If Area 51 is for military testing and hiding aliens, Area 52 is for shredding faces, blowing stokemeters, and drinking Not Beers. Thanks, Kevin, for not giving a shit about flying saucers! Photo: Rutledge
Note: This article appears in the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of Alliance Wake
In today’s world of social media driven egos and fast-talking thumbs the phrase “blood, sweat, and tears” has lost some of its potency, but when it came time to describe Kevin Henshaw’s year-long effort to create his own wakeboarding paradise I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate. As cliché as it might sound, Henshaw literally bled, sweat, and cried while designing and building the property he purchased near his Florida home. Looking at the countless man hours and dollars that went into the compound many might call Kevin crazy, shortsighted, irresponsible, or all three. Having spent the better part of the last decade pushing wakeboarding in his own way though, Kevin would simply call it passion. Looking at the results, I have a hard time arguing against him.
Tighten up Photo: Cortese
The personal/private park isn’t a new concept – all we have to do is look at places like Shredtown and Battle Falls to see that, but Kevin’s is a first of its kind in the pro scene around Orlando and there are a few things that set it apart. For one, it features a unique top pool and 60-foot gap to the bottom pool; two, Kevin’s place isn’t limited to just a particular team of riders; and three it’s landscaped and thought out in ways that are signature Henshaw – right down to leaving one tall pine poking out into the bottom pool.
Friends who shred together stay together Photo: Cortese
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