The Lakeside Life


May 17, 2017

Lakes And Ponds: Where To Swim, Ski And Boat

"Connecticut's vast number of lakes, ponds and rivers offer all sorts of refreshing water sport options for people looking to cool off on hot summer days, from swimming to waterskiing and just plain boating."

We were excited to see Candlewood get some love in this Hartford Courant article by Gregory Hladsky detailing all of the hots spots in Connecticut to spend time on the water. 

Here is the link to the full ARTICLE.


May 8, 2016

Mother’s Day Ideas from a Lakeside Mom

We wouldn’t be here without the leading ladies in our lives. Our Moms.

We were thrilled to find out that one of our amazing customers, who is also a celebrity make-up artist and correspondent for Hearst CT News’ Beauty Happy Hour shared a post that listed Lakeside Watersports as a great gift idea for Mother’s Day this year. We made Number 4! Check out the full list HERE.

Here is some more information on Brandy Gomez-Duplessis. We aren’t experts on make-up, but she’s got skills. Thanks for the love Brandy!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Lakeside Moms out there.

April 4, 2016

Lakeside Featured on

Lakeside Watersports has finally become a verified tourism partner of the State of Connecticut.

As part of a complete and total overhaul of the CT Tourism website,, Lakeside Watersports was invited to become an official partner of the state. As the leading watersports service provider in CT and the NY Metro area, we jumped at the opportunity to be listed on their site.

Check out the new site and our listing HERE.

May 6, 2015

UConn’s Insider Guide to Living Your Best Life

We were incredibly fortunate to have been contacted by the writers at UConn Magazine, who were organizing a feature about what it takes to live your best life. To our surprise, this feature turned into the cover story for the Spring 2015 Issue of the Magazine.

Along with many other UConn alums, we were tapped to break down why waterskiing is part of your best life and how to actually make it happen. If you want to learn how to waterski this summer, join us on the Lake: Book your session today.

Click here to check out the entire cover story: UConn’s Insider Guide to Living Your Best Life

July 10, 2014

Fox CT Daytrippers Visit Lakeside Watersports

No boat? No problem! We had the pleasure of welcoming Sarah Cody from Fox CT News and her film crew out to Lakeside earlier this summer.  They filmed a segment for their Emmy Award-Winning feature called Daytrippers.  They highlight places that Connecticut residents can travel to-and-from in one day.  Whether folks are planning a vacation or a “staycation,” we are honored to make the list of of Day Trip locations. Great job to Sarah who popped back up on the waterskis for the first time in 20+ years.  We always say it is just like riding a bike, once you learn, you’ll never forget.  Read the full article here: Fox CT Daytrippers: Lakeside Watersports If you’re interested in hearing about more of Fox CT’s Daytripper locations check out Sarah on Twitter @ctmommyminute.


June 27, 2014

Smalltown Girls Dominate at System 2.0 Railjam

The article that ran in The Hartford Courant was picked up by

Lakeside has been a longtime supporter of Alliance Wakeboard Magazine. Lakeside Watersports is actually listed as the only Wakeboarding Camp and School in CT in the back of their magazine. If you aren’t a subscriber, we would highly recommend it. We are stoked that the editors at Alliance Wakeboard Magazine took some time to write a feature on the Rail Jam that took place at our local Brownstone Wake Park back in May.


June 12, 2014

Ashford Girls Dominate New England Rail Jam

For the first time, Lakeside Watersports co-owners, Chris and Mike, were asked to be the guest judges for the Wakeboard Rail Jam that took place over Memorial Day Weekend at Brownstone Exploration Park in Portland, CT. Brownstone staff had the cable and ramps dialed and the local talent did not disappoint. We wanted to give special congratulations to Olivia Pease who one the entire contest with a technically flawless run in the finals. Such a great way to kick off this year’s summer season.

Check out this reader submitted article that made it into the Hartford Courant.

May 26, 2014

Lakeside Makes a Splash at 2014 Memorial Day Parade

For the third year in a row, we had the privilege of participating in Danbury’s Memorial Day Parade.

We love this event because it gives us a chance to say, “thank you,” to our family members and customers who have served or are currently serving in the military. We appreciate all of the service you have provided for our country.

It was once again a gorgeous day, The News Times even grabbed a photo of Matty while he was “Roller-Skiing” down White Street in Danbury.


September 13, 2013

Top Spots In Connecticut to Take Family Photos

Smile, you’re on candid camera!

We are stoked to find out that CBS CT voted us as one of the Top Spots in Connecticut To Take Family Photos. Our customers have always told us how much they love taking photos out on the boat. In fact, some of the “Lakeside Family Photos” taken over the years have made it into holiday cards, magazine ads, and even television shows.

Check out the article posted on CBS to see some of the other great spots in CT to take Family Photos. How many have you visited so far?


May 7, 2013

Lakeside Owners in UCONN Alumni News

Lakeside Owners Chris Nuelle and Mike Rambone were recently recognized in the University of Connecticut Alumni Newsletter for starting Lakeside Watersports.


