It’s a good thing I love action photography as much as I do. A few years ago, I planned the ultimate West Coast ski trip: the Diablo Shores Pro Am, three days of skiing at Radar Lake and the Malibu Pro — all capped off with a few days of skiing on Vancouver Island, which my friend Shawn Shorsky had been telling me about for years. One day into the trip, I badly sprained my ankle on the water, completely changing the way I would spend my time for the next week. In the days that followed, I became closely acquainted with my camera.
After the Malibu Pro, Shorsky and I drove from Abbotsford, British Columbia, to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, within 600 yards of the U.S. border, and took the ferry through the Gulf Islands, destination Victoria. A gorgeous sunset was the perfect introduction to the island. We woke up early the next morning and headed to Shawnigan Lake, about a 30-minute drive north. It’s there we met up with several members of one of Canada’s longest-running ski clubs. The Victoria Aqua Ski Club has been around for 53 years and has about 70 skiers. Although it was a crisp, beautiful morning, I was a little disappointed about the windy conditions. The course was completely blown out, but, luckily, the seven-mile lake offers protected fingers that welcome free-skiers. After a quick jaunt across the lake, we were out of the chop and into the glass that ran deep into a channel that was about 200 yards wide.