I just wrote a short piece on the guy who made Patterson's feat possible, Jason Starr, founder-inventor of Starr Surf Skis and among a handful of people who're pioneering the sport of surf skiing. If you're a Ski Racing magazine subscriber, you can read about Starr and the sport in the digital magazine here (replete with dynamic video of Patterson and others shredding waves in Hawaii), or you can read a PDF version of the article (sans video) here.
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