A few weeks back I decided to research a person/place that we could take Troy to get in a few lessons about wake boarding. For really no other reason than he loves it, we love riding and watching and no one in our boat knows a thing about water sports. Our family is really all things sports…and music ( Katie) My research led me to Mike’s Water Sports Lessons ( fb page found here Mikes Water Sports ) And we are so thankful it did!
Troy was super nervous because he had no idea what to expect and I kinda threw this on him as a surprise, so we went in knowing how to jump a wake and grind a wake ( all of which I am sure are not the proper terms..but I will learn!!) We left with him knowing 11 different tricks and seriously considering entering a tournament in the next few weeks. It was amazing how fast Mike was able to correct Troy’s self taught body posture and positions and had him doing things that were just super cool. He shared a ton of information and tips and honestly we could not absorb it all in one lesson! He went over beyond in many ways to be sure we both were learning and enjoying ourselves….who doesn’t enjoy being in a boat on the water!! LOL I enjoyed shooting and observing and hanging out with his lovely wife Kathy who inspired me to get back on learning how to drive a boat and get my license. I would love to go pull the kiddo in the afternoons if Dennis will let me have the keys to Eula.
I highly suggest to anyone out there young or old, new to the water and any kind of water sport ( heck even if you “think” you know what your doing) to invest wisely in a lesson or few with Mike. He really had a wealth of knowledge to share. His communication with the rider was so perfect..which to me is key to a good teacher. Someone can show you all day long how to do something, but when they can observe your body positions and effectively get you to manipulate what is natural to you I feel that is the key to a successful teacher and Mike Townsend is one!
I wish like anything there was someone wanting to pay me to sit in a boat all day and take actions shots of water sports…heck any sport really. I loved our afternoon with calm waters of Lake Tuscaloosa