Think Thin Thursday ~ Summer Workouts Can Be Fun

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Certain activities are so much fun that you don't even realize how much of a workout they really are. I used to ski competitively at the University of Miami. Yes, people Coral Gables is alive and coming back! When I was young all of my friends had boats and Dads that were willing to pay for gas to keep them running. Sometimes the whole day would be spent water skiing and when one boat was emptied the next became our ski boat. It was somewhat of a ski clique actually and there were requirements to be met in order to ski with us. One simple challenge actually, JUST HOLD ON! Hereford Inlet between Stone Harbor and North Wildwood, New Jersey was your proving ground, not only for the skier but the boat too. It encompassed roughly a 2 mile course out and back from essentially the beach line to a channel marker we simply called The Mile Buoy. Pick a nice Sunny day, generally after a nasty Nor'easter, and we'll pull you around the buoy at full speed ahead and if you're still hangin' on when we get back to the beach you're In Like Flynn

A Skier's worst enemy is a low power, light weight boat which can be redirected with a little tug on his or her ski rope. Every turn a skier makes can put about 200 to 250 pounds of force and much more toward the boat and a competition ski boat has to maintain it's straight path with a force of 1300 pounds on it in order to be named an "official" ski boat! Both skier and boat are expected to travel between their respective buoys on a prescribed course which has specific entry and exit points and being designated by a minimum of 26 buoys which locations are verified by a licensed surveyor. Everything looks easy bit it's not!  

The competition ski boat has a single purpose and needs about 320 horsepower to do it. The hull is designed to deliver a flat wake and maintain a 36mph constant speed in any conditions it faces. The engine needs a lot of torque to keep the same speed no matter what weight it's pulling. Usually they are big V-8 gas inboards and the boats are from 16 to 20 feet in length with direct shaft drive and minimal seating for competitors, a driver and an observer. Wakeboard boats on the other hand are made for producing big wakes with good angles for high jumps and might reach lengths of 28' with up to 500 horsepower and plenty of seating. Power and people combine for some excellent wakeboarding!




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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It definitely looks like fun.  I have not tried water skiing, but Ron has and enjoys it.  I would rather ski in the snow...Loved the post.  A

May 02, 2019 08:42 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kevin - you're right summer workouts can be fun and that fun will only be enhanced when proper protection of the sun is a part of the program too.  Enjoy!  Ski dazzle!

May 02, 2019 08:42 AM #2
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I used to water ski all the time back in the day. I got as far as barefooting but had to give it all up because of my knees. Ahh, to be young again.

May 02, 2019 12:34 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kevin- Larry and I loved to watch the skiers at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach. Larry did some water skiing too and I drove the boat. My first try I managed to run the boat over a small submerged island. 

May 02, 2019 06:38 PM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kevin J. May I love to watch water skiers and my youngest son is a fan of this sport... but as a young kid, he was a snow skier, skateboarder and snow boarder too.... was never my sport...

May 04, 2019 02:33 AM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

When I was in high school my best friend was an excellent water skier and I was his driver. I learned a ton about ebb and flow and power dynamics of driving a ski boat. Thank you for sharing Kevin J. May 

May 07, 2019 05:51 PM #6
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Kevin J. May,  I found your post, tape, video so much fun.  Loved the beat of the music...You see, I have never been into sports or exerise, but music, definitely.  The music held my interest until I got into the excitement of the skiing.  WOW!!

Interesting post!

May 16, 2019 06:11 PM #7
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