Barefoot Flyers… That’s What They Called Them

They call them flyers… I call them jumping in and then having the boats go… there was no flyer action here… The boats don’t take off until they hit the water, the boat tightens the rope, and then it goes… Props for jumping off the bridge though.

8-Man Bridger Flyers? [Video]

To be called flyers, the ropes should have been nearly tight and as they jump the boats would need to take up what little slack was left and really be moving before they hit the water.
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Jumping in The Beav [Part 1]

Here are a few pictures of what is likely my last jump set of the year… I decided to do some ride overs since I haven’t skied a way in while because I’ve been trying helicopters off the ramp. Granted I’ve landed every one, but I have yet to ski away. Gravity pretty much ensures that I land every time. I figured the feeling of skiing away would be nice, plus, I need to get my jumping basics down again. I’ve become a little sloppy off the ramp.

Here’s the pictures…

In this one you can see I leave the ramp a little goofy… skied away though.

Here’s another one… little bit better in the air.

And the last jump of the day…

I tweaked my ankle earlier this summer and did again in this jump set so I kept the jump set short. Every landing was painful for my ankle.

I’ve got more pictures and video clips of everyone else coming soon. Some of them contain some pretty good wipe outs… Stay tuned.

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Bungee Cord Barefooting

I’ve grown accustomed to barefooting with my handle and line. They aren’t anything crazy special or anything… just a BFI toe hold handle with a spectra line I think. Basically, my line doesn’t stretch, at all. Like a steel cable, but red, without the dangers involved with a steel cable.

Well today, after jumping (pictures/videos coming soon) I took a foot run with the rope in the boat. Made my run no problem, but the rope was like a bungee cord. I cord feel it stretch and shorten up during the start and while footing. Hit some chop, I could feel it stretch and tighten between each wave. Talk about distracting. Never really got comfortable. It felt like the rope was stretching and shortening up probably about 6 inches to a foot throughout the run. This was a very different feel from my normal rope which has no give and now I’m even more glad to have it.

My run ended with me catching a toe, catching air, and then hitting the water, head first at 40 MPH and I didn’t get my hands up to break the water. Now, 11 hours later, the top of my head still hurts from breaking the water.

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Good News…

From the Dane County Executive…

Lakes Mendota and Kegonsa already back to 200-feet zone

Water levels on Madison’s four major lakes have receded to levels allowing for the return to the normal 200-foot “Slow, No Wake” zone from shorelines with the exception on Squaw Bay on Lake Monona, where the zone remains in effect for the entire surface.

As of sunrise on September 22, the “Slow, No Wake” zone will be 200 feet from shorelines on lakes Waubesa and Monona – with the exception of Squaw Bay in Lake Monona. Due to continuing high water levels in the bay, the “Slow, No Wake” zone will remain in effect from the Winnequah Boat Landing south to the opposite shore.

The zones already had been returned to the normal 200 feet from shorelines on lakes Mendota and Kegonsa earlier this month.

A Slow, No Wake Zone means a boat must move as slowly as possible while still maintaining steering control and produce no wake.

Today’s order comes from the Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney and Dane County Board Chairman Scott McDonell. All three officials thanked boaters for their compliance with previous orders and noted that they continue to monitor lake levels daily.

The officials on August 28 declared an Emergency Slow, No Wake Zone on the entire surface areas of the four lakes following heavy rainfalls that created flood conditions.

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Can’t Buy Me Love

The movie itself is OK, nothing special, but it was on HD Movie Net the other night and I figured why not watch it. Hadn’t seen it in a while…

Besides being the 41st best teen movie according to Entertainment Weekly and one of the first movies appearances of Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy, aka Patrick Dempsey, it has a very well done “Slow Clap“, so hilariously made fun of in in Not Another Teen Movie. The Slow Clap really is a highlight of 80s movie making that is still in use today.

Added bonus… a young Seth Green. Best part is he’s already got a twisted sense of humor. Already showing signs of the brilliance that is Robot Chicken.

Here’s a montage I found showing a good selection of Slow Claps…

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International Talk Like A Pirate Day

“Aye, today be Talk Like a Pirate Day! On this fine day, everyone can talk like a pirate all day long.”

My pirate speak typically sucks, but today, everyone can try out their pirate speak and not be looked at like a complete idiot… if people do look at you like an idiot, just tell them what day it is and everything will be cool.

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Quiz #1 – TV Quotes

OK Peeps,

First off, the rules… no cheating by using Google or anything like that to search for where these quotes are from. You need to do this the old fashion way… use your brain. Next up, that’s the only rule. Finally, there is no prize, other than your personally pride. How do you enter? Just come to this post on the my blog site and make a comment. If this works, I may do some other quizzes.

Here are the quotes… They are from the same series.

“I learned how to handle delicate social situations from a little show called 3’s Company.”

