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Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-02-2008, 8:15 AM Reply   
It's that time of year again, when Santa and his Elf's dawn their wake gear and roll along the I90 and 520 bridges spreading Christmas joy.

This year we have two Santa boats, Jeff's VLX and Dave's 211. We will be rolling out from Gene Coulan Park 9am Christmas eve morning. We'll be done around noon and return to the dock for lunch at Ivar's. All who wish to participate are invited.

I need to get a head count so who's in?
Old    Greg McNeill (greg2)      Join Date: May 2002       12-02-2008, 7:42 PM Reply   
Cliff, I'm planning to make it this year if the weather permits. Maybe I can drag Brad or Jason along.
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-03-2008, 6:00 AM Reply   
Brad will be in Montana but Jason has no excuse.
Old    dave Noti_dad (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       12-03-2008, 11:56 AM Reply   
What? How'd I get nominated to bring a boat?

Tell you what....... I'll provide the boat if Hahn actually gets into one of them this year (you don't have to ride but you have to go). LOL!
Old    Darren Lamont (dlamont)      Join Date: Apr 2003       12-03-2008, 12:12 PM Reply   
You guys want me to bring a MC? I am down for some cold water slashing!!
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       12-03-2008, 12:22 PM Reply   
I might try and make it out if someone has some extra room. Darren?
Old    Robert Bailey (bailey)      Join Date: May 2001       12-03-2008, 4:41 PM Reply   
I was going to say that if I didn't have to work I would be down but we all know I am way too much of a big fat sissy to get in the water right now.
Old    Darren Lamont (dlamont)      Join Date: Apr 2003       12-03-2008, 5:08 PM Reply   
I was thinking of taking out the X35. Brett I got room.
Unless you guys want to ride behind something else?
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-03-2008, 5:32 PM Reply   
Darren,

It would be great if you brought out one of those big boats.

Robert,

Your in sucka. You don't have to ride but you do have to wear the outfit and drink the energy drinks.

Dave,

I nominated your boat, hah!

Brett,

Ya gotta go now that you have a drysuit. It would be fun if you could get Brett V., Eddie, and some of the guys to go as well.

Greg,

You know you and Jason will be taken care of.

I also got a call from Gary C. tonight. He's in this year and bringing his boat if needed.
Old    Robert Bailey (bailey)      Join Date: May 2001       12-03-2008, 8:28 PM Reply   
I do actually have to work so I will be drinking energy drinks and wearing my pepsi hat at the book store. I will be thinking of how crazy you guys are though.
Old    Nick Haisch (shredsickgnar)      Join Date: Sep 2006       12-03-2008, 8:37 PM Reply   
Sounds really fun! mind if I tag along?
Old    Laci (tcluv85)      Join Date: Jan 2004       12-03-2008, 8:45 PM Reply   
If there is room in Jeff's boat or Darren brings out the MC, I am in.

Darren - Does Santa or an Elf surf behind the MC?
Old    III (nwcoast2cascade)      Join Date: Oct 2005       12-04-2008, 12:43 AM Reply   
I'm down for sure! There's a slalom course along I90 right? Ken Burnard and I are going to have a wakeboard slalom battle.
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       12-04-2008, 1:24 AM Reply   
you guys are nuts.

carry on.
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-04-2008, 5:46 AM Reply   
Nick,

All are invited.

Laci,

You had to bring up surfing didn't ya.

#3,

Ken is one of the originals, he should be coming every year.

I'm sure the Sky Skiers will have a boat out this year as well.

Joe,

We put you in a South Park Kenny outfit and you'll be fine. It would be fun to film this little gathering and you have skills to do it.
Old    Steven Hahn (solo)      Join Date: Oct 2001       12-04-2008, 7:07 AM Reply   
I'm in Huntington Beach freezing my arse off and it's only 60 degrees. What makes you guys think I could bare 48? Not going to happen.......
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-04-2008, 9:08 AM Reply   
Hahn,

I've got a cute little snow bunny outfit for you to wear on the boat this year.
Old    Darren Lamont (dlamont)      Join Date: Apr 2003       12-04-2008, 2:06 PM Reply   
Don't challenge Shred to a wakeboard slalom you will get smoked!!
Old    Jagermaster (jaegermaster)      Join Date: Sep 2002       12-04-2008, 4:58 PM Reply   
If Laci surfs, I will know there is no Santa.
Old    dave Noti_dad (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       12-04-2008, 9:26 PM Reply   
The boat is weighted and ready. 2000lb plus 4 people will make a great wake. If you like that sort of thing............

