This was superb! I actually did it!
I tried waterskiing once before, in Malawi, behind a boat, and I couldn’t do it at all. But that was with no tuition, just a couple of lads with a boat trying to make a bit of cash pulling tourists along behind.
This was entirely different. The legendary Sam at Lakeside Brasserie in South Cerney (http://www.lakeside-ski.co.uk) gave me wetsuit and lifejacket, explained the position I needed to be in, and how to get up from it. My tuition lasted roughly 3 minutes.
Then he gave me my skis, I sat on the edge of the jetty thing, while he and my official photographer (oh yes!) got in the boat. I hadn’t really thought it through, because when he told me to drop in the water I was horrified. Won’t it be bloody freezing?! I thought I was to ski above the water, not in it! I don’t know how I thought it was supposed to work. But anyway, once in, and cold, it seemed best to get on with it. First I had a go on the boom bar, and that was all good.
Then he threw me a rope, revved the speedboats engine, and we were off. And I cocked it up, panicked, let go of the rope, fell in the water, got soaked. Gaah. My confidence faltered.
But Sam explained it all again, and something worked, because the next time I was standing up all the way across the lake! It was a massive buzz! Exhilarating and exciting and tremendous and all good things! The boat turned a corner and I fell off ignominiously in the reeds. But no matter. Sam pulled up alongside for further tuition.
We tried again, and this time I crossed the lake, rounded corners, crossed back the other way, and again, and again .. . and this time when I fell off it was only because my arms gave up on me. Consider me utterly delighted, I couldn’t stop grinning for hours!
I would love to go back on a fine sunny day, with a whole bunch of mates, have another go, and drink a few beers… Anyone tempted?