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Water skiing is pretty fun. So is surfing. And regular skiing is pretty cool, too. The worst part about regular skiing is all the spandex, but you only really need that if you’re in a downhill race and you’re dodging flags and trying not to lose control like a less talented Lindsey Vonn.

Apparently, though, spandex is also necessary when you’re surf skiing (is that what this is called?) at Jaws. Chuck Patterson donned his tightest and whitest (with zebra stripes!), strapped on his ski boots, and picked up his ski poles (seems unnecessary, but I’ve never surf skied Jaws)  for Willy Bogner’s film, Visions. But you know what? Even with the spandex, ski poles, and faintly Aspen-in-the- ’80s vibe, there’s no way in hell you’d find me doing this – not because my legs are too skinny for spandex, but because I’d be terrified. So well done, Chuck.

Apparently, though, spandex is also necessary when you're surf skiing (is that what this is called?) at Jaws. Chuck Patterson donned his tightest and whitest (with zebra stripes!), strapped on his ski boots, and picked up his ski poles (seems unnecessary, but I've never surf skied Jaws)

 




  • Allen

    Kook supreme but I can’t say it doesn’t look like fun…

  • susan

    Ok thats pretty cool but u need to get a surfer with sking skills to make it more exciting like airs and tubes go big cutbacks etc

    • Stokes

      think Chuck was actually a pro skier at some point. held a world record for a jump of some kind.

  • Ross Collins

    I think you mean the ‘best’ part of regular skiing is the spandex…

  • Cesar Queiroz

    thats cool, now all you need is some creative, surf driven skier to make a few rad moves!

  • Heyzeus Christo

    Ewwwww, just doesn’t look good, poles, really, for what? Chuck, still making same technical errs on water as he did on snow, breaking at waist, rotating shoulders, dropping hands low, in the back seat. Give an A+ for effort, but please leave the skis for snow.

    • Ken Warfield

      Better form can only be obtained in surf if the skis were set up for the same biomechanics as competitive snow skiing, but the skis would no longer look like skis.

  • Mark Shoemaker

    How do you tread water and stay afloat/alive?

  • Mike H.

    Chuck Patterson (a.k.a. “Huck Splaterson”)

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