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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  1,000+ 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 2017. 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.

Mason HOMETOWN: New Fairfield, CT SCHOOL:  Western Connecticut State University AREA OF STUDY: Film & Media FAVORITE WATERSPORTS:  Wakesurfing & Wakeboarding LEARNED TO RIDE ON:  Candlewood Lake HOBBIES: Snowboarding, Wakesurfing & Wakeboarding Cliff Jumping Filming  TOP 3 SONGS: Bars by Migos, Razzle Dazzle by Future You Wanna See by Migos QUICK BIO: This will be my 5th summer working at Lakeside Watersports. I've been wakeboarding since I was 9, wakesurfing since I was 12, and snowboarding since I was 3. I have so much fun being able to teach our customers how to do the sports I've had a passion for my whole life. I film and edit all different types of videos from sports highlight reels, to commercials, to short films. Lets have a wild summer!

Mason

HOMETOWN:

New Fairfield, CT

SCHOOL: 

Western Connecticut State University

AREA OF STUDY:

Film & Media

FAVORITE WATERSPORTS: 

Wakesurfing & Wakeboarding

LEARNED TO RIDE ON: 

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Snowboarding, Wakesurfing & Wakeboarding

Cliff Jumping

Filming 

TOP 3 SONGS:

Bars by Migos,

Razzle Dazzle by Future

You Wanna See by Migos

QUICK BIO: This will be my 5th summer working at Lakeside Watersports. I've been wakeboarding since I was 9, wakesurfing since I was 12, and snowboarding since I was 3. I have so much fun being able to teach our customers how to do the sports I've had a passion for my whole life. I film and edit all different types of videos from sports highlight reels, to commercials, to short films. Lets have a wild summer!

Connor HOMETOWN: Candlewood Lake, CT SCHOOL: Rollins College - Orlando, FL AREA OF STUDY: Business Management FAVORITE WATERSPORT: Wakeboarding LEARNED TO RIDE ON: Candlewood Lake HOBBIES: Entrepreneurship  Photography Videography TOP 3 SONGS: Waiting on the Summer by VHS Collection Wavy by ACADEMY, Croosh Antidote By Travis Scott QUICK BIO: Living on Candlewood Lake in the summers then Orlando, FL in the winters matches up with my ability to consistently Wakeboard. Summer of 2017 is one for me to work on my more technical tricks in Wakeboarding to repeat my 2016 Win in the Candlewood Cup Competition. The competition is going to be harder for 17' which will push me to the next level with my riding. Come to Lakeside and I will teach you to properly rip and land your tricks consistently. 

Connor

HOMETOWN:

Candlewood Lake, CT

SCHOOL:

Rollins College - Orlando, FL

AREA OF STUDY:

Business Management

FAVORITE WATERSPORT:

Wakeboarding

LEARNED TO RIDE ON:

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Entrepreneurship 

Photography

Videography

TOP 3 SONGS:

Waiting on the Summer by VHS Collection

Wavy by ACADEMY, Croosh

Antidote By Travis Scott

QUICK BIO: Living on Candlewood Lake in the summers then Orlando, FL in the winters matches up with my ability to consistently Wakeboard. Summer of 2017 is one for me to work on my more technical tricks in Wakeboarding to repeat my 2016 Win in the Candlewood Cup Competition. The competition is going to be harder for 17' which will push me to the next level with my riding. Come to Lakeside and I will teach you to properly rip and land your tricks consistently. 

WILL HOMETOWN: Leonia, NJ SCHOOL Temple University AREA OF STUDY: Film & Media FAVORITE WATERSPORT: Wakeboarding LEARNED TO RIDE ON: Candlewood Lake HOBBIES: Wakeboarding, Skateboarding & Snowboarding Video games Drums Soccer TOP 3 SONGS: I'm With You by Grouplove Time by Pink Floyd Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem QUICK BIO: I'm a Videographer, Photographer and Wakeboarder. I came in second in the Candlewood Cup. I grew up riding Candlewood and wouldn't want to ride anywhere else. I recently took up drone filming and will be putting it to good use this summer, so look out for us on the lake!

