Nick Taylor: Sea-Doo Brand Ambassador

     

    It’s all about the freedom of the water, and Sea-Doo ambassador Nick Taylor knows exactly how to find it. The Anna Maria Island, Fla., native took his wakeskate talents and love for the Sea-Doo Life to Honokowai, Hawaii, where he currently explores one of Earth’s most inspiring playgrounds.

    When he’s not enjoying one of the many blue-water lagoons with his buddies and his Sea-Doo WAKE, he’s taking in the islands from above as he works towards his helicopter pilot license. But it’s on the water where 29-year-old Taylor is at his happiest. Whether it’s in the surf, sand or on his board, his passion for the Sea-Doo Life is hard to miss!

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    Current Sea-Doo Model(s):    

    Sea-Doo WAKE & Sea-Doo Spark TRIXX

    What do you feel the advantages are to wakeskating behind a Sea-Doo?

    Well for starters, you don’t need a $150,000 boat to have fun!  Wakeskating behind a Sea-Doo lets you enjoy all the best parts of riding without breaking the bank, plus the shallow draft & maneuverability allow you to ride all sorts of places that big boats could never access.  It’s the ultimate all-terrain wakeskate craft!

    Favorite place to ride?

    My current home on the island of Maui sits on a magical coastline full of secret blue water coves, tall misty cliffs with waterfalls pouring straight into the ocean, healthy reefs, & even world-class surf to tow into…  I can’t imagine a better place to have a Sea-Doo, to be able to wakeskate all the time, or anywhere I’d be happier.

    Dream place to ride/wake skate?

    I’d need to bring a wetsuit, and it might be hard to get my Sea-Doo WAKE trailered out there, but now that we know about the abundance of liquid water on Enceladus, it’s hard not to daydream about what it might be like to wakeskate on one of Saturn’s moons.  To look up from my board in an alien sky & see those spectacular rings so close…

    Describe your perfect day on the water:

    Wake up in the sand on my favorite Maui beach, eat a bowl of cereal & some mangos off the tree, spend a few hours with my friends taking turns towing each other into slabby barrels behind the Sea-Doo, take them for a mid-day helicopter cruise around the deep-carved valleys to the west, bring the Sea-Doo WAKE back around to the glassy side of the island for a wakeskating sesh, some light-gear fishing, & swimming with the whales, then fresh fish tacos for lunch at a secret waterfall, & finally sneak in one more wakeskate & hydrofoil session under the sea cliffs just before the glowing sun dips below the horizon.

    Describe your life away from the water:

    These days, if I’m not out on the water wakeskating, hydrofoiling, surfing, diving, & fishing, I’m usually either flying helicopters or sharpening myself musically.

    What’s your one must-have accessory for your Sea-Doo?

    Now that I’m used to having so much easy control with the IBR system, I could never go back to the dark ages of the past!  The premium audio system definitely adds another element of fun to every session, now that we can bump our favorite jams while we ride.

    What’s one innovation you’d like to see on a Sea-Doo that doesn’t currently exist?

    I look forward to the day that Sea-Doo engineers figure out how to make the entire paint job photovoltaic, so that we never need to fill up a tank with hydrocarbons to have a good time, and our days on the water really will be fueled by sunshine =P

    Favorite place to eat?

    I don’t know, somewhere fast so I can get back on the water.

    First artist you add to your play list?

    I’m on a pretty serious DISPATCH kick lately…

    Celebrity you’d most like to ride with?

    Celebrities aren’t really my thing, but it would be rad to wakeskate with John John Florence or Obama, for the conversation, perspectives, & the life experience of it all.  They’re both from Hawai’i, so I don’t know why I haven’t tried to line up a Sea-Doo session with them in Kaneohe Bay.  Maybe I need an agent…  And on another note, I’d definitely be down to teach Emma Watson & Tom Holland how to ride it.

    The best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

    Stay True, Live Free…

     

     

    Erminio Iantosca: Sea-Doo Brand Ambassador

    Since the age of 4, Erminio Iantosca hasn’t been able to get enough of the water. He doesn’t just live the Sea-Doo Life, he sleeps, eats and breathes it!

