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Old    Andy Nintzel (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       03-13-2012, 7:45 AM Reply   
Yo Minnesota Crew! Can you beielve this weather! I was in Cali last week riding and thought that I would have to wait months before I could get my MN shred on but with weahter we might be out riding soon. 50s-60-70s for as far out as they are predicting the weather! Who says global warning is a bad thing! What are the ice reports around the state, has anyone spotted any open water yet? I moved up to Grand Rapids last fall and all the lakes are for the most part still covered in ice, but the lake we live on the shore line is starting to pull way. This morning there was about 10-15 between the shore and the ice. I can feel it coming soon, MN wakeboarding will be ON! We never really had a super thick Ice cover this winter either, most of the time when I was fishing the ice was between 18-24 inches thick. My neighbor told me that last week the ice was only about 12-18 inches thick when he was out fishing. God I hope its gone soon!

Just wanted to spread some stoke!
Old     (yeahhh)      Join Date: Feb 2011       03-13-2012, 9:00 AM Reply   
whats global warning?
Old    Lou Ferraro (ferral)      Join Date: Sep 2007       03-13-2012, 10:00 AM Reply   
Looking forward to my first season as an MN rider! I'm going crazy waiting for the ice to clear. I heard they are predicting White Bear Lake to be clear by March 25, but I don't know where to check for myself so don't know if its true.
Old    Tuneman (tuneman)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-13-2012, 10:07 AM Reply   
Crossing fingers that we may be riding this weekend.
Old    J D (jeff_mn)      Join Date: Jul 2009       03-13-2012, 10:09 AM Reply   
I picked the 17th in the MWMC contest. That's first lake out here.
Old    Andy Nintzel (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       03-13-2012, 10:18 AM Reply   
Lou are you in the wbl area?
Old    Bryce (brycejb328)      Join Date: Aug 2009       03-13-2012, 10:44 AM Reply   
out on marion in Lakeville, the "old man" I rent a dock space from said the center of the lake barely froze over this year. When I was out there over a moth ago it was open water about 50 feet out from shore in the whole center of the lake.
Old    Jeff Garvey (garveyj)      Join Date: Sep 2009       03-13-2012, 10:56 AM Reply   
I have been saying March 15th for the past couple of months. The low tonight is only supposed to get down to 50 so we could see it this weekend...Hoping my prediction is correct.
Old    Lou Ferraro (ferral)      Join Date: Sep 2007       03-13-2012, 11:00 AM Reply   
@Andy - yup, I'm in Lino Lakes
Old    Jordan Maxymek (Jmaxymek)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-13-2012, 6:06 PM Reply   
I was out today in chest waders drilling holes with the auger and spreading sand to melt the ice faster. We've got about 5 feet of open water on the shores here in Maple Grove. I'm with Tuneman here, in all seriousness I might be riding this weekend!
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-14-2012, 7:24 AM Reply   
FWIW - Our 350 acre lake in central Wisco is about 50% open, just a few big sheets that move around based off the wind ... I'm hoping to be 90-100% by this Sunday
Old    gangstar (joe_crawley)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-14-2012, 8:29 AM Reply   
friends are riding in wetsuits today in Grand Rapids (MI). Looks like it should be trunking season by early next week. Strange weather this year
Old    Andy Nintzel (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       03-14-2012, 9:37 AM Reply   
GANGSTAR you gave me a heat attack for a second when I saw Grand Rapids until I realized it was MI!
Old    MK (csswake3)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-14-2012, 10:08 AM Reply   
78 degrees on Friday for the Twin Cities!
Old    Steven Pederson (sppeders)      Join Date: Jul 2011       03-14-2012, 10:09 AM Reply   
hoping for this weekend. Lake Sarah never froze over this year. If i get out this weekend that means i went 2 weeks between sledding and skiing/wakeboarding in two weeks. Not bad.
Old    Lou Ferraro (ferral)      Join Date: Sep 2007       03-14-2012, 10:53 AM Reply   
If anybody around the Twin Cities area is going this weekend, I'd love to join in if you have room. I'm good for gas $$, driving, launching, cleaning, whatever you need.
Old    Charlie Koch (cwkoch)      Join Date: Aug 2006       03-15-2012, 6:52 AM Reply   
Any lakes around the NW side of the cities opening up this weekend??? I think Fish Lake in Maple Grove is normally pretty early???
Old    J D (jeff_mn)      Join Date: Jul 2009       03-15-2012, 6:56 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by cwkoch View Post
Any lakes around the NW side of the cities opening up this weekend??? I think Fish Lake in Maple Grove is normally pretty early???
Fish goes out early. It's black and pulling away from the shores. I think most of the stuff will be at 50-100% out by the weekend end. Suppose to be high 70's all weekend.
Old    Andy Nintzel (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       03-15-2012, 6:59 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by sppeders View Post
hoping for this weekend. Lake Sarah never froze over this year. If i get out this weekend that means i went 2 weeks between sledding and skiing/wakeboarding in two weeks. Not bad.
When I lived in SoCal I pulled off the triple threat once! We Surfed at first light, then wakeboarded from about 9:30 to 11:30. Hopped in the car and busted arse to Mt. High before last chair! It was epic.