WILL

HOMETOWN:

Leonia, NJ

SCHOOL

Temple University

AREA OF STUDY:

Film & Media

FAVORITE WATERSPORT:

Wakeboarding

LEARNED TO RIDE ON:

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Wakeboarding, Skateboarding & Snowboarding

Video games

Drums

Soccer

TOP 3 SONGS:

I'm With You by Grouplove

Time by Pink Floyd

Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem

QUICK BIO: I'm a Videographer, Photographer and Wakeboarder. I came in second in the Candlewood Cup. I grew up riding Candlewood and wouldn't want to ride anywhere else. I recently took up drone filming and will be putting it to good use this summer, so look out for us on the lake!

 
MATT HOMETOWN: Ridgefield, CT SCHOOL: American University AREA OF STUDY: Justice, Law, and Criminology FAVORITE WATERSPORT: Tubing LEARNED TO RIDE ON: Candlewood Lake HOBBIES: Fishing Rugby & Other Sports Movies TOP 3 SONGS: AA by Isaiah Rashad DNA by Kendrick Lamar I'm the man by 50 Cent QUICK BIO: I am a sophomore at American University majoring in justice, law, and criminology with a minor in French language. I am a part of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and serve as the Health and Safety officer. I am also a starting member of our men's club rugby team. I am staying in D.C. after the school year ends until the end of June, working at an elementary school as a counselor for an aftercare program

MATT

HOMETOWN:

Ridgefield, CT

SCHOOL:

American University

AREA OF STUDY:

Justice, Law, and Criminology

FAVORITE WATERSPORT:

Tubing

LEARNED TO RIDE ON:

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Fishing

Rugby & Other Sports

Movies

TOP 3 SONGS:

AA by Isaiah Rashad

DNA by Kendrick Lamar

I'm the man by 50 Cent

QUICK BIO: I am a sophomore at American University majoring in justice, law, and criminology with a minor in French language. I am a part of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and serve as the Health and Safety officer. I am also a starting member of our men's club rugby team. I am staying in D.C. after the school year ends until the end of June, working at an elementary school as a counselor for an aftercare program

LAURA HOMETOWN: Danbury, CT SCHOOL: Immaculate High School FAVORITE SUBJECT: Anatomy FAVORITE WATERSPORT: Wakeboarding LEARNED TO RIDE ON: Candlewood Lake HOBBIES: Field Hockey Lacrosse Volunteering Watching NHL TOP 3 SONGS: Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt No Promises by Cheat Codes (Demi Lovato) Run Up by Major Lazer QUICK BIO: My name is Laura, but my friends call me LOM. I spend most of my time playing field hockey, volunteering, or doing anything fun. My favorite place to be is either on Candlewood Lake during the summer or at Madison Square Garden for a Rangers game. And I'll be a physician assistant major in the fall.

LAURA

HOMETOWN:

Danbury, CT

SCHOOL:

Immaculate High School

FAVORITE SUBJECT:

Anatomy

FAVORITE WATERSPORT:

Wakeboarding

LEARNED TO RIDE ON:

Candlewood Lake

HOBBIES:

Field Hockey

Lacrosse

Volunteering

Watching NHL

TOP 3 SONGS:

Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt

No Promises by Cheat Codes (Demi Lovato)

Run Up by Major Lazer

QUICK BIO: My name is Laura, but my friends call me LOM. I spend most of my time playing field hockey, volunteering, or doing anything fun. My favorite place to be is either on Candlewood Lake during the summer or at Madison Square Garden for a Rangers game. And I'll be a physician assistant major in the fall.

WESTON HOMETOWN: New Milford, CT SCHOOL: South Kent School FAVORITE SUBJECT: Science FAVORITE WATERSPORT: Wakesurfing LEARNED TO RIDE IN: Orlando, Florida HOBBIES: Hockey Dirt bikes TOP 3 SONGS: Shabba by A$AP Ferg I'll Be Your Reason by Illenium Work For It by Kayla Brianna QUICK BIO: So I am kid just looking to have fun out the water, but with fun responsibilities come in. I live on the lake I wake up every morning thinking about what is the next trick I can learn, or what flips I can do

WESTON

HOMETOWN:

New Milford, CT

SCHOOL:

South Kent School

FAVORITE SUBJECT:

Science

FAVORITE WATERSPORT:

Wakesurfing

LEARNED TO RIDE IN:

Orlando, Florida

HOBBIES:

Hockey

Dirt bikes

TOP 3 SONGS:

Shabba by A$AP Ferg

I'll Be Your Reason by Illenium

Work For It by Kayla Brianna

QUICK BIO: So I am kid just looking to have fun out the water, but with fun responsibilities come in. I live on the lake I wake up every morning thinking about what is the next trick I can learn, or what flips I can do