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August 27, 2012

Lakeside Featured in The Voices

Local Lakeside Watersports Offers Boating Activities

by Linda Zukauskas

Published – VOICES The Newspaper

DANBURY — Now people enjoying “staycations” can experience watersports as if they’re visiting the Caribbean, thanks to Chris Nuelle and Mike Rambone.

The young men started their own business, Lakeside Watersports, in 2011 based on their experiences with the various sports and their formal education backgrounds.

Having met at Newtown High School, they attended the University of Connecticut together, where Mr. Nuelle studied entrepreneurship and Mr. Rambone worked toward becoming a teacher.

“I have an indoor classroom in the winter and an outdoor classroom in the summer,” Mr. Rambone told Voices.

The two noted that, unless a person owns a boat or has a friend with a boat, it’s often too expensive to enjoy watersports. Their goal is to make these activities affordable and enjoyable.

With an office at Pocono Point Marina, 16 Forty Acre Mountain Rd., and a 20-foot Axis A20 boat that seats 11 people, Lakeside Watersports had 200 customers in its inaugural year and, in its second season, is well ahead of that number.

Mr. Nuelle said, “We’ve met a lot of cool people and taught those as young as 4 and as old as 90.”

When teaching children or adults, who may be a little uncomfortable, one of the men is happy to jump into the water.

“We offer personal instruction in the water,

which is unique,” Mr. Rambone said. “Another special thing about us is that we don’t focus on one watersport.”
Lakeside Watersports offers water-skiing, slalom skiing, wake-skating, wake-surfing, wakeboarding, knee boarding and tubing.

“We’re super flexible,” Mr. Nuelle noted. “It’s your block of time and if you want to get pulled along in a tube or just go for a boat ride, it’s up to you.

“With us in the boat, you can bring nine of your family or friends. We’ve done birthday parties.”

Lakeside Watersports is open seven days a week in the summer and both owners like to stretch the season as long as they can. “The water stays warm; right now it’s 80 to 85 degrees and there are no sharks or jellyfish.” Mr. Nuelle said that anyone just needs to schedule an appointment, which can be done online.

“Everything is included in the price, all equipment, the driver, and the spotter.” Mr. Rambone said some people like to come down alone to practice a particular sport.

Mr. Nuelle described his experience with his business, “I didn’t expect to find this so rewarding. It’s really exciting to get someone up out of the water onto skis or a board for the first time.”

With a combination of skill and experience, the men can make that first try at a watersport a joy. “We know people who got dragged behind a boat by their dad and are really not eager to try it again.”

They have done house calls, visiting homes on the lake and even using the resident’s boat to instruct a family tired of yelling at one another. “We joke we’re cheaper than a divorce.” Mr. Rambone said, “We do it right the first time. We can adjust the rope length to make getting up easier and the boat is the right size with a tower to get a better angle to pull you out of the water.

His partner added, “We know how to drive, too, whether someone wants to get out of the water gradually or pop out. We use the boat the right way and that definitely helps.”

Both Mr. Nuelle and Mr. Rambone are licensed boaters, with thousands of hours on Candlewood Lake. Mr. Nuelle is a former lifeguard and Mr. Rambone has EMT training.

“We have top of the line safety equipment, with the proper fit. We also explain why safety is important.” Customer Linda Tarry-Chard drives from Manhattan regularly to slalom ski. “

[Mr. Nuelle and Mr. Rambone] are very professional and they make it fun.

“They push me, but not to the brink where I don’t want to do this anymore. It’s a very wonderful experience.”

Anyone who would like more information can call 203-744-9884, visit or follow the fun on Twitter and Facebook.

“We like to use social media to follow up with customers, to let them know we’re still thinking about a lesson, or show the current lake conditions,” Mr. Nuelle said.

“It’s a cool feeling, gliding on something you normally can’t stand on,” Mr. Rambone said of the watersport experience. “We’re here to make a memorable day, something you’ll tell your family and friends.

“We’ve had several students from Europe visiting Connecticut. It’s something different and fun to do and the lake is a beautiful backdrop.”

July 20, 2012

Lakeside Watersports on NBC News!

Hit the Water This Weekend

Jason Hawkins & David Michnowicz came down from NBC 30 Connecticut to check out what Lakeside has to offer.

We were able to get Jason cruising around on skis and we even had a chance to demonstrate Wakesurfing.

Check out the story that aired, you’ll even get to hear a little bit more about how Lakeside became a reality.

July 15, 2011

Lakeside Featured in Danbury News Times

The News Times of Danbury, Connecticut just ran an article on Lakeside Watersports!

The story profiles Lakeside and owners Mike and Chris, and features a few words from one of our customers who accompanied her son and husband on an afternoon lesson. She had this to say:

“I didn’t have any plans on doing anything, but they (the staff) were so enthusiastic. My husband and I went out on the tube.”

“It was really, really fun. I would highly recommend it to anyone,” she said. “They were very safe. They gave very good instructions on what we had to do, and they’re really, really knowledgeable and very professional.”

Read the full article at the NewsTimes.