The lake on live on in Grand Rapids, just turned black over night! We're close!
Old    Jordan Maxymek (Jmaxymek)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-15-2012, 5:43 PM Reply   
Eagle is looking about the same. I'm thinking Sunday might be the day to go, but I can keep everybody updated. Charlie do you usually ride in the NW?
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-15-2012, 6:07 PM Reply   
From my buddy's facebook (he lives in Madison)
Old    Steven Pederson (sppeders)      Join Date: Jul 2011       03-15-2012, 6:09 PM Reply   
Mississippi is open north of the coon rapids damn, and water is set at summer levels..... have at it.
Old    Kyle Mehrkens (kmehrkens)      Join Date: Sep 2010       03-15-2012, 11:34 PM Reply   
Mississippi River south of Red Wing has been open ALL winter long. Went winching last weekend and will bring out the jetski this weekend.
Old    Charlie Koch (cwkoch)      Join Date: Aug 2006       03-16-2012, 6:40 AM Reply   
Jordan- Yeah, We live out in Buffalo and normally ride on Lake Pulaski. We come down to Fish Lake in Maple Grove if that opens up before Pulaski. Also hit Minnetonka occasionally.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       03-16-2012, 4:51 PM Reply   
....and we're in
Old    Andy Nintzel (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       03-16-2012, 10:00 PM Reply   
Nick i am so jealous!!!!!!! Dude
Old    Chris Ritzen (EnderWiggin)      Join Date: Mar 2011       03-17-2012, 2:26 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by andy_nintzel View Post
Nick i am so jealous!!!!!!! Dude
Nick, that is awesome! Boat in by St. Patrick's Day, unreal.
Old    Jordan Maxymek (Jmaxymek)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-17-2012, 2:27 PM Reply   
Put in some hours digging holes in the ice today. I believe we will be in either tonight or tomorrow, this water is clearing literally by the minute!
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Old    Steven Pederson (sppeders)      Join Date: Jul 2011       03-17-2012, 5:31 PM Reply   
I'm guessing tomorrow AM Sarah will be open. Same as the above pictures. Hope the wind stays up tonight.
Old    Bryce (brycejb328)      Join Date: Aug 2009       03-18-2012, 7:08 PM Reply   
Took this today around 6. Riley out in EP went from 25% open on saturday morning to about 90% open today. Time to get shreddy....
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Old    Tuneman (tuneman)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-18-2012, 7:24 PM Reply   
Halsteads Bay is 100% open The rest of Minnetonka will be ice free within a couple of days.
Old    Jordan Maxymek (Jmaxymek)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-18-2012, 7:25 PM Reply   
Update for Eagle in Maple Grove. We rode today. First people in on the lake, even beat the fisherman. First set I went in a drysuit, but decided it was nice enough out, and switched into a shorty. No gauge for temperature, but the first time I fell I went into shock for a bit. ALWAYS WEAR A LIFE JACKET.
Old    Jay (ironj32)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-19-2012, 5:11 AM Reply   
We went out with John Tietz yesterday. Ice finally cleared the lake at about 2pm. It was actually pleasant out there. Didn't get the frozen fingers or toes like we typically would in March or even April. A few pics...
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Old    Steven Pederson (sppeders)      Join Date: Jul 2011       03-19-2012, 10:45 AM Reply   
Ice left Sarah yesterday, i told my wife i'm going to go prep the boat so a buddy and myself could hit the lake in the evening... And I got a list of other stuff to do instead. Baby comes tomorrow, i guess getting a set in wasn't top priority. Goal is still to get out in March one time though.
Old    LR3w8kbrdr            03-19-2012, 11:16 AM Reply   
I have serious respect for yall...i just stopped wearing my heater top and water temp is 78 degrees lol

Glad to hear ur ice has cleared though.
Old    Bryce (brycejb328)      Join Date: Aug 2009       03-20-2012, 5:39 AM Reply   
I seriously think we have just as long of a season as some of the southern states for the fact we are willing to jump in the same day the ice is off.

