A legend in the sport, Cobe is one of the most energetic fun-loving guys you'll meet. If he's not on the boat, he's surfing, or riding his road bike, or go-karting, or riding bmx, or building something no one else thought of!
Cobe grew up in Northern California and started wakeboarding at Donner Lake right as the sport was beginning. He moved to Orlando in the early 90's. Cobe competed on the Pro Wakeboard Tour for 13 years. He had a successful road tour of coaching clinics for 11 years. He was the 2000 IWSF World Champion. At the 2013 Wake Awards he was presented with the Legend Award in Wakeboard (1 of only 10 in our sport).
Cobe is now the O'Brien Wakeboard Team Manager. He is the inventor of HANGTYTE and Drop N Fill. Cobe is the owner of the HANGTYTE and Drop N Fill patents.
The World Wakeboard Council's 2016 Female Rider of the Year! Tarah is personable, professional, and a great representative of women's wakeboarding. Tarah grew up in the water sports industry. Her parents owned & operated The Benzel Skiing Center, where she lived until age 10. She competed in water skiing for 15 years, winning many National and World Titles. She made the career change to wakeboarding in 2006. Tarah still competes professionally, consistently landing herself on the Pro Women's podium at international events, and in the overall wakeboard series. Tarah is the current Wake the Desert champion. In 2011 she won Female Move of the Year, and she is consistently ranked top 3 on the World Ranking List. Tarah strives to make a positive impact in the sport, coaching wakeboarders of all ages and skill levels, and hosting instructional web videos.
Raised in Osaka, Japan, Mizuki moved to Orlando, Florida at age 15. He lived and trained with Cobe and Tarah Mikacich at Freedom Wake Park.
If you've ever spent any time around him, you know he loves being on the water, and his joy is contagious! Mizuki (Zooks) is pure laughter and happiness, and sharing his knowledge of watersports is one of his greatest strengths. Zooks has been wakeboarding since he was 8 years old. Now he rides professionally, with many podium and top 10 finishes internationally. He even won the Pro Card event 2x, right here at Freedom Wake Park!
Born and raised in Clermont, Florida, Tyler started wakeboarding at 5 years old, and competing at age 6. Over the years, he has collected 3 National titles, and many international podiums in Jr. Pro Men.
Tyler is currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida and working towards a career as commercial pilot. But to watch him ride, you'd never know he spent more than a minute off his wakeboard! Tyler clearly has a passion not just for riding, but also for sharing his love of the sport, helping riders achieve their goals on the water!
Logan came to us from Lubbock, Texas, where she and her family surf and wakeboard every possible day, introducing all their friends to the boating lifestyle they love so much. Logan has been consistently coming to train at Freedom Wake Park for years, and now she lives in Orlando pursuing her watersports dreams. One of the bubbliest personalities you'll ever meet, Logan makes friends everywhere she goes, talking and telling stories, making any newcomer feel welcome. Most recently taking on a camp counselor role here at Freedom, Logan is immersed in watersports and making her way to more and more podium finishes!
Our welcome committee, here to greet you every time you walk down the dock. Shaka & Brumos have been in the boat ever since the first days we adopted each of them. They tag along for just about every lesson and will either cheer you on or just take naps during your rides.
We adopted them from two different rescues a couple years apart. It has been suggested that they are some combination of Australian Shepherd, Catahoula, Koolie, and even Husky. We don't know! But they are two of the sweetest, most affectionate boat pups you'll ever meet!
"Went out with Cobe and the dogs for the first time today, and WOW, this place is absolutely awesome! Cobe and Tarah are so down to earth, supportive and great to work with - Freedom Wake Park is simply the best!" - David Netzley
"I did the 3 day camp “The Tarah and Cobe Experience” and couldn’t be more pleased.
I feel so much more comfortable on the surf board than before. I can now do 360s!
Cobe, Zooks, and Tarah are amazing instructors. The only thing better than their instructions is their personality.
Their dogs Shaka and Brumos are awesome.
If you’re looking to improve your Wakesurfing and/or wakeboarding this is where you need to go." - Danny Patrick
"Great time and great instructors! Can’t wait to come back again!" - Les & Shelley Griffin
"Freedom wake park is absolutely amazing! Coach Tarah and Cobe are the greatest! Me and my boyfriend have stayed over at their wakeboard camp for a week and had so much fun and got lots of help with new and old tricks. This was our second year and we can't wait to come back and stay with them again! Not only are they great coaches they are incredible people who we consider friends! I highly recommend checking it out even if it's just for a fun day of surfing or wakeboarding I bet you'll love it just as much as we do every time we get the chance to come." - Becca Mercier
"What a fantastic day my family had! Thank you so much for the patience, professionalism, coaching, and most of all fun fun fun! Thank you very much Tarah, Daniel, and Ryan! We'll be back." - Jay Roney
"Cobe and his team were amazing spending the day with many kids with prosthetics and other learning abilities. They all had the biggest smiles and wanted to know when they could come back to Freedom Wake Park! You truly made some lasting memories for them all. Thank you all for your support, loyalty and commitment." - Annette Belleville
"I went to Orlando from Wa State. Had no idea who to contact. I'm 58year old, female and a novice boarder. Got set up with Tarah and Coby via email/text and what a treasure they turned out to be. No skill level too minimal. None of my friends would wake board but I love it- however, I have never had a lesson before. I took 2 lessons a week apart. I learned so much. I may have to return to Orlando just to take another lesson. I met Zuki too. All of them, wonderful wonderful wonderful kind people. It was a first-in-my-life treat to myself and well worth the money. Money buys someone's time, but their kind hearts come with the package as a bonus.
