Kneeboarders catch air on Calcasieu River - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Kneeboarders catch air on Calcasieu River


The unseasonably cooler weather didn't keep people off the waterways this weekend. In fact, from the lake all the way to the Calcasieu River, some extreme water sport professionals not only tested the waters but caught some air.

Lake Charles native Danny Hollowell grew up on the Calcasieu River. For him, kneeboarding as a kid turned into more than just a hobby. He eventually competed on the national level.

"I probably didn't start doing aggressive tricks until probably the early 90s. But it's been something I've had a great passion for a long time," said Hollowell.

Hollowell's passion is shared by friends from all over the country. This weekend was an opportunity to get together and show off their latest tricks at the 2013 Road Riders Louisiana Fly In event. 

"It's a chance for us to get together and enjoy some time on the water with people who like to kneeboard. It's something a little different and not a lot of guys do it. Some of the best ones in the country are here right now," said Spencer Leggett.

From flips and spins to just hanging on, these guys make it look so easy and said it's all about having fun.

With any extreme sport, practice makes perfect and they will tell you they have had their share of crashes. But their "go for it" attitude and rush of the sport keeps them coming back for more.

"For me, after I landed my first flip the first time, I went upside down and rode away from it; you just get this thought in your head - I want to do more. I want to see what else I can do, what other flips can I do ... That kind of stuff," said Leggett.

"It's the feeling you get of achievement from the next trick. And the landing it's indescribable ... a reward. I guess sky divers jump out of planes - there's that one reason why they do it and they do it again and do it again," said Hollowell.

Testing their skills they live for the challenge and another day to make a splash.

"We get out there and we just keep doing it and I'm going to do it until I can't do it anymore," said Hollowell.

The first Road Riders Louisiana Fly In event was held in 2008.

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