Jay and Becca... wetsuits... now thats pushing it. I woulda went dry suit!
Old    Jordan Maxymek (Jmaxymek)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-20-2012, 3:32 PM Reply   
Finally got ahold of pictures from Sunday. Had some fun using chunks of ice as sliders and obstacles
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Old    Sinko (sinkoumn)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-24-2012, 6:00 PM Reply   
Who had the Nautique out on Fish Lake today? I'm back from Cali and the first thing I see is people out there shredding in my backyard!
Old    Bryce (brycejb328)      Join Date: Aug 2009       03-24-2012, 9:42 PM Reply   
^snowlider76 and tburt, probably a lot of man on man hugging and butt slapping happening on said nautique

we shredded Riley today in EP, its money being the only boat on the water.... totally worth being in cold water.
Old    Andy Nintzel (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       03-25-2012, 7:09 AM Reply   
IN A SHORTY COME ON! That NUTS!!!
Old    mmcorrectax            03-26-2012, 7:06 AM Reply   
My guess would be Burton on Fish with the Nautique. White/Black...
Old    Jason Smith (snowslider76)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-26-2012, 11:26 AM Reply   
Yep the Fish Side Riders (FSR) made it out all weekend lol.
Old    Jay (ironj32)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-26-2012, 5:21 PM Reply   
don't forget about a few of use west siders that were there!
Old    Jordan Maxymek (Jmaxymek)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-26-2012, 6:39 PM Reply   
West Metro Riders then? WMR
Old    Lou Ferraro (ferral)      Join Date: Sep 2007       03-29-2012, 4:02 PM Reply   
Just got my boat out of storage and planning to hit Bald Eagle on Saturday with the family. Anybody else going to be out there?
Old    Nicolas Kohler (monkey_butt)      Join Date: Sep 2011       03-29-2012, 4:18 PM Reply   
Trying owasso on sunday ...
Old    Wayne Soven (wkbddad)      Join Date: May 2005       03-29-2012, 6:30 PM Reply   
have you guys ever rode when lake was 40 degrees with only wet suit on or do you always wear a dry suit
Old    Lou Ferraro (ferral)      Join Date: Sep 2007       03-29-2012, 6:53 PM Reply   
Drysuit for me, I don't even want to know what 40 degrees feels like in a wetsuit. But if you look at the pics above, obviously it can be done.
Old    Jordan Maxymek (Jmaxymek)      Join Date: Feb 2012       03-29-2012, 10:47 PM Reply   
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have you guys ever rode when lake was 40 degrees with only wet suit on or do you always wear a dry suit
I don't have an official temp, but I wore I shorty in what was ~40 water last week. But I'm just a kid out to do stupid things while my body still holds together, which won't be long at my rate..
Old    Sinko (sinkoumn)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-31-2012, 5:02 PM Reply   
If anyone needs a 3rd/nth on Fish Lake let me know, I'm down to ride pretty much anytime during the week as long as I'm not out of state for work (blah blah gas, drive boat, blah blah ).
Old    Ajax (audionly101)      Join Date: Jan 2010       04-11-2012, 3:36 PM Reply   
How is the landing at Fish / Eagle lakes in Maple Grove? I drove over to the landing at Fish and it seemed a bit sketchy. The slab was all shifted and it looked really shallow just past the landing. Does anyone have any tricks / tips to that landing? I just moved from Bloomington to the northwest burbs 610 & 169 area. I used to ride Prior but don't want to make that drive and want something close to home. What other options do I have without driving too far? Thanks for your input.
Old    Jordan Maxymek (Jmaxymek)      Join Date: Feb 2012       04-11-2012, 7:01 PM Reply   
No idea about fish, but I live on Eagle and I just helped put a v230 in last week with no problems whatsoever. Super clean, in and out and youre done. There isnt a dock to walk out onto, just a shallow sandy area you can pull onto to get back into the boat. Personally I love Eagle! Not too shallow, never too busy, and if there is traffic it is fisherman anchored off in the weeds! If you decide come out, shoot me a PM with some info and maybe we can ride!
Old    J D (jeff_mn)      Join Date: Jul 2009       04-12-2012, 9:18 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by audionly101 View Post
How is the landing at Fish / Eagle lakes in Maple Grove? I drove over to the landing at Fish and it seemed a bit sketchy. The slab was all shifted and it looked really shallow just past the landing. Does anyone have any tricks / tips to that landing? I just moved from Bloomington to the northwest burbs 610 & 169 area. I used to ride Prior but don't want to make that drive and want something close to home. What other options do I have without driving too far? Thanks for your input.
Fish is a big part of our crews home lake. Legit water to the shape and it being N/S.

