Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana on July 19, 1964 · Page 43
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Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana · Page 43

Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Sunday, July 19, 1964
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Er en kids can enjny boat surfing since it doesn't hirnlve battling m«)i.t1rfiu>t ocean Newest Water Sport: Surfer begin* by gripping a line tied to a boat. Boat Surfing Using this simple yet exciting technique, anyone can enjoy surfing on any water anywhere/ By ARDEN EIDELL Y OUNG AMERICANS talk surfing jargon, sing surfing songs, wear surfing clothes—and do very little surfing. Cut that's the way the waves break. Only in a few fortunate places, such as along the Southern California coast, do the waves hit the beaches in those long, rolling combers which are ideal for surfing. All this is changing', however. Dick Pope, Sr., impresario of Cypress Gardens, Fla.. has found a way to create "instant surf" on the calmest lake or river. He calls the new sport boat surfing—and it's catching on all across the country. The secret lies in the rolling waves of the V wake that follows a slow-running powerboat (8 to 10 miles an houri. If the surfer mounts his board behind the boat, he can zoom from side to side and glide up and down the waves at speeds greatly exceeding the boat's forward progress. What's more, he can keep surfing as long as he can stand up—or until the boat runs out of fuel. The never-ending "downhill" waves do the pulling; no towrope is needed. To get started, however, you do need a 20-foot line attached to the boat's stern. While lying prone on your surfboard, you grab the line. Then, as the skipper takes the boat up to the necessary speed, you rise to your knees and then to your feet. By shifting your weight right or left, you take your choice of the port or starboard wake pattern. Once up on the shoulder of a wave, you'll feel the propulsion force, created by the boat's displacement, taking over. Cast the line free—and ride along with no strings attached! Boat surfing is so much fun that it is making converts even among veteran ocean surfers. One of them, Dick Scotter, of Santa Cruz, Calif., says : "For the average person, nothing can compare with boat surfing—the safety, the countless tricks, and the real fun you can have with friends and the entire family. There is never a lull in boat surfing. You don't have to wait for the tide to change or the wind to stop. While boat surfing, I quickly learned how to do all the tandem tricks that it takes a coastal surfer years to perfect." Once she's under way, the it-ares pull her along. family Weekly, July IS, 1961,

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