In the early 1900s, the Rocky River Valley was a farming community at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains.

During the summer of 1926 the decision was made by Connecticut Light & Power to create a lake in this region that would generate hydro-electric power.

After the power company relocated all of the valley’s residents, a 100 foot-tall dam was constructed at the northern end and water from the Housatonic was pumped into the valley. The project took nearly two years. Well worth it to create our beloved Candlewood.

 Candlewood Lake Sunset Circa 2016

Candlewood Lake Sunset Circa 2016

Facts about Candlewood Lake

Connecticut’s Largest Lake

Maximum Length: 11 miles

Maximum Width: 2 miles

Deepest Point: 90 feet

Average Depth: Approx. 30 feet

Shoreline: Approx. 65 miles

Lake: 5,420 acres or 8.4 square miles

Islands: 12 total

5 Bordering Towns: Danbury, Brookfield, New Milford, Sherman, & New Fairfield

Lake Divides: Fairfield & Litchfield Counties

Main Water Source: Housatonic River

Man Made: Started July 1926 – Completed February 1928

Generates: Hydro-Electric Power

Fishing Hot Spot: Trout and Large and Small Mouth Bass

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Staff


Staff

Staff


Staff

Meet the Team

Introducing the staff for 2018. These are the Candlewood Lake experts and experienced watersports enthusiasts that will show you an amazing time out on the water when you book your appointments.

 
 MIKE   HOMETOWN:   Newtown, CT   SCHOOL:    University of Connecticut, '09 & '10   AREA OF STUDY:   Education, Curriculum & Instruction   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing   LEARNED TO RIDE ON:    Candlewood Lake   HOBBIES:   Filming & editing videos, snowboarding, and rocking that Dad life.   TOP 3 SONGS:    Paranoid  by Black Sabbath   Feels Like Summer  by Weezer   The Half  by DJ Snake   QUICK BIO:  Having grown up on Candlewood Lake, I became obsessed with watersports at a young age. Spending every summer out on the lake with friends and family are some of my greatest memories. After working for multiple watersports locations around the country, I turned to Chris and we started Lakeside Watersports back in 2011.  Since I am a high school teacher, I am available to teach watersports and share the lake life with you all summer long.

MIKE

HOMETOWN:

Newtown, CT

SCHOOL: 

University of Connecticut, '09 & '10

AREA OF STUDY:

Education, Curriculum & Instruction

FAVORITE WATERSPORT: 

Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing

LEARNED TO RIDE ON: 

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Filming & editing videos, snowboarding, and rocking that Dad life.

TOP 3 SONGS:

Paranoid by Black Sabbath

Feels Like Summer by Weezer

The Half by DJ Snake

QUICK BIO: Having grown up on Candlewood Lake, I became obsessed with watersports at a young age. Spending every summer out on the lake with friends and family are some of my greatest memories. After working for multiple watersports locations around the country, I turned to Chris and we started Lakeside Watersports back in 2011.  Since I am a high school teacher, I am available to teach watersports and share the lake life with you all summer long.

 CHRIS   HOMETOWN:   Sandy Hook, CT   SCHOOL:    University of Connecticut, '11   AREA OF STUDY:   Business Management: Entrepreneurship   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakeboarding    LEARNED TO RIDE ON:    Candlewood Lake   HOBBIES:   Running, traveling, and snowboarding.   TOP 3 SONGS:    Keep Going  by The Revivalists   Say Something  by Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton   Human  by Rag'n'Bone Man   QUICK BIO:  I grew up as an athlete and still live that life in my full-time job at Nike in NYC. Mike and I started Lakeside together with a fateful conversation back in 2010. The experiences we have shared together and with all of you over the last seven years, is why I love what we do at Lakeside. I am looking forward to meeting you and spending some time showing you around Candlewood this year.

CHRIS

HOMETOWN:

Sandy Hook, CT

SCHOOL: 

University of Connecticut, '11

AREA OF STUDY:

Business Management: Entrepreneurship

FAVORITE WATERSPORT: 

Wakeboarding 

LEARNED TO RIDE ON: 

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Running, traveling, and snowboarding.

TOP 3 SONGS:

Keep Going by The Revivalists

Say Something by Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton

Human by Rag'n'Bone Man

QUICK BIO: I grew up as an athlete and still live that life in my full-time job at Nike in NYC. Mike and I started Lakeside together with a fateful conversation back in 2010. The experiences we have shared together and with all of you over the last seven years, is why I love what we do at Lakeside. I am looking forward to meeting you and spending some time showing you around Candlewood this year.