Smith and Burton will give you the 4-1-1 on the launch. They launch a newer XStar and new 210 on Fish 4-5x a week each. Shouldn't be issues.. It's never been the prettiest launch but it's worth it to be on a protected lake that isn't a fishbowl.
Old    Ajax (audionly101)      Join Date: Jan 2010       04-12-2012, 2:17 PM Reply   
Jeff, what do you mean by N/S?
Old    Jay (ironj32)      Join Date: Jan 2007       04-12-2012, 6:23 PM Reply   
North / South
Old    Chad Pribyl (ache_for_wake)      Join Date: Jan 2006       04-12-2012, 7:08 PM Reply   
pretty sure Jeff means North/South. Fish has relatively high banks and it's configuration means it's usually protected from the wind. Nice place to ride. I had a blast when I went out with those guys....super fun crew!
Old    Jason Smith (snowslider76)      Join Date: Mar 2002       04-13-2012, 11:47 AM Reply   
Hey Chad, we'll have to shred the WFC again this summer, I'm getting up next weekend to get the docks and lifts in.

Fish Lake launch is do-able at best right now, up from last fall, I smoked three props last September/October.. Either make sure your crew is at the launch when you put the boat in or pick them up at the fishing dock. Don't try to pick up off the launch dock right now. Worst is right behind the launch where all the power loading has stirred up rocks, other then that area it's all muck bottom, shallow but fine.

If you see a black and orange Xstar or white and black Natique say what up.
Old    Jason Smith (snowslider76)      Join Date: Mar 2002       04-13-2012, 11:49 AM Reply   
I mean picking up people with full ballast is sketchy at the launch dock, empty is just a small roll of the dice.
Old    Chad Pribyl (ache_for_wake)      Join Date: Jan 2006       04-13-2012, 11:52 AM Reply   
Jason, I'd love to get a few sessions in up at WFC this summer! My schedule still sucks, Monday-Tuesdays off, but I'll be up July 1-10 and 21-24 besides my usual weekends. You know Sunday nights are usually butter, so if you have a long weekend, hit me up! Good to hear from ya.
Old    Ajax (audionly101)      Join Date: Jan 2010       04-13-2012, 2:52 PM Reply   
Thanks for the help guys. I made it 2 years without banging up my prop so I hope I can keep it that way with your help. If I see either of those boats I'll pull up and introduce myself. I've got an older Yellow Centurion Elite V, normally all loaded up port for surfing but I love getting my wake sets on too.
Old    Aaron Nelson (airzemee)      Join Date: Aug 2009       04-14-2012, 2:37 PM Reply   
I just rode today in saskatchewan, canada... water temp at 42 degrees... was amazing the only boat out, though it was cold as hell haha. i was quite warm in my wetsuit other than my hands freezing.. they actually hurt up to half a hour of being out of the water. had to get a rip in before the boat goes for some work! perfect pass and new prop on my old ski nautique! haha
Old    J D (jeff_mn)      Join Date: Jul 2009       04-15-2012, 7:08 PM Reply   
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Jason, I'd love to get a few sessions in up at WFC this summer! My schedule still sucks, Monday-Tuesdays off, but I'll be up July 1-10 and 21-24 besides my usual weekends. You know Sunday nights are usually butter, so if you have a long weekend, hit me up! Good to hear from ya.
Chad - hit me up with a text or a FB message if you get the boat in town and want to ride south metro. I'm in Lakeville now (I live across the street from a dude you worked with at Farmington ATC actually).. Bryce has his boat down here too (Marion'ish) so we will keep you in mind as a third when we're riding.
Old    Chad Pribyl (ache_for_wake)      Join Date: Jan 2006       04-16-2012, 3:44 AM Reply   
Jeff, The boat is up at the WFC for the summer, but I may have it down here in Aug-Sept. I'm ALWAYS up for a pull, schedule permitting, and you know I'm good for gas, bev, driving, etc. Thanks for keeping me in mind!
Old     (RideGull)      Join Date: Apr 2012       05-06-2012, 6:11 PM Reply   
april 16th in nisswa!
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Old    Tom Burton (tburt_mn)      Join Date: Jan 2010       05-07-2012, 1:14 AM Reply   
Sinko, that was probably my Nautique. PM me if you ever want to ride. We get out on fish regularly.

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