A very nice family invited us to have boat ride and try out water skiing on the Panal River. The river was calm but sometimes in the middle it was wavy. It was very wide and sometimes you get massive cargo ships passing by (its the third biggest river in South America). Before lunch, Emily and I had a go at water skiing but first Ernesto taught us how to do it by practicing standing up on his lap.
When we had got the skiis on in the water we got hold of the rope and let it slide through our hands until we could grab hold of the handle. Then we had to position skiis parallel facing the boat with our legs as bent as possible. It was sometimes hard when the current picked up to swing your legs around to face the boat.
On my second try I managed to stand up on the skiis. You had to keep your skiis in the exact same place otherwise you would have a wipe out (I had quite a few!).
Nobody ever told me that once you got up you could stand up fully so I got loads of water in my face, but it was so exciting to fly across the water.
Mummy also got up on her second try, and stayed up for AGES, because she didn’t know how to stop when her arm’s started hurting!
Daddy weaved side to side across the wake of the boat.
Emily got to drive the boat and took us safely back to the dock.