Jeff Hemmel

Conversation With Jet Dreams Director Gary Shlifer
Although it’s tame by today’s standards, one of the breakthrough PWC videos of all time has to be 1989’s Jet Dreams, a kind of documentary/music video mix that featured stars like Scott “Hollywood” Watkins, Larry “The Ripper” Rippenkroeger, “Haulin’ ...
Daytona Freeride…Then And Now
This weekend, January 15-17, 2010, marks the 10th anniversary of the original party that ultimately became the Daytona Freeride, an event started by a fun-loving surf rider named Nick Foederer and ...
Mud Hole Water Skiing…
Maybe we’re all too preoccupied with those really cool ski and wakeboard boats. Judging by this video, all you need is a big mud hole, a crane stuck in the middle, and some skis. Heck, one of these guys even looks ...
Another Reason To Wear Your Lifevest
When your average parent, spouse, or concerned friend reminds you to wear your life vest it often comes across as nagging. But when a guy like pro wakeboarder Chad Sharpe tells you — with harrowing details — what can happen if you ...
Why Does The Right-Side Reverse Lever Still Exist?
Remember when Saturday Night Live used to have that section at the end titled “Deep Thoughts?” It was just some scrolling text and a voiceover, the subject always something random and quirky. Well, that’s me today, musing about the right-handed ...
Shaun Murray Documentary
Many, many years ago I was doing a series of step-by-step instructional articles for a magazine, and I ended up hooking up with wakeboard champ Dean Lavelle at his rented home outside Orlando. There that day were Dean’s then-girlfriend Sonja ...
BREAKING NEWS: Personal Watercraft Illustrated Stopping Publication
This will be short and sweet until I get the whole story, but according to two reliable sources, Personal Watercraft Illustrated is no more. Apparently CN Publishing closed down the title today, a fact that has now been confirmed ...
Inside Honda’s 2010 Plans
There’s been a lot of recent speculation about what Honda is up to in the personal watercraft market. After releasing the well-received F-15X in 2008, followed by the F-15 ...
Keep A Boating Accident Report On Hand For Emergencies
Probably not many of us are aware that federal law requires the operator — or owner, if the operator is deceased or unable to make the report — to file a boating accident report with the State reporting authority  when, ...
Santa Nike Drops Free Wakeskate Video
They say it’s better to give than to receive. Guess that’s why I painfully tore myself away from the temptation of a 50% off sale at the Quiksilver Outlet this morning and instead rounded up some presents for the family. ...

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