Seth has a love for boating and being on the water with his friends and family. He enjoys wakeboarding but doesn’t necessarily like to stay up for very long. He prefers to get up, attempt a trick, and then be done. Last year, the trick he wanted to try was a back flip. He would get up on the wakeboard and would immediately go outside the wake. He would then turn back into the wake and attempt a back flip. He didn’t catch much air, but he did bend his back enough to land in the water mid-flip. We caught it on video, which was a hit with several of our family members and friends.
This year, his challenge was to get up on one waterski (slalom ski). For an 11-year-old, that is a big accomplishment. I figured he would try it once or twice and quit, so for extra motivation, I told him he could drink one whole can of Red Bull if he got up. We do not advocate giving children energy drinks — especially those who do not need it like Seth —- but he had been asking for a long time, and I didn’t think it would do him that much harm. Plus, he wasn’t going to get up anyway!
Seth tried 25 times and failed to get up. That’s by far the most times he has ever tried and failed to perform any trick. Finally, even being completely waterlogged, he made it.
He was anxious and excited for his prize. He was a little upset, though, because he had to wait until the next day for his drink. We needed to get our sleep to prepare for Seth on Red Bul.