    “My love affair with watercraft started with my dad. He brought one home when I was 4 and I’ve been hooked since that very first day,” Iantosca said.

    The 38-year-old Naples, Fla., native spends every minute he can on the water with family and friends or making waves on various watercraft racing circuits. 

    “I try to ride almost every weekend between racing, practicing and joy rides, I’m on the water all year round,” he said.

    Away from the water, he lends a hand running the family restaurant business with his mom, Josephine, sister, Kristina, and brother, Joseph. If you do happen to catch a rare instance of Erminio on dry land, he might also be chilling with Harper, his Blue Nose Pitbull. 

     

    MORE ABOUT ERMINIO:

    Favorite place to live the Sea-Doo Life?

    Lake Havasu City, Ariz., is so beautiful! Crystal clear fresh water, great weather and the lake is so big there are so many cool places to explore.

    Dream riding destination:

    Thailand would be a dream to ride my Sea-Doo watercraft. I plan on making that dream a reality this December with a trip to explore and ride in that beautiful country!

    My perfect day on the water:

    My perfect day on the water starts with loading up the Sea-Doos, my girlfriend and the dog. We usually fill up my LinQ cooler with tons of snacks, cruise down to our local island where everyone parks for the day enjoying sun, food, music and just truly embracing the Sea-Doo life.

    Typical day off the water:

    My life off the water is pretty routine-oriented. I hit the gym first thing in the morning to stay in shape. Then it’s off to the family restaurant where I work until 5. After that I head home to normally do something Sea-Doo related in my garage. Then dinner and bed.

    Your one must-have accessory for your Sea-Doo is:

    For me, it’s the stereo now on my RXT-X. I don’t know how I rode all those years without music. It’s a game changer!

    First tunes I blast from my Sea-Doo on a ride:

    I listen to country a lot when I’m riding. It just gives me that nice relaxing feeling and helps me take in all my surroundings on the water. I’m a Chris Stapleton fan!

    One innovation I’d like to see on a Sea-Doo is:

    I’d like to see some drains in the footwells. It would make cleaning easier.

    Celebrity I’d most like to take for a ride:

    I think it would be fun to ride with Vin Diesel because he looks like me (LOL). Maybe The Rock – he looks like a character!

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    ANDREW HILL: SEA-DOO BRAND AMBASSADOR

    Whenever you see a bent rod from the seat of a watercraft in Auckland, New Zealand, there’s a good chance you’ll find Andrew Hill holding one end and the catch of the day on the other. Ever since casting his first line as a boy from the rocky New Zealand shoreline, he’s been after the big one.

    Hill has turned fishing from youthful pastime, to hobby, to meal ticket (literally and figuratively). While the 46-year-old married father of four has hooked his share of wall-hangers throughout his career, he’s fishing in somewhat unfamiliar waters thanks to the Sea-Doo FISH PRO with its ability to access shallow waters and remote fishing locations.

    “I’ve always fed a need for speed through motorsports. I really enjoy cars, road bikes and the water,” said Hill. “Sea-Doo has me really enjoying it all in one place with the sea being my true passion.”

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    How did your interest in watercraft start?

    It was always a dream to own a watercraft. I love motorsports, speed and being on the water, so it’s a natural fit.

    How many rides per year?

    I’m on the water every week, whether it’s a solo fishing adventure, riding with friends or hosting large group trips with watercraft fishermen throughout New Zealand.

    Who’s in your typical riding crew?

    It varies by the day. We often go out in groups of two or three. It’s always fun enjoying adventures with your mates!

    Favorite place to ride:

    I love the far north of New Zealand. It’s four hours by car from where I live. Out of the city, it is pristine and has minimal fishing pressure. The tranquility and unfamiliar area of being able to go exploring on a new adventure is always an exciting experience.

    Dream riding location:

    I would like to fish at our South Island Sounds or internationally in Guam. Adventures at new locations with stunning scenery is the best feeling!

