MINOCQUA - When you think of the Northwoods, you probably never thought you'd put the words, "lake" and "surfing" together.
Erik Quamme is a novice wake surfer, and this is just the third time he's skimmed the waves in Minocqua.
He gotten started thanks to SurfSCONSIN's Mike Scandin and Chad Baker.
"Just appreciate the power the wave has. They don't have to work that hard. It is just that balanced motion," said Scandin.
Nearly every day for the last two summers, Chad drives the boat while Mike coaches.
The boat goes at a low speed to create the perfect wave and that keeps your body from taking a beating.
"Everybody is getting older. Everyone feels those aches and pains. You just don't have those major wipeouts," said Baker.
The key to wake surfing is the boat does all the work.
Friends Erik Quamme and Chad Scott are two of SurfSCONSIN's newest surfers.
They're still pretty new at riding, but both say it's the coaching that's helped them learn fast.
"Mike is sitting there telling you to move your left foot forward or scrunch your toes forward," said Quamme.
"If Erik and I had a boat and a couple of boards-- it could take days to figure out foot placement and rope length," said Scott.
You can catch 12-year-surfer Mark Mapes with Mike and Chad almost every day, sometimes showing off a trick or two.
For him, it's the socialness of wave surfing that makes the sport special.
"You can talk to each other, the boat is moving slow you can hear. You can talk to the surfer back there," said Mapes.
|Story By: Natalie Cardona