Wakeboarding through caves on Lake Superior is as dangerous as it sounds; video

Wakeboarding and caves aren’t really two things that go together. But world champion wakeboarder Mike Dowdy doesn’t really care for that norm.

On a visit back home to Lake Superior, Dowdy did some sleuthing and discovered some caves on the lake to do some runs with a winch he’s been wanting to do for awhile.

Exploring the Apostle Islands area of Lake Superior, Dowdy shows off his technical abilities as one of the world’s best wakeboarders. But don’t think wakeboarding through narrow caves was an easy feat.

Traveling around 22 mph through the tight caves, Dowdy told Red Bull it was one of the scariest wakeboarding experiences he’s ever had.

“[It] was probably the gnarliest experience I’ve ever had winching. Mainly because the caves were so narrow, the winches aren’t 100 percent accurate, and the guy operating the winch was on a cliff 9 meters [30 feet] up. We actually had a person in the water yelling to the guy operating the winch on the cliff, letting him know when I was ready in the water. It wasn’t the most ideal winch-occasion, but we made it work.”

Dowdy also noted that he’s never heard of anyone wakeboarding through caves anywhere else, so it’s probably not something that’s going to catch on anytime soon. But it’s certainly pretty incredible to see someone at the top of the wakeboarding world taking it somewhere entirely new.

With the use of a high powered winch, Mike Dowdy wakeboards on natural features along the shores of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. Photo: Courtesy of Ryan Taylor/Red Bull Content Pool

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