A Rock, a Winch and a Great Lake

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Mike Dowdy

Mike Dowdy & the Great LakesRyan Taylor

If you grow up in the Midwest, especially in the northern region, the Great Lakes are a part of life. Growing up in Michigan, that was especially true for Mike Dowdy because his family would vacation to a variety of locations around the lakes. But, for obvious reasons, wakeboarding and the Great Lakes have never gone hand in hand. This July, Mike, with the help of Red Bull, looked to change that a bit when he spent two days on Lake Superior with both a Nautique G23 and a winch.

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Wakeboarding and the Great Lakes don't mix easily, but with some work and luck, the reward can be worth the risk.Ryan Taylor

"I'd never ridden any of the Great Lakes before, so it was really cool to have this opportunity," Dowdy says. "I love getting to go back to the region where I grew up and bringing my wakeboarding back there."

Of course, there are challenges to riding on what is considered the largest freshwater lake in the world, but if you time it right and get good weather, you can score.

"We got lucky with the weather one day and had pretty awesome conditions," Dowdy says with a laugh, "but the water was definitely on the cooler side."

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"The winch hits were definitely the craziest things I've done with a winch before."
– Mike Dowdy
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The most unique aspect of this adventure wasn't riding behind a boat on a giant lake, it was getting to use a winch and hitting some natural terrain.

"The winch hits were definitely the craziest things I've done with a winch before," Dowdy says. "It took a long time to hit it five or six times. But it was really cool to get to do that. The whole thing was really special, just because of my roots in the area."

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Mike Dowdy & the Great LakesRyan Taylor