Summer means slapping a coat of wax on your skis and sending them to the back of the gear closet. That is, unless you’re really stubborn (and somewhat deranged), like pro skiers Mike Douglas and Cody Townsend. Sick of waiting for the powder to start falling again, they took matters into their own hands. After some tinkering with ski boots and water skis and a few fun experimental days “skiing” behind a wake-boarding boat, a long flight from Whistler, BC, to Maui’s North Shore gave them the opportunity to see how their homegrown hybrid snow-and-water ski stacked up against the big waves. It went well, proving that skiers are, in fact, just surfers once removed.