It was 7:00 AM when the morning sun woke me up. I was on top of a houseboat at West Coast Camps surrounded by the sleeping bags, bad hair and morning breath of my fellow campers. I was up before breakfast so I joined coach Lyman (Conor Bayuk) and two fellow campers, Gator and Flipper, for a morning paddleboard ride on the buttery surface of Lake McClure. We ventured over to shore to get a closer look at the cows that had obviously been up well before us.
When we looked back at the three-houseboat flotilla that was our home for the week, we could see the rest of the campers finally waking and roaming around the houseboats, so we headed back to have breakfast and get ready for the day. We watched wakeboarding videos while we enjoyed some delicious breakfast burritos prepared by WCC co-owner and executive chef Monica Schwenne.
Next up was the reason we were all there for the week...wakeboarding. It was time for our first set of the day behind one of the three beautiful MB Tomcats that were tied up alongside the houseboats. Campers were divided up based on skill level and assigned a boat and coach. On any given day we could be riding with Schwenne (Mike Schwenne), B-Rad (Brad Larkin), BG (Brandon George), Longhair (Robbie Culp) or Lyman, so no matter what you're going to get some good coaching and learn some new tricks. We rode with Lyman on this day.
Joining me in my boat were Gator, Flipper, Chipwill, Whip and Shawndor. If you haven't figured it out by now, everybody gets a nickname at WCC. Those names carry forward from year to year, so you better hope the coaches give you a good one. Mine is B2.
Riding time is the best part of the day. Not only do you get to hang out in the boat in beautiful weather, but you get to wakeboard, wakeskate or wakesurf and get better every time you go out. As an added bonus, you get to see your friends improve right along with you. Sometimes watching somebody else land a new trick is just as much fun as doing it yourself!
After our first round of riding, we headed back to the houseboats for lunch. On this day Monica went with delicious sandwiches. Even though we had built up quite an appetite while out riding, Monica made sure we were fueled up and ready for the afternoon's activities.
After lunch, it's time to play. There are a lot of fun activities with the coaches like sponge tag, paddle boarding, paddle boating, trampoline, fishing, swimming and blobbing. As you can see from the video below, my friend Gator broke the record of the highest blob toss.
After we got all the goofing off out of our systems, we headed out for the second set of the day. There were a lot of options available to us for our second ride. We could wakesurf, wakeboard or grind on the fun box. I did them all by the end of the week.
So we rode again and we got to watch everyone else in our boat ride, but the fun doesn't stop there! Next we got to watch the coaches ride and that's always fun. As you can see in the video below, all of the WCC coaches are amazing riders and you can learn a lot just by watching them.
When we got back from our riding it was time to chill a little while we get ready for dinner. As with all the their meals, Monica and her crew hit it out of the park as we filled our bellies with pasta and all the fixings.
After dinner, we played games like Ninja, shared our hidden "talents" with our fellow campers and took turns entertaining one another. The coaches have a lot of energy and it's amazing that they can keep up with all us kids until late at night, especially since they are so old. I heard Mike was even in his thirties!!
The day finished up just where it began; on top of the houseboat. We sat around the campfire listening to Mike's stories and trying to figure out the many riddles the coaches tried to stump us with. We soon were crawling into our sleeping bags and fast asleep so that we would be ready to do it all again the next day.