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10-15-2009, 01:04 PM
At what point does everyone say...its too cold to ski or wakeboard? The reason I ask is its been raining and raining for the last several weeks here and its going to be in the high 60's this saturday...which in Texas...considered pretty cool to be in the water for most people here haha. For all you guys up north...whats the coldest its been when your in the water...at what point do you say "its too cold today?"

10-15-2009, 01:10 PM
Classic rule of thumb is to stay home if the air temp + water temp is less than 100. With a dry suit, polar fleece, booties with wool socks, and Choko gloves, I've been out in December in Minnesota in raging snowstorms, likewise in April dodging floating ice sheets.

10-15-2009, 01:14 PM
Is it the love of the sport and water that gets you out in a snowstorm...or is it...just to say you did it?

10-15-2009, 01:18 PM
Here in Michigan I have been on the water in every month but January and February. Mostly because you can't launch a boat onto a foot of ice. :D

Last November my buddy and I were out - air sixty something water fifty six. He wore a shorty and I refused. I wore board shorts and a life jacket with a arm ripper of a dock jump start. I wasn't cold until it was over and I slowly sunk into the water.


10-15-2009, 01:29 PM

10-15-2009, 01:40 PM
Well, I've been out when it's snowed and there was ice along the shore. Not as brave now that I'm older. Air temp about 40, water about 45. It gets hard to shake the brain freeze, tho'. The pain in the hands is the worst. Anything under a water temp of 55 means drysuit.

It would have to be a pristine, windless sunny day to get me out in those temps. Unless I have a purpose, like snowboarding in the morning and wakeboarding in the afternoon on New Years Day, just to say I did it.

Patrick Hardy
10-15-2009, 01:42 PM
When there is more ice visible then water, that is when I drive only. Here in the Seattle area, that is usually about 2 to 6 weeks a year depending on the size of the lake. Otherwise, dry suit, hot water shower, cooler full of hot water, booties, winter ski gloves and the passion to do it.

10-15-2009, 01:50 PM
Man, I just came from Houston yesterday.....I would be all over the skiing this weekend. With the humidity and 65....no problem. We've had a round of snow and freezing temps last week here in Colorado. Everything froze outside but the boat was OK in the garage. Now that it's starting to warm up a bit (60 - 65 highs and 32 lows), my daughter asked if we could go out this weekend. It would be a cold run for sure but worth it.

Unfortuantely, it took almost 3 weeks to get my winterization apointment, which is this Friday. If I didn't have that scheduled already, we would be out trying to get out last run this weekend. Pretty bummed but I need the garage back for the cars.

In your case....definitely hit it!!

10-15-2009, 01:56 PM
Is it the love of the sport and water that gets you out in a snowstorm...or is it...just to say you did it?

Mostly the latter.

10-15-2009, 02:36 PM
Love of the sport...anytime you can get out...it's warm enough!;)

Coldest I have ever been out was January 9, 2000...Air temp was 21 when we started and the water was in the low 30s. Half the lake was frozen and half was open at the time. When we pulled the boat out of the water (after "breaking" the trailer brakes that has accumulated water and froze), the air temp was 15.

Footing is a rush...doing it under extreme conditions is even better.

If you can get out and protect your body from getting frost bite or just even getting chilled, GO FOR IT!

Remember, the best time to be on the lake when it's cold...no one else is out there! ;)

MC X-15
10-15-2009, 02:55 PM
rode last weekend in Jersey, water was 58 and air temp was about 65. 3/2 full suits. Seasons over for me now.

10-15-2009, 03:06 PM
We always started/stopped when the water hit 50 with a full wetsuit. Never tried a drysuit.

10-15-2009, 03:18 PM
I just got new bindings in last week and have been dying to try them out...so i'll be out there regardless if I can get someone to drive!

10-15-2009, 03:28 PM
I will ski more this coming week than any week put together so far this year. In TN - be in the 70's with water temp in the mid 60's. Fall break - beautiful time to be on the water - plus, for all the old school Prostar people, Prostars don't vapor lock in this weather - good startin'.

10-15-2009, 03:35 PM
This past Saturday, last run of the year, water temp 58, air temp 40, with a shorty wetsuit, and best of all, plenty of glass!!!

10-15-2009, 03:36 PM
last monday air temp 42 degrees and water temp about 50 degrees,drysuit and no problem,took 2 runs........

10-15-2009, 03:53 PM
When you gotta stick your finger up your @$$ to pee it's too cold.

Miss Rita
10-15-2009, 04:05 PM
A few years ago I drove a friend footing two weeks before Christmas. (this is South Dakota) Air temp was 50', water temp <40'. He had a dry suit, natch. One month later we were ice skating on the same lake.

