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How to Survive the Summer

LOSING HOPE AS THE SNOW MELTS? HERE'S HOW TO HANDLE IT

Sabrina Burnham, one of the UK’s best rail riders, spends her summers killing it on a wakeboard.

Wakeboarding sits somewhere below snowboarding but above kite-boarding in the sideways credibility stakes. It may well be primarily practised by people whose parents have wealth management specialists cold-calling them whilst they are reading the “how to spend it” section of the FT at weekends, but it is actually quite fun.

Back in 2002, when I returned from a long winter spent in Whistler, and settled into the fulfilling rhythm of kissing corporate ass and executing a career development plan in London, I turned to wakeboarding to keep my stoke alive at weekends. I was amazed at how entertaining it was being dragged by a cable around a lake full of duck shit, and it also gave me the chance to learn upside-down stuff in a low risk environment (without having to go full pussy/jock on a trampoline). Yes, I had to adopt some dubious fashion tics to fit in (shorts over the top of a wetsuit, bad look), but it helped me learn some new tricks, and bulked up my guns in the process.

But for god’s sake, don’t let any skateboarders know you wakeboard.

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