Monday, February 7, 2011

Chuck Patterson combines skiing and tow-in surfing at 'Jaws'

Chuck Patterson grew up skiing on the snowy slopes around Lake Tahoe. So it's not surprising to see ski poles in his hands and ski boots on his feet, and a pair of skis carrying him down a mountain.

What is surprising, in this case, is that the mountain is not one of snow but rather water.

In January, Patterson combined his loves of freestyle skiing with tow-in surfing at the famous "Jaws" of Maui, and this is what he came up with:

"To me, this is kind of like the Alaska of skiing," Patterson said on the video from Salomon Freeski TV. "It's something with surfing and skiing, we [Mike Douglas and Cody Townsend] all like to do both and to be able to mesh them together, it makes complete sense, just feeling the free skiing and doing both with big lines."

Indeed, it looks as if Patterson is Bode Miller carving up the watery mountain.

Patterson, a former professional freeskier, has been described as a world-class and world-renowned waterman, as well as an extreme athlete. So maybe this stunt shouldn't be such a surprise, though it's still impressive.

Thanks to The Outside Blog for the tip.
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