A few nights ago, Tim Walters called me up and asked me if I would meet him at the Plunge in Mission Beach at 8:00 p.m. The Plunge is a huge indoor pool here in San Diego and he had somehow got permission to set up a winch and rail in the pool after the pool closed for the day.

When I showed up, Tim, along with Trever Maur, Chris Stickland, and a handful of employees from the pool already had the rail constructed and were getting ready to drop it in the pool. We borrowed a few weights from the gym next door to keep the rail from floating away, ran the handle to the other end of the pool, and fired up the winch. The set up worked perfectly.

San Diego doesn’t exactly get cold in the winter, but here these guys were hitting a rail indoors in 85º water. Oh yea, this is in the middle of winter while some people are outside shoveling snow. After a few hours, it was time to pack it up, so the rail came out of the pool and the winch was untied from the railing, leaving not a single scratch behind. So for those of you in the Midwest watching your wakeboarding opportunities freeze to death, try hooking up with your local indoor pool place and get your water riding fix.