Wave Skiing Anyone?


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If you are an avid skier, right about now, you are probably moaning and groaning about the end of the season and wondering what you are going to do for the rest of the year. Here's an idea - How about wave skiing? Sounds a little crazy? It sure is, which is probably why there are extremely few people in the world that have even tried it and only one, that seems to indulge in it on a regular basis.

California born Chuck Patterson grew up skiing in Lake Tahoe during the winters and wind surfing, kite boarding and tow surfing in the warm waters of Hawaii, in the summers. It is therefore not surprising that he often dreamt of combining the two sports by skiing the big waves.

In 2000, he finally could resist no more and decided to test it out with a pair of custom jumper skis. Though the skis were too big and boxy, making it difficult to turn, he managed to glide on the waves for a few hundred yards - While not as cool as he had imagined it to be, Chuck was satisfied and returned to his normal sports.

His interest in wave-skiing was re-kindled in 2010, when fellow free skiers, Mike Douglas and Cody Townsend decided to really try push it to the next level and worked with ski builder Jason Starr, to come up with a design that would allow the athlete to steer easily. Besides designing less cumbersome skis, Jason also recommended wearing ski boots to help with the edging and turning especially, at high speeds.

Chuck of course, could not resist - Using a jet ski to tow him to the perfect wave he gave the sport another shot and . . . Was hooked. Over the years, he has become so good that he can wave ski some of the most dangerous surf at speeds of up to 30mph! The 43-year old who even uses ski poles though they are of no use in the water, says that what makes the sports so exciting, is the unpredictability of the waves and likens it to skiing in soft snow during warm weather.

But, while he can get many people to come watch and even film him wave ski, he seems to have found very few souls brave enough, to give this extreme sport even a try!

Resources: dailymailc.co.uk, chuckpattersonsports.wordpress.com

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  • Christian Monday, November 12, 2018 at 10:18 am
    I go to the lake a ski for 9 miles
    • dude Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12:59 pm
      • Ghost371 Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:41 am
        My mum would kill me is I did that 😅
        • mWednesday, September 14, 2016 at 9:04 am
          i love sking and surf so this is awesome
          • pugFriday, February 5, 2016 at 12:42 pm
            guess what
            • chTuesday, December 8, 2015 at 12:19 pm
              • bhvgwhbfnavTuesday, November 10, 2015 at 9:11 pm
                • Lion101Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 6:59 am
                  Thats really cool
                  • JeffThursday, June 11, 2015 at 5:25 pm
                    • tomWednesday, April 29, 2015 at 12:24 pm