10-15-2009, 04:07 PM
Wow you people are die hards. If the air is under 65 I'm not out there. But I also don't do drysuits. The boat is already getting winterized. :cool: Is it May yet?

10-15-2009, 05:48 PM
We made it year round last year with the exception of Dec and Jan because of snow.


10-15-2009, 06:02 PM
...its going to be in the high 60's this saturday...which in Texas...considered pretty cool to be in the water for most people here haha.

Reverse your mind from End of the Season to the Begining and your decision will be easy. If it were March/April and the water temps were in the low 80's (which they are right now in Louisiana due to a lot of heat over the last few weeks) and air was in the upper 60's, you would be out there.

Due to full weekends, I already made an appointment for winterization tomorrow but if not for that and the fact we cannot go this weekend, we would be on the water.

10-15-2009, 06:03 PM
The best I got was 35 F air temp, 38 F water temp. We had three inches of snow in the boat from the night before! All we had were wetsuits. After a while, the pain in your hands becomes pretty unbearable, but the lake was COMPLETE glass! It was one of those days that if you took a picture, you couldn't tell which way was real or reflection. We HAD to go!! Afterwards, I took the wetsuit off and jumped in without it, as a sort of celebration of stupidity. Good thing we had the wood stove cranking in the camp! Wish I had pics, it was absolutely beautiful!

10-15-2009, 06:07 PM
Made it out five times this past January, water temp 44, air temp 42. We only wakesurf so we use drysuits, booties and gloves, so except for the head we're covered up. No way we'd use wetsuits at this temp; too cold to get into and out of and it's just too hard to stay warm. When you fall and hit the water it's really a shock to the face; it's like "man, that water's freezing"! The great thing is no one else it out on the water, we have the whole river to ourselves. We bring a 5 gallon cooler filled with very warm water; it stays warm for 4-5 hours and it feels great for the feet and hands after a few runs.

10-15-2009, 06:18 PM
Last year's black Friday was 32/32.

http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd5/rharold/th_MVI_1070.jpg (http://s227.photobucket.com/albums/dd5/rharold/?action=view&current=MVI_1070.flv)

10-15-2009, 06:21 PM
Oh my Gosh! haha!

10-15-2009, 09:36 PM
I'm gonna try and get out sunday forcast is air 52 water will be in 50's.
Looks like the last ride of the year.

10-15-2009, 10:41 PM
Do you guys have bigger bindings to wear with booties? What kind of booties do you wear?

10-15-2009, 10:49 PM
I'm gonna try and get out sunday forcast is air 52 water will be in 50's.
Looks like the last ride of the year.
Hey too tall is that the good ol kankakee river?

10-15-2009, 10:58 PM
Yes sir......

10-15-2009, 11:05 PM
Skied today after work 65 air mid 50s water, not too bad in a spring suit. Coldest was this spring 49 degrees air and 52 degree water, at least it was sunny and warming up as we went.

10-16-2009, 11:37 AM
Do you guys have bigger bindings to wear with booties? What kind of booties do you wear?

I don't bother trying to slalom in the cold, stick to barefoot, shoe and trick.

10-16-2009, 02:40 PM
ORX, what kind of gloves do you wear?

Plymouth Family Guy
10-16-2009, 02:45 PM
Last run of 2008. Not sure of the water temperature, but the truck said the air temperature was 45 when we were done. I think we were a little under Bigmac's rule of 100. Our spotters were wearing full winter coats, hats, gloves and boots. It was cold, but worth it.

In 2007, we skiied this same lake on Wednesday, October 30 and the lake had a layer of ice across it on Sunday, November 4.

Still hoping to get out again this year if it would stop raining and snowing!


10-16-2009, 04:08 PM
It's cool'n down where I'm at too :cool:


10-16-2009, 04:19 PM
How about too hot! Were expecting our first cool front tomorrow. 93 is pretty hot here for mid oct.

10-16-2009, 04:54 PM
ORX, what kind of gloves do you wear?

In the dead winter I go with neoprene ski gloves. I can't find a link but here you can get them at any wakeboard shop. They work great! Just plain black- Here is a link: http://gadgets.boingboing.net/gloves%20new.jpg

10-16-2009, 05:01 PM
this is in Idaho few weeks back. Water temp was in the low 60's - on a cloudy day, it's cool

10-16-2009, 05:58 PM
I keep 5mm diving gloves, and 7mm booties in a cooler of hot water while a ski, and put them on while in the boat. I don't like to wear gloves with any of the "high speed" disciplines however.

SunCoast 83
10-19-2009, 03:24 AM
Diping into the 50's here in Orlando. Gets up to the 70's in the day. We will get cooler than that. Will run the boat sometimes during the winter, however it is too cold to get in for Floridians..:D