Lake Tahoe may be known for its crystal clear waters, boating voyages, and excellent hiking, but it’s the gorgeous floating half-pipe in the middle of big blue that really made our jaws drop.
Created by Visit California and pro skater Bob Burnquist, the floating half-pipe (which began as a far-fetched dream) was beautifully crafted into reality from birch, oak, pine, and spruce. It took only four days to build the 7,300-pound engineering marvel, which is just as well, since Brazilian-born Bob loved the ramp so much he wants one just like it built at his waterfront home in his home country.
The skate ramp is part of Visit California’s campaign to spotlight the Golden State’s abundance of inspired citizens who make the seemingly impossible happen. Also on their Youtube channel is a man pedaling a 15-foot- tall bicycle over the Golden Gate Bridge and a jet pack ride above an arid lake bed. Still, we have to admit, the majestic half-pipe really floats our boats.
See the marvel in action in the video above, and don’t worry, a wet-suited snorkeler was at the ready to dive for Bob’s skateboard every time it went over the edge and into the big blue.