With frozen lakes melting, it's a sign that water-sport enthusiasts are coming out to play. And one obscure aquatic recreation, known as hydrofoiling, has riders testing the newly unfrozen waters.
Hydrofoiling is a variation of water skiing. It isn't widely popular in KOTA Territory, but riders say it's much safer and more fun than other water sports.
Dominic Schumacher, an avid hydrofoil rider, says he couldn't wait to get back out on the water. "It's pretty cool to get back out on the water, especially when you haven't ridden in a long time," said Schumacher. "You can remember how fun it is just get back on the hydrofoil again."
The capability of high jumps, flips and speed is what draws riders to the sport. Bryan Schumacher, Dominic's father and a hydrofoil designer, says that once you learn to ride, it can be a fun water activity. "Once you start jumping you realize how easy it is to get big air, the more you progress the bigger you go and pretty soon there's not another water toy really that can compare," said Schumacher.
Bryan Schumacher also says that it is safer than other water sports. "It looks dangerous; it's probably by far the safest water sport you can do," said Schumacher. "You're strapped in, your feet are strapped in, so anything happens the board automatically rights you in the water so you're always above water."
Bryan Schumacher says he has found hydrofoiling is more popular in Florida, Texas, and California.