On the Water

Waterskiing: How Late Will You Go?

Just because the calendar says it’s December ...
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: October 1, 2004
Passion can sometimes be confused with bravado or machismo. Forrest Gump didn’t run across the country to show off; Forrest simply loved to run.
Most waterskiers don’t ski across chilly autumn or winter water to impress their fellow lakeside cabin owners. Waterskiers who ignore the calendar, zip up their wet suits – and even dry suits – and brave the cold water simply long to ski, love to ski and maybe even live to ski.
There’s the Martin family in Maine who ski in the fall until feet and hands are too numb to go on, Gary in Washington who has walked across a snowy dock to board his ski boat and Daryl and Frannie in Missouri who have broken through lake ice to get their ski boat out on the water. Then there’s Ron in Florida who skis despite the winter chill and, well, even alligators.
For skiers in such disparate locales, “cold” is a relative term, and they all define it differently. But they all define fun with the same, singular word: waterskiing.
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