Jessica Erb skied first. A personal trainer and competitive skier who placed second at Canadian Nationals, Erb carved turn after turn as we closely trailed her in the photo boat. Jed Leech was next. He’s a third-generation skier and the grandson of the only living founder of the ski club. Our time on Shawnigan Lake was brief because we wanted to get to Lake Cowichan for an evening session. Lake Cowichan is one of the largest lakes on Vancouver Island at more than 18 miles long, and the water is extraordinarily clean. Shorsky says he likes being able to “drop at the end of a pass and take a gulp of water” — a near-death sentence on certain lakes I’ve skied. Nick Parsons and Terry Winter met us at Cowichan Lake Marina (where Shorsky owns Tow Rope Ski & Board Shop), which rents runabouts and PWCs and offers mooring to visiting boats.