Boats, brews, and planks (whether narrow or wide) make for an awesome afternoon. On my last visit home, we met friends to go wakeboarding–and drove off by truck into the VA wilderness. After a dozen turns (with no navigation system), driving on roads twistier than your average Alpen pass, we finally made it to the Pamunkey River. Thanks to Sattie for his excellent hospitality with the boat… and for driving on so many pulls!
There were tubing and jet-skiing too, but I’m gonna focus on the rooster tails and railslides in this post. The Nikon D90 does pretty well on the river… switching to fixed (manual) focus helps a lot, since the skier is always the same distance from the boat. Then the focus is never shifting to the background trees or foreground water splashes.
My recommendations: if you are visiting a warm area in the States near a lake or river, try a bit of wakeboarding or waterskiing (though if skiing, you might want to start on a pair instead of starting slalom). There are plenty of schools and rental shops where you can learn & get gear. If you’re near Richmond, VA, try to persuade my friend Sattie to open a slalom waterskiing school–just kidding.
If you’re (unluckily for this sport) living in Germany, where powerboats are basically not allowed on the lakes, try a Wasserskianlage where you get pulled around a small lake by a cable from above. There’s no wake, but at least you’re on the water. That’s probably a future “Munich” post, for those that might want to try out the Aschheim Wasserskianlage. Sign up for RSS or email updates with the orange links in the left sidebar if you want to read about it!