- 15 February 2011 | Surfing
Chuck Patterson is a fearless waterman. The former pro skier has re-lit the new surfing concept started Mike Douglas and Cody Townsend: wave skiing.
In the latest big swell, Patterson headed to Maui to test himself. The result is absolutely amazing, as he took the huge waves of Jaws with a couple of skis and the helping hand from tow-surfers.
The final result is absolutely incredible, as it combines the skills of mountain skiing with the authenticity of surfing waves. "I had a good idea that it was possible, but it really made a big difference having a solid background in skiing and big-wave tow-in surfing to really push it in big waves," Patterson told the Ski Channel.
Surfing Jaws, like descending the Alps, takes preparation and safety procedures, too. "There's a lot that goes into making it all happen safely even before you hit the water, and after that is when the fun begins."
Wave skiing is possible and he will continue riding giants. "Gliding into a 40-foot clean, open-faced wave has a lot of the same characteristics that you find when dropping off a cornice into a steep chute with fresh snow," Patterson said.
"Aside from the surface being water, it's almost the same feeling. Once you let go of the rope and glide down the face making turns to stay in the pocket, it's totally addicting."