Hugs from Carla in Spokane" - Carla Layton
"Tarah and Cobe (as well as Brunos and Shaka!) have a brilliant set up and fantastic coaching!" - Roger Clements
"Best School, Best Coaches, I have no worries about sending my two teenagers out to spend time with Cobe and Tarah. They really are the BEST!!!" - Jason Christensen
Best experience ever. The Mikker family is the best. Always fun to ride with Cobe and Tarah. Landed many new tricks and improved my riding. Wish I was back there every day. Recommend it a 100% - Gerardo Mora
"By stroke of luck or divine intervention, my family was introduced to Tarah and Cobe while we were visiting Florida on a Make a Wish trip. Having previously lived in central Florida, we were very familiar with another wakeboarding park in the area, but this was our 1st visit to Freedom. I could not believe the phenomenal personal attention and coaching my kids received. We were immediately welcomed and treated like old friends...and grew to learn that we actually had a number of mutual friends with Tarah and Cobe. Tarah was fantastic with our kids, from our 5 year old going for her first time to our 13 year old who had been wakeboarding several times. If you're looking for true instruction with a personal touch, I highly recommend Freedom." - Jesse Bogart
This place is awesome! I had a business trip to Orlando and Cobe was able to fit me into their schedule to accommodate my schedule (Thank you)! As a 44 year old, new wake surfer, I was self taught via YouTube and friends. In one lesson, I learned what I have been doing wrong. As I was working on proper position on the board during the lesson, I felt myself getting better! I'm wicked stoked! I can't wait to go back!" - Jason Rozneck
"Awesome coaches! I highly recommend.
They were fun with the entire family and had improved our surfing skills within minutes!" - Leigh Lonson
"Absolutely loved it. Cobe and Tarah where amazing and so helpful. Thanks you so much. Tarah taught me to do a 180. Amazing!!!" - Amy Jo Johnson
"Incredible experience! We are a family of 3 recreational riders who wanted to crash with less grandeur and reach new goals. We spent 3 days with Cobe, Tarah, and their crew at Freedom. Words cannot express our gratitude. We have such respect for the professionalism, patience and dedication that they showed us. Great eye for detail and ability to communicate. Can't wait to get back on the water and apply what they have taught us" - Cynthia Wiseman
"Had an amazing experience at the Freedom wake park, such an honor to meet and ride with Cobe, Tarah, Mizuki and the rest of the guys!! Thank you so much and I'm looking forward to next time!! :)
Highly recommended!! " - Niclas Knutsson
"These guys are awesome!!! Tarah is an awesome coach! 5*******" - Amanda Van Veen
"Amazing day with some amazing people!! Cobe and Tarah are fantastic! Loved the whole experience. Meeting a legend and watching pros practice. Can't thank them enough!! You guys rock!!!" - Josh Crosby
I've learned more from riding with Tarah and Cobe than anyone else. They offer patience, encouragement, insight and experience based knowledge. I've seen all levels of riders with them and everyone is consistently growing. The atmosphere couldn't be more welcoming and encouraging. Not to mention they have a really cool dog that rides along!" - Shontell Crawford
"Tarah and Cobe are awesome! What a great place to visit. They are so good at what they do. We'll be bringing the family back soon.! - Tim Stacy
"I highly recommend Freedom Wake Park
The instructors are patient and very positive
A top notch training facility for everyone of all ages" - Dave Cook
"Tarah and Freedom Park was excellent! Customer service, equipment brand new, staff was helpful and amazing!!! Would highly recommend them to everyone!! - Tony Burbridge
"Great coaches an better yet great people. From pros to gross everyone is treated the same. You can't help but learn at Freedom! We'll be back." - Michelle Snieski
"Cobe and Tarah have a great setup. Very welcoming and excellent coaches. Thanks guys." Art Powell
"Had a great time!! Learned so much in the short time I was there, totally awesome!" - Sammy Herslip
"Awesome staff and equipment. Learned a lot, and can't wait to go back!" Heather Hubb
"Such a great place run by great people! Very convenient to the airport, attractions, convention center, downtown & a great ski & wake store!!" - Bill Porter
"Well all I know is my son (Hunter Henderson) wouldn't have 2 national championships and 1 World championship without Tarah and Cobe training him. Oh not to mention he was champion of NC and SC for many years. Bottom line they are the BEST" - David Henderson
"Absolutely the best experience EVER!!!! The owners were so knowledgeable and talented! We are planning another trip soon! 5 stars hands down." - Robby Maschhaupt
"Freedom Wake Park is just that, freedom, freedom to ride with 2 of the best riders and coaches in the business, freedom to be encouraged and inspired to achieve your goals, freedom of either boat or cable and freedom of a private lake." - Chris Hoey
"Terrific experience! Operated by such an AMAZING team! If you're serious about learning, this is the place for you!" - JJ Jackson