• 55°

Surf’s Up!

The rain was still coming down in Salisbury on Friday when the first text message arrived.

Short and to the point, it read “Let’s go.”

That was promptly augmented by a follow-up report, “Water is slick.”

That phrase in Rowan County is rendered “Surf’s Up.” The same rains that dampened the crowds taking part in the Friday Night Out activities also emptied many of the creeks and coves on High Rock Lake of boat traffic. When the boats leave and the wind quiets down, the surface of the lake becomes smooth as glass. These are the conditions for which water sports enthusiasts bide their time.

The 15-minute drive down to Poole Road soon reveals 18-year-olds Davis Spencer and Cameron Thomas on the banks of Second Creek with two red tubes and $20 of gas in a 19-foot runabout. The $20 buys one hour of adrenaline-charged upper-body workout as the pair of recent East Rowan High School graduates are pulled out onto the playing surface.

With a blaring “Go,” the boat begins its serpentine movements across the lagoon. The tubers swing wide across the slick surface and reach the pinnacle of movement almost perpendicular to the driver. The boat turns and the tubers slingshot back to where they came from, gaining speed with the boat’s wake as the target. Speed, coupled with the watery sloped launching pad, allows a mixed bag of tricks to arise. Barrel rolls, jumps, leaping off the tube at the peak of a jump (bailing out) — these make for an exceptional way to spend a Friday evening.

The rain in the area proved to be little deterrent to the young men who spend many hours on High Rock Lake. Proudly calling themselves “The Rock Boys,” this group of lake dwellers hit the waters in the early spring when the water temperatures are still just below 50 degrees. How is a little rain going to slow their action? It appears that the surf’s up and the water is slick.

Jon Lakey is a photographer at the Salisbury Post.


Comments closed.


Cannon Mills’ whistle sounds again, brings nostalgia with it


UPDATED: Outbreak at jail annex over; new cases emerge at Kannapolis facility


In Senate race, Tillis calibrates ties to Trump


5 Charlotte officers recommended for dismissal after death in custody


Trump, Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota


Maui Invitational moving to Asheville during pandemic


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87


Blotter: Sept. 19


Kannapolis brewery linked to eight COVID-19 positives


Local Democrats call to ‘turn the state blue’ during virtual office reopening


Funding flat, enrollment down slightly for Rowan-Salisbury Schools


Catawba gets high marks in U.S. News and World rankings for fifth year


China Grove soap store sets sights on expansion into Kannapolis


Charlotte, UNC game canceled after 49ers place players in quarantine


Blotter: Sept. 18


County sees ninth COVID-19 death this week, more than 30 cases reported


Gov. Cooper announces schools can move K-5 to plan A; school board vote needed locally


Wet weather brings crashes, traffic to standstill on interstate


Salisbury man victim of Facebook scam, duped out of $2,000


Two charged after fight outside Salisbury home


Rowan-Salisbury Schools ships out thousands of old devices for refurbishing


Caught in the infodemic: NC school policies frustrated by scientific challenges

East Spencer

East Spencer to hold community day, provide free food, supplies