 
 
 RYAN   HOMETOWN:   Ridgefield, CT   SCHOOL:    Rollins College   AREA OF STUDY:   Business Management/ Marketing   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakeboarding    LEARNED TO RIDE ON:    Candlewood Lake   HOBBIES:   Sports on and off the water like wakeboarding and lacrosse.   TOP 3 SONGS:   If I’m in Orlando, either rap or a wide variety of the boys Aus house music. When Im at home, whatever my buddy Mase has on his playlist that day.   QUICK BIO:  I grew up in Ridgefield, CT, but would spend just about every day of the summers at my family's house on Candlewood Lake. i chose to go to school down in Orlando, FL to pursue my passion for wakeboarding. I am one of the co-founders of Candlewood Cup, a wakeboard and wakesurf contest on Candlewood Lake that has been held the last two years. I am looking forward to working with each of you this year to help improve your riding.

RYAN

HOMETOWN:

Ridgefield, CT

SCHOOL: 

Rollins College

AREA OF STUDY:

Business Management/ Marketing

FAVORITE WATERSPORT: 

Wakeboarding 

LEARNED TO RIDE ON: 

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Sports on and off the water like wakeboarding and lacrosse.

TOP 3 SONGS:

If I’m in Orlando, either rap or a wide variety of the boys Aus house music. When Im at home, whatever my buddy Mase has on his playlist that day.

QUICK BIO: I grew up in Ridgefield, CT, but would spend just about every day of the summers at my family's house on Candlewood Lake. i chose to go to school down in Orlando, FL to pursue my passion for wakeboarding. I am one of the co-founders of Candlewood Cup, a wakeboard and wakesurf contest on Candlewood Lake that has been held the last two years. I am looking forward to working with each of you this year to help improve your riding.

 LAURA   HOMETOWN:   Danbury, CT   SCHOOL   DeSales University   AREA OF STUDY:   Physician Assistant   FAVORITE WATERSPORTS:   Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing   LEARNED TO RIDE ON:   Candlewood Lake   HOBBIES:   Field Hockey, spinning, and going to concerts   TOP 3 SONGS:    Somethin’ I’m Good At  by Brett Eldredge   Over Now  by Post Malone   Otherside  by Post Malone   QUICK BIO:  This is my second summer working at Lakeside. I’m entering my sophomore year at DeSales as a PA major. I spend most of my summer on the lake or at the beach, but my favorite place to be is at MSG for a Rangers hockey game!

LAURA

HOMETOWN:

Danbury, CT

SCHOOL

DeSales University

AREA OF STUDY:

Physician Assistant

FAVORITE WATERSPORTS:

Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing

LEARNED TO RIDE ON:

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Field Hockey, spinning, and going to concerts

TOP 3 SONGS:

Somethin’ I’m Good At by Brett Eldredge

Over Now by Post Malone

Otherside by Post Malone

QUICK BIO: This is my second summer working at Lakeside. I’m entering my sophomore year at DeSales as a PA major. I spend most of my summer on the lake or at the beach, but my favorite place to be is at MSG for a Rangers hockey game!

 JACK   HOMETOWN:    Brookfield, CT   SCHOOL:    Syracuse University   AREA OF STUDY:    Finance and Management   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakeboarding   LEARNED TO RIDE ON:   Candlewood Lake   HOBBIES:   Football, basketball, and lacrosse   TOP 3 SONGS:    Pursuit of Happiness  by Kid Cudi    Flare Guns  by Quinn XCII   KOD  by J. Cole   QUICK BIO:  Growing up on Candlewood lake, I have been boating with my family for almost 15 years. I have also had my boating license for almost 7 years. I currently attend Syracuse University and am returning to Lakeside this summer for the second year. 

JACK

HOMETOWN:

Brookfield, CT

SCHOOL:

Syracuse University

AREA OF STUDY:

Finance and Management

FAVORITE WATERSPORT:

Wakeboarding

LEARNED TO RIDE ON:

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Football, basketball, and lacrosse

TOP 3 SONGS:

Pursuit of Happiness by Kid Cudi 

Flare Guns by Quinn XCII

KOD by J. Cole

QUICK BIO: Growing up on Candlewood lake, I have been boating with my family for almost 15 years. I have also had my boating license for almost 7 years. I currently attend Syracuse University and am returning to Lakeside this summer for the second year. 

