Monday, July 7, 2008

Back on American Soil

(Fireworks on July 1st you say.  This year I celebrated Canada day instead of the 4th.)

This past week I've been cruzing around in Canada boating and gambling.  I had a business meeting in Montreal and also picked up a new playboat.  I then headed over to Ottawa city and paddled the Champlain Bridge wave for the first time.  It was at a low level, but was tons of fun in my surf kayak.  I then watched the fireworks at Wilderness Tours, launched from their Bungee Tower, for the Canada Day celebration on July 1st.  The Ottawa river was running quite high and I managed to surf a wave called Mini-bus, or Greyhound Buseater, for 4 days.  The wave was huge and a bit dynamic for my reintroduction into playboating, but I had some fun rides and got some amazing photos.  I also had some HUGE crashes!
(Me surfing the Champlain Bridge wave called "The Wall" near downtown Ottawa.)
(View from River Right at the Mini-Bus wave on the Ottawa river.  The tow line is used to get on the wave and by some to get some cool up close video footage.)
(View from river left at Mini-Bus.)
(My buddy Stephen Wright, US National Freestyle Champion, going big on Bussy.)
(Stephen was kind enough to take a few shots of me on the wave to help me prove that I actually surfed it.)
(Mini-Bus really isn't that "mini".  It looked like a lot of fun on a surfboard!)

I left the Ottawa on Saturday morning and headed over to the Rama Casino about an hour north of Toronto.  I then headed for Detroit on Sunday afternoon.  The drive was long, but smooth, until I hit the US border.  I sat in about 8 miles of traffic to get across the bridge and through customs.  I then had a good business audition today in Detroit and spent a few hours at the Motor City Casino.  I'm now in West Lancing, MI and plan to get some kiteboarding in on lake Michigan tomorrow.  After that I'm really not sure, but I'm sure I'll head in a Westerly direction:) 
(Stuck in about an 8 mile backup trying to get back into the US.)
(View from Bridge into US at Port Huron.)

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