Brian Grubb, known as the pioneer of wakeskating, is the sport's most decorated athlete and perhaps its most adventurous.
Grubb, who once rode the rice terraces of the Philippines, topped that experience by taking his skills to Bosnia-Herzegovina in the dead of winter to, for the first time, combine riding on water with riding on snow. Red Bull said he invented snow-wakeskating.
Wakeskating is described as a discipline that sees athletes translate skateboarding moves to water. Think wakeboarding or snowboarding without bindings.
Grubb's "free-heeling" wakeskating session on the snow and a running creek in Bosnia-Herzegovina is pretty spectacular, as is the scenery. See if you agree:
The location was the mountain of Bjelasnica, 15 miles from the 1984 Winter Olympics site in Sarajevo. The creek is known to locals as the Dragon's Tail, and Grubb had no problem slaying it.
Grubb was pulled at 15 mph on the snow and 20 mph on the water by a winch featuring a cable that is 1,300 feet in length.
"Originally, we were looking at riding this cool creek in the summer," Grubb explained. "But then we realized it would be so much easier to connect a fluid line in the winter, where you could transition from water to snow and back again."
The lines didn't work in January since the creek was frozen, but conditions became ideal in February. And it wasn't as cold as Grubb thought it would be.
"It was cold, but I had great gear, and when we were moving, it was fine," he said. "We weren't in the water a lot."
Grubb said the project was about finding new ways to ride in the snow, and since there's a big movement toward snowboarding without bindings, snow-wakeskating in Bosnia-Herzegovina seemed like an ideal fit.
"We wanted to take wakeskating out of its summer element and showcase it somewhere new," Grubb said. "Doing it in the winter gave it a totally different look."
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