The Canyon Lake Ski Club, Wakeboard Club and ShowCal Skiers joined forces and put on another great Polar Bear event. The threatening skies, high 40s to low 50s air temps, and 52-degree water did not detour 44 brave Canyon Lakers from participating. Most all participants wore only a bathing suit and life jacket. Everyone who participated received a free event T-Shirt provided by the three Canyon Lake watersports clubs and a beanie courtesy of Tilly’s Marine.
Mike Kerber and Chris Hofmann were gracious enough to donate the use of their boats for the event. The event was slated for three hours but went well beyond the four-hour mark. As usual, Sabrina Bargar was the first one in the water on her slalom ski. The next four-hours was a non-stop assault on Canyon Lake with almost every possible watersport that could be towed behind a boat.
The ages of the participants ranged from five to 64 years old. The two youngest competitors were five-year-old Mason Brown and six-year-old Hank Hauger, both on wakeboards. The eldest statesman of the event was 64-year-young Steve Hardwick.
Highlights of the event included 61-year-old barefooter Doug Hamby. Foiler Kevin Thayer put on quite a show with numerous back rolls and huge airs. Stacy Norred is always a pleasure to watch as she twirls around on her swivel ski. Mike Kerber and Nick Rozow did a doubles set on skis. Mike was on double ski and Nick on a slalom ski.
With four family members braving the conditions, the Hancock family took the award for the family with the most participants.
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the loss of Bill Von Zabern, who tragically lost his life at this event in 2009. I never got a chance to meet Bill but I could tell he was well-loved by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.
After everyone finished their rides there was a raffle with prizes donated by California Skier and Lake Lyf. The event concluded with a barbecue of hamburgers and hotdogs and a warm fire on Sunset Beach supplied by the hosting clubs.
Those who participated in the event include Mason Brown, Hank Hauger, Makola Bleed, Liam Brady, Payton Morehead, Bragden Bleed, Hayden Hancock, Kristen Hancock, Matthew Roach, Sabrina Barger, Mason Dowell, Kylee Morehead, Tyler Goraleski, James Mosby, Nick Rozow, Tyler Clarke, Justin Burton, Ben Pierce, Jonah Bleed, Steve Hauger, Larry Reed, Chad Sackman, Shawn Hancock, Chris Hofmann, Dan Jaques, Janelle Kerber, Brian Howser, Craig Brown, Mike Kerber, Matthew Morehead, Matt Brancato, Micaela Brancato, Diana Karpowitz, Staci Norred, Steve Volz, Adena Woodman, Dave Dain, Kevin Thayer, Rick Heil, Diana Parker, Willie Bertotto, Doug Hamby, Debbie Sacks and Steve Hardwick.