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Home, not away, with the Lewis boys

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Father and son Wally and Lincoln Lewis are a couple of well-known Sunshine Coast dwellers. They made their fame in very different arenas — Wally on the football field and Lincoln on the small and large screens.

Growing up in Queensland where rugby league is king, Wally dominated the State of Origin series and captained Australia 23 times. In a world where the word "legend" is overused, Wally really is one. He will always be known as "The King".

After his retirement, a bronze statue was erected in his honour at Lang Park, and the Wally Lewis Medal is awarded to the best Queensland player in the State of Origin series.

Lincoln has been an actor since he was 13 and has won a Logie for his role in Home and Away. He was in 400 episodes of the popular program. He is currently starring in the new Australian feature film Tomorrow, When the War Began.

Like his dad, Lincoln has played football all his life and actually considered pursuing it as a professional career. As it panned out, acting became his true passion and he is well on his way to achieving great things.

Suncoast Cable Watersports

The challenge began at Suncoast Cable Watersports. They offer wakeboarding, kneeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. It's much cheaper to ski and wakeboard there than by boat, no experienced is needed and instruction is provided before you hit the water.

They say cable wakeboarding is an activity entire families can enjoy, but in the Lewis' case, they are very competitive and weren't exactly looking for enjoyment. Unbeknownst to Wally, Lincoln had already road-tested the course and chosen the venue! Wally struggled with the corners, but he's no quitter. He admitted Lincoln won the first round and is quite possibly still wondering how his son knew the course so well.

In case you're wondering, cable wakeboarding is wakeboarding while being pulled by an overhead cableski system rather than a boat. You queue at the starting dock, rope in hand. The other end of the rope is queued in a tower awaiting the next carrier. When it arrives, it hooks the rope and continues on its way, pulling you off the dock and into the water.

Big Kart Track

As Wally is proud to recount, he has won three celebrity grand prix, and was ready to regain some pride at Big Kart Track.

The track is 1.2km long and 8m wide. It has sweeping bends, challenging chicanes, plenty of hairpins and long straights. It's of international standard and capable of running 50 karts at one time.

It seems Lincoln has been driving his dad crazy for 22 years about driving a car, and when he did learn, it was on an automatic, not a manual. There was much ribbing about that!

Lincoln started out full of confidence, but Wally's experience proved to be too much, so until the next competition, the score is one-all.

Related video: A boys' weekend on the Sunshine Coast



Location

Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Cost

Suncoast Cable Watersports cost $29 for an hour, $39 for two hours, $45 for four hours and $50 for a day. Their opening hours vary with the seasons. Check their website for further information.

Big Kart Track go kart hire is $30 for 15 minutes, $50 for 30 minutes and $75 for an hour. They are open every day between 9am and 5pm and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

For further information

Suncoast Cable Watersports
367 David Low Way
Bli Bli 4560
Ph: (07) 5448 7555
www.suncoastcablewatersports.com

Big Kart
Steve Irwin Way
Landsborough 4550
Ph: (07) 5494 1613
Fax: (07) 5494 8369
www.bigkart.com.au
info@bigkart.com.au

User comments
Father and Son. Love watching the Lewis Boys. They should have a regular spot on the show. Makes me want to go go-carting

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