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Extreme Watersports on the Lazy Blanco River
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 16, 2012

In the sweltering heat of Monday afternoon, on the Blanco River just upriver of the state park, you may have seen some people performing a water sport that you’ve never seen before.

The guys from Remote Wake Skates were wakeskating. They are on their 60-day Almost Heroes Tour that takes them from Beaverton, Oregon, to Live Oak, Florida. The crew is currently between stops in New Braunfels and Allen and, to keep practicing, they drive around and look for good spots to perform this sport. On Monday afternoon, Blanco River fit the bill.

What is wakeskating? It’s a water sport similar to wakeboarding and waterskiing. A wakeskater takes hold of a line, walks or swims upriver above a dam, and signals that he’s ready. Down river, the line is attached to an engine and winch. When turned on, the line is quickly reeled in and the wakeskater is pulled across the water and over the dam.

There aren’t any bindings in wakeskating to keep your feet attached to the board, which makes it much more challenging.

The tour continues to Allen, Texas, Texas Ski Ranch in New Braunfels, then on to Louisiana, Georgia, and, finally, Live Oak, Florida for the final stop on the Wakeskate Tour. You can find out more about the tour, and the sport, on remotewakeskates.com.

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