Jason, Daren P hint, hint, hint
Old    III (nwcoast2cascade)      Join Date: Oct 2005       12-05-2008, 3:29 AM Reply   
Shred might have the upper hand with his custom narrowed down HO/Hype XP but it better be a sunny day for his sake because I don't think he can rip as hard without his RayBans and croakies on.

Darren, I can help you drop the boat if ya need me to. I hope everything's going well at the new spot!
Old    Jagermaster (jaegermaster)      Join Date: Sep 2002       12-05-2008, 5:23 AM Reply   
Greg and Jayson, one of you better take my spot. It's not every day you get to ride the epic Santa run. Do me proud boys.
Old    Greg McNeill (greg2)      Join Date: May 2002       12-05-2008, 4:53 PM Reply   
Jae G Master, maybe you'll get sick and the wife will have to travel to Montana without you...
Old    dave Noti_dad (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       12-09-2008, 12:24 PM Reply   
I still haven't heard Jackober say he's coming..........
Old    Mike Stepper (mikesteppie)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-09-2008, 2:52 PM Reply   
That's a bit of a trek for jackober .... from OtisOrchards to Seattle...
Old    Darren Lamont (dlamont)      Join Date: Apr 2003       12-09-2008, 4:22 PM Reply   
Stepper, you in?

III, we need to put on a wakeboard slalom contest this summer!!
Old    J Jakober (jjakober)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-10-2008, 7:36 AM Reply   
As fun as riding with you guys again sounds, the thought of leaving home on Christmas Eve to drive for 4+ hours and then turn around and head home so I can be with my family for Christmas, just doesn't appeal to me

Im sure you guys will have a blast as usual and I intend on getting over there to enjoy some of your early season butter on Sammammish in a couple of months!

Thanks for the envite and rip it up. I look forward to seeing the video/pics!

Merry Christmas
Old    Daren P4sh (daren)      Join Date: Apr 2004       12-10-2008, 11:37 AM Reply   
Lewis and I are in.

Dave - 2000lbs sounds like a good starting point, but you know I don't like to make any commitments. 'Cause Shaniqua's got a big ol' wake ... so I'm leaving you.
Old    dave Noti_dad (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       12-10-2008, 11:49 AM Reply   
You suck. I'll remember that B. Donk. I'm sure I can find some "pussies" that will want to ride behind my tight, skinny wake. Shaniqua has nothing on my girl.
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-10-2008, 12:16 PM Reply   
"As fun as riding with you guys again sounds, the thought of leaving home on Christmas Eve to drive for 4+ hours and then turn around and head home so I can be with my family for Christmas, just doesn't appeal to me"

Long winded answer = short translation...

I'd love to go but there's now way my wife is going to let me get away with it.

Keep your spirits up and we'll see ya in a couple months.
Old    J Jakober (jjakober)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-10-2008, 12:26 PM Reply   
Cliff,

Good thing my wife doesn't see these posts, or she would kick my butt and then be on the way to Seattle to kick yours!

Later
Old    Nick Swan (goinbigg17)      Join Date: Jul 2002       12-11-2008, 11:12 AM Reply   
It sounds like you all have a blast on any crazy trip that you guys do! Don't forget your drysuit!
Old    Steve - O (misteve)      Join Date: Aug 2007       12-15-2008, 5:40 AM Reply   
Have a good time, I'm sure it will be fun... I'll be in Tennessee seeing my mom, see you on the water in January Cliff!
Old    Mike Stepper (mikesteppie)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-15-2008, 3:38 PM Reply   
D, I'm afraid it will be a little bit too cold for me. Since all I have is 4/3 and 3/2 wetsuits! But you all are more than welcome to stop by the house afterwards for a drink and to warm up since I'm 2blks from Coulon Park.
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-15-2008, 5:41 PM Reply   
Mike,

We have a double xl drysuit with your name on it.
Old    Mike Stepper (mikesteppie)      Join Date: Jul 2008       12-17-2008, 11:18 AM Reply   
Cliff... now this is tempting ..... I just might have to join in the festivities.
Old    J Jakober (jjakober)      Join Date: Apr 2002       12-17-2008, 11:19 AM Reply   
Do it Stepper you will have a blast!
Old    Craig Glass (my_malibu)      Join Date: Feb 2008       12-17-2008, 11:50 AM Reply   
I'm trying to con the wife into it
have o6 vlx how many other boats are going
wife looks good in her little santa outfit

(Message edited by my_malibu on December 17, 2008)
Old    Darren Lamont (dlamont)      Join Date: Apr 2003       12-17-2008, 1:22 PM Reply   
If it's not raining/snowing I will be bringing either a Xstar/X15/X35. Any preferences?
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       12-17-2008, 3:18 PM Reply   
Darren, one of each should be fine. I vote 35 since not many people have ridden it.
Old    III (nwcoast2cascade)      Join Date: Oct 2005       12-18-2008, 12:48 AM Reply   
However if it IS snowing, we should hit up some snow partol!

