Sundays were always spent with Marlin Perkins and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Honestly, I had disdain for the man every moment I realized it wasn’t the Cheetah episode and NOW I gotta wait till next Sunday. It wasn’t the stealth of a cat or the astonishing beauty of the coat, but the 0 – 100km/hr in 2.7 seconds that amazed me. Now, imagine for a moment it’s 1500lbs…and you can ride it. Then all you have to do is put it in the water and s**t, THAT is Jet Skiing.
I rode a Jet Ski once. Well, on the back of one anyway…with, I’m certain, a fairly intoxicated 19 year old girl at the helm. YES, twas many years ago. She had no idea what she was doing and I was thrown fairly violently badly twisting my ankle, but more importantly, losing my Persol sunglasses. I have never rode since. Mostly because the opportunity was never present, but why not? I love being on the water, the sun on my skin, wind in my hair, expensive sunglasses sea bound, what’s not to love? So I’m off to Huntsville, ON.
My instructor mentions, “She’s old, but the fastest we got.” “How fast”, I silently utter, “could it be?” Well, you know that moment the stalking ceases and the pounce happens and the zebra has no idea that he is the prey? Exactly the same. The water falls …falls? It shatters carelessly, immediately away from you. The force of gravity against your face and body is intense enough that I’m almost certain every expletive known to humans in a visceral yawp was captured on my GoPro. (Let’s hope that’s edited out).
If I were to have one criticism it’s that a helmet is not required. I recently Segway’d at 6 km/hr and “had to” wear a helmet. At 6km/hr. Your Jet Ski has the capability to reach in excess of 180km/hr. It is nearly 1500lbs and can turn on a dime. It’s not a Segway, let’s just say. Being on open water at such speeds is at times mind boggling. The energy, adrenaline and ..power can be at times overwhelming allowing you to get cocky and you know that moment the cheetah knows she made the wrong move and didn’t get the Zebra and she’ll be hungry that night? Yaaaa, it’s probably not gonna end that way. Continue to travel safe, not sorry.