The day Brian Grubb combined wakeskating with snowboarding

April 21, 2020 | Wakeboarding
Brian Grubb: riding the snowy mountains of Bjelasnica in Bosnia and Herzegovina | Photo: Red Bull

In 2015, Brian Grubb traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina to pull off a magical project.

The wakeskating pioneer is constantly pursuing new challenges, so he embarked on a trip to a winter wonderland to try something new.

Grubb headed for Bjelasnica, a glorious Olympic mountain located just 25 kilometers from Sarajevo.

And no, his goal wasn't to take a try at slalom or downhill course.

Instead, the American athlete wanted to try to take the wakeskating completely out of the summer environment and put it in winter conditions.

And, to spice things up, to combine water and snow riding for the first time in a stunning stunt.

Brian Grubb: combining wakeskating with snowboarding | Photo: Red Bull

The Dragon's Tail

His quest brought him to Studeni Potok - Icy Creek - near the village of Umoljani, at the bottom of a snow-covered valley winding its curves through the white blanket.

The locals call the creek "Dragon's Tail" with the legend stating that the dragon was moving towards the village, and his tail left a deep winding trail that became a creek.

The villagers prayed for salvation, and the dragon was turned into stone, with the shape of his head still visible in the rock at the foot of the hill to which villagers fled.

For Grubb, it was a challenging chance to combine wakeskating with snowboarding crisscrossing the snow and water over seven days in tricky weather conditions.

"I wanted different speeds. I had to be going faster in the water, so I didn't sink, but then in the snow, going that speed just felt really fast," explained the New Hampshire wakeboarder.

"It was kind of challenging but, once we got the line figured out, it was really fun to just session it."

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