Venice: A Dutchman Fulfils His (Not Entirely Legal) Dream

A record high-water mark in the lagoon city of Venice gave Dutchman Duncan Zuur the opportunity to fulfil a long-held dream. The 34-year-old carved his way across a flooded St. Mark’s square on a wakeboard.

Everything happened at the speed of light on Tuesday: just a few minutes after 11 a.m., the high-water mark had reached 1.35 metres, equivalent to a good half metre of water covering St. Mark’s Square. His team pulled a compact, 20 horsepower motor winch from its hiding place and placed it under the square’s arches. One team member, clad in rubber boots, pulled the winch’s cable about 120 metres across the square and pressed one end firmly into the hand of Duncan Zuur, who had taken the opportunity to get into his wakeboarding gear. Four elegant turns later, the event was over prompting by a standing ovation from an astounding crowd of tourists. And the police didn’t even notice.

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