“I never thought I’d escape with my doodle, but I pulled it out.”

“Normally Healthy Baby, Super-Size it for 49¢!”

Is anyone up for the challenge?

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Adventures in Beaverland (and Lodi)

So my posting lately hasn’t been as frequent as it has been all summer… my bad. I had a pretty significant computer issue to recover from and there just hasn’t been as much skiing to talk about lately. Not that I haven’t wanted to go or had the time, but the Madison lakes are still pretty much slow now wake (although they have gone to a 500 foot no wake just recently).

So with the Madison lakes shut down for all practical purposes, I’ve had to resort to road trips for my skiing fixes.

The first road trip was a team road trip. The Mad-City Ski Team did a co-show with the Beaverland Must-Skis on August 26th. Both the Division 1 and Division 2 State Champions skiing together. A rare opportunity to see the best ski teams in the state together. Basically it was just a large exhibition show as we put out some pretty large acts. Our big act that night was soooo big, it needed to be in two acts. I skied in a few acts that night and here are some pictures…

Going out to OP

Opening Pyramid… I’m 3rd from the left, bottom row obviously

Conventional Doubles Start… far right

We are skiing into the sun… that’s why my eyes are closed.

The joy of conventional doubles… so much fun… I’m far left in this shot.

The Front Angel – I’m on the Right
I’m looking at the crowd and all the other guys are looking…
I can understand why 7 is looking straight ahead, but everybody else?

The Mad-City Conventional Doubles Intro…
she didn’t know she was getting picked up on to my shoulder…
worked out anyways.

All pictures in this section are from Jim’s Photos.

The following week, really didn’t get much skiing in. No wake in Madison was still going on… Did manage to get out on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday morning in particular. I headed up to Lodi, Wisconsin to do some skiing on Lake Wisconsin in Okee Bay. I met John, Sandy, Paul & Joey up there and we hit the water about 830 or so in the morning. It was a little breezy and we did get scolded by some of the locals for not waiting are turn (we knew them, so no big deal), but we did have some fun… here are the pictures from this nice last day of summer.

I started off the morning with a footing run…

Sandy decided to cut the water up with her slalom ski…
Here she is throwing a nice wall of water up!

I tried to get a good picture of John driving for Sandy…
This is a good one of Sandy skiing… but I kinda missed part of John

This is a good one of John driving, but the cut in the background isn’t as nice.

Joey busted out her swivel ski.

She’s a good swiveler… here she’s doing an overhead 360 or 720.

And the falls can be fun to watch!

John did some footing too!

I did some some surfing…

Paul on the board.

He’s doing a walk around on the board.

Occasionally, even Paul does fall and here is one caught on film.

John took a turn on the surf board…

John on the board…

Need to keep the nose of the board up…

Sky cam view…

John standing tall!

Another face plant at 9 miles per hour…

Our driver Sandy, alone in the front of the boat because everyone else is ballast…

Joey on the surf board…

…wishing she had the rope.

Joey and Paul

The Whole Crew… Paul, Wedge, Joey, Sandy and John

That night, John, Sandy, T-Bell and myself were up in Beaver Dam for the Must-Skis last show of the season. We were all hoping to ski, but they were only in need of some more male skiers, so John & I suited up. We mainly played the parts of chick haulers, but that’s why we were there. Sandy and T-Bell did a great job opening the show singing the National Anthem. Sandy does a very good job singing the harmony. Here are some pictures Sandy took during the show for me…

Pretty good size group getting ready for conventional doubles…

And the ropes are tight right NOW!

Front Angel…

The Must-Ski Conventional Intro

John hiding behind his Fat-O’s with Chad behind him

The Ending Pyramid that I was in…
the little girl was a new climber and didn’t make it to the top.

The Other Ending Pyramid

My Ending Pyramid Group

The Ending Pyramid Teams


After our cameo appearances in their show, we all raced back to Madison for the Mad-City End of Year Party at Jugsy’s Mansion. Jugsy is the new term for John and Bugsy. The party went late, we all had fun, and nobody was much use on Monday.

There was still high water in Madison so my boat stayed in the garage. I headed back up to Beaver Dam on the 5th with Paul. We wanted to jump and their jumpers wanted some tips from Paul. Their jumpers didn’t want any tips from me.

Paul went out with one of their newer members whose been working on an inverted trick for a while. Paul gave him some feedback on what to work on with the trick and made a lot of progress that night, but didn’t land the trick. He did make the very next day.

Meanwhile, I hit their ramp. This is the first ramp I’ve gone off that wasn’t a Mad-City ramp. I had heard it was a bit slicker than our ramp so I wanted do a ride over before I try out a heli. Here’s the first time off the ramp…

Next I tried some helis… didn’t make much progress on my helis, but it was fun. Enjoy the crashes…

That was it for the night up in Beaverland. Afterwards we headed to Morrey’s for some pizza and beer and talked shop, ski team shop. Generally had a good time.

