Initially I planned to head back to WSU the Saturday after spring break. Jokingly I told my friends, “Yeah I’m heading to school tomorrow, unless we go on the water.” Go figure, Jeff took his boat out. Silly me, I planned to drive to Pullman after spending an “hour or two” on the river. That “hour or two” turned into five hours on the boat and over 200 pictures.
Jeff, as the owner of the boat, road first. I could not believe the flat water! After throwing on sweats and a dry suit Jeff casually hopped in, like he is used to the 50℉ water. No surprise, he rode every month this winter. A few wake jumps and 180’s later Jeff took a break to warm up. In water this cold your hands literally feel like pins and needles.
After Jeff rode, Dan decided he needed to ride. Dan started riding this year. Newbies are always fun to watch because they have the best crashes. Well, maybe not as good as Stoker’s…
My friends Justin and Kara Stoker showed up with their new Suntracker party barge and a few more people. We tied up the boats and floated for a while. I took the initiative to find dance tunes on the iPod. As everyone knows, I love to dance. I especially love to dance on the boats. The cold weather did not stop me from breaking it down, even in sweats.
With limited daylight and rain clouds moving in, the boys decided to keep riding. Justin, or as we call him “Stoker” decided to ride next. Stoker rides hard and crashes harder. He is roughly 6’3” and 250 pounds. Needless to say, he is an animal. I have no clue how he throws (and lands) such huge raleys and back rolls.
A back roll, two raleys and four rough crashes later, Stoker called it good. I’m sure water down the dry suit didn’t help either.
Matt rode last. Cold, gray rain clouds filled the sky and covered the sun. The temperature outside dropped at least ten degrees. Regardless of the poor weather, Matt jumped in. A few grabs and a tantrum into his run, we felt some light showers. Those light showers quickly turned into a torrential downpour.
After Matt finished riding I called it a day. The Stokers wanted to get home to watch the NCAA tournament. I still needed to finish laundry and pack for school.
It might have been cold, but being on the boat was a reminder that summer is around the corner. I am not sure where this summer will take me, but hopefully I will be near the water. Even if I am unable to ride, there is nothing like being on the water. 100℉ days, warm summer nights, flat water and good times with great friends. It doesn’t get any better than that.
For information on the boats used, visit: www.MalibuBoats.com
Thanks to Amber at Ronix for helping the boys out with gear. To see their full lineup visit: www.Ronix.com