Lexi McCauley: My First Deepwater Start

One morning about three years ago, my family and I woke up to ski. Everyone shouted out the rotation. Being the youngest, I got third in the rotation. We all hurried to get the boat ready because we always try to be the first ones on the water. My brother, Zac, was up to ski first. After his set was my sister Sydney, she had an awesome ski. It was my turn so I quickly jumped in and switched the handles. I didn’t know how to deep water start. I had to start using a wakeboard without shoes.

After a couple of short passes, my dad said it was time to give him the wakeboard. The goal my dad told me was to do a deep water start and make it my personal best distance. My mom always gets us a candy bar if we do something new. All I was thinking was deep water start (1 candy bar) and a personal best distance (2 candy bars). I put my toes on the rope, head back, pushed my hips up, stayed stiff and blew air out my noise. My dad started with a nice slow start and told me to get in my three point stance just like the wakeboard. After lightly planting my feet, I was riding my three point stance and skiing down the lake. I was too scared to look forward. My eyes were on my dad. He told me to look forward and suddenly I saw a flock of geese in my ski path. Later he said, he didn’t want to do anything drastic and the geese always fly away. I looked right back at my dad with wide eyes. All the geese swam away except for one. That goose was right in my ski path. I didn’t see it until I came out the front. I held onto the handle not letting go because I was afraid the goose would have hurt me since I hit it.

After the boat slowed down, I looked back and saw the goose swim up to shore. I jumped onto the platform and told my family that I hit a goose and I am done! They laughed at me. My dad told me to complete one more pass. Of course, I did! It was a successful, 2 candy bars day! My Aunt Tina went after me and she didn’t hit a goose. She had a better run than I did, but I had a better story. I couldn’t stop thinking about that goose. I look at geese differently now and my nickname has been Goose since that day.

Lexi McCauley

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