The Holiday Season in Orlando means one thing: we can still go wakeboarding in boardshorts while the rest of you freeze your fingers off! Okay, sorry, that was definitely kind of mean, and not a very good way to spread holiday cheer. But it's true, all the riders are still riding and still enjoying very warm conditions. Most guys are just wearing shorts, and some are starting to put on the neoprene tops.
Last week lots of guys were hitting the waterways of the greater Orlando metropolitan region. Sean Kilgus has been spending a lot of time in Florida to continue filming for his upcoming vidoe Drive. I got to go out with an all-star crew that included Danny Harf, Rusty Malinoski, Erik Ruck, Randall Harris and Ben Greenwood. Talk about a stacked line-up. Danny threw down the largest backside Pete off the double up I've ever seen and Randall did a stalefish backside 180 so far into the flats it was just stupid. Danny almost stopped the boat out of pure shock.
Some of the Slingshot riders have been taking advantage of the warm conditions, too, and doing some freeriding together in Winter Park. Jeff House, Travis Propst, Jeff McKee and Rhett Whatley all spent a couple days together kicking back and shredding some gnar. Even at 7:00 A.M. photo shoots the guys are able to wear nothing but boardshorts and a vest. Living in Orlando does have its advantages if you really love wakeboarding.