 
 
 SOPHIA   HOMETOWN:   Waccabuc, NY   SCHOOL:    Cornell University   AREA OF STUDY:   Biomedical Engineering   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakeboarding   LEARNED TO RIDE AT:    Camp Taconic   HOBBIES:   Watching Netflix, reading, playing sports, community service, spending time with friends   TOP 3 SONGS:    Genius  by Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo   Saturday Night  by Panic! at the Disco   Thought Contagion  by Muse   QUICK BIO:  Hi! My name is Sophia Peris. I am a graduate of John Jay High School, where I was a varsity swimmer, skier, and softball player. I will be attending Cornell University in the fall. I have nine years of watersports experience. I am looking forward to passing on to you some of my “tricks”!

SOPHIA

HOMETOWN:

Waccabuc, NY

SCHOOL: 

Cornell University

AREA OF STUDY:

Biomedical Engineering

FAVORITE WATERSPORT: 

Wakeboarding

LEARNED TO RIDE AT: 

Camp Taconic

HOBBIES:

Watching Netflix, reading, playing sports, community service, spending time with friends

TOP 3 SONGS:

Genius by Labrinth, Sia, and Diplo

Saturday Night by Panic! at the Disco

Thought Contagion by Muse

QUICK BIO: Hi! My name is Sophia Peris. I am a graduate of John Jay High School, where I was a varsity swimmer, skier, and softball player. I will be attending Cornell University in the fall. I have nine years of watersports experience. I am looking forward to passing on to you some of my “tricks”!

 JAKE   HOMETOWN:   Middlebury, CT   SCHOOL:    University of Southern California   AREA OF STUDY:   Political Economy   FAVORITE WATERSPORT:    Wakesurfing   LEARNED TO RIDE AT:    Lakeside Watersports   HOBBIES:   Reading, Skiing, Biking   TOP 3 SONGS:    Roses  by SAINt JHN   Line of Sight  by ODESZA   Malibu 1992  by Coin   QUICK BIO:  I am an easygoing, friendly guy.  I love the outdoors and admittedly I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie.  From snow skiing to wake boarding, I love the thrill of going fast. I'll be headed to USC this fall for my first semester. Looking forward to some California sun.

JAKE

HOMETOWN:

Middlebury, CT

SCHOOL: 

University of Southern California

AREA OF STUDY:

Political Economy

FAVORITE WATERSPORT: 

Wakesurfing

LEARNED TO RIDE AT: 

Lakeside Watersports

HOBBIES:

Reading, Skiing, Biking

TOP 3 SONGS:

Roses by SAINt JHN

Line of Sight by ODESZA

Malibu 1992 by Coin

QUICK BIO: I am an easygoing, friendly guy.  I love the outdoors and admittedly I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie.  From snow skiing to wake boarding, I love the thrill of going fast. I'll be headed to USC this fall for my first semester. Looking forward to some California sun.

 
 
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Customer Reviews


Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews


Customer Reviews

 

Our reviews are collected and verified by Genbook.

We invite you to read what our happy clients have to say about Lakeside. Here is a sneak peek.

 

AWESOME

"We had never been to Candlewood Lake before and these guys showed us a great time. They were knowledgeable, professional, encouraging, and made sure we all had fun. Slick boat, top notch gear. Can’t wait to do it again!"

-Stacey

GREAT FUN

"We had a great time and hope to return this summer. These guys were very helpful and we definitely recommend this place. Lots of different activities to try between wakeboarding, tubing, etc."

-B.N.


WHAT A GREAT DAY!

"I surprised my husband with with an afternoon of waterskiing lessons for his birthday. We took our two boys and they learned too. I loved seeing the smiles on all of their faces. We now have a new family activity that everyone enjoys!"

-Michele L.

CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK

"We had a great time at Lakeside!! With the help of Lakeside my friend and I learned to wakeboard and got up on our first try! The boat was also so comfortable and clean!!! Had a great time can’t wait to go back!!!"

-J.W.


FANTASTIC DAY ON THE WATER

"Had a great time. My only regret is not booking more time… Boat was comfortable and all equipment was clean and in excellent condition."

-Mike B.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

"I could not have asked for more, these guys were great! They had me popping out of the water, and wake surfing within 15 minutes! They offered excellent instruction throughout the entire session which made it easy to pick up."

-Todd W.

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