    Describe your perfect day on the water:

    Heading out with a few mates while riding out as the sunrises, arriving at your fishing spot catching sporting fish with your first baits, completing the adventure joined by dolphins or Orca on a fast ride back to the boat ramp.

    Describe your life away from the water:

    I value my time with the family, appreciating the lovely country we live. I love the outdoors, travelling our beautiful green country. I enjoy watching sports or relaxing watching a movie as a break from the water. I still have an interest in motorsports as a hobby. I love taking the family to car shows with my old school V8 performance car.

    My one must have accessory on the water is:

    The Ultimate Reel Cover is a must. It protects fishing reels from saltwater spray and secures the rod to the rod holder.

    One innovation I’d like to see on Sea-Doo is:

    A front-mounted rod holder option.

    Favorite place to eat:

    Our local pizza shop.

    Favorite music to jam while on the water:

    I don’t listen to much music on the water. I always enjoy the surrounding sounds and taking in the atmosphere, but on those long rides to fishing spots ELO finds its way out of the speakers!

    Celebrity I’d most like to ride with:

    Robson Green an extreme fisherman, I would love to have him experience Sea-Doo fishing with me in New Zealand.

    Earliest fishing memory:

    Fishing land based off the rocks as a 10-year-old, always lots of fun trying for the big catch.

    Favorite fish to catch:

    Yellowtail Kingfish – they are the streetfighter of the sea, very sporting to catch and often get the better of fishermen.

    Favorite shore lunch recipe:

    Blue Cod fish cooked with garlic butter served between fresh sliced bread.

    When the fish aren’t biting, my go to bait is:

    Gulp New Penny 6-inch Grub

    Favorite rod/reel combo:

    Daiwa Sol 3 4000 Spinning Reel with the Daiwa Sol 7-foot Rod

    Favorite fishing method:

    Most productive and exciting fishing for me is soft baiting with Gulp baits on light gear. It delivers great catches while drifting stealth on the FISH PRO.

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    Anthony Radetic: Sea-Doo Brand Ambassador

    Some people choose to live life on the edge, but not many take it to the level of Anthony Radetic. For years that hunger for the ultimate adrenaline rush was fed by jumping out of planes and piloting Blackhawk helicopters in the United States Army.

    A 2004 motor vehicle accident took the use of Radetic’s legs from him abruptly changing the course of his life, but it did little to quell the thrill-seeking spirit that has defined him his entire existence. Since his accident Radetic has relentlessly continued his pursuit of the ultimate adrenaline rush through the likes of hand cycling and as a member of the U.S. Development ski team. But nothing has fed his soul quite like living the Sea-Doo Life.

    “I’m an active guy, so I’m always trying to find something exciting to do,” Radetic said.

    Today, the 40-year-old Dayton Beach native resides in Abbeville, Ala., with his family of four taking in everything the Sea-Doo Life has to offer. From heart pounding pro watercraft racing, to camping trips by water, there’s nothing the Radetic family doesn’t do full-throttle.

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    DESTINATION SEA-DOO LIFE – LAKE POWELL

    Lake Powell: 

     A memory of a lifetime Sea-Doo destination. 

    If you could explore another planet aboard a Sea-Doo, would you go? We took a trip to the location that is often described as the, ‘boating on Mars’ experience. And we caught fish there too!

    As our group rode further north on Lake Powell the ‘WOWs’ continued to gain magnitude. Around every big bend there were new rock formations jetting from the waters surface of different shapes and colors. The pure vastness of the area puts you in awe. The vistas stretch for 50-plus miles in some areas and the colors would fill a painter’s pallet.  And perhaps there is no way better to experience this more personally and directly than aboard a Sea-Doo.

    There are boating meccas around the world and the global Sea-Doo community has shared so many incredible images from those places. Lake Powell is near, if not at the top of those special boating places, it’s enthralling. This is part of the Colorado River that has over millions of years deeply cut through the rock lain parts of seven US states and two in Mexico. In the southern part of Utah and on the edge of Arizona, man backed up the river with the hydroelectric Glen Canyon Dam, to create the water storage for the Upper Basin states. These states include Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico and with it creates over 2100-miles of shoreline.

