Lights, Camera, Water!

Wisconsin / Sept. 20, 2012 / by Steven
Lights, Camera, Water!

In one of my previous posts I mentioned that we got the chance to film a story on a water ski show called the River Rats in Wayzata, MN. The story will be coming out here in the next week or so and I had a blast filming on the back of one of the boats to capture some awesome shots of the athletes.

I have been on boats quite a bit, but I have never been on a boat while also filming. It was definitely a learning experience. To get the skiers up on the water the boat has to have a quick take off and it was difficult to balance and brace myself with the constant turning and change in acceleration. Kneeling at the back of the boat, I used the pole that holds the rope and my lower body to lean out of the back side of the boat. I was constantly sprayed with water coming up and over the side as the boat zoomed across the lake. I found myself being hurled to the floor a few times and received a few laughs from the driver and the other passenger.

One of the coolest parts of the show was when skiers swing all the way around the boat sending their ropes flying over the heads of everyone in the boat. It took a couple times for them to nail it completely and each time I had to duck low in the boat to avoid being snagged by the rope. When the skiers finally did land the trick it was awesome!

I filmed quite a bit of the show in slow motion and while logging the footage I realized how incredibly complicated it is to water ski. At top speeds the athletes are literally slicing across the water and one out of place movement sends them hurling face first into the water. It was even more impressive to see the barefoot skiers glide across the top of the lake as if it was a floor. I have a whole new respect for the sport and the athletes!