If you are going to go water skiing on Lake Tahoe, do it with style. Glass-like conditions, a bristol blue sky, snow capped Sierra Nevada Mountain peaks and assure calm waters. Buzz Gibb (formerly the owner of the Queen of the Lake: THUNDERBIRD) commissioned Steven Lapkin (www.h2omark.com ) to capture the never-before:
John Beard (then, skipper of THUNDERBIRD) dawns a pair of waterskis and ‘commands’ THUNDERBIRD to roar off at 35+ knots with him in tow. Likely never envisioned, George Whittell who hired John Hacker to design, and the Huskins Boat Works of Bay City, Michigan, to build this 55′ mahogany masterpiece in 1939, would such an event or imagery be realized. Here, for you, is the exclusive epic.
Most recently, THUNDERBIRD was selected as the cover image for YACHTING Magazine’s January 2011 issue (photo credit: Steve Lapkin).
Steve Lapkin, for over twelve years, has worked on-and-above the water: at Lake Tahoe, throughout the USA and in Europe. His niche is elemental: the various visual senses that combine in bringing iconic personalities and places together in still and HD imagery. Steve, further, has been selected numerous times for international cover-magazine selections with YACHTING, du Pont Registry, ROLEX, Tucker Thompson , WEST MARINE and Tommy Hilfiger……..among others. He also serves as the official photographer for the Tahoe Yacht Club and the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation.
In the coming months, anticipating the Tahoe wooden boat show scheduled for August, additional imagery from Steve Lapkin will be shared: the devotees and wannabes as well as various and intimate shots of the diversified craft that frequent Lake Tahoe: Chris-Craft, Hacker, GarWood, Riva and various one-of-a-kind models. Such names as Al Schinnerer, Bill Hutchens, Bill Watson, Martin Feletto, Philip Andrew, Dale Reynolds, Nancy Cunningham, Bill Linderman, Jeff Peterson, Steve Hanst, Carol Van Etten, Bill Kehoe, Paul Mehus and Tom Turner will become familiar.
WOODYBOATER is honored to be the exclusive provider to never-before-seen imagery, thanks to Steve Lapkin and www.h2omark.com Please be kind and honor the copyright on these images. Misuse will be strongly enforced.If you click on the h20 link, you can ask there. We will not grant an permission. Thanks for understanding. Matt