On the eve of the proprietor of this site's first tournament, a post. It’s been a while after all. Where has the Captain been all summer? Why, skiing of course. Joel, if this morning’s sets were any indicator, we’re going to rock this thing tomorrow. And even if we don’t, we’re going to have a ball anyway. (You may have to remind me of that tomorrow.) Our road show is 17 strong with 7 entrants in the tourney. The really exciting news is that 4 of our crew will be skiing in their first tournament! Joel, Fu-man & the little Fu’s, good luck & have fun. (Mrs. Original wishes you well too. She’s pretty bummed not to be able to share your big day.) I hope you catch the bug and come back year after year. We’re doing our part to grow the sport. That pumps me up even more than cutting line and standing up trick passes. (Again, gentle reminders tomorrow as needed). As for the skiing, I’m getting fired up and the nerves are setting in nice and early. You’d think after 9 tournaments (17 rounds) this year I’d settle down. But, with progress comes greater expectations. A wise veteran of our game told me this year that he’s never met a tournament water skier who wasn’t greedy. So let’s go stretch for those extra balls, points and feet. Its tournament time!
Once in a while, one finds a gold mine in his own backyard. Duck Lake, a 90 acre private paradise, sits only a mile from where I live now, and only 5 miles from where I grew up. I've driven by its web of navigable channels thousands of times, but until Saturday I'd never been out on the lake. That all changed this weekend with a generous offer to ski and ski we did! John (The Duck Lake Legend) has a tight slalom course situated perfectly. Even on a windy day, it skied great. Skiing with guys who are far better than you always paves the way for learning a few things and John and Mike did not disappoint. They made the short line look easy and taught me a few things about my onside turn. I finally ran a clean pass at 34mph and turned around and ran -22, albeit with a little "help". Thanks guys, for a great morning on the lake. The Legend lives!
Tricked on a sheet of glass last night, slalomed on glass this morning. And, its only May