 
 
TOMMY HOMETOWN: New Canaan, CT SCHOOL: Colorado Rocky Mountain School FAVORITE SUBJECT: Chemistry FAVORITE WATERSPORT: Wakeboarding LEARNED TO RIDE AT: Lakeside Watersports HOBBIES: Skiing Lacrosse Hockey Wakeboarding TOP 4 SONGS: Crosstown Traffic by Jimmy Hendrix Hii Power/Alright by Kendrick Lamar Mojo So Dope by Kid Cudi Visionz by Wu-Tang QUICK BIO: I grew up in Connecticut and currently live in Aspen, Colorado. I spend my winters big-mountain, freeride skiing and my summers enjoying the warm east coast climate, and of course, shredding Candlewood Lake. I learned to wakeboard at Lakeside, the place where my appreciation for the sport first stemmed. I look forward to working for Lakeside and spreading the stoke that was given to me all the summers I spent on Candlewood.

TOMMY

HOMETOWN:

New Canaan, CT

SCHOOL:

Colorado Rocky Mountain School

FAVORITE SUBJECT:

Chemistry

FAVORITE WATERSPORT:

Wakeboarding

LEARNED TO RIDE AT:

Lakeside Watersports

HOBBIES:

Skiing

Lacrosse

Hockey

Wakeboarding

TOP 4 SONGS:

Crosstown Traffic by Jimmy Hendrix

Hii Power/Alright by Kendrick Lamar

Mojo So Dope by Kid Cudi

Visionz by Wu-Tang

QUICK BIO: I grew up in Connecticut and currently live in Aspen, Colorado. I spend my winters big-mountain, freeride skiing and my summers enjoying the warm east coast climate, and of course, shredding Candlewood Lake. I learned to wakeboard at Lakeside, the place where my appreciation for the sport first stemmed. I look forward to working for Lakeside and spreading the stoke that was given to me all the summers I spent on Candlewood.

JACK HOMETOWN: Brookfield, CT SCHOOL: Syracuse University  AREA OF STUDY: Business  FAVORITE WATERSPORT: Wakeboarding LEARNED TO RIDE ON: Candlewood Lake  HOBBIES: Basketball  Lacrosse  Skiing TOP 3 SONGS RIGHT NOW: I’m The One  Chicken Fried  All Night QUICK BIO: I am entering my sophomore year, studying business, at Syracuse University. I have lived very close to Candlewood Lake for my entire life and have been tubing, wake boarding, and waterskiing for as long as I can remember. During my free time I’m typically playing pickup basketball or on the lake with my friends and family. 

JACK

HOMETOWN:

Brookfield, CT

SCHOOL:

Syracuse University 

AREA OF STUDY:

Business 

FAVORITE WATERSPORT:

Wakeboarding

LEARNED TO RIDE ON:

Candlewood Lake 

HOBBIES:

Basketball 

Lacrosse 

Skiing

TOP 3 SONGS RIGHT NOW:

I’m The One 

Chicken Fried 

All Night

QUICK BIO: I am entering my sophomore year, studying business, at Syracuse University. I have lived very close to Candlewood Lake for my entire life and have been tubing, wake boarding, and waterskiing for as long as I can remember. During my free time I’m typically playing pickup basketball or on the lake with my friends and family. 

 
 
 
 
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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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Equipment


Equipment

Equipment


Equipment

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2017 AXIS A20

Single Propeller Inboard Design

Surf Gate Equipped

Length: 20’ (Excluding swim platform)

Beam: 98″ (The width of the boat)

Draft: 27” (Amount of boat that sits in the water)

Seating Capacity: 11 persons or 1,551 lbs. (9 guests)

Weight: 3,500 lbs.

Ballast: 1,000 lbs.

Engine: Monsoon 400 HP 6L V8

Hull Type: Wake Plus

2016 AXIS A20

Single Propeller Inboard Design

Surf Gate Equipped

Length: 20’ (Excluding swim platform)

Beam: 98″ (The width of the boat)

Draft: 27” (Amount of boat that sits in the water)

Seating Capacity: 11 persons or 1,550 lbs. (9 guests)

Weight: 3,500 lbs.

Ballast: 800 lbs.

Engine: Monsoon 350 HP 5.7L V8

Hull Type: Wake

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Partners


Our Partners

Partners


Our Partners

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