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Chuck Norris has nothing on Chuck Patterson
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 January, 2015 - The hardest thing Chuck Patterson has to do when he wakes up every morning is decide what kind of fun he's going to have that day. He's a pro skier, big-wave surfer and professional stand-up paddle boarder – with a difference. When he goes to surf the world's biggest waves at Jaws, he's wearing ski boots and poles.
Wave-skiing... where did that idea come from?
I was good buds with Shane McConkey. After his infamous line on waterskis up in Alaska, we started talking about surfing waves with skis. He thought I could do it, and he said, because of my versatility as a water athlete and alpine athlete, I was the one to do it.
We hear you are the man – you had the record for the highest cliff huck?
Yes, 142 feet (45m) in the Tahoe backcountry. I'd been hitting 80 feet without even realising it, and the video director suggested I go one higher. I really had to work up some nerve to hit the blind take-off, but I did it. I wouldn't do that again these days – I'm 45 and I still do stupid stuff daily – but you've really got to be skiing every day and in the right state of mind.
Video by Digital Maui