By George Fox
Somehow these guys didn’t get maimed — and frankly, I’m shocked. This video takes me back to my college days hanging out with a group of motocross riders who thought they were invincible. Read more about that story after you see how hillbilly sports should be done.
Getting towed on a wakeboard by a pickup truck through flooded Ohio farmland should be the setup for an epic fail and a trip to the hospital, but by the looks of the latest video on the GoPro YouTube channel it was pulled off without a hitch.
According to the video’s description you can see Chris Lamb and his cousins Drew and Derek “hillbilly style wakeboarding.”
There are many differences between this video and the garden variety face-plant, but the biggest one is understand the risks and good equipment. Obviously your first endeavor in water sports shouldn’t involve dodging utility poles and jumping stumps.
This video would have been cooler with a parachute involved, but it wouldn’t have gone as smoothly. This brings us back to my extreme story.
Me and my friends went out to frozen Lake St. Clair with skis, a knotted rope and an Army parachute to do what we called “hillbilly parasailing.” After two amazingly successful runs, the rope gave out and dropped a friend 20-30 feet quickly to the ground fracturing his heel. That’s a pretty tough bone. I watched the whole thing from the relative safety of the truck bed, which was driven by someone we met on the lake that day. Like just about every generation says, it’s amazing that we survived.
George Fox is a Spartan, a Michigander, and Web Producer for CBS 62/CW50 in Detroit. When I’m not working on content for the CBS Local websites, I’m probably hanging out on the boat, at deer camp or spending quality time with the fam. Follow George on Twitter @GeorgeJFox.