    Lake Powell is relatively remote, even by today’s standards, with the closest commercial airport three hours away and Las Vegas nearly four hours to the southwest and Salt Lake City over six hours to the northwest.  It’s popular. Over four million visitors a year trek to Lake Powell, yet it’s so big you can go for miles on the water without seeing a person. This is an outdoors mecca with no on-water hotels; it’s a house boaters and campers dream location.

    We took the later route.  We took a fishing/camping trip on Lake Powell with four new Sea-Doo FISH PROs. Who is, “we?” Our group was led by Bob Reed, the owner of uplakeadventures.com, a certified captain and licensed watercraft fishing guide on Lake Powell and true lover of the land. He organizes, turn-key (or turn-lanyard), multi-day fishing/camping trips aboard FISH PROs.  Reed maximized the LinQ system and storage packing the FISH PROs with food, fishing and camping gear for our multi-day trip.

     

    For this late May trip Reed invited KSL Outdoors host Adam Eakle to join us to experience Lake Powell in a way few have, aboard a Sea-Doo. Eakle is the host of a half an hour outdoors shows broadcast by Salt Lake City’s NBC television affiliate and showcases everything and anything outdoors in Utah.  This trip would include exploring Lake Powell in the open-air fashion on a Sea-Doo and fish the fertile waters for small and large mouth bass, strippers, and walleye.

    Reed led us to our campsite 40-miles up the lake in Dungeon Canyon where we unloaded our gear and set up the campsite before heading out to fish. Fishing is plentiful even though Bob and Adam thought the bite was slow; I was having a blast hooking up on average every ten minutes or so with a variety of fish. Most were small but it was fun action. While most were casting, I found that using the FISH PRO trolling mode in setting one or two, crawling around the massive rock structures worked for me. And using the Garmin fish finder helped find where the fish were congregating. And there are a lot of fish in this lake. The bite was fun and I lost count after 30 fish.

    Fishing was almost the excuse to explore this beautiful lake. The geology changed around every corner transitioning from jagged red rocks, to vertical white cliffs ascending over 400 feet above the water and sinking to 300-feet below according to the depth finder, all with-in 20-feet from the edge. Then there are the smooth yellow toned rock structures that resembled huge bubbles adorning tight canyons. And there were fish around every rock.

    Lake Powell is a memory of a lifetime Sea-Doo destination. Part of the lore of riding a Sea-Doo there is how it puts you in the center of the environment as you can feel, smell, and sometime taste the world around you. The world is simply bigger on Lake Powell and it overloads the senses. View the KSL Outdoors episode below for a look at how we lived the Sea-Doo Life on Lake Powell.

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    Lake Powell is near, if not at the top of those special boating places, it’s enthralling. This is part of the Colorado River that has over millions of years deeply cut through the rock lain parts of seven US states and two in Mexico. In the southern part of Utah and on the edge of Arizona, man backed up the river with the hydroelectric Glen Canyon Dam, to create the water storage for the Upper Basin states. These states include Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico and with it creates over 2100-miles of shoreline.

    Lake Powell is relatively remote, even by today’s standards, with the closest commercial airport three hours away and Las Vegas nearly four hours to the southwest and Salt Lake City over six hours to the northwest.  It’s popular. Over four million visitors a year trek to Lake Powell, yet it’s so big you can go for miles on the water without seeing a person. This is an outdoors mecca with no on-water hotels; it’s a house boaters and campers dream location.  

    For more information on how you can join one of Bod Reed’s inclusive Sea-Doo FISH PRO trip on Lake Powell, visit www.uplakeadventures.com.

    The writer; Tim McKercher manages Sea-Doo media relations among other special Sea-Doo projects and has led or participated in hundreds of adventure rides over his 30-year Sea-Doo life including riding from Alaska to Russia, racing among the islands of Tahiti, riding 1200-miles down the Mississippi for St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, under active volcanoes in Guatemala, and around the wrecks of Cyprus to name a few. And has been catching fish off of Sea-Doo’s since 1990.