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IN THIS VIDEO of 2011 WaveDaze VA Beach Ski Surf Race Presented by www.wavejunkies.com
Proceeds all go to Local Charities.
I turn on the gopro put on my helmet and make my way to the line for the 2011 WaveDaze VA Beach Ski Surf Race, I first discuss with Jeff Wingrove the fact that there is only one right hand turn, the rest left turns on the race course and in quire as to the whereabouts of my holder John Franavilla — I proceed to put the ski in the water and make my way on to the course to check out the track. First there is pink ball number one then two eventually a blue ball, after a couple of laps beach my ski to then further discuss the course detail with no6 Jeff Wingrove. Since I do not see my holder John I ask Jeff Bolte if he could hold two skis. I then ask Jeff once more how to negotiate the course, then the event promoter (great guy) refers to the pink course balls as red — good move because calling them pink or purple just doesn’t give that pop it deserves.
Anyone that has ever raced a jetski before knows that being on the pole position is a huge advantage and Jeff being the seasoned veteran he is (with multiple championships) lined himself there right away. I did my best to get my promoter appointed holder to put my ski to the right of Jeff but was not successful. Both Jeff and I have been in this situation before where the starting procedure was on the beach — it required us to run to our skis to start the race. In face it was right here in Va Beach at a WaterSport Productions IJSBA Mid Atlantic Tour event — the year I cannot even remember…..
At this event the promoter (I must get his name) explained how we were to run to are skis, go 6 laps on the course (we were to count our own laps — on the honor system) beach the skis, run to an area that had a ICE cold bottle of water awaiting, chug the bottle of water and then be declared the winner. Then there was the discussion of line up here, when does the race end, flags — no flags.
The race starts with the sound of some yelling “GO”.
For me this was the most difficult part as I ran to my ski with too much speed to allow my feet to power through the water, I simply could not lift my foot high enough out of the water to put the next step in front of me and down I went — now I am crawling to my ski — asking my holder to shove the ski to me as I was making little headway on my own.
I finnaly reach my ski plug in the tether and stumble around to locate the start button — but finally I get it started and GO. Three guys are up and off before I can get going, once off two of the riders have difficulties and I am by — ahead is Jeff, as we setup for the first and only right hand turn of the course, or at least I did — Jeff for some reason did not. In fact it was some time in the race before he did.
As I did my best to count laps, when I came in it was only Jeff there drinking water — so I guess my counting was correct — however my water drinking techniques — as said by the mouth of Gary Lamb is the water is supposed to go in your mouth — I do believe some in fact did.
Some how we finished with more racers than started but no never mind — I won — Thanks Jeff’s (Bolte and Wingrove) for nudging me along to attend this event. It was a blast.
Thanks Slippery Wet Suits, Marine Power Sports, my sponsors. Thank you WaveJunkies.