Old Dog . . . New Tricks

Posted by on Sep 3, 2011 in Daily Blog | Comments Off

Sorry folks for the delay in posts. I was off on vacation with the family at the fishing resort I used to work at as a teen. My family has owned the resort for somewhere around 60 years. As a teen I spent my summers as a dock boy, “responsible” for burying fish guts, raking weeds from the beaches, and getting gas and bait for visiting fisherman.

The job did come with perks. I was able to hang out with the visiting kids, caught a lot of fish, had a bit of a rotation of summer girlfriends, and water skied. Water skiing is what was cool back then, and, if you could slalom ski, you were the cool kid. I had all summer to learn how to ski a single board and throw a lot of water, so . . . you know . . . I was cool.

So, three years ago my family renewed the annual trip to the land of 10,000 lakes. My parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews, all there, all having a great time. Low and behold a cousin of mine that I haven’t seen in a long time shows up and, as great as it was to see her and meet her husband and daughter, the best part was they brought a boat and a new way to play on the water!┬áIn the late 80’s someone invented the curse of the knee board (Holy crap I sucked on that thing). In the 90’s the knee board was replaced by the wakeboard. I was not really around the lake at that time so I didn’t get to try it out. Thank goodness, cause it looks like wrecking on that thing sucks. Then, somehow, the wakeboard evolved into surfing behind the boat. DUDE! That rocks!

Who knew that you could surf Minnesota!? I had never surfed before, on the ocean or otherwise. Even before I could ride the wave I was having a great time. When I finally figured out how to get on the wave I was hooked. The surf was on! the beauty of surfing behind the boat is that you can ride the wave for as long as the boat has gas. I got to the point where I could carve and move around on the wave. I only do it one week a year, but finding surfing in Minnesota makes the trip that much more sweet. The only problem is there is less time for fishing.