D-Lam, let's float a 35 if Lake WA isn't frozen over by then. Aren't you glad that that all of your boats will get ordered with heaters now?
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-18-2008, 7:39 AM Reply   
Stepper,

Let me know and I'll make sure we bring it.

Darren,

Let's see that 35.

Craig,

You wouldn't need your boat, but your more than welcome to bring it.

#3,

Love to see someone slide the snow on shore and then back to the water. Hmmmmm... I might even give it a shot with the Roam.
Old    Craig Glass (my_malibu)      Join Date: Feb 2008       12-18-2008, 10:48 AM Reply   
it would be myself ,wife and 2 year old son
got room
would save me driving the boat up from puyallup
Old    Jagermaster (jaegermaster)      Join Date: Sep 2002       12-18-2008, 2:49 PM Reply   
Cliff, you know you don't want to talk smack to the Inland NW guys. Remember, we love our guns...
Old    Darren Lamont (dlamont)      Join Date: Apr 2003       12-19-2008, 12:46 PM Reply   
35 it is!!
Old    dave Noti_dad (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       12-19-2008, 6:12 PM Reply   
If this stays correct or the snow at my place isn't gone. The boat is out for Wednesday morning.
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/98056?from=hrly_topnav_undeclared
Old    Hey, You scratched my anchor! (bftskir)      Join Date: Jan 2004       12-19-2008, 6:44 PM Reply   
Down here on the Delta its The Frozen Bun Run
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/02/BUNRUN.TMP
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-19-2008, 6:57 PM Reply   
Andy,

47 water 49 air phhhttt. Your talking spring conditions on our lake.
Old    Hey, You scratched my anchor! (bftskir)      Join Date: Jan 2004       12-19-2008, 7:03 PM Reply   
did you read the whole thing?
dude had his boardshorts around his ankles...main problem...shrinkage


plus those temps are why we live here in CA.
Old    Robert Bailey (bailey)      Join Date: May 2001       12-19-2008, 8:33 PM Reply   
The thermometer says 23 right now and I am sure the water is down into the 40s. Not anywhere near the 100 degree rule. You guys are going to freeze. Sounds like fun.
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-19-2008, 10:35 PM Reply   
Andy,

Been there, done that.

That's my shrinkage at the end of the video.

http://www.wakepics.com/video/12922/two-four-ounce-glasses

(Message edited by Seattle on December 19, 2008)
Old    Sean M (magic)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-19-2008, 11:15 PM Reply   
Have fun guys!

We'll be in Jolly Old England where the weather is actually looking better than here! Sunny and in the 40s is the predictions, go figure!
Old    Scotty D (jinxton)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-20-2008, 10:51 AM Reply   
I forgot about the good old "2 four oz glass evening"
What a crazy weekend that was!!!
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-20-2008, 9:42 PM Reply   
Fifteen degrees and 40mph winds with snow as we speak!.

WTF has happened to Seattle???
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-22-2008, 10:29 AM Reply   
Ok...

Given the forecast, I'm looking to see who's still in? I want to make sure we have enough boats to pull it off if the weather cuts us a break.
Old    Darren Lamont (dlamont)      Join Date: Apr 2003       12-22-2008, 1:53 PM Reply   
It ain't lookin good Cliff. 34degrees and 70% chance of rain/snow.
If it's not raining/snowing I am still up for it.
Old    Gary Clinefelter (garyw)      Join Date: Jul 2001       12-22-2008, 2:16 PM Reply   
Cliff I'm in, but IF and only IF I can get my boat out. Right now there is about 14 inches of snow in front of it
Old    dave Noti_dad (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       12-22-2008, 4:38 PM Reply   
I'm in but can't provide the boat. 13in of snow & conpact snow/ice down the hill to the lake.
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-23-2008, 8:33 AM Reply   
Well guys,

It's not looking good for tomorrow. I'll have to let everyone know first thing in the morning but with a 90% chance of snow our Santa run is growing dimmer. I'll post up tomorrow at 7am to finalize.
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-23-2008, 2:35 PM Reply   
Both Sammamish and Washington have been butter all day today. Praying it looks like this tomorrow.

