Surfing is gnarly. Waterskiing is gnarly. What Chuck Patterson did is so far beyond gnarly, that we haven’t come up with a proper word for it, as he used a pair of skis and ski poles in order to surf 30 foot waves.
It is believed Chuck Patterson is the first person ever to attempt and complete this feat, as he effortlessly skied down waves as if they were snowy mountains.
It is remarkable that he was able to gain momentum using just the poles and the waves, as waterskiers need to be towed by a boat in order to stay afloat.
After letting go of the rope attached to a jet ski, Patterson reached speeds up to 30 mph as he glided across the waves.
Patterson is at a professional level in orthodox skiing and surfing, and has fused his two skills with his innovative sport.
“The unpredictability of the water is what makes wave skiing so difficult,” he said.
“The sport feels similar to skiing on snow in warm temperatures when the snow is soft.
“You have got to have knowledge of the ocean and the energy of the water to be able to do it.
“The feeling when you drop in off a wave is a bit sketchy at first just because you’re going so fast.
“I don’t think there is anyone else in the world doing it but for me it is just a bit of fun alongside my surfing and snow skiing.
“I’ve tried it without the ski poles and it felt very strange – they help me with balance and keeping my body in the correct position.”
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