WHEELS UP // Business
Rescuing a Classic
Polaroid fans were disheartened when in 2008 the company announced it would no longer produce the instant that made the company famous. That same year, Bosman, a 20-year veteran of the company, met enthusiast Florian Kaps at the closing of a Polaroid instant plant. Two hours later, The Impossible Project was born. Bosman and Kaps the last functioning Polaroid plant in the Netherlands and began what would be a year-long mission to recreate the famous using backward engineering. In early 2010, Bosman announced The Impossible Project had done just that, and now more than a dozen Polaroid-compatible blue, chocolate, silk, wild available for sale through the website. the-impossible-project.com
What: No ocean in sight? is your chance to hang 10. This low-impact sport involves grabbing onto a 10-footlong tow rope and being pulled behind a powerboat. When ready, drop the rope and keep carving on the boat-created wake until your legs tire. Unlike ocean riders have to wait for a holler to the driver to shift the boat in gear. Who: Anyone with decent balance can pick up this sport in as little as 10 minutes. Bob Vaughan, owner of Surf Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada, promises to have anyone by the end of his or her lesson. taught riders of all levels and to 60 years. When: Freethinking water-types have been at it since the riding old surfoards. Starting in 1999, manufacturers such as Shred Stixx started recognizing the market, creating A speed boat, a wake and a board long boards. are all
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How: The hardest part is low-impact sport. determining how much weight is needed to create a killer wake. Boats such as the Malibu Wakesetter feature an adjusting ballast that moves with the of a switch. If your boat so luxe, have to tailor weight distribution the old-fashioned way, such as plastic garbage bins with water. Easier still, pick up the phone and call moveable ballast, aka your friends. Morton
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