Adventure Mom Wake Surfing

While most of the How to Wake Surf motherly world is focused on Back to School, this Adventure Mom is trying to squeeze every last drop out of Summer 2013. It’s not over until I say it’s over.

While we love every season but summer is undoubtedly the best time of the year!  We’ve done a lot of hiking and biking and scooter riding this summer.

One of the things we have NOT done before this weekend was head to the lake to enjoy all the things that lakes offer.

Our lake of choice was Bear Lake which is located on the very northeast corner of Utah and straddling the Idaho border.

If you’ve never been to Bear Lake, you’re really missing out.  It’s known as the Caribbean of the Rockies because of it’s amazingly blue water. What makes Bear Lake Water Blue?

In doing a little research, aka listening to my 72-year-old father tell me everything he knows, I learned that the water gets it’s unique color from having high levels of naturally occurring Calcium Carbonate in the water.

And…if you’re a gardener, you might find that to be interesting since that’s the same ingredient in Miracle Grow.  So..next time you’re at Bear Lake be sure to bring a little water home for those home grown tomatoes.

But…I digress.  This post is supposed to be about the amazing boating experience we had at Bear Lake.

We are NOT boat people in our family and have somehow poorly managed our group of friends to NOT include any boat people.  At least not any that have invited us along anyway.

Imagine our delight when we planned our trip to Bear Lake for the very same weekend as one of my husbands co-workers who HAS a boat.  He invited us along for a ride and we happily accepted. easy water sports for beginners

My daughters Alyssa and Sunny had never been on a ski boat before and were absolutely tickled PINK to go.   Imagine their excitement when in the first few minutes on the boat they were holding this slippery little fish!

The reality is this is the luckiest little fish in the whole lake.  We noticed the fish was attached to a fishing bubble floating on top of the water just outside the marina.  We pulled him in, removed the hook and let the girls admire him for a minute before we threw him back to freedom. How to Wake Surf

Next, we watched as our Adventure Dad tried his hand at a few different water sports.  First, slalom ski, then the wake board, complete with all of the wake board gear, and finally wake surfing.  We made him do it first since I wasn’t sure cold the water was.

The only drawback at Bear Lake is that it’s a mountain lake and is as such is fairly cold.  But…if you wait until August, the lake is a reasonable temperature.

He discovered the water was fine and did BEST at wake surfing.

You do have to have the right kind of boat and some specific equipment including a specialized bag that can hold around 800lbs of water, roughly 100 gallons.  Or you could just invite a few of your largest friends to sit in the back of the boat.  The extra weight leaves an EXTRA BIG wake behind the boat large enough to create a wave you can actually SURF on.  It’s basically the coolest thing ever. How to Wake Surf

I got a great Adventure MOM TV footage of Alyssa surfing tandem with our friend Shane.

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Don’t you just LOVE the color of this water?  It’s beautiful!!!

Steve was also kind enough to capture my first and second attempts at boat surfing.

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Cool things moms should do I was pretty impressed with myself considering I have never been successful at water sports of any kind.  This was certainly a beginner friendly water ski adventure.  I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to TRY something new.   Really, if I can do this, anyone can.

We were all feeling rather impressed with our skills until we saw what our friend Jordan was doing.  He flips, he twists, he fly’s, he’s basically the Kobe Bryant of water sports. It was amazing to see.  I guess we still have some work to do.
So…the takeaway here is, SUMMER IS NOT OVER! If you haven’t had your way with summer and done all the things you wanted, don’t give in the the back to school mentality yet. If boating is what you want, don’t count yourself out. Find a friend and offer to pay for the gas or rent a boat. They’re surprisingly affordable if you’re at Bear Lake.

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Kristin Sokol
I’m an early thirties mother of two and wife to a husband who is pretty much the wind beneath my wings (and the money behind my debit card). I enjoy writing and laughing at the things I write. After graduating from Weber State University I pursued a joint career in full-time mothering and part-time writing. I discovered a passion for learning and writing about community and women’s issues. Besides writing, I enjoy doing things I’m not sure I can do. Some things I’ve failed at. Others I have accomplished. Other interesting things about me…I’m very short. I survived being sprayed by a skunk. I love my pet hibiscus flowering plant almost as much as my human children. I stalk celebrities, but not for a living. I swim surprisingly fast.

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