I went up there again on the 12th for some more jumping. Tried some more helis, took some more falls… some not so nice. Here’s my first fall of the night… I land backwards.

What I was really working on while trying these it I use to go up the ramp with my hand that was on the braid literally gripping the rope. This can cause the spin to be slow, especially if there is slack between the hand on the braid and the hand on the handle. To correct that, I’ve been working on just holding my hand next to the rope to keep me from spinning so instead of needing to let go of the rope to start my spin, I now just move my hand away from the rope. I was doing good at this part, but I was doing this way too late. So even if I was spinning quicker, I was starting latter again which was negating any increase in my spin speed. I was also working on turning my head to the left to help initiate the spin. I don’t think I was doing this.

So I have a few things to thing about for next time… First, I need to spin sooner. I need to start on the ramp. Next, I need to turn my head to the left to help initiate the spin. Third, I need to pop as I leave the ramp (during my initiation of the spin).

Watching all the heli videos, I can see another thing that is probably contributing to my many falls. As I spin, my hand holding the handle comes away from my body when I get about 2/3rds of the way around. When it comes away, that will slow my spin, much like when you are sitting on a chair and spinning, if your hands are in you spin fast, put them out, you slow down. This same bit of physics is affecting me in my helis… I’d spin good and then my hand would come out and my spin would slow and I get pulled off access resulting in the many falls you’ve hopefully enjoyed watching…

After getting beat up by the ramp, a group of us headed up to a bar called Cocktails… it has a rooster on the sign. We had some drinks, talked, laughed and had a good time. At the end of the night, Ma & Pa Bell figured out they are locked out their vehicle. They have On-Star, but the vehicle account number is covered by a real estate flier. So I ended up driving them home.

I went back up there the next day, not for jumping, but to do some chick hauling. Did some pyramids and conventional doubles and then we hit Cocktails again. Had a lot of fun as they admitted that they are recruiting me hard to ski with them next year… I’m just visiting though, getting my skiing fix in.

To sum everything up… not enough skiing, a trip to Lodi, lots of trips to Beaver Dam, lots of fun skiing and many helicopter falls. Not nearly enough footing either!

For full quality versions of the pictures, you can get them at the links below.

Jim’s PhotosBeaverland Must-Ski Co-Show Album
Mad-City Co-Show
Skiing in Lodi
Skiing with the Must-Skis Again

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For Your Viewing Pleasure… This is me, trying to do a dance…

Back on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, I skied in a show with the Beaverland Must-Skis (we were (and still are) experiencing high water in Madison.) Well, I was in the ending pyramid and after the ending pyramid, there is an ending dance. I knew this, but didn’t know the dance. And by didn’t know the dance I mean not at all. I tried to follow along but that didn’t go well.

Sandy, who was taking pictures, decided that pictures just wouldn’t do my dancing justice, so she capture it on video. I hope you enjoy the video…

Trying to do the ending dance with the Must-Skis

They’ll be some pictures and stuff coming from the last couple shows that I skied with the Must-Skis posted soon.
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And Now Back to Our Regular Broadcast Schedule…

OK, so my schedule is anything but regular… The computer is back together with a new hard drive, new operating system and a better backup plan… still re-organizing some stuff from before the crash, but basically, things are up and running again. Still trying to decide how to organize and backup the 100’s of gigabytes of ski team video that I have… Still bummed about some of the stuff I lost (skiing log from the last few years and good crash videos to mention just a couple things that other people might care about.)

I’ll be posting an update soon with pictures from the couple shows we did with the Must-Skis and video of some heli’s I tried up there last week.

For those that need a sport or comedy fix, check out the links on the right in the “What I’m Reading” section… They’re mainly random things from around the web that I found entertaining. One guy in the UK is trying to patent a hydrofoil wakeboard… they’ve been towed behind boats for a long time in the form of an Air-Chair or Sky Ski and now he’s trying to patent it just because now they are standing on it. They’ve even taken the Air Chair & Sky Ski and chopped off the chair to surf on the things (Laird Hamilton been doing this for years)… he isn’t doing anything new.

There’s also a post titled Rankings and Other Stuff about the UW game in Vegas this past weekend. Seems they held the world’s largest tailgate party and the Wisconsinites drank a lot of beer. The Vegas Notes post is pretty good too.

The water is still high in Madison, although they did open up Lakes Mendota and Kegonsa to just a 500 foot no wake limit, I feel it is still hard to go out in the middle of the lake, and with good conscious, start making a big fat wake to go surfing with while people are still dealing with high water in the yards. So I’ll still be road-tripping for a while. [Z- I’m looking for a place to jump on Wednesday night. -W] In case you didn’t notice, it rained today for pretty much the whole day. Not helping my cause.

It is late and it time for some shut-eye. Watch for a new post with pictures and video soon.

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