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Old    Greg McNeill (greg2)      Join Date: May 2002       12-23-2008, 5:36 PM Reply   
I'm out...still digging out and more snow on the way tomorrow.
Old    Greg Taylor (gregtay)      Join Date: Aug 2008       12-23-2008, 9:49 PM Reply   
I want to come out and join you guys but i don't think i am going to be able to break away. have fun out there! Stay warm! (I am guessing freezing rain is about the only thing that would make this miserable)

I usually wail till jan to winterize but this year i did it early... otherwise i would offer up my 23LSV. Maybe next year. (boat's sitting here alseep in the heated garaged and i know she would love to see some water (or ice.)

(Message edited by gregtay on December 23, 2008)
Old    Nu Bu (05mobiuslsv)      Join Date: Apr 2006       12-23-2008, 10:06 PM Reply   
You guys are f-ing nuts to be towing your boats to the lake with the roads around here. I couldn't get my boat down my street if I wanted to. Good luck hope you guys have a blast.
Old    dave Noti_dad (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       12-24-2008, 8:04 AM Reply   
Who's boat is going out? I'm sitting herre in my drysuit baking my arsh off waiting. Are we letting 2in of new snow stop us?

Currently 28 degrees and snowing at my house.
Old    Steve - O (misteve)      Join Date: Aug 2007       12-24-2008, 8:22 AM Reply   
Haha, you are wearing your drysuit at home?
Old    Greg Taylor (gregtay)      Join Date: Aug 2008       12-24-2008, 8:30 AM Reply   
its dumping snow on education hill in Redmond... sitting by the cozy fire sounds like a really good idea. Maybe Santa can come out on NewYears?
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-24-2008, 8:33 AM Reply   
Yep,

Had to call it off for the first time in eight years.

For anyone who's interested I've already got a New Years Day run on Sammamish in the works.
Old    Steven Hahn (solo)      Join Date: Oct 2001       12-24-2008, 8:44 AM Reply   
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!
Old    Darren Lamont (dlamont)      Join Date: Apr 2003       12-24-2008, 10:45 AM Reply   
Well, there is always next year.
Hope to see you all at the Seattle Boat Show, I'll be the one taking deposits on the new Mastercraft 300.
Old    III (nwcoast2cascade)      Join Date: Oct 2005       12-24-2008, 12:13 PM Reply   
Bum deal dudes, probably not the best idea to launch a boat on a ramp with nearly a foot of snow on it.

However, I did get to snowboard down all the hills that were too gnarly to skate down the other night!

Cliff, count me in for a New Year Run. Despite the weather, this thread has got me itching for some water time!
Old    Jagermaster (jaegermaster)      Join Date: Sep 2002       01-01-2009, 7:32 AM Reply   
WTF??? You guys are lame. I leave Seattle and for the first time in 8 years you cancel it. I guess so much for the good ol' NWHC. I hang my head in shame.

Happy frikken' New Year.
Old    dave Noti_dad (noti_dad)      Join Date: Jul 2003       01-01-2009, 9:05 AM Reply   
If you really cared you'd have stayed and would've been here pushing Cliff to drop his boat in the water. LOL!

Happy NEW YEAR to all of you NWIHC riders.
Old    Dan (texastbird)      Join Date: May 2003       01-01-2009, 11:38 AM Reply   
What a drag - sorry you guys didn't get to ride this year!

But don't worry, me and my crew took a set here in Texas in your honor! Merry Christmas!
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Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       01-01-2009, 11:44 AM Reply   
Nice Dan...

We got skunked again today. 30mph gusts and white caps all across the lake. Going on a month since my boat hit the water now.

Bradly,

Don't you have a couple more feet of snow to shovel today??? Livin in the CD aint no joke Yo!
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       01-01-2009, 11:47 AM Reply   
Almost forgot...

Pateros reservations this morning. Sept 2nd through 7th. I got the entire left wing again. I've also added a boys week this summer. Jul 22nd through 25th. I've got the entire top deck fire station side for that one.
Old    Scotty D (jinxton)      Join Date: Mar 2002       01-01-2009, 1:23 PM Reply   
No early season Shasta trip this year?
Old    Jagermaster (jaegermaster)      Join Date: Sep 2002       01-01-2009, 2:02 PM Reply   
Cliff, FYI I do need to go shovel the 8" we got this morning.

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